Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved Art with Jonathan McAfee and Kate Wagner

It seems all everybody is talking about these days is going green. Saving the environment by recycling, riding your bike (made easier with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and cycling events like Any Port in the Storm and Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There), and buying organic products has been all the rage throughout Central Indiana and the rest of the United States since we figured out global warming. So if you can recycle plastic, paper bags, and cardboard, why can’t you recycle art? Surely there are thousands and thousands of canvases lying in basements, studios, and bedrooms across the country that don’t have a home. What about all those sculptures that are lining landfills? What about the dried up paint tubes that pack the dumpsters outside of Indianapolis art schools? It’s in the spirit of making the world a better place through art that the Jazz Kitchen presents Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved on March 10, 2011 in downtown Indianapolis.

Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved will feature the works of two up and coming Indianapolis artists, Kate Wagner and Jonathan McAfee. Kate Wagner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005, and shortly after her college graduation she was tapped to spearhead an art program for developmentally disabled adults called Studio OTB, an Indianapolis non-profit organization. She primarily works with paint on canvas, though she also dabbles in mixed media and photography. Her work has been exhibited at the 2009 Oranje Exhibition and other Indianapolis art galleries around the city. Isolation, introspection, and abstract interpretations of the female form usually dominate Wagner’s paintings and photography, and you’ll likely see plenty of examples of this at Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved.

The other Indianapolis artist who will be showcasing his works will be Jonathan McAfee, a fairly prolific member of the Indianapolis art community. A native of the Circle City, the 28 year old painter has already won a bevy of awards and exhibitions, including the Marvin Bradley Drawing Award, the Charles Yeager Painting Award, and a Prelude Award in 1999. Many of his pieces are portraits of famous figures, such as Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and Sitting Bull: “I paint these people because they are important,” he has said, “…in some way, they have influenced me and now I must express that.” The painter graduated from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and his paintings have appeared all over the six Indianapolis cultural districts. Jonathan McAfee has shown his work at the Harrison Center for the Arts (“Homeward Bound” in 2010 and “Effigy” in 2011), the Indianapolis Art Center, the Wheeler Arts Community, and several more.

And if all the culturally conscious art present at Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved inspires you to motion, you’ve come to the right place. After the Indianapolis art show wraps up, the Jazz Kitchen will kick off its ever popular Latin Dance Party with salsa music and plenty of dancing, as befitting one of the most active Indianapolis music venues. What better way to wrap up a night of fine art and conservation than some no holds barred, leave your inhibitions at the door dancing?

Come see the works of Kate Wagner and Jonathan McAfee during Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved at the Jazz Kitchen on Thursday, March 10, 2011. This Indianapolis event is free for all Indianapolis people and runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the Jazz Kitchen’s Latin Dance Party kicks off at 9:00. Where else but the Jazz Kitchen can you take in the works of two up and coming Indianapolis artists, save the Earth from the waste of artists everywhere, and get your dance on with some spicy Indianapolis music? You’ll only get the chance at Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Recycled: Converted, Reclaimed, Recovered, Saved
Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00; Latin Dance Party begins at 9:00
Tickets: FREE

The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220


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