Tiptoeing Through the Universe: Paintings by Genny Gordy

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open an exhibition of new paintings by artist Genny Gordy, Thursday November 7, 5 – 8 pm.  The artist is beloved as a painter and art educator, remembered by many as an art teacher at Burris and the co-owner of Gordy Fine Art and Framing from 1989 – 2015.  Throughout the evening, she will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions.  At 6:15 she will speak briefly about her work.  Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Ms. Gordy’s new paintings are small often referring to the chaos and creative energy of motherhood and mother earth.  Seed pods, stardust, sexual desire, and bleary-eyed motherly sleeplessness all occupy equal space expressing fertility and the persistence of life.  In her images, women wear the sun’s rays like a tiara equating their life-giving energy.  She works at a very fast pace with good humor and an uncanny instinct for organizing complex compositions.  “Genny confines her art to anything that happens in the universe,” says Carl Schafer.  “Like tiny universes, her pictures seem like accidents, but in fact they are highly ordered and the result of her wonderfully sophisticated sense of design.”

Nov 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer


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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
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The Paintings of Jim Faulkner

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will open “The Paintings of Jim Faulkner” on First Thursday, February 4, 5 – 8 pm. Included in the show will be more than a dozen watercolor paintings by the artist who will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Faulkner’s dedication, sensitivity, and skill as a painter for more than 50 years has made him one of the most loved and revered artists in this region and statewide. His artistic excellence and contributions to Muncie’s cultural vitality were honored last summer during the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards where Faulkner was recognized with the award for Artist in the Community. He has been a full time painter since 1977 at his country home that he shares with his wife Eleanor. They are both great animal lovers, and his studio is in a restored barn.

“I am very taken by the constant change taking place in everything,” says Faulkner. “The new that decays, becoming the old. In the natural world, both new and old seem to hold my interest… I paint the meadows, woods, homesteads, towns, and people of the Midwest, trying to find meaning in the stillness of an old abandoned farm, or the quiet of a snow-covered wood, or even the aging of the human face.”

“Weathered buildings and bent trees are central to the images in this exhibition,” says gallery owner Carl Schafer. “They are evidence of the constant winds and shifting limestone bedrock in our region that have pushed them and allowed them to settle at slightly precarious angles. Over the course of his career, Faulkner has succeeded in defining East Central Indiana’s wide open landscape.”

At 6:15, Carl and Barbara Schafer will introduce Faulkner to those attending, and tributes that have been gathered from his close friends and colleagues will be read. Those attending the event will be invited to write their memorable experiences with the artist and things they find impressive about his accomplishments.

The Paintings of Jim Faulkner may also be viewed during regular 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 us on facebook or call 765-284-8422.

Jan 2016
AUTHOR braydee

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Watercolor Invitational


Jerry Smith, Jeanne McLeish and Rena Brouwer, three watercolor artists from across Indiana will be featured during the month of November at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company. These artists were selected by Brian Gordy, a watercolor artist and owner of GFAF gallery. Says Gordy, “Aside from the fact that they are all consistent award winners, they are three of my favorite watercolor artists in Indiana. Each painter’s approach to the medium is distinctive, dynamic and decidedly different from each other’s work.”

Jerry Smith, a Crawfordsville resident, paints expressive, yet vividly detailed rural and city scenes that feature a unique undulating rhythm. He is a signature member of many prestigious organizations including American Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Indiana and Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Jeanne McLeish, a resident of Mooresville, brings her paintings of forest floors, creek-beds and ravines to life with sizzling, yet sophisticated, combinations of colors. Jeanne is also a signature member of Watercolor Society of Indiana and Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Rena Brouwer, a resident of Piermont, paints spontaneous, dreamlike expressions of realistic subjects, exploiting the property of fluidity in watercolor. Her process involves facilitating the accidental effects brought on by adding washes onto wet paper, then reacting to those effects. Rena is a signature member of many organizations, including Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor Society of Indiana.

Please join Brian and Genny Gordy for their final First Thursday reception as owners of Gordy fine Art & Framing Company. The reception is from 5:00-8:00 with a brief talk by the artists beginning at 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.

Brian Gordy Accepted to American Watercolor Society Exhibit

Brian Gordy, watercolor artist and local businessman, has been accepted into the 147th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society. His entry, “Spotted Turtle Composition,” will hang at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City, from April 1-20, 2014.

The American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition is “considered by many to be the most prestigious and competitive Watercolor Exhibition in the country,” according to the acceptance notice. Notable members of AWS include Gordy’s personal hero, Winslow Homer, along with Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edward Hopper, William Merrit Chase, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, and others. Founded in 1866 by eleven painters, the organization stresses consistent style and expert skill in the demanding medium. Watercolor painting is to oil painting as hiking is to free climbing; there is very little room for error. Transparency is mandatory, where the paper must show through the thin washes of paint.

This is the first time for Gordy to be invited to show in this competition. “It is a great honor to be included in such a prestigious and historically important exhibition. All of my watercolor heroes came through there,” Gordy offers.

A graduate of the Ball State University Department of Art, Gordy and his wife, Genny – also a BSU Art graduate – maintain an art gallery and frame shop in downtown Muncie, Indiana, representing two dozen area artists, including Gordy. A website of his works may be found at   http://www.turtlepaintings.com.

Jan 2014
AUTHOR braydee

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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.

89th Annual Hoosier Salon + GFAF Artists

The Hoosier Salon is a statewide not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to create an appreciation for visual art by promoting Hoosier artists and their work. This year, The Hoosier Salon, founded in 1925, celebrates its 89th annual exhibition.

GFAF is proud to announce three of our represented artists had works accepted, two of whom received merit awards at the opening reception Friday, August 9th.

Daylilies & Phlox

Alan Patrick, Daylilies & Phlox, oil

wasson hoosier salon 2013

Carol Strock Wasson, Value is in the Eye of the Artist, pastel (Best Pastel Award)

Carol Strock Wasson, Overpass Morning RYB, pastel (Outstanding Pastel Award)

Working the Bank

Brian Gordy, Working the Bank, watercolor (Best Watercolor Award)

The exhibit opens August 13, 2013 at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN. More than 100 Indiana artists are represented in this 138 piece show. Get there before it closes September 28th!

Aug 2013
AUTHOR braydee

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Faulkner, Our Teacher

Jim Faulkner painting on site, Delaware County, IN. 2012

Jim Faulkner painting on site, Delaware County, IN. 2012

Jim Faulkner is an exceptional painter of watercolor scenes. He is also an exceptional teacher, friend, and human. Soft spoken – except for the time the guy in NYC tried to get rough asking for money – generous with teaching, time and favors, Jim has demonstrated to those of us who adore him, that kindness, tenacity, talent, good humor and a steady, consistent pace will lead to a Life Well-Lived (and much admired). Mention his name in any Muncie-area group that has any interest in art, and you’ll hear, “OH, I LOVE Jim Faulkner’s work, ” or the shortened version, “OH, I LOVE HIM!” Like icing on the cake, Faulkner’s rugged good looks helped elevate the talented artist to Local Hero status in Delaware County, Indiana. For years, he and his just-as-lovely wife, Eleanor, trained and boarded dogs on their small farm west of Muncie. That experience was also charmed, as everyone felt like they were dropping their dog-kids off at camp, instead of the typical kennel situation. Beautifully maintained, the farmhouse, kennels, and barn were all part of an idyllic country scene. Jim’s studio in the barn was the envy of other artists toughing it out in corners of bedrooms or family rooms. He just seemed to do everything “right.” Painting scenes of our Indiana was one of those right things. Jim sets up in fields and alongside country roads to paint old barns, farmhouses, rolling fields, less-than-tidy barnyards. He paints them in a way that lets you know he loves them – just the way they are. And then, you love them too.

I am not embellishing a bit when I say that Jim Faulkner helped direct our lives -Brian’s and mine – first, as our professor at Ball State University, later, as friend, comrade, and someone we are proud to represent in our gallery. Jim Faulkner is a local art icon, and he deserves the praise. In our opinion, Jim is all that and more.

To close, I hope that others recognize how lucky we all are to have an artist like Jim Faulkner in our midst. The one who keeps at it, drives others’ paintings to distant exhibits, shares, picks up works after exhibits for others, wins awards regularly, painted the length of the Wabash River with friend Dave Dale, never quits, encourages others always, is very kind to humans, dogs, and undoubtedly, other beings, and has given us all a life to aspire to.

P.S. The story about the guy asking for money? It happened when Jim and Brian went to New York  and were walking around looking for painting spots. A rough guy aggressively tried to get money out of them. Brian remembers it as a very tense moment. Country boy Faulkner handled it. He simply pulled himself up to his full 6’3″ height, stepped in closer and told the guy he wanted money from him! A very tense few seconds passed, and the man turned and walked away. Moral of the story: Don’t mess with the quiet-natured artists of Delaware County!

Please come to his opening on Thursday, August 1st at our downtown Muncie gallery. Jim will exhibit new paintings, about which he offered, “I was primarily interested in wonderful images all around me, and my futile attempt to capture those, but with the added beauty of watercolor paint on rag paper.” He is simply in love with the act and the materials of painting. Amazing.

Jul 2013
AUTHOR cskadmin

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