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November’s First Friday: Walk it Off



A recent study found a majority of adults – 68 percent – eat their kids' Halloween candy after the wee ones fall asleep.

If bite-size Snickers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups have led you astray, you can definitely walk it off this First Friday. The downtown galleries have British art, fiber art, a dramatic shift in tone from a major local artist along with just generally great work. One gallery features an artist whose paintings hang on the walls of Oprah and Iron Man, so there's ample reason to hit the street for this art walk. Strap on your Fitbit, because you're going to want to cover a lot of ground.

Martha Nahrwold's Aspen Gold will be one of the works featured at her gallery in the Circle City Industrial Complex. - COURTESY OF FIVE SEASONS
  • Courtesy of Five Seasons
  • Martha Nahrwold's Aspen Gold will be one of the works featured at her gallery in the Circle City Industrial Complex.

Fall Glory

Celebrate the changing seasons with a visit to the Circle City Industrial Complex, where autumn’s palette will be on full display.

"Our fall color has been so beautiful this year, but except for a few sweetgums down the street the leaves are browning and falling," says Martha Nahrwold, owner of Five Seasons Studio at 1125 Brookside Ave., C-6. "However, in my studio you'll see the glory captured in my newest work. Autumn's Golden Splendor show magnifies the beauty of Hoosier fields and forests. From pumpkin and soybean fields to sycamores’ giant leaves, to Brown County's rolling hills -- these are portrayed in my Marbled Impressionism."

But there's still more, including Lick Ice Cream from Irvington, live music and new artists in the South Studios and the Still Working collective in upstairs space of the CCIC.

"Us North Studio downstairs stalwarts will be open as usual with Todd Matus opening his incredible Bulgaria/violin photo show at Dark Room Revelations around the corner," Nahrwold says. "Spend the evening with us. I'll be serving spiced apple cider and go-with goodies."

The British are Here

The Long-Sharp Gallery in the Conrad Indianapolis hotel, which was recently selected as one of the world's top 500 galleries in 2015 by Blouin ArtInfo: Special Issue Modern Painters, will feature The British Are Coming through Jan. 15th of next year.

The new exhibit features the work of six prominent contemporary British artists, including Alex Echo, whose metal, acrylic and resin works have been purchased by Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, MGM, Nike, The City of Los Angeles, Robert Downey Jr. and the prince of Monaco.

The Long-Sharp also features the work of David Spiller, who has been influenced by Picasso and Basquiat, has shown at Masterpiece London, and quotes Beatles and Bob Dylan lyrics in pop art pieces that blend tests, songs, stories, memories and childhood characters.

"I really want to make paintings that put some magic on the wall," Spiller says. "Some of them are straightforward things. Some are wild things. But underneath, it says 'I love you.'"

Other artists include Chris Bracey, Wayne Warren, Russel Young and Christian Furr, who was the youngest artist ever commissioned to paint the Queen of England.

Friday Kyle Ragsdale will unveil 50 new pieces in the Harrison Gallery and Annex at the Harrison Center for the Arts. - COURTESY OF THE HARRISON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
  • Courtesy of the Harrison Center for the Arts
  • Friday Kyle Ragsdale will unveil 50 new pieces in the Harrison Gallery and Annex at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

A New Direction

There's, of course, plenty going on at the Near Northside's sprawling Harrison Center. Kyle Ragsdale, who's known for his impressionist paintings featuring romantic figures in period costumes, unveils 50 new pieces in his show Waiting & Watching that marks a major shift in the color and tone of his work after he experienced a personal loss.

Other exhibits include Embracing Our City: Through the Eyes of Courtland Blade that features urban Indy in the City Gallery, portrait illustrator Tom Day's Strangers in the Hank & Dolly Gallery, and Addie Hirschten's impressionist Vanitas.

Hirschten's contemporary exhibit in Gallery No. 2 is inspired by 17th-century Dutch still life paintings.

“The paintings gathered for this show depict impermanent objects like flowers, fruits and trees," she says. "They are intended to serve as reminders for us to savor each moment and be thankful.”

That Guy Steve

The Art Bank at 911 Mass Ave., one of the most prominent First Friday galleries, is showing Artscapes by Steve throughout this month.

“I wanted to share the breath of my interest in various media,” artist Steve Whitlock says about his exhibit. “By showing a diversity of styles and subject matter, I hope to engage the patron and invite them to explore their own creativity. The process can be an exciting and enriching experience.”

Whitlock, a member of the Art Bank for five years who's also been active in the Indiana Youth Group, IDADA, and the Indianapolis Mens Chorus, works in acrylics, pen and ink composition and abstractions.

“As a young boy, and on through my school years and working years, I somehow always did some art,” Whitlock explains. “Most of my works were given as gifts to family and friends. My primary work through the years was doing ‘just about everything’ related to the sport of gymnastics. In 2003, I was hospitalized in intensive care due to kidney problems. During my recovery, I decided that I needed to slow down in some areas and move forward with more attention to the things that I love -- art, skiing, travel, music and more.”

Mark Your Mark: Dream opens Friday at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery. - COURTESY OF THE RAYMOND JAMES STUTZ ART GALLERY
  • Courtesy of the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery
  • Mark Your Mark: Dream opens Friday at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery.

Dream of Making Your Mark

The Stutz Artists Association has the only arts complex in Indy, other than maybe the Circle City Industrial Complex, that takes up an entire city block.

The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery at 212 W. 10th St., B110 will host the free exhibit Make Your Mark: Dream featuring fiber artists in November, with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday.

The monthlong show features various fiber pieces that include wall art, sculpture, a textile piece that represents a shagbark tree and 3D work suspended from the ceiling.

Colorful Abstractions

Mary Lou Dooley Waller hasn't had a solo show in Indianapolis since 2008, but she's back with a new exhibit at Gallery 924. Mary Lou Dooley Waller: Painting and Works on Paper showcases her abstract work that focuses on formalist aspects of color, light and movement.

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