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.”

 

 

04
Dec 2018
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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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.

 

Kevin Campbell – Pieces of Infinity

           

The exhibition Pieces of Infinity showcases the paintings and sculpture by artist Kevin Campbell.  All of the works are expressions of the interconnectedness of the natural world.  Each individual piece is “inherently part of something larger than itself,” says Campbell speaking about what has driven his art for decades.

The exhibit will be anchored by his drawing of tiny interlocking puzzle pieces which is well over 100 square feet.  The drawing is a map that guides his Puzzle Project and will be shown to the public for the first time to offer viewers a direct understanding of the artist’s motivation.   The Puzzle Project is a work of art that has no edge and so it “can be added onto – can ‘grow’ indefinitely.  As it grows, pieces and groups of pieces are separated and treated as individual works of art.”  These pieces and groups of pieces will be hung and for sale in the Gordy gallery.  Those who own a piece of the Puzzle Project will forever have a place in the larger composition.

“Works of art are often referred to as ‘pieces of art,’” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “For Kevin Campbell this is literally true.  He is making only one work of art that has many pieces.  The title of the show, Pieces of Infinity refers to the fact that Campbell has placed no boundaries on his single work of art.  It can continue forever and each piece will always have its place.”

Pieces of Infinity will be exhibited throughout the month of March.  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.

 

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24
Feb 2018
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Cyber Goes Local at Gordy

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company is proud to combine CYBER with LOCAL and SHOP SMALL in the launch of its new online store located on its website gordyframing.com.  Go to our website, and click “Browse Our Store” to shop for paintings, jewelry, pottery, prints and much more by artists with East Central Indiana connections.  These are all one-of-a-kind items created in the artists’ personal studios.  Visit often as we are continually adding new items both online and in our gallery at 224 E. Main Street in Muncie, Indiana.

Gordy wants to get people excited about the vibrant art scene we have here in Indiana.  Many of the artists represented are arts educators in the local public schools and at Ball State University, while others are enjoying a retirement with more time to create.   Still others are graduates from Ball State’s School of Art and have established careers as artists in other cities in Indiana and across the country.

Through our holiday season, we are offering 10% off all online orders through December 22nd.  Use the Coupon Code provided on our website.  Simply enter the code at checkout. Orders can be shipped to you or picked up at our gallery through December 23rd.

We hope the online store will help introduce East Central Indiana artists to a broader market both in Muncie and beyond.  Enjoy browsing, buying, and supporting the local art scene of East Central Indiana.

02
Dec 2017
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Funcie: Signs of Enthusiasm

Muncie artist John Morris has revived one of Muncie’s unofficial slogans, “Funcie,” to communicate a message of what is possible for our community through creativity. Morris is an advocate for affordable and fun art that emphasizes cooperation and positive thinking among people to embrace the place we live. His art is specific to Muncie and East Central Indiana and will immediately remind viewers of advertising signs from the mid-20 th century. But instead of promoting products, he is promoting a sense of community through affection and good will toward our city.

An opening party will be held during Muncie’s ArtsWalk on Thursday October 5 from 5 – 9 pm. The artist will be on hand to engage with viewers throughout the evening. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Family friendly activities will run throughout the evening where visitors can make and take $1.00 “Funcie” buttons and $4.00 Spirograph drawings. T-shirts with the “Funcie Indiana” logo will be available for sale.
John Morris is from Richmond, Virginia. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. He has taught art and design at Ball State University’s School of Art as an Assistant Professor since 2014.

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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.  The Summer Invitational may also be viewed through Saturday, July 29, 2017 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.

 

30
Oct 2017
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Holiday Art Showcase

A feast for the eyes, the Showcase offers drawings, jewelry, paintings, prints, and pottery by more than 25 East Central Indiana artists.  Prices range from $1 to $2,000, with most falling between $30 to $200. From whimsical “Funcie” signs and shirts to handcrafted mugs and plates. Paintings capturing Indiana’s rural landscapes in various media to hand-bound journals and letterpress cards.

“The Holiday Art Showcase is a great opportunity to find unique holiday gifts with a connection to the city we live in,” says Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “Often our customers are shopping for friends who have moved away from Muncie, or for their grown children who need something special to remember their hometown. Useful things such as mugs, bowls, and t-shirts are popular since they are used every day.”

The Holiday Art Showcase will open on First Thursday, November 2nd from 5-8 PM. Carl and Barbara Schafer will introduce the show during a brief talk at 6:15. 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. The show will run through December 31st. New works will be added throughout the holiday season.

 


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.

30
Oct 2017
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Braydee Euliss: Case Studies

Braydee Euliss Case Studies Installation View

Braydee Euliss has worked on every side of the world of art: student artist, artist, museum preparatory intern, gallery manager, patron, picture framer. A Muncie native, Euliss earned a BFA in Sculpture from Ball State University with a semester at Westminster College in London, England. She has also earned the title of “master framer,” according to her employer, Brian Gordy. Not only does she design and complete frame packages, but Euliss works on gilding projects, bringing old and antique frames back to their former golden glory. And, for the month of April, the talented artist will also be exhibiting in the Gordy gallery.

Case Studies is an exploratory and provocative exhibit that investigates institutional methods of 3-dimensional display. The pedestal, the vitrine, and various incarnations of both have been designed to unobtrusively showcase other objects. Case Studies asks the viewer to acknowledge the contextual framework of display and reconsider its furniture as a medium that filters our perception of what is contained within.

Euliss has participated in numerous solo and group exhibits, including Select Fair in Miami, FL; Contexture at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Miller, IN; 19th, 21st, and 23rd Minnetrista Annual; 73rd , 74th & 75th Annual Student Art Shows (BSU); Reclaim, Reuse, Renew, Atrium Gallery (BSU); and the Whitewater Valley Annual at IU East, Richmond, IN and several group shows, including the Monkey Thunder series, Bodega at the Murphy Arts Building, Indianapolis, IN, and Resurfaced at Savage’s Ale House, Muncie. The artist was selected for the Art Faculty Award for Outstanding Senior Art Student at BSU in 2010. Other awards include the Muncie Art Students League Annual BSU Student Art Award in 2009 and the Lucia Mysch Scholarship Award in 2009.

The opening reception for “Case Studies” will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM at the downtown gallery. Light refreshments will be served and the artist will be introduced at 6:15 PM for a short talk, and to answer questions about her work. The exhibit will continue through April 30, 2014, and may also be viewed during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday, 9 to 3, or by appointment. Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. is located at 224 E. Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, call 765-284-8422.

07
Apr 2014
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New Edition: Prints by Dave + Sarojini Johnson

Prints are hot, and the wintertime Annual Print Exhibit at Gordy Fine Art and Framing will feature woodcut prints and etchings by two Ball State University printmaking professors. David and Sarojini Johnson are known both for their own signature styles and for the number of students following their example as professionals in the field. With more than fifty years of combined teaching, the duo continues to hone their artistic skills. “The woodcuts, etchings, and artist’s books in this show represent some of their best work,” notes Brian Gordy.

Topknots and Polka Dots

David’s woodcuts often depict humans or animals – cows, pigs, crows – in large color block scenes, fair barns, streetscapes, or fast food establishments. Sarojini’s pieces are known for an exotic flavor, where plants and insects, frogs and lilies are poised in colorful, dark, dreamlike garden scenes, decorative ribbons running around edges. In “Frog and Lily,” a blue-green spotted frog competes with orange and red flowers for center stage. David’s “Topknots and Polka Dots” depicts a seated woman who appears to be relaxing in a corner of the printmaking room at Ball State University – home office for the Johnson duo.

The two artists engage different methods to arrive at their compositions. Sarojini employs intaglio, mastering the process in tight, rich details that are etched out of a metal plate. The plate is then inked and run through a press to create a single print at a time. David’s relief prints, cut by hand, often include color blocks of street scenes or observed moments of contemporary life. His artistic method of choice is relief printing, where wood or linoleum is carved away, leaving desired areas that then receive ink and are printed onto special papers. Each color requires either a different carved block or the same block, cut out a bit more after each color application.

The opening reception for “New Edition” will be held Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM at the downtown art gallery. Light refreshments will be served and the artists will be introduced at 6:15 PM for a short talk, and to answer questions about the work. The exhibit will continue through February 28, 2014, and may also be viewed during normal business hours or by appointment.

NEW WORK: academy records, matt lynch, nathaniel russell, george shumar, and chris vorhees

Through years of art business – first as an art supply store, more recently as an art gallery and frame shop – Brian and Genny Gordy have enjoyed the company of dozens of Ball State art students. Both graduates of that program, the Gordys found many student applicants were readily trained to work in their downtown business. Some of these employees graduated to become professional artists, art professors or game developers. For their November art exhibit, the Gordys will feature five of these former co-workers who have continued to collaborate and create, exhibiting from Chicago to New Zealand, Los Angeles to Bologna. Sometimes solo, often in collaboration, these men weave music, live performance, film, installation, and other artisans into their bigger-than-life exhibitions.

Stephen Lacy, Matt Lynch, George Shumar, Jr. and Chris Vorhees may be remembered for their late 1990’s downtown art gallery, “Sandbox,” or their rolling art gallery, “Object D’ART,” a fully-functioning mini gallery on wheels, pulled by a 1973 Dodge Dart. Filled with juried works of art, the project toured each quadrant of the country and produced a bound “Tour Diary 1998-99” of events, including stopping points and stats, such as: “Actual Total Stops Nationwide: 87. East Coast: 48. Avg. Viewers per Day: 48.” Joined by Nat Russell, the D’ART project was just a starting point for the ongoing collaborative art produced by this very active group of creative thinkers, art and music makers.

New technologies have enabled these five artists to reach ever-wider audiences, in their trademark “more is more” fashion, with more than a sprinkling of humor. Examples include a Styrofoam car created by Vorhees for installation in a tree at a Phish concert and a huge wooden skate bowl, installed at a Chicago art venue and then moved to Los Angeles.

Stephen Lacy placed a mock TV studio in a Los Angeles storefront, complete with a 1960’s variety show set and filmed it all as performance art to be broadcast through his Academy Records and Actual Size websites.

Vorhees, organizer of the event, owns Theoretical Woodworking, a custom design and build company. He is an installation specialist, working with artists, museums, and architects.

Skateboarder, installation artist, and surfboard & poster-painter, Nat Russell is famous for his hand-scrawled posters, served as artist-in-residence at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA, and has exhibited at art venues in Australia, Canada, France, and Berkeley.

Lynch, an art professor at the University of Cincinnati, works under the name, SIMPARCH, creating site-specific and responsive, large-scale artworks that strive to encourage communal interaction and social exchange. He claims an infatuation with “absurdly functional forms.”

Shumar, who studied metalsmithing at Ball State, discovered quilting after moving to Vermont and will exhibit “Hot Weather Quilt 2013,” made from jersey mesh, mosquito mesh, key rings, and balloons.

The opening reception for “New Work” will be held Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM at the downtown Gallery. Light refreshments will be served, and the artists will be introduced at 6:15 PM. The exhibit will continue through November 30th and may also be viewed during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday, 9 to 3.

 

Print Exhibit + Photo Exhibit = Artful Feb

David Johnson's Animal Farm

David Johnson’s Animal Farm

Printmaking will headline the gallery show for February in our Annual BSU Print Exhibit. Spearheaded by BSU professors David and Sarojini Johnson, the exhibit always includes a few of their top students, as well as their own. David is known for his multi-colored relief prints that often depict farm animals, crows, or portraits of people in public settings. His wife, Sarojini, typically produces intaglio prints with a decidedly decorative – exotic – flavor. Vines, birds, the moon are often framed in floral vines, textures and twilight colors. “Frog and Lily” depicts a blue frog, beautifully textured, with orange lilies on yellow-green lily pads.

David Johnson works from life. What he sees, people he knows, animals in pens at the fair. The artist determines the focal point in his bold and colorful scenes; crows, people, or pastel-colored pigs in pens. We can’t look away, as the images are so familiar to us, yet take on a dream quality by their isolation, colors, arrangements. The artists sees, and wants us, his viewers, to see, too.  There will be a short talk by the artists at 6 PM about their work and this exhibit, which includes students, Terre Keck and Brandon Beeson.

The Annual BSU Print Exhibit will open in our gallery on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 5 PM.  A new, second exhibit will open our “Small Exhibit Series” with photos by recent BSU grad Amelia Morris. “I like to think of the work as a series of public and private confessions, ” offers Morris, “my post-grad blues.”  There will be talk about this exhibit at 6:30.

Light refreshments will be served. The opening hours are 5 to 8 PM. For more information, call Gordy Fine Art & Framing at (765)284-8422 or email, genny@gordyframing.com

Sarojini Johnson's seductive intaglio prints invite a storyline for the viewer.

Sarojini Johnson’s seductive intaglio prints invite a storyline for the viewer.

02
Feb 2013
AUTHOR cskadmin
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Sunlight in the Gallery

The gallery looks beautiful this time of year.  Strong sunlight sneaks in under the awning and bounces off the 100-year old polished wood floor, giving the whole space a perfect “artist’s light.”  Coffee and cookies await guests – a recent addition to our daily customer service list. On the wall – that beautiful, historic, absolutely authentic gallery way – Larry Graham’s photos and (surprise) rather abstract paintings hang. Good stuff.  Graham was our professor at Ball State University, and we are so pleased to exhibit his work. He has many followers, friends, former students, and they still trickle in, catching these last days of his show, up through November 30th.

Then comes the Annual Salon Show, opening on December 6th! We represent two dozen artists (listed below), and for the Annual Salon, we exhibit up to 3 pieces from each of them.  This is one of the times we are most pleased to have a hanging system in place on our gallery wall. Trying to arrange up to 50 pieces of art is tough, but it would ruin our beloved wall if we were placing nails each time, and we don’t have to do that. (We installed a Walker Hanging System years ago; no nails!) The Annual Salon is typically our greatest challenge, as far as art hangings go, but the resulting exhibit is always breathtaking. Fortunately, the exhibit stays up for two months, through January 31, 2013.  Pieces that sell, in the meantime, can be easily removed and some minor tweaking will correct the arrangement of paintings, drawings and prints.

Please consider bringing any of your out-of-town guests downtown for a gallery visit, complete with coffee and cookies. They will get a good look at the dynamic art scene we enjoy here in Muncie and Delaware County. Perhaps they’ll even want to take some art home! GFAF artists include: Kim Anderson (pottery), Scott Anderson (painting), Sue Beach (pottery), Carol Burt (pottery), David Dale (pastels), Eric Ernstberger (acrylics), Jim Faulkner (watercolors), Charlene George (oils), Brian Gordy (watercolors), Corey Hagelberg (printmaking), David Johnson (printmaking), Sarojini Johnson (printmaking), Suzanne Marie Lambert (acrylics), Paul Laseau (watercolor), Cheryl Anne Lorance (bronze & glass sculptures) Jan McCune (jewelry), Alan Patrick (oils), John Peterson (pottery), Martin Price (pottery), Margie Prim (oils) and Carol Strock-Wasson (oils).

If you’d like to receive monthly invitations to art openings in your inbox, please contact: genny@gordyframing.com

28
Nov 2012
AUTHOR cskadmin
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