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

Gallery, News

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Gilding Demonstration & Shop Tours

Step back into the 17th century with us!

Join us Saturday afternoon, June 25th from 1 – 3 pm for a public gilding demonstration and tours through the back rooms of our shop.

Few people know about what goes on regularly in the back rooms of our shop space, restoring and reproducing antique frames for collectors and museum clients. This summer we have a number of projects in process that illustrate almost every aspect of antique restoration and reproduction that GFAF is capable of, including gold leafing, hand-carving, casting, burnishing, and antiquing. Often, these projects involve historical research, custom millwork, and methods of material application that are centuries old. We use simple materials & simple tools. Rabbit skin glue, chalk, clay, wood, wax, water, and 22 K gold leaf. Knives, gouges, steel wool, fine sandpaper, and a “gilders tip” made of squirrel hair.

The craft of gold leaf gilding goes back over 4,000 years to Northern Africa where gold foil was applied to wood to give the appearance of being made of solid gold. The methods of gilding used today are rooted in ancient Egypt and were later refined during the Renaissance.

Gold leaf is defined as thin sheets of gold, silver or less-precious metals, pounded down into “leaves” nearly 1/250,000 of an inch thick. The variety of genuine gold can differ in values from deep gold (23-24K) to lemon gold (18K), pale gold (16K), and white gold (12K), which are alloyed with small amounts of silver and/or copper.

Gold leafing is a generalized term used to group the three most common methods for applying gold to a prepared surface: water gilding, oil gilding, and what is commonly referred to as metal leafing. Throughout the ages the process of gold leafing has been used to create beautiful works of art, sculpture, and architecture.

Jun 2016
AUTHOR braydee

Framing, News

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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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