Gunther Cartwright – Industrial Blues

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate First Thursday, August 4th from 5 – 8 pm with an opening reception for Industrial Blues, an exhibit of landscape photography by Gunther Cartwright. The artist will be on hand to engage with viewers throughout the evening and will speak briefly to the audience about his work at 6:15. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Cartwright’s landscapes exquisitely capture the details of industry that form the backdrop of life in today’s modern world. About his interest in this subject matter, Cartwright explains, “The power lines, telephone poles, fences and industrial structures are a part of my daily visual experience. They are not in my way. I see them as elements of the landscape. They are there and they make their visual ‘sound.’ I am not interested in the picturesque but rather the formal arrangements of elements and color within the landscape.” His eye for vivid color and graphic compositions often draw unexpected connections among things seen in the everyday landscape, transforming banal and rarely celebrated visual moments into striking works of art.

Cartwright holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the renowned Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Applied Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. An active lecturer and exhibitor, Cartwright has presented throughout Europe and the United States. He is a recipient of a Polaroid Corporation Photographer’s Grant and a New York State Council on the Arts Public Service Grant (CAPS). He has exhibited internationally in many one-man and group shows, including at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, the National Museum of Photography, Bradford, England, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, England, and at Photokina, Köln, Germany.

Industrial Blues may also be viewed through the end of August during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm.

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Jul 2016
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Summer Invitational

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate First Thursday, June 2nd from 5 – 8 pm with an opening reception for the gallery’s third annual Summer Invitational. The exhibit will feature work by several area artists who will be on hand to engage with viewers. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

The Summer Invitational is designed to introduce some of the best new work our region has to offer by exclusively exhibiting artists not currently represented by GFAF. This refreshing shift in the gallery’s routine brings together artists from throughout Central Indiana and features oil painting, sculpture, furniture, photography, watercolor, and jewelry. The exhibit will be on view for two months through the end of July, offering visitors an extended opportunity to experience fresh, new art from beyond the Muncie scene.

Exhibitors include Hannah Barnes, Jasmine D’Angelo, Suzanne Dittenber, Holly Lay, Tim Miller, and Noelle Weigand.

Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. A brief talk at 6:15 will introduce the exhibit and artists in attendance.

Margie Prim – The Thick of It

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate First Thursday, May 5th from 5 – 8 pm with an opening reception for The Thick of It, oil paintings by Margie Prim. The exhibit will feature several recent paintings by the local artist who will be on hand to engage with viewers. A short talk about Prim’s work will be given at 6:15 pm. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Margie Prim delivers quiet scenes with a bold painting technique. From several feet away, all is calm in Prim’s still life and landscape paintings. Upon closer inspection gestural swipes and heavy dabs of color reveal a much more powerful and passionate approach. The technique is known as “impasto,” where the artist often uses a palette knife to apply paint to the canvas so thick that it projects out from the surface.

“Inspiration comes to me by what I see, whether it be plein air or still life,” the quiet artist explains. “Using color, from grays to brights, is always an adventure for me.”

Known for quiet plein air landscape and still life paintings wild with impasto and bold color detail, Margie Prim began her art career in the 1960s in Oklahoma by taking painting lessons. She laid her brushes down until the early 1990s when she again took lessons from Walt Lewis and at the Stan Nossett Art School. Margie continued her studies through memberships in the Minnetrista Art Guild and the Indiana Plein Air Painters. Where many artists work from sketches or photographs in the comfort of their studio, plein air painters work outside, on location, to create their paintings. Prim is adept in both methods.

Prim has shown in the Minnetrista Annual, the Richmond Art Museum Annual, Indiana State Fair, the Women’s Commission Art Exhibit, Redtail Conservancy Open Spaces Exhibit, and the Hoosier Salon. She has won awards at several exhibits and held several one woman exhibits in the region.

 

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May 2016
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Radicle Traces by Kaylee Dalton

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate First Thursday March 3rd, 5 – 8 PM with an opening reception for Radicle Traces, paintings by Kaylee Dalton. The exhibit will feature several new 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.

“Radicle” refers to the part of a plant embryo that develops into the primary root. Appropriate for March, Dalton’s works are whimsical interpretations of the garden landscape with a focus on “the ever longed for spring season and its perpetual fascination of new growth.” Bulbs, seeds, and blooms, both above and beneath the soil, have all found a home in her most recent work. Exploiting the rare combination of hot pigmented wax called Encaustic with water and oil-based paints, Dalton’s thick paintings, reflect the various surfaces often found in nature.

Dalton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Ball State University in 2008. She was the 2006 recipient of the Watercolor Society of Indiana scholarship. While attending Ball State University, she received five painting awards, including three purchase awards. Dalton studied with well-known painter Darby Bannard at the University of Miami, Florida. She has shown in over 25 group exhibits including Art Basel Miami. She is a member of the Northern Indiana Artists and recently received the Carolyn Jagodits Memorial Award at their latest exhibition. Locally, Dalton was awarded third place at the Minnetrista Open Space: Art About the Land juried show in 2015.

At 6:15, the artist will speak briefly about her work. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about the artist as well as her unusual pairing of artistic media.

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.

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Mar 2016
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Tribute to Jim Faulkner

The Paintings of Jim Faulkner will be on view at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. through Monday February 29. We are open Monday – Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-3. The Gordy staff extends our heartfelt condolences to Jim on the loss of his wife of 62 years. Eleanor Faulkner was much loved in our community and was well known for caring for animals at her Falcroft School for Dogs and as one of the founders of Action for Animals. No doubt she had great influence on Jim’s paintings that are now hanging in our gallery.

About his own paintings, Jim recently said, “I am very taken by the constant change taking place in everything… the new that decays, becoming the old.” As we look back on Jim’s career, we have found this earlier painting from the 1990s showing his sustained attraction to things that are aged and weathering the test of time. Jim and his paintings have also stood the test of time and should be credited with quietly encouraging many more things that are doing the same. In a recent tribute to Faulkner’s gentle influences, Brian Gordy has traced the roots of Gordy Fine Art and Framing back to a conversation they had together.

In 1982 I was accepted into the MFA program at Miami of Ohio. At that time I was working as a designer of institutional interiors. As the time grew nearer to formally accept the appointment, which included an assistantship, I began to worry about what havoc I was about to wreak on my family by quitting my job and moving us to Oxford, Ohio for 2-3 years. As much as I wanted to do this, I just couldn’t get to the place where I felt OK about it. I drove out to talk to Jim about my situation. As we took a quiet walk around his property, past self-built kennels, a restored barn studio and self-planted woods, I spilled my story. He listened politely for a while, then asked “What do you want with this MFA degree? Do you love teaching?” A career he knew I had already left behind.

“I can teach, I wouldn’t say I love it… I just want to give my life a chance to be about making art.” I answered.

“Why don’t you just paint?” He said with a smile. “Put it in your life and keep at it. You don’t need an MFA for that.”

As I looked around at the serene setting and the gentle guy standing with me, I realized I was being shown the perfect model of how to go about doing just that. Within the year I had a frame showroom and a painting studio in my home and a frame shop in the garage. I was painting every day and framing in between. It was the beginning of Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company, and my career as a watercolor painter.

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Feb 2016
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The Paintings of Jim Faulkner

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will open “The Paintings of Jim Faulkner” on First Thursday, February 4, 5 – 8 pm. 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 limestone 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.

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, visit us on facebook or call 765-284-8422.

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Jan 2016
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December – First Thursday

Carl and Barbara Schafer invite you to Gordy Fine Art and Framing on First Thursday December 3, 5 – 8 pm. We will open our Annual Salon Show with work from all 25 artists represented by GFAF Gallery. Many of the artists will be on hand to chat and answer questions.

At 6:30 the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will welcome the Schafers as new downtown merchants at a Ribbon Cutting celebrating their new ownership of Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company.

Bring your friends for the many creative experiences available on First Thursday throughout downtown Muncie. At Gordy Framing, we specialize in promoting talented artists from East Central Indiana, and offering expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying your most treasured family possessions and works of art.

We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to serving you.

20
Nov 2015
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Shop Small

During the days following Thanksgiving, Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. will observe Black Frame Friday and Small Business Saturday. On both days, we will offer 40% discount on all black custom frame mouldings and 15% discount on original pottery, jewelry, and prints by all artists represented by our gallery.

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Bring your extended family to downtown Muncie for a creative experience with knowledgeable shopkeepers. At Gordy Framing, we specialize in promoting talented artists in East Central Indiana and offering expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying your most treasured family possessions and works of art.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to serving you.

20
Nov 2015
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Watercolor Invitational

 

Jerry Smith, Jeanne McLeish and Rena Brouwer, three watercolor artists from across Indiana will be featured during the month of November at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company. These artists were selected by Brian Gordy, a watercolor artist and owner of GFAF gallery. Says Gordy, “Aside from the fact that they are all consistent award winners, they are three of my favorite watercolor artists in Indiana. Each painter’s approach to the medium is distinctive, dynamic and decidedly different from each other’s work.”

Jerry Smith, a Crawfordsville resident, paints expressive, yet vividly detailed rural and city scenes that feature a unique undulating rhythm. He is a signature member of many prestigious organizations including American Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Indiana and Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Jeanne McLeish, a resident of Mooresville, brings her paintings of forest floors, creek-beds and ravines to life with sizzling, yet sophisticated, combinations of colors. Jeanne is also a signature member of Watercolor Society of Indiana and Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Rena Brouwer, a resident of Piermont, paints spontaneous, dreamlike expressions of realistic subjects, exploiting the property of fluidity in watercolor. Her process involves facilitating the accidental effects brought on by adding washes onto wet paper, then reacting to those effects. Rena is a signature member of many organizations, including Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor Society of Indiana.

Please join Brian and Genny Gordy for their final First Thursday reception as owners of Gordy fine Art & Framing Company. The reception is from 5:00-8:00 with a brief talk by the artists beginning at 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.

On the Rise: Monkey Thunder 5

Monkey Thunder started four years ago as an art coup of sorts with little to no guarantee of staying power. And after 4 glorious iterations, Monkey Thunder is back and going public! MT5 will be a month-long event and the opening reception will coincide with ArtsWalk, Downtown Muncie’s biggest First Thursday of the year, October 1st from 5 – 9 PM.

In keeping with the frantic, last-minute origin of MT, Gallery Manager Braydee Euliss will be throwing together this 5th installment over the next few, furious weeks.

Deadline for artwork submissions is Wednesday, September 23 at 5 PM.
Guidelines: Monkey Thunder 5

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Sep 2015
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Summer Invitational

What was thought to be a rare event from last year’s exhibition schedule at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. is back for round two and appears to have some serious staying power.

The Summer Invitational brings together works by artists from across the Midwest who all have ties to Muncie and/or Ball State University – most as students, few as professors. The exhibit features both 2D and 3D works by artists who are not currently represented by GFAF Gallery, offering viewers an opportunity to experience fresh, new art from beyond the Muncie scene.

Exhibitors include Kaylee Dalton, Steve Garst, Heidi Jensen, Benjamin Johnson, James LaboldJoshua McGarvey, William McQuail, Tim Miller, Amelia Morris, and Casey Parmerlee.

Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. A brief talk at 6:15 will introduce the exhibit as well as artists in attendance. Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, call 765-284-8422 or visit Gordy Fine Art & Framing on Facebook.

 

First Thursday: Annual Print Show

In what has become an annual affair, Gordy Fine Art & Framing will exhibit the work of local printmakers for the month of February 2015. Veteran printmaker, David Johnson, an art professor at Ball State University, will exhibit alongside former student and GFAF represented artist, Corey Hagelberg. Johnson has chosen two current students to join them as well: Erin McAtee and Riley Byrnes.

David Johnson, "Homage to George Orwell"

David Johnson, “Homage to George Orwell”

Widely recognized for his colorful impressions of animals, Johnson is a long-time fan of life-drawing and subsequently an avid County Fair goer. He cites “the long line of a horse’s back,” “the funny positions of sleeping pigs,” and “the fluid lines of goats and sheep,” as “great opportunities for your pencil to roam and coast rhythmically.” Where one might be content with the drawings as final works of art, Johnson appreciates the ability of printmaking to democratize the fragility and impermanence of drawing. Both the etching and woodcut processes lend his images a richness and strength respectively that can be difficult to achieve otherwise.

Corey hagelberg, "Electric Dunes"

Corey Hagelberg, “Electric Dunes”

Hagelberg graduated from BSU in 2006 with his BFA in Sculpture, In 2008, he co-founded a playground construction company that allowed him to build hundreds of playgrounds while traveling to 30 different states as well as Guam. Two years later, he returned to BSU for grad school and received his Masters of Art in Printmaking. Upon graduation, he purchased property in the Miller Beach community of his hometown, Gary, IN. A life spent growing up in the Indiana Dunes State Park and his mission to restore glory to the area both culturally and environmentally provide much of the content for his woodcuts. In addition to raising awareness about local environmental issues with his artwork, he serves as a board member for Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and co-founded the Calumet Artist Residency to enrich the community and provide resources for other working artists.

A reception for the artists will be held First Thursday, February 5th, 2015, from 5 to 8 PM at the downtown gallery. Artists will be on hand and a short talk will be given at 6:15 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. Gordy Fine Art & Framing is located at 224 East Main Street. For more information, call (765)284-8422.

29
Jan 2015
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