The Paintings of Jim Faulkner
February 4 – 29, 2016
Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will open The Paintings of Jim Faulkner on First Thursday, February 4, 5 – 8 pm in their Downtown Muncie art gallery. Included in the show will be more than a dozen watercolor paintings by the artist who will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Faulkner’s dedication, sensitivity, and skill as a painter for more than 50 years has made him one of the most loved and revered artists in this region and statewide. His artistic excellence and contributions to Muncie’s cultural vitality were honored last summer during the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards where Faulkner was recognized with the award for Artist in the Community. He has been a full time painter since 1977 at his country home that he shares with his wife Eleanor. They are both great animal lovers and his studio is in a restored barn.
“I am very taken by the constant change taking place in everything,” says Faulkner. “The new that decays, becoming the old. In the natural world, both new and old seem to hold my interest… I paint the meadows, woods, homesteads, towns, and people of the Midwest, trying to find meaning in the stillness of an old abandoned farm, or the quiet of a snow-covered wood, or even the aging of the human face.” “Weathered buildings and bent trees are central to the images in this exhibition,” says gallery owner Carl Schafer. “They are evidence of the constant winds and shifting bedrock in our region that have pushed them and allowed them to settle at slightly precarious angles. Over the course of his career, Faulkner has succeeded in defining East Central Indiana’s wide open landscape.”
At 6:15, Carl and Barbara Schafer will introduce Faulkner to those attending, and tributes that have been gathered from his close friends and colleagues will be read. Those attending the event will be invited to write their memorable experiences with the artist and things they find impressive about his accomplishments.
Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists from East Central Indiana and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. The Paintings of Jim Faulkner may also be viewed during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, call 765-284-8422.