February’s the month of cuddling inside when it’s cold outside, Netflix and nuzzling, fine dining and show-offy bouquets being paraded through
offices like trophies on track day.
We get it, you’re brimming with love. Your heart is about to burst for your babe. But you also love art or you wouldn’t be reading an online arts magazine right now. So share the love with downtown galleries this First Friday.
To paraphrase Woody Allen (not that he’s a person to quote on affairs of the heart, but he makes a good point): 80 percent of showing your love is just
showing up. So be present -- and possibly purchase one created by a local artist while you’re at it.
There are plenty of places to go to, including Fletcher Place Art and Books, Fine Estate Art, the Funkyard Coffee Shop and Gallery, Gallery Two, Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop and Gallery 924. Here is just a small sampling of the many exhibits this month we heart-eye emoji:
Follow Your Heart
Celebrated artist Kyle Ragsdale, the prolific painter whose known for his tall-skinny customed ballerinas and top
hat wearing gents, is curating the work of five artist couples at the Harrison Center for the Arts.
It’s interesting to see the work of two artists shown together, knowing that they have lived together and been in relationships over time, and to think
about the ways they have influenced each other’s work,” Ragsdale says.
Artists on display include Amy Falstrom and Ralph Domanico, Corey and Megan Jefferson, Zack and Gala Bent, Andrew Perry Davis and Rachel Bliell, and Quincy
and Nikki Owens.
Erin Huber is also showing Very Truly Yours, down in her space. Hers is an exhibit that celebrates high tea at L.S. Ayres & Co., President
Benjamin Harrison’s parlor room and turn-of-the-century Indianapolis at The City Gallery.
Other exhibits include Ball State University Professor Kali Yuga’s Drawing for an Aging University in Gallery 2 and Chad Campbell’s Thirteen Years in Hank & Dolly’s Gallery, all of which hang through Feb. 26.
Palpitations of the heart
Courtesy of the Stutz Artists Association
The Stutz Artists Association teamed up with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women for February's What Makes My Heart Beat? exhibit.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women partnered with the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery for What Makes My Heart Beat? The exhibit at 212 W. 10th St. Suite B110 features sculpture, paintings, photography and wearable art. You can even share
what makes your heartbeat and why you want to stay healthy for your family on a specially installed chalkboard.
Black Lives Matter
The We Are exhibit at the Indiana Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Ave. aspires to ignite conversations
and be “relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement." Contemporary artist Bruce Armstrong, sculptor Keith Bullock, assemblage artist Anthony Radfordand and
the versatile Mijisa Saundrajo Holiday all will showcase their work, and several musicians will perform at the reception.
At the Art Bank at 911 Mass. Ave., photographer and illustrator Deane Safehorn is showing Perception Predilection, humorous and meditative work that
focuses on symmetry, colors and patterns. She’s a self-taught artist who draws inspiration from nature and keeps it simple.
Courtesy of Five Seasons Studio
James Hubbard will display Secret Garden at Five Seasons Studio in the Circle City Industrial Center.
Indianapolis Art Center printmaking teacher James Hubbard; will display Secret Garden, a collection of etchings and
linocuts inspired by his garden and travels, at Five Seasons Studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex. The award-winning lifelong art educator who’s
establishing the printmaking cooperative Sugar Creek Press in Thorntown, carves and etches prints into cork and copper.
Hubbard, who’s represented by SAGA of NYC, the juried organization of contemporary American print artists, participates in juried exhibitions across the
country. He’ll be on hand for an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
Other exhibits at the 500,000-square-foot building at 1125 E. Brookside Ave. just northeast of Mass Ave
and 10th Street include Back to Cuba in the M10 Studio and Cuba: Pearl of Antilles in the Nancy Lee Designs Studios. And stop in to check out
the latest ponderous pieces from deep-thinking Katrina Murray in her welcoming upstairs gallery space.
Joseph S. Pete is a Peter Lisagor and Hoosier State Press Association award-winning journalist who has been known to hang around museums and make the rounds on First Fridays. His literary work has appeared in Flying Island, Punchnel's and elsewhere. He has no known aliases.