Join us in downtown Muncie on Thursday, April 5th for First Thursday.
The First Thursday gallery walk is a monthly celebration of local art in Muncie's historic downtown district. New monthly exhibits are unveiled in galleries throughout downtown from 5pm to 8pm on the first Thursday of every month. Stroll the streets, meet the artists, enjoy live music, and find free refreshments at nearly every stop.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Senior Photography Exhibition - 520 E Main
Kathryn Major, Elise Rorick, and Claire Sample, seniors at Ball State University will be showing their photography projects at the Cornerstone Art Gallery from April 5 th -30 th . The photographs and mixed media will explore a variety of topics: crime, innocence, depression, abstraction, underwater, various alternative photography techniques, and Greek mythology. These works will be displayed for a month with the opening on April 5 th , from 5pm-8pm.
Call Cornerstone Center for the Arts at 765.281.9503 or visit http://www.cornerstonearts.org for more information.
The Works of Alex Glandorf - 125 E Charles
The Rose Court will be featuring the works of Alex Glandorf. Alex is a double major in Painting and Visual Communications at Ball State. Her artwork focuses on the elements and principles of design, using acrylics and encaustics as her mediums of choice.
Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
Perception Pattern Place - 224 E Main
An opening reception for "Perception Pattern Place", the digital art of BSU architecture professor Michele Chiuini, will be held from 5 to 8 PM. The exhibit will continue through April 30, 2012, and may be viewed during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturdays, 9 to 3, or by appointment. Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. is located at 224 E. Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, call 765-284-8422 or visit Gordy Fine Art & Framing on Facebook or http://www.gordyframing.com.
"Art is not about pure representation but about our perception of reality. My work is a study on how we perceive place, through a combination of geometric patterns and colors." So begins the artist's statement of Michele Chiuini for his new body of work depicting architectural structures - stairs, doorways, windows - in colorful geometric arrangements. Titles, "House on the Beach," or "Rock Castle," offer viewers an initial sense of place for the otherwise abstracted images.
"My work is a study on how we perceive place, through a combination of geometric patterns and colors," offers the artist. "The places in my art do not exist in reality but…are able to evoke images in other people's mind according to their own individual experience." From the artists' personal imagination, then, come images that resonate with others, based on their own personal experiences of house, shelter, structure.
In "Portico 2," Corinthian columns separate color fields of squares and circles that seem to vibrate with intensity. The blending of ancient architecture with almost Pop Art elements offers both a history lesson and a visual energy surge to patrons, quietly grounded by background fields of taupe and browns. "Santorini" offers the blue sea and sky of the Greek islands, with an inviting staircase that divides striking architecture. We deliver ourselves to the scene within the framework of our own thoughts and memories on the place.
The Artist Within
Bracelets, Bangles & Things - 313 S Walnut
How did Judy Bunner and her sister Jennifer Irvin happen to form Beadtoes Jewelry? Judy says that it was "quite by accident" that the two were able to explore their lifelong fascination with stones as a business venture. She goes on to explain," My favorite stones are Agates and Jaspers as they always seem to have a story to tell." The story of Beadtoes Jewelry goes back to when Judy's son Brian gave starter sets to family members as Christmas presents. Soon they were wearing their jewelry creations, as well as being commissioned to make pieces to sell. Judy lives nearby in New Castle, IN and her sister lives in Cornelius, NC; however, they do get together and have traveled to distant places in search of gemstones, pearls, and sterling silver components to use in their jewelry. These ladies like to play with color and textures, such as leather, silk cord and silver beads to give their jewelry a unique look. We hope you will make plans to join us for First Thursday and take that opportunity to meet Judy. Unfortunately, Jennifer will be on her way to China and not in, attendance. Did I hear "jade" in the future?
111 Arts Gallery
Aislain Artshow - 111 E Main
Female artist drawings.
Muncie Youth Embrace Creativity Bake Sale - 107 S Mulberry
MYEC is the new non-profit Flo Lapin started. The website for more info is http://MYECatGoldSpace.com.
Work of Katie Titus - 112 W Jackson
Reception includes didgeridoo music by Jacob Price. Kate Titus was born and raised in Crown Point, Indiana. She is currently attending Ball State University for Interior Design and Studio Art. She aspires to obtain a career in set design for fashion, designing and decorating store windows, and creating sets for both runway and photo shoots. Although her style is quite eclectic, drawing, painting, carving, building a multitude of different objects, she prefers the 3-dimensional experience sculpture has to offer and typically returns to fashion as an inspiration. Recently Kate has been improving her painting ability and will be showing more of this work.
Wishbone Gifts, Inc.
Nartifacts and Oddities - 201 S Walnut (table in front of store)
Homemade rubber skulls and paintings on pizza boxes, mostly.