You’ll need an energy shot and a double espresso to power through all the stops you should hit this First Friday. There’s jazz legends, iconic pieces by Robert Indiana, a 5x5 contest on how to make Indy more inspiring, and free lessons on how to make art of your own that can hopefully hang up in a gallery someday.
Compelling and varied exhibits abound throughout town, so you should plan out where you’re going and maybe try to hit up as many places as possible. There’s only one First Friday a month, take advantage of it.
- Courtesy Cathy Howie
Sunday Afternoon is an example of the fantastic digitally layered images Catherine Howie creates to form gorgeous scenic photos with little hidden surprises embedded within. Meet Howie and see her work at the Art Bank this Friday.
Local iPhonnographer Catherine Howie will show Hudsonian in the Feature Room near the entrance of the Art Bank.
Howie, a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is a photographer who honed an appreciation for nature’s beauty while hiking in the woods and along the Lake Superior shore. The Fishers resident, who’s also a fiber and paper artist, has shown her iPhonography in the Art Bank gallery since 2010.
She’s the Worship Arts Director and Urban Outreach Pastor of Trinity Church who believed, like painters in the Hudson River School, that God manifests himself in the beauty and power of nature.
“Since seeing The Voyage of Life series by Thomas Cole in the National Gallery of Art when I was in high school, I have been captivated by works of the Hudson River School,” she said. “In every painting the artists added details — a reward for looking closer. In each of my works for this show the viewer will find a payoff for staying with an image longer than normal. I absolutely love it when I see the ‘Aha!’ in a patron’s eyes. The interaction between art and view is electric.”
Often iPhonographers emulate the large-scale pieces of Hudson River School artists, such as by shooting a dozen or more shots that get combined into a sizable image.
“Immediacy with the subject matter and the creative process combine old and new—creative artistry blended with current technology into this new and dynamic art medium,” Howie said.
- Photos by Mark Sheldon
Mark Sheldon's photos of Mingo Jones and Russel Webster will join others on display at the Indiana Landmarks Center.
You can hear live jazz music from saxophonist Rob Dixon, bassist Nick Tucker and percussionist Brian Yarde from 6 to 9 p.m. this First Friday at theIndiana Landmarks Center, which is exhibiting Mark Sheldon’s The Naptown Scene: Classic Photography.”
The Indianapolis-based photographer, who has photographed thousands of musicians for publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Time Out Chicago, is showing off more than 50 pictures of legendary jazz musicians in the Rapp Family Gallery at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave.
Biographical anecdotes will be added from David Williams’ book Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue, which will also be available for purchase.
- Courtesy Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery
- Gimme Sugar opens Friday at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery.
I Want Candy
Gimme Sugar , a sweet show inspired by candy, appears at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10 th St., B110. Stutz artists Faith Blackwell and Laura Laforge will showcase candy-inspired photography and paintings.
Girls Rock will play live at the opening reception this First Friday. Suckers will be sold as fundraisers for nonprofits such as the Catherine Peachey Foundation, Coburn Place and Dress for Success.
Stutz artists who will have open studios from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday include Vicky Shaffer White in F136, Jane Knight in D285, Wendy Franklin in A330, Myra Perrin in A315 and more than a dozen others in the erstwhile automotive factory on the northwest side of downtown.
- Courtesy Long-Sharp Gallery
David Datuna's Glory II will be available at the Long-Sharp Gallery.
Warhol, Haring and More
The Long-Sharp Gallery in the Conrad Hotel will feature many modern works, including from Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Keith Haring. There’s a screen print of Robert Indiana’s Love in the 8,000-square-foot gallery. No exhibit is currently on display but you can see many fine pieces such as Pablo Picasso’s Vieux Scultpteur Au Travail.
The Indianapolis Arts Center will have an open hours where visitors can learn to “be an artist for the night” free of charge. Free lessons will be offered in the Broad Ripple studios from 6 to 8 p.m.
You can see who wins $10,000 for an ingenious idea about how to improve Indy at a 5x5 event that takes place at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. this First Friday. Propulsive music and local libations are on tap.
5x5 Look Indy: The City is Your Classroom finalists include Mary Jo Bayliss’s LifeLines, which uses steel sculptures to bridge socioeconomic gaps, Mark Kesling’s The Hidden City, which paints holes throughout the city to teach pedestrians about the infrastructure underneath the surface, Grant Thomas’s Color Me Indy, an interactive coloring book that highlights points of interest in the city, Brittany West’s Your Neighborhood Trade School, a learning cooperative where neighbors teach neighbors through barter exchanges, Jonathan Harris’s An Open Air Lyceum, a meeting for discussion on the Herron High School campus.
The event, intended to foster more civic engagement and innovative ideas in the arts, is sponsored by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, the Lilly Endowment and Plan 20/20.
Doors open at 5:30 a.m.