MAGIC: Paintings by Alan Patrick

MUNCIE INDIANA – Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company to present Magic, an exhibition of paintings by artist Alan Patrick, Thursday September 6, 5 – 8 pm.   

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will present the exhibition Magic with paintings by artist Alan Patrick throughout the month of September.    The exhibit will feature new paintings by Mr. Patrick who is beloved in Indiana’s art community and is always considered among the most committed and consistent talents of our time.  Throughout the evening, he will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. At 6:15 he will speak briefly about his work.  Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Patrick is known for his uncanny ability to capture the mist of early morning in the woods as well as the sunlight and haze of a summer afternoon settling on water and on distant landscapes.  “I can pass by a place a hundred times and that place is just ordinary.  There is nothing of visual interest there.  Then, one day, it’s magic. It has color, form, light, and drama.  It has suddenly become a wonderful place to look at.  I know there is a painting there.”

Patrick has strong roots in East Central Indiana having grown up in Centerville and received his training in painting and ceramics at Ball State University in the early 1960’s.  Soon afterward, he established the well-known Bethel Pike Pottery with John Peterson and David Cayton in Albany, Indiana.  When the pottery closed in 2006, he began to paint full time and has been included in many exhibitions throughout Indiana and beyond.  Several weeks ago he was given the “Award for Traditional Landscape” at the 2018 Hoosier Art Salon which is currently open at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

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.

 

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 www.thanksandsorryphotos.com.