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.

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.


New Jewelry by Jan McCune

Indiana Artisan Jan McCune, fresh off another successful Indiana Artisan Marketplace and a solo gig at Ft. Wayne Museum of Art’s Paradigm Gallery, dropped by yesterday with some gorgeous new work!

This prolific lady was also recently featured in the Muncie Star Press. Read the full article HERE!

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.


Color Ocean/Color Land

Abstract painter Suzanne Lambert and GFAF owner and artist Genny Gordy to exhibit together in the gallery throughout the month of September.

Suzanne Lambert is well-known for stunning mixed-media canvases of poured, dripped, and sprayed paints. The former dancer seems to transfer dance moves into her work; colors flow and are embellished with staccato beats, swirls, and arabesques. Titles give hints to the artist’s meaning or refer to the place of inspiration. That could be the Ohio River Valley or the French countryside; Lambert splits her residence/studio space between two continents. “My intention is to visually convey, through color, tone, and composition, the feeling and essence of places…I visit, the people I experience.” She continues, “Energy of life moves me; I wish to bring this feeling to the viewer, to touch them, and, perhaps, to lift the soul…” Lambert will fill the main gallery with new works and speak about her work during the opening reception on September 5, 2013, at 6:15 PM.

Where Ever You Are, You Find the Sun

Genny Gordy will hang an exhibit of photos and watercolors in the Nook gallery. Titled, “”iGarden,” the show exposes the acre of land in town that Gordy and husband, Brian, somewhat wildly maintain and that Genny’s iPhone camera readily captures. Fruit trees and grape vines share space with raised-bed and traditional vegetable gardens. Flowers and herbs fill every view; artworks dot the landscape – a Kim Anderson bird bath, a Matt Lynch sculpture, and an Amish fertility sign painted by a friend. A cabin, possibly 80 years old, serves as Genny’s garden shed. A blue desk in the shade is used as a garden bench and is the background for many photos. A small bridge connects upper and lower yards where wildlife, from deer to heron to flying squirrel, has visited through the years. “It is where I reconnect with the ground beneath my feet and work out thoughts and muscles,” offers Genny. “Every day, I step out my back door into the wonder of the gardens and return renewed. These images are my attempt to share that colorful magic with others.” Gordy will speak about her work at 6:30 PM opening night.

Vegetable Basket on Blue

The exhibits continue through September 30th and may also be viewed during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 to 5:30; Saturday, 9 to 3, or by appointment.

89th Annual Hoosier Salon + GFAF Artists

The Hoosier Salon is a statewide not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to create an appreciation for visual art by promoting Hoosier artists and their work. This year, The Hoosier Salon, founded in 1925, celebrates its 89th annual exhibition.

GFAF is proud to announce three of our represented artists had works accepted, two of whom received merit awards at the opening reception Friday, August 9th.

Daylilies & Phlox

Alan Patrick, Daylilies & Phlox, oil

wasson hoosier salon 2013

Carol Strock Wasson, Value is in the Eye of the Artist, pastel (Best Pastel Award)

Carol Strock Wasson, Overpass Morning RYB, pastel (Outstanding Pastel Award)

Working the Bank

Brian Gordy, Working the Bank, watercolor (Best Watercolor Award)

The exhibit opens August 13, 2013 at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN. More than 100 Indiana artists are represented in this 138 piece show. Get there before it closes September 28th!

Aug 2013
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Lorance: Negotiating the Curve

Voluptuous bronze and glass sculptures and fantastical egg tempera paintings will be the featured exhibit for the month of July at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. in downtown Muncie. The show is set to open on the first Wednesday of the month, July 3rd.

Exhibitor Cheryl Anne Lorance is a Ball State University graduate who just moved back to her home state after living the artist’s life in Santa Fe for 16 years. She will be hanging lush and precise egg tempera paintings, full of fantastical elements and a sense of mystery. The productive artist admits to a strong influence by Magical Realism and the new Objectivity, which seats magical elements in a mundane or normal setting. Adding to the mystery, the multi-talented Lorance will display biomorphic, undulating sculptures that bulge and twist beneath delightful patinas. One hangs from cables, adding an element of surprise and concern.  Another resembles internal organs, dipped in dark chocolate and displayed on a metal base. Beautiful, yet unidentifiable, the pieces invite a somewhat dark curiosity mixed with playfulness, causing viewers to ask, “What is it? A pod, a bug, or a sea creature?”


The active Lorance is currently part of a public art project in Indianapolis called, “Go Ahead and Play,” sponsored by Women’s Funds of Indiana. This event will feature twenty pianos that have been transformed by local artists and displayed in public places in Indianapolis throughout August.

Lorance has also been invited to begin teaching at the Indianapolis Art Center this summer.

The reception hours are 5 to 8 PM. The award-winning artist will speak about her work and answer questions at 6 PM. The public is invited to attend.


Jun 2013
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An Honest Assessment

What happens when you graduate from art school? And more specifically, the art department of a state school?

Maybe you go to Pratt. Maybe you move back in with mom and dad. Or maybe you weigh your options, like me, between casual advice sessions from your best ex-professors.  Over a shared Oude Tart last fall, Jacinda Russell reiterated the most popular sentiment: “You need to go to grad school.” She followed that with, “You. And Amelia Morris,” company I’m still not sure I deserve.

Like so many other BFA degree recipients, I could be making americanos, pizza deliveries, and mixed drinks for my successors. Instead, since graduating in 2011, I have been trusted by the Gordy family to manage GFAF gallery operations and create opportunity after opportunity for others in that familiar “what now?” boat.

The newest of these is our Small Exhibit Series, an exciting addition to downtown Muncie’s array of monthly art shows. February marks the launch of the exhibition program which has been tailored to support emerging area artists and simultaneously foster a wider knowledge of and appreciation for current art trends among our patrons.

The inaugural exhibition An Honest Assessment features photographs by the aforementioned needs-to-go-to-grad-schooler, Amelia Morris. Aptly titled, this body of work addresses what she likes to call her “post-grad blues.”  Ten captioned self-portraits reveal Morris’ feelings of anxiety and inadequacy following her graduation in 2008. Despite loosely referring to this period of her life as a “sabbatical,” Morris continues to make photography a priority. Her photographs are included in Ball State University’s and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction’s collections. She is an active member of the Postcard Collective, an international artist postcard exchange group. Amelia is also a 2013 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow through the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Well, ain't that hardcore!

Well, ain’t that hardcore!


An Honest Assessment is on view in our newly christened Nook gallery through March 4th. More information about Amelia and her work can be found on her website www.thanksandsorryphotos.com.

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

Nov 2012
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