Okay, so the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association’s website was just hacked by ISIS, which posted
religious messages in an intrusion that’s about as random as it gets. Why? Who knows why the art group was targeted? Maybe ISIS or ISIL or whatever it's
called now was drawn to the alphabet soup of the IDADA acronym? Maybe they thought the ‘I’ stood for Iraq. Whatever the reason, the FBI is investigating
and the website is still down.
But if you need a rundown of IDADA’s signature First Friday gallery walk on April 3, don't worry -- Sky Blue Window has you covered. See some
great art so the terrorists don’t win. FF regulars take notice: The Harrison Art Center is temporarily closed for construction, so check out some new
New leadership has taken over the Circle City Industrial Complex, 1125 Brookside Ave., and its many artists’ studios. Check out the Five Seasons Studio. It
features the work of David Shumaker, who is known for the beauty and uniqueness of his ceramic creations for home and garden.
Shumaker uses the raku firing process to make art objects such as porcelain lamps, delicate leaves, sturdy pottery and marbled impressionistic work.
New artists also will be debuting at the 500,000-square-foot erstwhile factory space at Mass Ave. and 10th Street, including in the Satch Lost
and Found gallery, where the artist uses only recycled and repurposed materials.
Also check out Andrew Young’s comics, Stephanie Doty’s mixed media, Coleman Norris’s photography, Andie Malone’s fantastical drawings, and Derek Guy
Dalton’s pop-inspired media.
Apartment Art at the Indy Indie Artists Colony to display works such as these, reflecting the artist's life.
Apartment galleries are a tradition of newly graduated art students in cities everywhere, but an Indy Indie Artist Colony show focuses on work that new art
school grads created in their garden studios and 10th-story one-bedroom units.
Apartment Art: A Group Exhibition
, curated by Alyssa Arney and Natalie Mik, features the work of 16 young artists, as well as music performed by the Shame Thugs.
“Apartment Art is honest by sharing the pride, fear and hope of what it is to be a female contemporary artist in the 21st century,” says
Mik, an independent curator and writer of contemporary art. “Apartment Art is real because it contains the raw voice of every single participating
artist. Apartment Art is intimate by exposing art that is created in the most intimate spaces of the artists.”
Viewers will see an accurate reflection of the artist’s life, according to Mik.
“Apartment Art is powerful because the emotions within the works are untouched and intact-revealed to the public for the very first time," she
The exhibit at the gallery at 26 E. 14th St. highlights young female artists who don’t work as self-sufficient artists but who are still
creating art in their homes. They try to illustrate an interplay between life, work and the meaning of art.
"In the fall of 2014, 15 talented artists ... had come together ... with the goal to produce new artworks for a gallery exhibition,” Mik said. “When all
the artists had finally gathered, there was a realization that everyone happened to be female, sustaining their life with a day job while tirelessly
continuing to produce art with limited resources from their homes, post-graduation from art school.”
Their mediums and themes were all quite different.
“However, their common interest was to reach a wider network of audiences through exhibiting their works in a physical space of a traditional gallery
setting," Mik explains.
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Courtesy of the Wheeler Arts Community Gallery
"A Breath of Fresh Air" opens Friday at the Wheeler Arts Community.
The Wheeler Arts Community Gallery
in Fountain Square is showcasing A Breath of Fresh Arts exhibit that features Greta Pennell’s photography, Marikay Kapke’s picture,
Sandra Maher’s ceramics and Tim Maher’s painting. All the work will have nature themes that celebrate spring, and songwriter Jim Pennell will perform.
All of the works blend harmoniously in concert, according to Pennell.
“This is Tim, Sandy, and Greta's third collaborative show,” she explains. “My photography includes both color and black-and-white on stretched canvas,
along with gallery framed prints. We added Marikay to bring in the birds and bees to complement the floral themes of my photography and Sandy's whimsical
ceramic interpretations of spring. Tim's paintings capture nature themes with a broader brushstroke using primarily acrylic with some oil paint.”
Get a sneak preview of an upcoming artists’ open house at the Raymond James Stutz Arts Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. More than 60 artists will displays paintings, jewelry, furniture, sculpture, drawings and
photography while The Bloody ’ells play throughout the evening.
Read the canvas
Primary Gallery in Suite 217 at the Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Ave., will present Ligature Licious, a group show that features the work of
Indy artists Ronlewhorn, Kyle Herrington and Gautam Rao. Ronlewhorn does hand-screened prints, while Herrington paints and Rao creates both paintings and
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.
The Internet Cat Video Festival comes to the IMA this Friday and Saturday. Get set to laugh and aw over 70 minutes of carefully curated feline-intensive clips that have cat-apulted this event to national fame.