Brian Gordy: Closing Reception + Artist Talk

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will hold a closing reception for New Watercolors by former owner Brian Gordy on the afternoon of Saturday April 30, 1 – 3 pm. The exhibit features paintings from the past year including several that have been completed since the sale of the business in November. On this special afternoon, several earlier paintings will be added to the gallery walls.  At 1:30 the artist will speak about his work and the progression of his painting career. Together they signal his transition as a full-time painter and he will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

“Those who know Brian Gordy’s work will recognize his longtime concern for the natural environment and wildlife habitat,” said owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “The additional paintings on view in the gallery on Saturday demonstrates how his interest have evolved over decades.”

“My paintings have progressed like a voyage in a small craft,” said Gordy. “Namely a canoe. I am known for paintings of turtles. When I go into nature to look for them, I find erosion caused by fast flowing rivers that have exposed root networks of different trees. They lace over one another and provide well-hidden habitats for turtles, muskrats, ducklings, and smallmouth bass. The intricacy I find there is endlessly mysterious. At times my unexpected fascination with these places has distracted me so thoroughly that my canoe has actually bumped in to the turtles I thought I was looking for.”

Brian’s watercolors and hand gilded original frames have earned him the official designation of Indiana Artisan, by the State of Indiana. In addition to his continued representation at Gordy Fine Art & Framing, his art can also be seen at the Brown County Art Guild (Nashville, IN), Venue Gallery (Bloomington, IN), Edenside Gallery (Louisville, KY) and Art of Framing Gallery (Lafayette, IN). Gordy is a resident of Muncie who was recently nominated for a 2015 Muncie Mayor’s Art Award. His works are included in the permanent collections of The Sheldon Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN), The Richmond Art Museum (Richmond, IN), Minnetrista (Muncie, IN) and many corporate and private collections.

Apr 2016
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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.

Brian Gordy Accepted to American Watercolor Society Exhibit

Brian Gordy, watercolor artist and local businessman, has been accepted into the 147th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society. His entry, “Spotted Turtle Composition,” will hang at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City, from April 1-20, 2014.

The American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition is “considered by many to be the most prestigious and competitive Watercolor Exhibition in the country,” according to the acceptance notice. Notable members of AWS include Gordy’s personal hero, Winslow Homer, along with Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edward Hopper, William Merrit Chase, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, and others. Founded in 1866 by eleven painters, the organization stresses consistent style and expert skill in the demanding medium. Watercolor painting is to oil painting as hiking is to free climbing; there is very little room for error. Transparency is mandatory, where the paper must show through the thin washes of paint.

This is the first time for Gordy to be invited to show in this competition. “It is a great honor to be included in such a prestigious and historically important exhibition. All of my watercolor heroes came through there,” Gordy offers.

A graduate of the Ball State University Department of Art, Gordy and his wife, Genny – also a BSU Art graduate – maintain an art gallery and frame shop in downtown Muncie, Indiana, representing two dozen area artists, including Gordy. A website of his works may be found at

Jan 2014
AUTHOR braydee

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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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