New Watercolors by Brian Gordy
April 7 – 30, 2016
Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate First Thursday, April 7, 5 – 8 pm with an opening reception for New Watercolors by former owner Brian Gordy. The exhibit will feature paintings from the past year including several that have been completed since the sale of the business in November. Together they signal his transition as a full-time painter and he will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. The public is invited to attend and a special menu of hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by his son Ben Gordy. At 6:15 the artist will speak briefly about his work.
“Brian Gordy’s art will always enjoy a privileged place on the gallery walls here,” said owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “Those who know his work will recognize his longtime concern for the natural environment and wildlife habitat. With this exhibition, his paintings are noticeably larger to reflect his broader observations on these matters.”
“In recent years my paintings have progressed like a voyage in a small craft,” said Gordy. “Namely a canoe. I am known for paintings of turtles. When I go into nature to look for them, I find erosion caused by fast flowing rivers that have exposed root networks of different trees. They lace over one another and provide well-hidden habitats for turtles, muskrats, ducklings, and smallmouth bass. The intricacy I find there is endlessly mysterious. At times my unexpected fascination with these places has distracted me so thoroughly that my canoe has actually bumped in to the turtles I thought I was looking for.”
Brian’s watercolors and hand gilded original frames have earned him the official designation of Indiana Artisan, by the State of Indiana. In addition to his continued representation at Gordy Fine Art & Framing, his art can also be seen at the Brown County Art Guild (Nashville, IN), Venue Gallery (Bloomington, IN), Edenside Gallery (Louisville, KY) and Art of Framing Gallery (Lafayette, IN). Gordy is a resident of Muncie who was recently nominated for a 2015 Muncie Mayor’s Art Award. His works are included in the permanent collections of The Sheldon Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN), The Richmond Art Museum (Richmond, IN), Minnetrista (Muncie, IN) and many corporate and private collections.