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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Closing Reception for Monkey Thunder VI
Saturday, October 29th 1 – 3 pm

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will host FROM BEYOND: ALIENS IN MUNCIE, an artist guided costume and video making event, this Saturday, October 29th from 1 – 3 pm as part of the closing reception for their current exhibit, Monkey Thunder VI. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

FROM BEYOND: ALIENS IN MUNCIE invites the public to join Karl Erickson as he explores the following questions:

Are you, or is anyone you know, an ALIEN?
Have you ever felt like you were a being from OUTER SPACE visiting THIS PLANET?
Are you an Intergalactic Visitor on a quest for Inner Peace?

If so, Karl Erickson is here to help. As part of his ongoing project about finding inner peace through outer space, Erickson will guide guests as they make their own wearable, alien creations as well as their own short videos of enlightenment-seeking extraterrestrials encountering Muncie and one another for the first time.

Dedicated space and time for costume design and execution will be available in the downtown gallery Saturday afternoon 1 – 3 pm. Costume making materials will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own materials as well, especially clothing and headwear to serve as a base for each creation. Participants will be documented in their completed costumes.

In addition to costume creation, participants can also collaborate with Erickson to generate their own short video scenes about aliens seeking transcendence. All raw material produced will then be uploaded to The Cloud and available to participants to edit their own short science-fiction films. The final result will be a series of thematically linked short science fiction videos exploring enlightenment. These videos will be posted online and screened at future Monkey Thunder events.

Karl Erickson a visual artist focusing on the moving image with video and animated gifs. His subject matter includes science fiction, environmental issues, motivational language and temporal/spatial dislocations. Featured in the Monkey Thunder VI video exhibit for ArtsWalk, his recent video project, We Could Be Transcendental Apes, is a re-imagining of sci-fi B-movies as quests for enlightenment. A version of the multi-part work was shown at Field Projects Gallery in New York City, where Erickson was the 2015 Resident Artist. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Wayne State University and his MFA in Studio Art from The California Institute of the Arts. He is the Ball State University School of Art’s new assistant professor of Digital Media and Computer Art.

Oct 2016
AUTHOR braydee

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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
AUTHOR braydee


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Kaylee Dalton: Closing Reception + Encaustic Demo

Artist Kaylee Dalton will demonstrate the art of hot pigmented wax (Encaustic) on the closing day of her exhibition Radicle Traces, Saturday April 21 – 3 pm.

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will host artist Kaylee Dalton on Saturday April 2, 1 – 3 pm as she demonstrates the art of hot pigmented wax (Encaustic).  Visitors are invited to engage with the artist as she shares her techniques on the closing day of her exhibition Radicle Traces.  Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

“Radicle” refers to the part of a plant embryo that develops into the primary root.  Appropriate for this time of year, Dalton’s works are whimsical interpretations of the garden landscape with a focus on “the ever longed for spring season and its perpetual fascination of new growth.” Bulbs, seeds, and blooms, both above and beneath the soil, have all found a home in her recent work now hanging in GFAF Gallery. Exploiting the combination of encaustic and other materials, Dalton’s thick paintings, reflect the various surfaces often found in nature.

Please join Mrs. Dalton and the Gordy staff for an afternoon of conversation and inspiration. We look forward to sharing the afternoon with you.

Mar 2016
AUTHOR braydee


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