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.

 

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Oct 2017
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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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.

Faulkner, Our Teacher

Jim Faulkner painting on site, Delaware County, IN. 2012

Jim Faulkner painting on site, Delaware County, IN. 2012

Jim Faulkner is an exceptional painter of watercolor scenes. He is also an exceptional teacher, friend, and human. Soft spoken – except for the time the guy in NYC tried to get rough asking for money – generous with teaching, time and favors, Jim has demonstrated to those of us who adore him, that kindness, tenacity, talent, good humor and a steady, consistent pace will lead to a Life Well-Lived (and much admired). Mention his name in any Muncie-area group that has any interest in art, and you’ll hear, “OH, I LOVE Jim Faulkner’s work, ” or the shortened version, “OH, I LOVE HIM!” Like icing on the cake, Faulkner’s rugged good looks helped elevate the talented artist to Local Hero status in Delaware County, Indiana. For years, he and his just-as-lovely wife, Eleanor, trained and boarded dogs on their small farm west of Muncie. That experience was also charmed, as everyone felt like they were dropping their dog-kids off at camp, instead of the typical kennel situation. Beautifully maintained, the farmhouse, kennels, and barn were all part of an idyllic country scene. Jim’s studio in the barn was the envy of other artists toughing it out in corners of bedrooms or family rooms. He just seemed to do everything “right.” Painting scenes of our Indiana was one of those right things. Jim sets up in fields and alongside country roads to paint old barns, farmhouses, rolling fields, less-than-tidy barnyards. He paints them in a way that lets you know he loves them – just the way they are. And then, you love them too.

I am not embellishing a bit when I say that Jim Faulkner helped direct our lives -Brian’s and mine – first, as our professor at Ball State University, later, as friend, comrade, and someone we are proud to represent in our gallery. Jim Faulkner is a local art icon, and he deserves the praise. In our opinion, Jim is all that and more.

To close, I hope that others recognize how lucky we all are to have an artist like Jim Faulkner in our midst. The one who keeps at it, drives others’ paintings to distant exhibits, shares, picks up works after exhibits for others, wins awards regularly, painted the length of the Wabash River with friend Dave Dale, never quits, encourages others always, is very kind to humans, dogs, and undoubtedly, other beings, and has given us all a life to aspire to.

P.S. The story about the guy asking for money? It happened when Jim and Brian went to New York  and were walking around looking for painting spots. A rough guy aggressively tried to get money out of them. Brian remembers it as a very tense moment. Country boy Faulkner handled it. He simply pulled himself up to his full 6’3″ height, stepped in closer and told the guy he wanted money from him! A very tense few seconds passed, and the man turned and walked away. Moral of the story: Don’t mess with the quiet-natured artists of Delaware County!

Please come to his opening on Thursday, August 1st at our downtown Muncie gallery. Jim will exhibit new paintings, about which he offered, “I was primarily interested in wonderful images all around me, and my futile attempt to capture those, but with the added beauty of watercolor paint on rag paper.” He is simply in love with the act and the materials of painting. Amazing.

29
Jul 2013
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