Natural Influences: Two Hoosiers, Nature, and Their Art

From topographically inspired jewelry by Lisa Walsh to floral designed silks by Carrie Wright, the influence of nature will be celebrated during Natural Influences: Two Hoosiers, Nature, and Their Art.

Carrie Wright, a Muncie silk painter and newly minted Indiana Artisan, will be sharing her beautiful pieces of wearable art.  Wright gives specific attention to several details, such as: where the design elements are likely to fall on the body when the scarf is worn; an appropriate color pallet within the design with careful consideration for the occasion or outfit for which the scarf might be worn; a balanced combination of floral and graphic elements maintaining visual tension and interest.  Wright’s creativity is nurtured by combining the clean design disciplines of the Japanese kimono textile creators and the forward-thinking creativity of European designers.

“I was born and raised amid the fields in northern Delaware County”, says Wright. “I’ve always been inspired by the beauty of Indiana landscapes, fields that stretch to the horizons of both the rising and setting sun. Much of my work is influenced by the flora of the area combined in some way with a bold graphic design element to help balance the piece and prohibit it from becoming flowery or fussy.”

 

Lisa Walsh, a jewelry designer from Lafayette, will be showcasing pieces from her Topography Series. Walsh uses enamels and mixed metals to portray accurate contour lines from topographical maps.  Conceptualized in 2015, this series has received four consecutive Arts in the Parks grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.  The Topography Series includes work featuring Clifty Falls and Spring Mill State Park in southern Indiana, and recently expanded to include areas of Shenandoah National Park where Walsh was artist-in-residence in 2018.

Walsh’s influence is a “fascination with topographical maps which I have had since studying fire science many years ago, but hadn’t incorporated them into my work until relatively recently.  Topography and jewelry are such an unusual pairing that it often opens discussions that lead into important land and conservation issues,” she says.  “Jewelry is the ultimate traveling art, and as such, a great medium for encouraging dialogue between people.”

2018 Holiday Showcase

 

2018 Holiday Showcase

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will feature the works of local artists in its Holiday Showcase on First Thursday, December 6 from 5-8 PM. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served giving customers the opportunity to buy unique objects created by local artists for holiday decorating and gift giving. Greg Pyle and Austin Burton will be joining in the festivities with their musical talents including a favorite Christmas song or two.

Gordy is the area’s leading source for drawings, jewelry, journals, paintings, and pottery designed and made by local artists. Most prices fall between $30 to $200. From whimsical “Funcie” signs and shirts to “Goddess” mugs that celebrate the female form. Paintings and prints capture Indiana’s landscapes and scenes in both traditional and contemporary styles. Jewelry highlight simple cylindrical forms or the beauty of mounted stones. The show will run through December and new items will be continually added.

“The Holiday Showcase offers great opportunities to find unique holiday gifts with a connection to Muncie and East Central Indiana,” says Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “Often our customers are shopping for friends and children who have moved away from the area and want something special to remember their hometown. Others want to buy something unique and affordable as well as support the East Central Indiana art scene.”

 

 

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Dec 2018
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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 gordyframing.com.  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.

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Dec 2017
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Holiday Art Showcase

A feast for the eyes, the Showcase offers drawings, jewelry, paintings, prints, and pottery by more than 25 East Central Indiana artists.  Prices range from $1 to $2,000, with most falling between $30 to $200. From whimsical “Funcie” signs and shirts to handcrafted mugs and plates. Paintings capturing Indiana’s rural landscapes in various media to hand-bound journals and letterpress cards.

“The Holiday Art Showcase is a great opportunity to find unique holiday gifts with a connection to the city we live in,” says Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “Often our customers are shopping for friends who have moved away from Muncie, or for their grown children who need something special to remember their hometown. Useful things such as mugs, bowls, and t-shirts are popular since they are used every day.”

The Holiday Art Showcase will open on First Thursday, November 2nd from 5-8 PM. Carl and Barbara Schafer will introduce the show during a brief talk at 6:15. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served giving customers the opportunity to buy unique objects created by local artists for holiday decorating and gift giving. The show will run through December 31st. New works will be added throughout the holiday season.

 


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.

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Oct 2017
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New Jewelry by Jan McCune

Indiana Artisan Jan McCune, fresh off another successful Indiana Artisan Marketplace and a solo gig at Ft. Wayne Museum of Art’s Paradigm Gallery, dropped by yesterday with some gorgeous new work!

This prolific lady was also recently featured in the Muncie Star Press. Read the full article HERE!

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Apr 2014
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ArtsWalk 2013 – Putting It All Together

A style show for ArtsWalk? As soon as Patricia Nelson mentioned it, we were sold.

Nelson is super talented, professional, and easy to work with, and the idea of a style show on the biggest night of the Muncie art gallery year sounded perfect for our space. After all, these weren’t “off the rack” styles to be modeled, but high art that just happens to be wonderfully wearable.

Nelson and her longtime collaborator, Grand Rapids artist Ann Baddeley Keister, will present garments created from recycled Japanese kimono fabrics and corresponding jewelry pieces by Nelson. The pair had discovered, early in their friendship, that they shared an aesthetic of color and pattern, along with a deep appreciation for Bauhaus design principles.

Months of long-distance dialogue took place as each artist constructed her portion of the collection. “The production of both garment and accompanying jewelry piece occurred simultaneously, allowing for much give and take in the process.”

According to Nelson, “Size and scale are important issues; a certain drama is sought but wearability is paramount.” These pieces were constructed “to hang and flex without being heavy, to skim the figure and be appropriate for a number of body types.” Even though each artist worked in her own technical and material specialty, “both jewelry and garments are products of intense dialogue regarding formal, conceptual, and aesthetic decisions” between the two women.

Rotating Fans Ensemble

Runway shows will take place at 5:30 and 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Seating is limited, but the models will mingle in the gallery between shows.

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Oct 2013
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