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.”

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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Feb 2018
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.

 

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Oct 2017
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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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.

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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