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Spring into First Friday

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It feels like the end of an era as Sky Blue Window winds up its last couple of weeks as we know it, especially with its final First Friday preview of Indy’s vibrant arts scene.

First Fridays will continue even if the monthly event is no longer previewed here. There will still be kind crowds and wine in plastic cups and new and exciting pieces by talented emerging artists who may be straight out of Herron or those who may have plied their craft for years.

And there's no better way to see as much new art or to mingle with as many artists than by hitting the downtown gallery trail on these Friday evenings. So on behalf of the SBW staff, I hope you’ll all continue to get out and explore the galleries and support all the talented creatives that call Central Indiana home.

We wish we could continue to guide you on your First Friday adventures, but as the poet Robert Frost said, "nothing gold can stay."

This coming First Friday (March 4th), you can see a wide array of work, including endangered species prints, Brown County vistas, videos about Cuba and iconic New York scenster art. So get out there, and go see something new.


Fine Art FOTOS

The Circle City Industrial Complex (1125 Brookside Ave.)galleries will open its doors for meet and greets with its many talented artists, including Katrina Murray with her Concussion Series.

And new this Friday, the M10 Studio within the CCIC will be transformed into a "DaussFOTO event" created with the help of Atmosphere's Indy and Isibeal Studios, along with noshables and drinks catered by Sweet & Savory.

The artist at the center of it all will be Indy's own Dauss Miller. Published worldwide for his dramatic fashion photography and demure nuptial images, Miller will exhibit some of his recent personal fine art projects among his vast body of captivating photographic works.

At M10 Studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex, Beautiful Turmoil will be among the many featured fine arts pieces of renowned fashion photographer Dauss Miller. - COURTESY DAUSS MILLER
  • Courtesy Dauss Miller
  • At M10 Studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex, Beautiful Turmoil will be among the many featured fine arts pieces of renowned fashion photographer Dauss Miller.


Big Apple

The Long-Sharp Gallery (50 W. Washington St.) will showcase big-name artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol in the exhibit New York, New York, which will have its reception 6 - 9 p.m. Friday. Viewers can look back on the graffiti, pop art and radical political commentary in New York’s art scene during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and also see work by the emerging New York artist Edward Holland.


Vining’s Show

All 36 artists at the Harrison Center for the Arts will open their working studios 6 - 10 p.m. in the first open studio night of the year, but the big draw is Justin Vining’s Coming Home in the Harrison Gallery. Vining is a prolific Indy artist who's well known for his eldritch barns and rural landscape images.


A Tribute

The Art Bank will feature Henry Aldridge's Pictorial Pageant as a memorial to the late photographer, who passed away on Jan. 6.

“I hope that patrons walk away with a sense of awe,” his widow Jan Aldridge says. “...A sense that they haven’t seen anything quite like this. A sense of Henry’s inclination not to follow the crowd, but to march to his own drum with his camera."

The Shelby County native, who studied art at the University of Evansville and was an avid Frisbee golfer, was a staple of First Fridays at the Art Bank, and signed on to be the March Featured Artist back in December. He worked as a surveyor for INDOT, and enjoyed photographing natural sights he saw on the job.

“It is interesting that two of Henry’s passions — photography and surveying — necessitated that he look through the lens of an instrument,” Jan says. “Surveying is an extremely exacting science. Henry carried this challenging exactness over into his photographs. Every photograph entailed hours.”


Chris Newlund's The Far-Off and the Familiar is on display this Friday at the Fine Estate Art and Gallery Two. -  - COURTESY FINE ESTATE ART AND GALLERY TWO
  • Courtesy Fine Estate Art and Gallery Two
  • Chris Newlund's The Far-Off and the Familiar is on display this Friday at the Fine Estate Art and Gallery Two.

Brown County vistas

Columbus, Indiana-based artist Chris Newlund will show recent oil paintings of Brown County, Southern Indiana and Europe at Fine Estate Art and Gallery Two (1332 N. Illinois St.). His show, The Far-Off and The Familiar features more than 20 new works.


Art for a cause

Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer are exhibiting Animal Umwelt at iMOCA at City Way inside the Alexander Hotel (216 South St.). They're displaying art from The Endangered Species Print Project, and works that focus on the interplay of environments and animals.

Kendler, an interdisciplinary artist and environmental activist, has exhibited her work internationally, including in Korea and India. She's showcasing One Hour of Birds, a project in which she asks people to look through a camera lens for an hour, photograph every bird they see and send them to her. She in turn Photoshops them into a single image, hoping to encourage more awareness of the natural world.

Schafer, a Chicago artist, also has shown her art and illustrations all over, including in New York City, Los Angeles and magazines such as Juxtapoz. She teamed up with Kendler to found The Endangered Species Print Project, which creates limited edition prints of endanced species and has raised more than $14,000 for conservation.


Sacred space

Gallery 924 features Owen + Crawley 'Everything is Sacred, Nothing is Sacred' and other Modern Allegories, a collaboration between Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley.

The pair, who met while Owens taught art and Crawley taught science at a local high school, normally work on large outdoor installations that explore connections between art and science, but they created pieces this time for "a more intimate gallery experience."


Rad A. Drew's The Pearl of the Antilles; People and Places of Cuba is on display in the Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue. -  - COURTESY OF INDIANA LANDMARKS
  • Courtesy of Indiana Landmarks
  • Rad A. Drew's The Pearl of the Antilles; People and Places of Cuba is on display in the Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue.

Cuba Libre

iMOCA at The Murphy is showing Transaction Boundaries by Elena Lavellés, Elizabeth Webb and former well-known Indianapolis artist Artur Silva, who's now completing a Masters of Fine Arts at CalArts in California.

In Transaction Boundaries, the Los Angeles-based artists use Santeria, a religion that blends Catholicism and West Africa tradition, as a framework to explore Cuba's culture and economy. The exhibit includes video, photographs, objects and text, and is very topical since the United States just restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in August.


Enabler

Yasha Persson's Enable Me exhibit at Indiana Reads Books (911, Mass Ave) consists of distorted photographs that focus on mysterious subjects look at how people relate to the world.

"They show how we as humans change because of our physical or psychological interactions with objects, other humans, colors, and contrast," she says.

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