Artswalk and through October – MUGS

Throughout the month of October Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will have for sale lots of MUGS made by local potters Kim Anderson, Sue Beach, Carol Burt, John Peterson, Marty Price, and Kyle Rees. Everyone needs a mug for their morning brew. These mugs blend together practicality with art.

During Artswalk on Thursday, October 3rd to continue this theme, selfie mugs shots will be available for you to take by yourself or with family and friends.  Light refreshments of bars (lemon, heavenly, and fruity) will be served. Greg Pyle and Austin Burton will be in the house providing tunes to make you smile.

Frames by Us That Will Blow Your MIND

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company to spotlight new frames inspired by historical designs, gilded and hand-decorated by our shop’s craftsmen.

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company is one of a few picture framing studios in the Midwest that offers handmade, hand-gilded, and hand-decorated frames made from locally milled wood. During the month of September, our gallery will feature new frames made from original and historical designs as well as a restored antique frame from our collection.

Examples on view will demonstrate many traditional techniques used for decorating picture frames.  These include gilding with 24K gold leaf and 12K white gold leaf, carving, sgraffito, granito, and compo ornaments.  Also included will be more modern designs which are less decorative with the focus on form and surface such as wood grain, metal leaf, or other laminate.  “Gordy Framing has a long history of reproducing historical designs, creating original designs, and offering museum quality work restoring antique frames,” said owner Carl Schafer.  “We are carrying on the tradition and adding to the portfolio established by Brian Gordy, the company’s founder.”  On view will be frames inspired by Dutch and Italian renaissance styles, 19th century French and American styles, the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, and contemporary American styles.

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. 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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

 

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Aug 2019
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Natural Influences: Two Hoosiers, Nature, and Their Art

From topographically inspired jewelry by Lisa Walsh to floral designed silks by Carrie Wright, the influence of nature will be celebrated during Natural Influences: Two Hoosiers, Nature, and Their Art.

Carrie Wright, a Muncie silk painter and newly minted Indiana Artisan, will be sharing her beautiful pieces of wearable art.  Wright gives specific attention to several details, such as: where the design elements are likely to fall on the body when the scarf is worn; an appropriate color pallet within the design with careful consideration for the occasion or outfit for which the scarf might be worn; a balanced combination of floral and graphic elements maintaining visual tension and interest.  Wright’s creativity is nurtured by combining the clean design disciplines of the Japanese kimono textile creators and the forward-thinking creativity of European designers.

“I was born and raised amid the fields in northern Delaware County”, says Wright. “I’ve always been inspired by the beauty of Indiana landscapes, fields that stretch to the horizons of both the rising and setting sun. Much of my work is influenced by the flora of the area combined in some way with a bold graphic design element to help balance the piece and prohibit it from becoming flowery or fussy.”

 

Lisa Walsh, a jewelry designer from Lafayette, will be showcasing pieces from her Topography Series. Walsh uses enamels and mixed metals to portray accurate contour lines from topographical maps.  Conceptualized in 2015, this series has received four consecutive Arts in the Parks grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.  The Topography Series includes work featuring Clifty Falls and Spring Mill State Park in southern Indiana, and recently expanded to include areas of Shenandoah National Park where Walsh was artist-in-residence in 2018.

Walsh’s influence is a “fascination with topographical maps which I have had since studying fire science many years ago, but hadn’t incorporated them into my work until relatively recently.  Topography and jewelry are such an unusual pairing that it often opens discussions that lead into important land and conservation issues,” she says.  “Jewelry is the ultimate traveling art, and as such, a great medium for encouraging dialogue between people.”

Margie Prim: Still Lifes and Landscapes

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate the brink of summer with the  fresh and beautiful work of Margie Prim during May’s First Thursday on May 2, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00.  Margie will give a short talk at 6:15.  Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Margie’s heavy strokes swipe the canvas with dabs of bold color to create beautiful still lifes and peaceful landscapes. This quiet artist brings out her passion for life through canvases which capture scenes from East Central Indiana.  This Muncie artist’s inspirations may be found as easily down an alley, by the White River, or out in a farmer’s field.  “I just get in my car and I drive,” Margie explains.

Margie Prim began her art career in the 1960s in Oklahoma by taking painting lessons. She arrived in Muncie in the 1970s.  She laid her brushes down until the early 1990s when she started taking various art classes offered by community organizations such as the YMCA. She took lessons from Walt Lewis at the Stan Nossett School of Fine Art in Muncie. Margie, the perpetual student, continues learning through her involvement with the New Richmond Group and Indiana Plein Air Painters.

Margie considers herself both a studio and plein air artist and is adept in both methods.  She enjoys, especially in colder months, to work from sketches or photographs in the comfort of her studio.  As a plein air painter she works outside, on location, to create her paintings.

Margie has shown in the Minnetrista Annual, the Richmond Art Museum Annual, and Red-Tail Land Conservancy Open Spaces Exhibit. She has won  several awards and held several one woman exhibits in the region.  In early 2019, Margie won honorable mention in the Madison County Art Show. Her works have been included in the Indiana Waterways Project and the Women’s Commission Art Exhibit.

The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale through Saturday June 1.  Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. 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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

Alfredo Marin-Carle

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will be exhibiting of new paintings by artist Alfredo Marin-Carle, April 4 – 27, 2019.  Marin-Carle joined the faculty at Ball State University in 1985 teaching graphic design in the Art department and moving over to the Journalism department in 1989. He is now Associate Professor Emeritus and resides in Indianapolis.

Marin-Carle’s new paintings explore his lifetime fascination with eastern philosophies and the understanding of every living being as an expression of the cosmos. “Alfredo’s process reflects the creation and destruction always going on around us,” says Gordy co-owner Carl Schafer. “The constant push-and-pull is described in Buddhism as Yin and Yang.” The artist builds up layers and then sands them down. He carves recognizable images then scratches deep and aggressive marks that disturb their clarity. The paintings are made of primeval materials starting with tar paper which he paints with multiple layers of different colors. The sanding and carving reveal the layers underneath and then the application of certain chemicals encourages the tar to permeate the paint layers causing discoloration that will continue through the life of the painting. “The process of the tar moving within the paint layer brings the paintings to life,” Alfredo says. “These paintings will change in subtle and beautiful ways over time.”

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. 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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

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Apr 2019
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Michael Miller – Landscapes & Oceanscapes

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will be exhibiting new oil paintings by artist Michael Miller throughout March. Miller moved from Los Angeles to Anderson in 2007 and has a studio in the Union Building.  His new paintings are large and colorful landscapes and oceanscapes.

Miller is known nationally as a painter of golf courses and he is meticulously faithful to the sweeping outdoor scenes he paints.  As a former golf professional, his career is an unusual cross between the sporting world and the art world.  In the 1980s and 90s he was Head Golf Professional at both the MountainGate Country Club in Los Angeles and the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA.  He learned painting from Gene Mako, who was a Davis Cup tennis champion and the son of the great American painter Bartholomew Mako.  “Miller’s painting style is reminiscent of Mako who used ‘soft edges’ to make images that are more like the way human eyes see the world,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “This allows viewers to imagine the sounds and smells that would be present in the real place.”

Miller’s painting career includes One-Person shows at both the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, NJ, and the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum in St. Augustine, FL   He has illustrated two books, “The Art of Golf Design” and “The Golden Age of Golf Design” for golf historian and author, Geoff Shackelford.

 

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Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. 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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

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Mar 2019
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Carol Strock Wasson – New Pastels & Paintings

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will hold an exhibition of new paintings by artist Carol Strock Wasson through February.  She is one of Indiana’s most accomplished and beloved painters, and Gordy has represented her work for many years.

Carol Strock Wasson lives and works in Union City, Indiana.  She is an Indiana Artisan and her work is routinely included among Indiana’s most prestigious artists in the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition.  Known as a “Plein Air” artist, she often paints outside on location.  Sometimes she finishes paintings in this manner.  Very often she sketches or composes “studies” on location and then returns to her studio to finish them.  “Paintings completed on-site tend to have more excited strokes which show the artist’s sense of discovery,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “Those completed in the studio are more refined as she spends time clarifying the image and introducing colors that heighten awareness of time of day, temperature, ground water, humidity, and rain.”   Examples of both methods will be on view in the exhibition.

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Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. 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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

 

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Mar 2019
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2018 Holiday Showcase

 

2018 Holiday Showcase

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will feature the works of local artists in its Holiday Showcase on First Thursday, December 6 from 5-8 PM. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served giving customers the opportunity to buy unique objects created by local artists for holiday decorating and gift giving. Greg Pyle and Austin Burton will be joining in the festivities with their musical talents including a favorite Christmas song or two.

Gordy is the area’s leading source for drawings, jewelry, journals, paintings, and pottery designed and made by local artists. Most prices fall between $30 to $200. From whimsical “Funcie” signs and shirts to “Goddess” mugs that celebrate the female form. Paintings and prints capture Indiana’s landscapes and scenes in both traditional and contemporary styles. Jewelry highlight simple cylindrical forms or the beauty of mounted stones. The show will run through December and new items will be continually added.

“The Holiday Showcase offers great opportunities to find unique holiday gifts with a connection to Muncie and East Central Indiana,” says Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “Often our customers are shopping for friends and children who have moved away from the area and want something special to remember their hometown. Others want to buy something unique and affordable as well as support the East Central Indiana art scene.”

 

 

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Dec 2018
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Hurley Goodall: Muncie Icon

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open the exhibition Hurley Goodall: Muncie Icon, Thursday October 4, 2018 from 5 – 9 pm .

Photographs will be drawn from the Ball State University’s Archives and Special Collections, a department of Ball State University Libraries.  Copies will be sold to benefit the Delaware County Historical Society’s effort to commission a statue of Muncie’s great African American leader.

Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer are working in partnership with Michael Szajewski,  Assistant Dean for Digital Scholarship and Special Collections at the Ball State University Libraries.  Selected photographs will explore the African American community in Muncie and focus on Mr. Goodall.

The exhibition will concentrate on memorable events and people in photographs from the Black Muncie History Collection which was presented to Ball State by Mr. Goodall in 1980.  “This exhibit will honor Hurley Goodall’s vast impact on Muncie and East Central Indiana,” says Szajewski, “highlighting the rich cultural fabric and history of Muncie’s African American community that Goodall helped to both document and empower.”  Through sales of the photographs, this month-long exhibition will raise money for the statue and generate a new appreciation for Mr. Goodall as Muncie’s first African American firefighter,  first African American school board member, and first African American legislator.

Hurley Goodall: Muncie Icon will be displayed through the month of October.

 

MAGIC: Paintings by Alan Patrick

MUNCIE INDIANA – Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company to present Magic, an exhibition of paintings by artist Alan Patrick, Thursday September 6, 5 – 8 pm.   

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will present the exhibition Magic with paintings by artist Alan Patrick throughout the month of September.    The exhibit will feature new paintings by Mr. Patrick who is beloved in Indiana’s art community and is always considered among the most committed and consistent talents of our time.  Throughout the evening, he will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. At 6:15 he will speak briefly about his work.  Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Patrick is known for his uncanny ability to capture the mist of early morning in the woods as well as the sunlight and haze of a summer afternoon settling on water and on distant landscapes.  “I can pass by a place a hundred times and that place is just ordinary.  There is nothing of visual interest there.  Then, one day, it’s magic. It has color, form, light, and drama.  It has suddenly become a wonderful place to look at.  I know there is a painting there.”

Patrick has strong roots in East Central Indiana having grown up in Centerville and received his training in painting and ceramics at Ball State University in the early 1960’s.  Soon afterward, he established the well-known Bethel Pike Pottery with John Peterson and David Cayton in Albany, Indiana.  When the pottery closed in 2006, he began to paint full time and has been included in many exhibitions throughout Indiana and beyond.  Several weeks ago he was given the “Award for Traditional Landscape” at the 2018 Hoosier Art Salon which is currently open at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. 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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

 

20 % OFF all custom framing April 28 – May 12

Framed Love Poems, Birth Certificates, embroideries, and diplomas are just a few examples of family treasures that make great gifts for Mothers and graduates that last a lifetime.  Larger three-dimensional objects like baby items, wedding-day mementos, Athletic gear, and Military honors can also be mounted into deeper frames.  Let our expert frame designers transform your treasured objects from childhood, motherhood, school days, and family history into wall hangings that can be displayed and seen every day.

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Apr 2018
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A favorite client offered us a very generous testimonial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After successful completion of an unusual project, one of our favorite clients surprised us with a generous testimonial.  Thanks Dave Snyder

Dave writes,  “One of my hobbies is collecting vintage brass engineering, scientific and nautical instruments.

The first instrument that I collected was a Crosby steam throttle and pressure gage calibration instrument patented in 1903. I bought it for $25.00.  After some investigation I found the serial number which indicated it was the first production model made by the company.  What a treasure!

Recently I purchased an original pressure gage for this instrument.  It had decades of tarnish which I removed with a bench buffer, jeweler’s rouge and plenty of elbow grease. I finally got the polishing completed so that it shined like brand new. Then a tragedy occurred when I dropped it and cracked the glass crystal. I was crestfallen. How was I going to repair and replace the glass and where was I going to get it?

Then I got a scathingly brilliant idea. I had worked with Carl Schafer on two unique projects that used his expertise and craftsmanship. I was very satisfied with the products that Carl produced for me and I called him to see if he could help. A week later I picked up the repaired pressure gage and it was perfect. Now whenever I need an excellent craftsman, I know that Carl is my “go to guy” and I will call him first.”

Dave Snyder

 

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Apr 2018
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