September's First Thursday (full listing)

Samantha Brummer, Cornerstone Center for the Arts "Moulin Rouge," After Hours Art Reels at the Fickle Peach David Dale, "Odyssey," Gordy Fine Arts and Framing Harmony Cafe and Studio Newton's Cenotaph, IDIA Lab "Conservation Tales: Bats," at Made in Muncie "GindhART @Madjax 65 Partay," Madjax Maring-Hunt Library Community Garden Gateway to Growing Pavilion and Nature Play Pockets, Faculty: Pam Harwood, Muncie Makes Lab Lions Club Park in Yorktown, IN, Faculty: Sean Burns, Muncie Makes Lab “49262” at Exhibit Columbus, Faculty: Josh Coggeshall, Muncie Makes Lab Digital design and fabrication, Faculty: Richard Tursky, Muncie Makes Lab "Blues Jam," Valhalla

The Atrium Gallery
Arts and Journalism Building, 1st floor, Ball State University campus

Stacey Lee Webber is a 2005 alumnus of the School of Art and went on to receive an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Since that time, she has created her own metalsmithing and jewelry business, focusing on unconventional materials and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices. She has been exhibiting her work internationally and traveling North America, giving lectures and demonstrations. Her work was featured in the 40 under 40: Craft Futures, an exhibition at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, highlighting artists to watch in the field of contemporary crafts.

On September 7th, the Atrium Gallery will be open 9:00am - 8:00pm .
Objectified: A Solo Show by Stacey Lee Webber is on display August 21-September 20, 2017.
The Atrium Gallery is on the first floor of the Art & Journalism Building on Ball State campus. Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 1pm-4pm.
The closing reception with Artist Talk will be held in the Atrium Gallery September 20, 2017 4-6pm.

Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
600 E. Main

Tribune Showprint Posters and Book Arts Collaborative will be open this Thursday.  They will have a press inked up, and visitors can pull a print.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts
520 E. Main

Join Cornerstone Center for Arts for a First Thursday Celebration on September 7th. September’s First Thursday happenings at Cornerstone will feature both an opening reception at Cornerstone Art Gallery as well as interactive demonstrations by Cornerstone instructors at Cornerstone Park.

Samantha Brammer, owner of Samantha Rose Photography, has been a photographer for seven years. Her work focuses on creativity, documentary style, and capturing true emotion. As she continues to learn and grow as a photographer, she finds herself focusing on natural light, candid moments, and finding the beauty in any situation. Samantha, a Muncie-native, is in her fourth year at Ball State University and will be graduating in December with her degree in photojournalism and minors in sociology and graphic arts technology. The work featured in the collection is a variety of Samantha’s landscape, lifestyle, journalism, and studio work.

The opening reception for the photography of Samantha Brammer, will take place on Thursday, September 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cornerstone Art Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The show will be on display and open to the public throughout the month of September.

Once you have enjoyed the photography in the Cornerstone Art Gallery, be sure to stop by Cornerstone Park at the corner of Madison and Main for visual and performing arts demonstrations. Belly Dance and Hip Hop/Contemporary dancers will utilize the stage, while visual artists demonstrate ceramic wheel throwing, painting, and graffiti/anime drawing. Cornerstone staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding upcoming fall classes, events, and workshops.

For more information about the show call Cornerstone’s Department of Education & Communication at 765-281- 9503, ext. 23 or visit

The Fickle Peach (21+)
117 E. Charles

After Hours Art Reels: Moulin Rouge: Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, in collaboration with The Fickle Peach, presents After Hours Art Reels following the First Thursday Gallery Walks. September’s film will be Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Come enjoy the gallery exhibits from 5-8pm, and join us afterwards at dusk for these great cult and art film classics! Plus, Fire and Brimstone Pizza Company will be serving food outside of the Fickle Peach from 5pm until dark.

Films will be projected onto the Mutual Bank wall on Charles Street at dusk. Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach patio area located at 117 E. Charles St. for guests who are 21 and up. Viewers who are not yet 21 can watch the films from the sidewalk surrounding the patio area.

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
224 E. Main

Muncie Artist David Dale and Nashville Poet Andrew Hubbard collaborate to make more than 20 works of art inspired by East Central Indiana’s Red-tail Land Conservancy.  Fall exhibition and sale of their works to benefit Red-tail’s mission.

Artist David Dale, well-known for his deep concern for the environment and natural resources, has partnered with Andrew Hubbard, who has published two books of poetry reflecting on the connectivity of humanity and nature. Their project is titled All About the Land:  Pastels of David Dale and Poetry of Andrew Hubbard.  An exhibition will open to the public at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company on September 7, 2017. Proceeds from sale of the work will benefit Red-tail Land Conservancy.

“We at Gordy are so pleased to be a part if this project to highlight and support the important work of Red-tail,” said Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer. “We are equally pleased to be the venue to welcome David Dale back to Muncie.”

Hubbard and Dale met in Nashville Indiana where he moved after his retirement from David Dale Designs several years ago. They were neighbors and active members of the creative community there. Dale has since moved back to Muncie and asked Hubbard to partner with him in the creative community here. 

Their art is inspired by visits to Red-tail lands, now totaling more than 2,600 acres at 36 sites in East-Central Indiana counties. “I work in the studio, but painting outdoors is my passion,” said Dale. “For each image, there is a poem by Andy sharing the same subject. Sometimes my painting responds to his poem, and other times his poem responds to my painting. They will be exhibited side by side.”

“The experience of working in these remarkable settings is intensely rewarding,” Hubbard adds. “We hope that the works will enable you to participate in the vibrancy of a special place and time."

Red-tail Land Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, protect, and restore natural areas and farm land in east central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage. “We hope Dale and Hubbard’s portrayals of these preserved sites will inspire Hoosiers to appreciate the splendor of nature and join Red-tail in its mission,” said Red-tail’s Education and Outreach Coordinator Julie Borgman.     

“I look forward to any opportunity to walk in our woods, and love to accompany David and Andy on their visits,” said Executive Director Barry Banks. “I can’t wait to see the Red-tail renderings that will emerge.”

Dale and Hubbard have also welcomed watercolorist, Jim Faulkner to collaborate on the exhibit. Dale and Faulkner have teamed-up over the years on many successful art projects, including the exhibit, “River Odyssey, Two Artists Follow the Wabash”, which toured several galleries and museums for over a year, starting with the Indiana State Museum and ending at Minnetrista Cultural Center before going to auction with a percent of proceeds going to support the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission’s educational and conservation programs.

David Dale is well-known in East Central Indiana and beyond for his years as an interior designer, but now paints full time. He studied art the Fort Wayne School and Museum and has taught in the Ball State University School of Art.His major exhibits include, River Odyssey, Two Artists Follow the Wabash, and Oakhurst Gardnens through the Seasons. He has received numerous awards in competitions, including those hosted by The Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts, Richmond Art Museum, and Minnetrista.

Andrew Hubbard holds degrees in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and Columbia University. For most of his career, he worked as Director of Training for a number of major financial institutions. He is a well-known speaker on the topic of corporate training, and has authored three books and dozens of articles on the subject. He has published two books of poetry, Things That Get You, and The Divining Rod, both through Interactive Press. 


By Andrew Hubbard

Imagine effortless perfection.

Imagine this river

Not making a wrong turn

In a thousand years,

Reflecting every leaf and cloud

With passion and precision

Nourishing the deep roots

Of the silver maples

Who offer tribute in return:

Showers of golden leaves

Gifted to the river current

Wherever it may venture.

Grace Episcopal Church
300 S. Madison

Come down to the corner of Madison and Adams streets to Grace Episcopal Church for a concert of folk rock music. Steve Robert and the Jazz Manian Devils will be performing at 7:30pm. This is a local band that performs at community events, including Foodie Fridays during the summer and other local music revues in Muncie. The lead singer and guitar player, Steve Robert, is also known for leading drum circles here in Muncie.

Harmony Café and Studio
112 W. Jackson

Harmony Dance Studio will have an open house for all levels of dancers and novices, with short mini lessons in swing and salsa dancing on the hour, every hour, from 5-8pm. Each lesson will be about 20 minutes long. They are great for people with or without a partner, and they are all free.

Idia Lab
223 S. Walnut St.

Ball State University’s IDIA Lab will showcase recent virtual reality projects at 223 S. Walnut Street (the former Silo) during Muncie’s First Thursday. Stop by to explore selections from our immersive multiuser environments that use the HTC Vive VR headsets, including a simulation of the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco; a monumental, never-built design of a tomb for Sir Isaac Newton; and play basketball in a virtual gym. IDIA Lab staff and faculty will be on hand for questions about how these emerging technologies are being used in the arts, sciences and humanities. IDIA Lab is an interdisciplinary virtual reality and simulation lab at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning.

Made in Muncie
313 S Walnut Street

“Conservation Tales: Bats”: Art exhibition and book sale. Learn more about the series about wildlife conservation for young readers (grades 3-5). Meet the Author, Tom J. McConnell, Ph.D., from the Department of Biology and Art Director, Barbara Giorgio from the School of Art at Ball State University. School of Art students will be available for book signing and to answer questions about the creative process, illustrators Sami Pfaff, Sierra Hensley, Janice Carter and Sarah DeMars; and graphic designer, Natalie Rokosz. 

The first two books in the series The Cerulean Warbler and Bats will be available for purchase and you will get a sneak peek at the next two books in the series, Conservation Tales: Bees and Salamanders available January 2018.

Learn more about the series at

Madjax Muncie
514 E. Jackson St.

GindhART @Madjax 65 Partay: Debra Gindhart Dragoo turns 65 during the month of September. She has a long standing ART-BIRTHDAY ritual with Downtown Muncie's First Thursday event. There will be celebratory treats (CAKE) and light refreshments from 5-9pm. First Thursday at Madjax Muncie is an opportunity to meet the artist. See a new text collection and art featuring aerosols, acrylics, and assemblage wall art. There is also a new Green Glam Studio jewelry collection as well, Boho Funky, which includes earrings and tassel necklaces. Recycle chic is the Real Babes Recycle art anthem of long time artist/designer and educator Debra Gindhart Dragoo.

Muncie Makes Lab
628 S. Walnut

Maring-Hunt Library Community Garden Gateway to Growing Pavilion and Nature Play Pockets, Faculty: Pam Harwood

The Maring-Hunt Library Community Garden Master Plan, its improvement and expansion, and a series of three Garden Pavilions and Nature Play Pockets were developed as useful spaces to address food insecurity in a USDA-designated food desert, cultivate community interaction and social activity, and provide learning opportunities for the Southview Elementary School students, Maring-Hunt Library patrons, and neighborhood families.

Lions Club Park in Yorktown, IN, Faculty: Sean Burns

The permanent installation structure within Lions Club Park is a response to a vision by the Yorktown’s Council for the Arts and the Parks Department to help encourage more interaction and engagement for children at the site as well as serve as a gateway piece for a newly proposed pedestrian trail system that will be developed throughout the park.

“49262” at Exhibit Columbus, Faculty: Josh Coggeshall

Located at Central Middle School in Columbus Indiana, 49262 is one of 6 university installations showcasing the cutting-edge work of Midwestern universities with masters programs in architecture.

Digital design and fabrication, Faculty: Richard Tursky

This seminar looked at automata and other mechanical devices as inspiration for the development of robotic architecture (transformable spaces) to develop critical and prototypical projects.

Digital and Design Toolmaking, Faculty: Dan Eisinger

The Digital and Design Toolmaking elective at CAP challenged architecture students to engage concepts including design theory, design representation and computation through the development of tools and machines that act as proxies of the designer in the production of physical design artifacts.

Experimental Structures in Cross-Laminated-Timber, Faculty: Philipp Heidemann

The workshop aimed at speculating on the structural and aesthetic potential of Cross-Laminated-Timber (CLT) as a versatile and relatively new construction material, using 3d-modeling and -fabrication and resulting in a proposal for a pavilion as a temporary focal point of student life on the Ball State University Campus on an open space between the Noyer Complex and Studebaker West.

United Way of Delaware County
Walnut St.

Happening in the midst of downtown Muncie's First Thursday event, United Way of Delaware County’s 2017 Campaign Kick-Off is a celebration open to all members of our community!

Join us on Walnut Street for live music from the Bahama Llama Band, Carl Storie, Cook and Belle, and Jennifer Stanley, and taste limited-edition flavors from local brewers such as The Heorot, Elm Street, New Corner, and Guardian. Party alongside Pacesetter companies and community leaders between Adams and Charles Street. Eat at local restaurants, such as Vera Mae's and Casa Del Sol, where 10% of the profits will be donated to the UWDC campaign. Ball State’s Charlie Cardinal, cheerleaders, and Code Red Dancers will be there engaging with fans of all ages. Stick around for comments from Campaign Chair Casey Stanley, United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher, and new Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns at 7 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate community and impact with your neighbors right here in Delaware County!

Valhalla  (21+)
215 S. Walnut

Valhalla and The Heorot present “Blues Jam” every Thursday. “Blues Jam” is an open event with sign-up starting at 7pm and music from 8-11pm. Come show us your talent!