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First Friday: Culture Without Limits

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May is arguably Indianapolis' best month, not just for the Indianapolis 500 - and now the Grand Prix - but also for culture. As the traditional performance season wraps up, art, craft and music heat up. So, even as the weather is predicted to return to chillier temperatures, here are five opportunities to kick off a summer full of creative adventures.

Located on the eastern edge of Fountain Square, Monster Gallery  exhibits Justin Cooper's "Anti-Gravity" mixed-media paintings. -  - JUSTIN COOPER
  • Justin Cooper
  • Located on the eastern edge of Fountain Square, Monster Gallery exhibits Justin Cooper's "Anti-Gravity" mixed-media paintings.

Gravity-Defying Mixed Media

Justin Cooper showcases new work at Monster Gallery, the "New Lobrow" spot owned by artists Mab Graves and Larry Endicott. The new mixed-media painting series, titled "Anti-Gravity," seeks to divorce its subjects from the "forces of time, space or gravity," and the results are dreamy, contemplative pieces that feature nature, funnels and a simplified palette of greens and grays.

Crafters Take Over Mass Ave

Since April 2010, Handmade Promenade has been popping up in diverse locations and at various times of year. Seventeen vendors will join forces on May 2 at the Tour de Tire event, offering a variety of craft goods at 646 Massachusetts Avenue. From the Indygenous's Circle City-themed prints to Circle City Growler's hand-crafted brew bottle carriers, shoppers are certain to find something locally made and well-designed --  perhaps for Mother's Day.  

Limitless Experience at Harrison Center for the Arts

The Harrison Center's artists open their studios throughout the building, adding to an already full First Friday event with a diverse range of exhibitions. In Gallery 2, Herron School of Art and Design seniors Jennifer Jackson and Eli Edwards display their furniture art, some of it functional and some of it just sculptural. Liz Janes will play music in the Sound Cave, also located in Gallery 2. Elizabeth Guipe Hall's newest work, featuring historic images of the Old Northside, augmented with her encaustic wax designs, is on display in the City Gallery. The prominent show in the center's primary gallery, "A Limitless Existence" by Susan Hodgin, features her latest, atmospheric paintings in oil.

Linda Adele Goodine's bilingual installation at Gallery 924 is part of a three-year research project conducted in collaboration with Latino Youth Collective, the Mexican Consulate, Ben Van Dyke and the Harrison Center for the Arts.  - LINDA ADELE GOODINE
  • Linda Adele Goodine
  • Linda Adele Goodine's bilingual installation at Gallery 924 is part of a three-year research project conducted in collaboration with Latino Youth Collective, the Mexican Consulate, Ben Van Dyke and the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Last Hullabaloo at Original Do317 Lounge

Before Do317 Lounge moves from its Murphy Building original spot (up the stairs, around the corner, past the gallery ...) to a streetfront spot in the same building, there's one last free First Friday show to see. Surf-swing-blues-rock band Bonesetters leads the triple bill of Indy-based bands, with Amo Joy and Coyote Armada opening.

Bilingual Installation at Gallery 924

Linda Adele Goodine's "Made in Mexico, her place, almost her place, not her place. Hecho en México, sulugar, casisulugar, no sulugar." opens Friday at Gallery 924. The multisensory installation includes audio, video, textiles and photography, presented in both English and Spanish. It explores the realities of living in Mexican border towns rocked by drug cartel violence and is part of Goodine's three-year art and social justice project.

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