March's First Friday offerings - from IDADA sites and beyond - explore myth, mini movies, pieces made by mini artists and more. Here our some of the most intriguing events to kick off your weekend with culture.
- Mythic Indy, a series of modern, place-based Circle City fables, will be highlighted at a reading featuring Bryan Furuness.
A Mythical Reading at Well Done
Punchnel's Mythic Indy series just came to a close, and the imaginary takes on Indianapolis landmarks will be featured in a special reading on Friday at Well Done Marketing. Butler teacher Bryan Furuness, as well as Mythic Indy contributors Sarah Layden, Dawn Fable Lindquist and Maggie Wheeler, will read. Proceeds from refreshment sales will support Second Story's mission to help kids love creative writing.
Phillip Lynam at Gallery 924
With vivid colors, geometric patterns and layered imagery, Phillip Lynam's paintings aim to engage viewers by creating a singular personal experience. Lynam will offer that experience to visitors who head to the Arts Council of Indianapolis' Gallery 924 this Friday. Lynam's previews of his solo show demonstrate his ability to create paintings that seem almost to be illuminated from within.
Emerging Talents at the Wheeler
At the Wheeler Arts Community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and the University of Indianapolis host the Midwest Regional Fine Arts Exhibit for kids from clubs from seven states. More than 400 pieces will be on display, showing the artistic skills of children age 6 to 18 years. Winners from this exhibit move on to the national judging in Atlanta.
India Garden at the Harrison
The Harrison Center has, as usual, a variety of art experiences in addition to open studios. In the main gallery, Quincy Owens' "Brimful of Asha" features works created in response to his three-week residency in Delhi, India. The City Gallery will have sculptor and musician Brian Allee's assemblage and light creations depicting the music of Indianapolis' Old Northside. India Cruse-Griffin's collages, exploring her own life experiences, are the focus of "India Garden" in Gallery No. 2. Continuing the Harrison's recent sonic adventures, singer-songwriters from Belmont University and a special interactive sound installation are both planned as well.
- Quincy Owens, Phillip Lynam
- Quincy Owens' "Brimful of Asha" series will be on display at the Harrison Center, and Gallery 924 hosts a solo show featuring Phillip Lynum's paintings.
Film Shorts in Fountain Square
One of the unheralded delights of First Friday can be found at the Heartland Film Festival - Truly Moving Pictures offices on Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square. Square regulars know to pop in their screening room every month to check out a double feature of shorts. This month, the shorts feature two tales of technology -- one about a robot in love and the other about a stubborn old lady's text message malfunctions. Of course, the group has popcorn, beer and more for sale, in case you need a cinematic snack.
With a hat tip to Joseph Campbell's myth-mapping books, the Indy Indie Artist Colony gallery presents "Monsters, Myth & Mayhem." More than 20 artists have contributed work to the event, representing a range of styles and media. If you haven't been to this gallery or the Colony, it's an interesting spot -- one off the beaten First Friday path, that regularly showcases some interesting work. And, thanks to Historic Indianapolis, you can also check out the building's history before heading there.