Monkey Thunder Reigns for ArtsWalk

Join us for ArtsWalkthe largest First Thursday event of the year, October 6th from 5 – 9 pm with an opening reception for Monkey Thunder VI, a group show featuring work from more than 20 artists that will spill over into Muncie Civic’s Black Box Theatre. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Music will be provided by Mark Perretta.

Monkey Thunder is an annual art coup perpetrated by experimental and interdisciplinary artists working locally and regionally including current faculty and students at Ball State University School of Art, as well as guest artists from across the country. Organized and curated by GFAF Gallery Manager Braydee Euliss, Monkey Thunder VI will be a month-long event with the opening reception coinciding with ArtsWalk, Downtown Muncie’s most popular First Thursday of the year.

In addition to the work displayed at GFAF gallery, Monkey Thunder VI includes video and other time-based artwork on view in Muncie Civic’s Black Box Theatre under the direction of Maura Jasper, visual artist, filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Intermedia Art at BSU. This ‘side-show’ has been a Monkey Thunder favorite and is a one-night-only event, offering a rare exhibit experience for both the artists and the audience.

30
Sep 2016
AUTHOR braydee
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Transformative Power of Masks

Transformative Power of Masks: A Jonathan Becker Performance

Join us on Saturday October 1st from 1-3 pm for the closing reception for Facing Humanity: A Parade of Masks and a special performance led by Jonathan Becker.

Our September artist Jonathan Becker and his theatre students will perform an original skit featuring some of the masks currently on view in the gallery. The skit illustrates the transformative power of masks and will be a fitting conclusion to Jonathan’s exhibit Facing Humanity: A Parade of Masks.  The performance will take place next door to Gordy’s in the Studio Theatre inside the Muncie Civic Theatre complex. Those attending should plan to enter the theatre prior to the 1:00 pm performance. Afterward, all will be invited to the Gordy Gallery where the masks are displayed for refreshments and casual conversation with Jonathan and the students.

26
Sep 2016
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American Impressionist Frame Reproduction

Antique Frame Reproduction

Our shop recently completed an antique frame reproduction project for one of our museum clients. The original frame is an American profile simplified from the American Impressionist style with hand carved arrow fletching motif in the corners. The panel (flat area in the middle of the frame rails) is chip- carved giving it an undulating texture with periodic crescent shapes. Because the new frame is small (for a painting 8” x 10”) the client asked us to make without the crescents.

Am. Impressionist Original

We began by purchasing raw wood moulding with an American Impressionist profile and then we carved off some decorative elements to match the original frame. Once the frame was built, we made the chip-carve using a spoon shaped chisel. We drew the corner decorations by hand and rubbed the drawing onto the frame. This gave us a guide for the actual carving which was completed with chisels of various shapes as well as razor knives.

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completed-raw-carve

After applying several layers of gesso and red bole to smooth the surface, we gilded the frame with 22K gold which resulted in a very bright finish that needed to be toned and antiqued to match the original frame. This step was perhaps the most satisfying because the frame took on the illusion of age that is appropriate to the painting it was built for.

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A final coat of wax deepens and saturates all the layers that have been applied. The two frames can now be exhibited side-by- side without a hint that one is brand new.

final-frame-with-applied-antique

15
Sep 2016
AUTHOR braydee
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Monkey Thunder Reigns: MT6

Monkey Thunder started five years ago as an art coup of sorts with little to no guarantee of staying power. And after 5 glorious iterations, Monkey Thunder is back with its second public event! MT6 will be a month-long exhibit and the opening reception will coincide with ArtsWalk, Downtown Muncie’s biggest First Thursday of the year, October 6th from 5 – 9 PM.

In keeping with the frantic, last-minute origin of MT, Gallery Manager Braydee Euliss will be throwing together this 6th installment over the next few, furious weeks.

Deadline for artwork submissions is Midnight Tuesday, September 20th.
Guidelines: Monkey Thunder 6

09
Sep 2016
AUTHOR braydee
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