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.”

Margie Prim: Still Lifes and Landscapes

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate the brink of summer with the  fresh and beautiful work of Margie Prim during May’s First Thursday on May 2, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00.  Margie will give a short talk at 6:15.  Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Margie’s heavy strokes swipe the canvas with dabs of bold color to create beautiful still lifes and peaceful landscapes. This quiet artist brings out her passion for life through canvases which capture scenes from East Central Indiana.  This Muncie artist’s inspirations may be found as easily down an alley, by the White River, or out in a farmer’s field.  “I just get in my car and I drive,” Margie explains.

Margie Prim began her art career in the 1960s in Oklahoma by taking painting lessons. She arrived in Muncie in the 1970s.  She laid her brushes down until the early 1990s when she started taking various art classes offered by community organizations such as the YMCA. She took lessons from Walt Lewis at the Stan Nossett School of Fine Art in Muncie. Margie, the perpetual student, continues learning through her involvement with the New Richmond Group and Indiana Plein Air Painters.

Margie considers herself both a studio and plein air artist and is adept in both methods.  She enjoys, especially in colder months, to work from sketches or photographs in the comfort of her studio.  As a plein air painter she works outside, on location, to create her paintings.

Margie has shown in the Minnetrista Annual, the Richmond Art Museum Annual, and Red-Tail Land Conservancy Open Spaces Exhibit. She has won  several awards and held several one woman exhibits in the region.  In early 2019, Margie won honorable mention in the Madison County Art Show. Her works have been included in the Indiana Waterways Project and the Women’s Commission Art Exhibit.

The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale through Saturday June 1.  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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

Alfredo Marin-Carle

The Reflection of the Moon is not the Moon, acrylic on tar paper, 36″ x 36″

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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

18
Apr 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Carol Strock Wasson – New Pastels & Paintings

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will hold an exhibition of new paintings by artist Carol Strock Wasson through February.  She is one of Indiana’s most accomplished and beloved painters, and Gordy has represented her work for many years.

Carol Strock Wasson lives and works in Union City, Indiana.  She is an Indiana Artisan and her work is routinely included among Indiana’s most prestigious artists in the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition.  Known as a “Plein Air” artist, she often paints outside on location.  Sometimes she finishes paintings in this manner.  Very often she sketches or composes “studies” on location and then returns to her studio to finish them.  “Paintings completed on-site tend to have more excited strokes which show the artist’s sense of discovery,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “Those completed in the studio are more refined as she spends time clarifying the image and introducing colors that heighten awareness of time of day, temperature, ground water, humidity, and rain.”   Examples of both methods will be on view in the exhibition.

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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 www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

 

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14
Mar 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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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.”

 

 

04
Dec 2018
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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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.

 

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.

30
Oct 2017
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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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.

23
Mar 2016
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Color Ocean/Color Land

Abstract painter Suzanne Lambert and GFAF owner and artist Genny Gordy to exhibit together in the gallery throughout the month of September.

Suzanne Lambert is well-known for stunning mixed-media canvases of poured, dripped, and sprayed paints. The former dancer seems to transfer dance moves into her work; colors flow and are embellished with staccato beats, swirls, and arabesques. Titles give hints to the artist’s meaning or refer to the place of inspiration. That could be the Ohio River Valley or the French countryside; Lambert splits her residence/studio space between two continents. “My intention is to visually convey, through color, tone, and composition, the feeling and essence of places…I visit, the people I experience.” She continues, “Energy of life moves me; I wish to bring this feeling to the viewer, to touch them, and, perhaps, to lift the soul…” Lambert will fill the main gallery with new works and speak about her work during the opening reception on September 5, 2013, at 6:15 PM.

Where Ever You Are, You Find the Sun

Genny Gordy will hang an exhibit of photos and watercolors in the Nook gallery. Titled, “”iGarden,” the show exposes the acre of land in town that Gordy and husband, Brian, somewhat wildly maintain and that Genny’s iPhone camera readily captures. Fruit trees and grape vines share space with raised-bed and traditional vegetable gardens. Flowers and herbs fill every view; artworks dot the landscape – a Kim Anderson bird bath, a Matt Lynch sculpture, and an Amish fertility sign painted by a friend. A cabin, possibly 80 years old, serves as Genny’s garden shed. A blue desk in the shade is used as a garden bench and is the background for many photos. A small bridge connects upper and lower yards where wildlife, from deer to heron to flying squirrel, has visited through the years. “It is where I reconnect with the ground beneath my feet and work out thoughts and muscles,” offers Genny. “Every day, I step out my back door into the wonder of the gardens and return renewed. These images are my attempt to share that colorful magic with others.” Gordy will speak about her work at 6:30 PM opening night.

Vegetable Basket on Blue

The exhibits continue through September 30th and may also be viewed during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 to 5:30; Saturday, 9 to 3, or by appointment.

August Frame of the Month – American Impressionist


A 3” wide American Impressionist style frame in antique silver or antique gold finish. Perfect fit for plein air landscape, still life, or portrait/figurative paintings. Available in any size at special pricing (46% off) for the month of August only. Call in orders can be shipped if prepaid.  24 hr. turnaround available as long as supplies hold out!

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Standard size price list:

8 x 10 –   $59.64

11 x 14 – $67.10

16 x 20 – $82.01

18 x 24 – $104.38

Custom sizes available – same (per foot) pricing.

august frame of the month

 

31
Jul 2013
AUTHOR braydee
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Lorance: Negotiating the Curve

Voluptuous bronze and glass sculptures and fantastical egg tempera paintings will be the featured exhibit for the month of July at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. in downtown Muncie. The show is set to open on the first Wednesday of the month, July 3rd.

Exhibitor Cheryl Anne Lorance is a Ball State University graduate who just moved back to her home state after living the artist’s life in Santa Fe for 16 years. She will be hanging lush and precise egg tempera paintings, full of fantastical elements and a sense of mystery. The productive artist admits to a strong influence by Magical Realism and the new Objectivity, which seats magical elements in a mundane or normal setting. Adding to the mystery, the multi-talented Lorance will display biomorphic, undulating sculptures that bulge and twist beneath delightful patinas. One hangs from cables, adding an element of surprise and concern.  Another resembles internal organs, dipped in dark chocolate and displayed on a metal base. Beautiful, yet unidentifiable, the pieces invite a somewhat dark curiosity mixed with playfulness, causing viewers to ask, “What is it? A pod, a bug, or a sea creature?”

Suspense

The active Lorance is currently part of a public art project in Indianapolis called, “Go Ahead and Play,” sponsored by Women’s Funds of Indiana. This event will feature twenty pianos that have been transformed by local artists and displayed in public places in Indianapolis throughout August.

Lorance has also been invited to begin teaching at the Indianapolis Art Center this summer.

The reception hours are 5 to 8 PM. The award-winning artist will speak about her work and answer questions at 6 PM. The public is invited to attend.

 

27
Jun 2013
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