If you’ve resolved to be more cultured and do more to support local artists, there’s no better way than to start on New Year’s day. Downtown galleries are kicking off 2016 with a first First Friday that features abstract works, puzzling pieces and human hamster balls.
But be sure to check ahead before you go. Some galleries that are typically open on First Fridays, including Gallery 924 and the Stutz Artists Association, will be closed for the holiday.
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Abstract artist Hilaire will be the featured talent at the Art Bank this Friday.
Abstract painter Hilaire’s show Abstract Art Dynamics will be displayed in the Feature Room at the Art Bank, 811 Mass Ave. He also adds dimensions to his work, frequently by building structures so they “cascade off the wall with the arc of a diver.”
“Hilaire has been at the Art Bank for a little while, but just got the chance to be our featured artist. He has a very interesting take on his art, and, I think, for him, it's so much about the creating, and the construction,” Gallery Director Joy Hernandez says. “He's building his art out of canvases -- something that is usually looked at as a 2-D form. It adds a whole new dimension to a 'paint on canvas' work. I definitely encourage people to come out and have a chat with him on the IDADA First Friday Art Tour [this Friday]. Once you get him going, you get a great insight as to how and why he does what he does.”
You can be a piece of the puzzle or sponsor a puzzle piece at David Durica’s #BeReconciled Puzzle Art show at the Athenaeum Artspace, 401 E. Michigan St. It’s part of a series of pieces and community engagement projects to encourage change in Indianapolis.
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#BeReconciled Puzzle Art by David Durica will be on display at the Athenaeum.
Always in season
Winter’s Blustery Hues showcases seasonal works Indiana artists have created over the past 125 years. Fine Estate Art and Gallery Two partnered to put on the show at Gallery Two, 1332 N. Illinois St. The galleries promise “cheer, gnosh and art served in abundance.”
Cityscapes and specimens
Sideshow Art and Odditorium in the Indianapolis City Market promises to show “amazing and unusal works” by local artists. Touted as the “Jewelry Box of Local Contemporary Art in the City Market,” 222 E. Market St. (at the top of the stairs on the second floor, in the corner), Sideshow Art and Odditorium features tiny cityscapes by Becky Wilson, specimens by sculptor Carla Knopp, letterpress pop-culture posters by Carl Pope and little floating bridges by Steve Paddack.
Sky Blue Window editors never miss a chance to visit to this gallery of diminutive works from big-name artists. In addition to having interesting exhibits, its curator, Alan Schoff, doubles as the concierge of culture, always offering info on other must-see galleries and attractions around town. Mark this as your first stop of the night.
Human hamster balls, I repeat: Human Hampster Balls
- Courtesy of the Harrison Center for the Arts
Rebekah Nolan will show new work in the Harrison Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts this Friday.
Five new exhibits will be debuted on New Year’s Day at the Harrison Center for the Arts, including new work by Rebekah Nolan and Flatland Kitchen, a collaboration between Eric and Rebekah Nolan.
Flatland Kitchen’s You Are Here will be on display in the Harrison Gallery. The City Gallery will show new pieces by Johnny McKee, the Gallery Annex will display Anya Pany’s Visual Storytelling: Ink, Paint and Wondrous Tales, and Gallery No. 2 will feature the Mother Artist Project, which showcases the work of Lauren Ditchley, Christina Hollering, Candice Hartsough McDonald and MAP founder, Erin Huber -- all of whom collaborated with their children on pieces for the exhibit.
Oh yeah, and there’s human hamster balls in the Harrison Center gymnasium if you want to roll around like a maniac.