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 or call 765-284-8422.

Apr 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer

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Cyber Goes Local at Gordy

Price Raku Crackle Vase

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  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.

Dec 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.

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.


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