Jul 29, 2021

Today

  • Open Curiosity, virtual workshop series 6:30pm @ Virtual Event

    PlySpace, the artist in residence program of The Muncie Arts and Culture Council is excited to announce Open Curiosity: An Exploration of Material as Metaphor. This workshop series will be led by Summer 2021 Virtual PlySpace Resident Carrie Dickason. The free, four-part workshop series will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, beginning Tuesday, July 20 and ending Thursday, July 29. The program is open to ages 18+ and all skill levels. Registration is required. Sign up today at: PlySpace.org/open-curiosity.

    Open Curiosity: An Exploration of Material as Metaphor, a four part online workshop, invites participants to release their expectations about “Art-making” and embrace process-driven, open-ended inquiries. Participants will use simple basketry techniques to consider relationships- both physically/structurally and metaphorically/philosophically. The sessions will include discussion and interaction among workshop participants, with facilitation by New Mexico-based artist, Carrie Dickason, and will culminate in an online Instagram exhibition with a map of participants’ locations and their individual works. Participants do not need to be based in Muncie in order to participate. The course is capped at 20 participants. 

     

    The purpose of this virtual workshop is to spark creative exploration and experimentation, opening and expanding it into everyday life. The content will include gentle guidance with prompts and support to consider inquiries such as: How can we use curiosity as a tool to stimulate growth and joy in our lives? What happens when we approach personal expression and interactions, with an open responsiveness? Can we use openness as an entry into helping ourselves and others to heal?

     

    This series of virtual workshops welcomes individuals 18+ and all skill levels. Participants are requested to commit to all four sessions as they will build upon one another, and because group participation and interaction is integral to the direction of the workshop and the unfolding of the content. Please note that this is not a product-driven, skill-based workshop. Participants are encouraged to experiment and take risks. Fiber processes are generally slow, and this is an introduction, so the intention is that participants will be compelled to continue their pursuits beyond the workshop and share their projects as they develop. Find an overview of each session as well as a suggested supply list on our website, PlySpace.org/open-curiosity.

    About the Artist:

    Carrie Dickason is a mixed-media artist whose experimental work is informed by observations of nature, combined with interests in the constructed environment and consumer culture. She has a BFA in Textiles from Indiana University, Bloomington and MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. This foundation combined with over a decade of working in hand-woven carpet and automotive upholstery restoration, informs her playful approach to use of materials and the cumulative development of site-specific installations. Some ongoing themes of inquiry include the contrasts between: Nature/Culture; Attraction/Repulsion; Organic/Synthetic; Permanence/Impermanence. 

     

    Dickason’s work has been exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art, OH; Cranbrook Museum of Art, MI; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, ME; Teton ArtLab, WY; Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, MI; Burlington City Arts, VT; Interstate Projects, NYC; Grizzly Grizzly, PA- among others. She has presented and facilitated creative workshops at Blue Star Contemporary (San Antonio, TX); University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Center for Creative Studies (Detroit); and St. Olaf University (Northfield, MN). Her studio practice has been supported widely, by The Corporation of Yaddo; The Santa Fe Art Institute; Hemera Foundation; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; Vermont Studio Center; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. 

    More information about the Open Curiosity: An Exploration of Material as Metaphor visit our website, PlySpace.org/open-curiosity.  PlySpace Summer Term events can be found on the PlySpace website at PlySpace.org/events and the PlySpace Facebook page. Questions or comments about the PlySpace Residency program, events, and community collaborations can be directed to the Program Coordinator, Sarah Shaffer, at sarah@munciearts.org. Learn more about Muncie Arts & Culture Council at www.munciearts.org.

     

    PlySpace is a program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation. PlySpace is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

     

  • The Music of the Park 7pm @ Westside Park On the lawn S. Celia Ave. and W. White River Blvd.

      Come celebrate this get-together-again 2021 summer, with “The Music of the Park” at Westside Park in Muncie at 7 pm on Thu, July 29.   
       This FREE - Live - outdoor concert performance by America’s Hometown Band delivers the feel-good summer tunes that everyone loves to hear!

Aug 5, 2021

Thursday

  • Chet Geiselman at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Madjax for August's First Thursday Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Ron Richcreek at Madjax, 1st floor Ron Richcreek at Madjax, 1st floor Ron Richcreek at Madjax, 1st floor Carla Corbin, Muncie Artists' Guild, Featured Artist of the Month Carla Corbin, Muncie Artists' Guild, Featured Artist of the Month Carla Corbin, Muncie Artists' Guild, Featured Artist of the Month August's First Thursday (Full Listing) 5pm to 8pm @ Downtown Muncie
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    111 Arts Gallery 
    111 E. Main
    We always have art, specifically tattoo flash from the last 100 years on display from artists around the world. The shop is a museum and temple to one of the world’s oldest art forms still practiced to this day (6000 year old art form). We invite everyone everyday to just walk-in and see 111 Arts Gallery and peer into the timeless art and collection this studio and gallery offer. Currently showing work from early 1970s from artist from Fort Recovery, Ohio. 

    Boys and Girls Clubs of Muncie
    1710 S Madison St.
    The Boys and Girls Clubs of Muncie will be promoting their Back2Club Bash and our After School programs. 

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Opening Reception for Crosbys’ Gallery: Dimensions Hosted by Cornerstone Center for the Arts in conjunction with Muncie DWNTWN’s First Thursday

    Within their debut joint exhibit, Dimensions, Leon Crosby collaborates with his wife, Laura Crosby, to showcase how different perspectives can create one cohesive story. Through this mixed media gallery, the Crosbys highlight elements of colorful fun and whimsical stories. The Crosbys’ exhibit will be displayed in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center of the Arts during the month of August.

    The opening reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 5 - 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month, until Friday, Aug. 27. Additional art pieces will be available for purchase in an adjoining room on the second floor during the opening reception.

    This event is free and open to the public, but visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear masks. For more information about this event, please contact Claire Yazel at (765) 281-9503 ext. 123 or cyazel@cornerstonearts.org.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. 
    224 E. Main
    First Thursday, Reception for Summer Invitational, featuring Chet Geiselman, Josh Winkler, Cheryl Anne Lorance, and Aaron Nicholson.
    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate First Thursday, August 5, from 5 – 8 pm with a reception for the gallery’s annual Summer Invitational. The exhibit features work by Chet Geiselman, Josh Winker, Cheryl Anne Lorance, and Aaron Nicholson. These four artists all have strong ties to Muncie and Ball State. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

    A brief program at 6:15 will highlight Chet Geiselman who will talk about his long running series of bas relief wooden sculptures.  Geiselman shapes pieces of wood and assembles them like a puzzle forming three-dimensional images.   “Sometimes the images originate as doodles in the margins of his notepad,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “The sculptures are a record of his wandering thoughts while doing daily tasks not needing his full attention.”

    The exhibit will remain on view through August 28.  

    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Summer Invitational may also be viewed through the end of August during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, visit www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

    High Street United Methodist Church
    219 S. High
    High Street UMC is introducing its church library this month! Stop by our church parking lot to check out some of the resources available. Our librarians have culled our collection and have pulled some things for you to be able to add to yours! As always we will have water and popsicles available as well. 

    Intersections
    301 S Walnut Street, Suite 101
    Intersection’s 10th Birthday Party: In 2011, Intersection opened its doors to bold ideas. Ten years later, we’re still going strong. Join us for an open house celebration to take a look back at our biggest and boldest work over the past 10 years and to see where we’re headed next. Refreshments will be served.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    Come and support the creative genius and talented makers during First Thursdays at MADJAX

    FIRST FLOOR GALLERIES: Kayla Renae Thomas, Ron Richcreek, Debbie Richcreek, Morgan Tyler, Marie Koons, Wendy Lynn, Moe’s Adornment, Dawn Carter, Sydney Teare, Stephen M Millben II, Toquetta Woods, Tamara Harris, Jayla Bell, Donna Craycraft Hicks, Christine Barber Bush, Morgan Mercer, Maggie Love Mercer

    SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES: Tom Stader, Mattie Ewing, Johnny Woods, Debbie Mae, Nancy B. Carlson, Georedt Michael Huggins, Caitlin Torres, Lanie Manning, Alyssa Carey, Anna Grace Longfellow, Angel Gillette, Mary Hammond, Elli Abrahamson McCormick

    Additional Information about some of the Madjax artists is listed below:
    Gindhart at Madjax

    FUN WITH POETRY and MESSAGE IN A CAN is the August First Thursdays at Madjax exhibit by local artist and maker Debra Gindhart Dragoo. Her second floor gallery Gindhart at Madjax will feature humorous and telling mixed media wall art. Found art, thrift store finds, aerosol art and assemblage techniques combined with text on messages make up this months art installation. 

    There’s a NEW Green Glam Studio jewelry earrings collection too, EAT YOUR VEGGIES 2!

    Meet the artist.

    Ron Richcreek
    Ron Richcreek will be at Madjax for August’s First Thursday. Ron has been working on bulbous shapes for some time and has a few to share with you. Join in the fun at Madjax, August 5th and support your local art community.

    Muncie Artist’s Guild
    Various locations
    The Muncie Artists Guild will feature work by our featured artist, Carla Corbin.

    Please visit the following area businesses this month to enjoy the artwork of Carla Corbin:
    Vera Mae's on Walnut Street; Northwest Bank on Adams Street; Old National Bank on Madison Street; Parlour Salon on University Ave. and Rosebud Coffee House on Memorial Drive.

    Carla’s Bio:
    Drawing and making things have been present in my life since childhood. I recently retired from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Ball State where I taught drawing and graphics, and design and other professional courses. Originally my focus in college was Fine Arts, but an interest in Architecture took me in a different direction. After graduation I practiced in the Washington DC area, working on several projects that were more about landscape than architecture, then embarked on a mid-life career change to study and teach landscape architecture. 

    With full-time teaching aside now, a return to making art has been a delight. Drawing with pen and pastel, I’ve also taken classes in printmaking, both on paper and fabric. I was surprised by a growing fascination with fabric and stitch – drawing lines with thread and making marks with dye – and have been making work to exhibit for over three years. I currently have three representational works in the Figures of Speech show at the Anderson Museum, and two abstract pieces that will be in Fabulous Fibers IV in the fall in Henderson, Kentucky.  

    As a member of the Muncie Art Guild I’ve been showing work locally for the past several years, as well as with the Pendleton Artists Society, where I’m also a member. Both organizations do a great deal toward bringing art into the community in our area, and I’m pleased to be a part of that effort. 

    Muncie Ballet Studio
    Canan Commons
    Muncie Ballet Studio will be offering free dance-along opportunities for children at 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on the stage at Canan Commons. Children of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend. 

    Patterson Block Muncie
    108 S. Walnut St.
    Grow with us at the GRAND OPENING of Patterson Block Muncie from 5-8pm! The street will be blocked off for the party with food vendors and fun, plus our building will be open to the public- filled with artists, music, tours, giveaways and activities for the whole family!

    The Speakeasy on Walnut
    227 S. Walnut St.
    Join us for the GRAND OPENING of The Speakeasy on Walnut! The Speakeasy is an event center with a unique twist -- we teach partner dance classes with Harmony Dance Studio! Our social dances regularly draw folks from Fort Wayne, Portland, Indianapolis, and Ohio, and we're excited to introduce more people to the love of dancing. We'll be having our open house on Thursday the 5th and offering snacks, music, and mini dance lessons every half hour from 5-9pm. 

Aug 7, 2021

Saturday

Sep 4, 2021

Saturday

Sep 11, 2021

Saturday

  • Asleep At The Wheel - Muncie Three Trails Music Series 7pm to 10pm @ Canan Commons 500 S. Walnut St

    Acclaimed Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel will perform in a FREE, all ages, outdoor concert as part of the 2021 Muncie Three Trails Music Series! The concert will take place at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 11th at Canan Commons in Downtown Muncie, Indiana. The Ball State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Buselli, will perform as the opening act. This concert is sponsored by Ball State University - learn more here:
    www.bsu.edu/jazz

    The musicianship of Asleep at the Wheel has become the stuff of legends. Reuter’s pegged The Wheel as "one of the best live acts in the business." Taking a page from Bob Wills’ book, the band has constantly toured at a national level. The alumni roster is well over 80+ members, including an impressive list of musicians who have performed with the artists such as Bob Dylan, George Strait, Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, and many more. A quick scan of awards, such as "Touring Band of the Year" (CMAs, 1976) and "Lifetime Achievement in Performance" (Americana Music Awards, 2009), not to mention their near dominance of the Grammy "Country Instrumental" category over the years (they have won ten Grammys overall!), reflects the reputation of the band’s musicianship. Currently the band consists of Ray Benson on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Katie Shore on Fiddle and Vocals, David Sanger on Drums, Dennis Ludiker on Fiddle, Mandolin, and Vocals, Josh Hoag on Bass, Connor Forsyth on Piano and Vocals, and Flavio Pasquetto on Steel Guitar. Ray Benson fell in love with Western Swing because of its unique combination of American blues, swing, and traditional fiddling, and due its demanding musical chops. It’s what Benson calls "jazz with a cowboy hat". It’s a thrill to hear live and, between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into Muncie!

    The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is unique in the state of Indiana as the only annual music series featuring current recording artists of national stature and critical acclaim in FREE public concerts. Other 2021 series artists are Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Sensational Barnes Brothers, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Full information about the series and all 2021 artists can be found at www.MuncieThreeTrails.com

    Enjoy the Trails, Enjoy the Music!

    Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too!

Oct 9, 2021

Saturday

Oct 22, 2021

Friday

  • The Muncie Steampunk Society Steampunk Halloween Ball 6pm @ The North Church Venue 400 E. North St. Muncie, IN 47305
    The Muncie Steampunk Society The Muncie Steampunk Society

    You are cordially invited to a Steampunk Masquerade Ball!

     

    October 22, 2021

    6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

     

    The North Church Venue

    400 East North Street, Muncie, Indiana

     

    Cost: Free to all 

    But please register at: https://steampunkballmuncie.eventbrite.com

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    Come join the Steampunk Consortium for an evening of Music and Festivities at The North Church Venue in Muncie, Indiana. We’ve reserved the facility for our Steampunk, Goth, Diesel-punk, and Wild Wild West friends.

    The Fabulous Muncie Femmes will be joining us from 8:30 to 9:30 with a Family Friendly classic burlesque demonstration.

    An abundance of delightful sweet treats shall be provided for sale by a few well known vendors. All proceeds from sales, go back to our dear vendors. 

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    (We request no alcohol be presented and distributed.)

    All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please be respectful of the North Church venue guidelines. 

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    "Please keep in mind that the object of our carousal is to entertain and amuse. The social gathering therefore, should not be made the arena of dispute. As you value your character and usefulness, be always courteous and affable"

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    Steampunk: a retro-futuristic subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. 

    Dieselpunk: is a retro-futuristic subgenre of science fiction similar to steampunk that combines the aesthetics of the diesel-based technology of the interwar period through to the 1950s.