April's First Thursday (full listing)

"Stand Together" with A Better Way Allyssa Burch at The Atrium Gallery, Ball State University Lily Rawson at The Atrium Gallery, Ball State University Beyond I CAN at Dandelions Boutique Young Artists Exhibition Winners, Cornerstone Center for the Arts GindhART at Madjax Rosie Sampley of Gordy Fine Art and Framing Marek Peretta of Gordy Fine Art and Framing "Conservation Tales" at Made in Muncie Jess Matthews, "Freak Show" at Madjax, 2nd floor “Vis Com Senior Show 2018" at Muncie Makes Lab “College of Architecture and Planning Design Selections" at Muncie Makes Lab: "Blues Jam" at Valhalla

A Better Way
Corner of Walnut St. and Charles St.

"Stand Together" with A Better Way Services to show support to victims of sexual assault. This event is in connection with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, themed "Embrace Your Voice."  

At 5 PM, we will have educational material available for review and supplies to create a sign representing your feelings of sexual assault. You may choose to represent a silent victim, hold a sign of statistics, or represent yourself as an ally. Please come and use your creativity to show support to survivors, stand up to victim blaming, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communication with children.

We will be holding this event at the South end of Walnut Street, near the Walnut Street and Charles Street intersection. At 5:30 PM, we will stand in solidarity for 30 minutes showing victims we are there to support them.  

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

“MFA Creative Project Exhibition”: The School of Art Atrium Gallery will have a closing reception from 4:00-6:00 PM with extended viewing hours until 8 PM. The show features the artwork of Allyssa Burch and Lily Rawson, who are specializing in Glass at the Marilyn Glick Glass Center for the capstone experience required of graduate students as they complete their 3rd Year Creative Project for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in studio art. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, March 27 to Friday, April 6.

The Atrium Gallery is located adjacent to the Atrium Food Court on the First Floor of the Art & Journalism Building. Atrium Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Closed Sundays and all Ball State breaks and holidays.

Beyond I Can at Dandelions Boutique
120 S. Walnut St.

Beyond I CAN will be set up in Dandelions Flowers & Gifts Shop on First Thursday. We will have a table set up with pottery and cards for purchase inside Dandelions. Some of the Artisans and staff will be there. We will have information cards about our services and contact info available as well.

Beyond I CAN is a creative day services program. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities through the experience of running their own business; from artistic design and production, to marketing and sales with assistance of staff. We provide an integrated work place where there is respect for all. Artisans can work in their own unique way, take pride in their work accomplishments and give to their community.

Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
600 E. Main

Book Arts Collaborative will have an exhibition of a selection of vintage posters from the Tribune Showprint archives.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts
520 E. Main

“Young Artist Exhibition Winners:"
Cornerstone Center for the Arts and PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union will host a reception and art show featuring the winners of the 2018 Young Artist Exhibition. The reception will take place in the Heritage Room on the second floor of Cornerstone in conjunction with April’s First Thursday, on April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. The top four pieces from each grade category will be on display. This reception is open to the winning artists, their families, teachers, and any art lovers in our community. Refreshments will be provided by Mr. Mouse. After of the winners’ reception, the artwork will be showcased at PrimeTrust’s three branches.

Winners in the kindergarten through second grade category were first place – Shiloh Ramos of East Washington Academy, second place – Annabelle Carter of East Washington Academy, third place – homeschooled, Peter Gestwicki, and honorable mention – Parker Shelley of West View Elementary.

The third through fifth grade category winners were first place – Chloe Miller Southview Elementary, second place – Reese Ullman of West View Elementary, third place – Kathryn Enos of East Washington Academy, and honorable mention – Etienne Renet of East Washington Academy.

The prizewinners in the sixth through eighth grade category were first place – Haley Blanchard of Delta Middle School, second place – Cori Chapman of Delta Middle School, third place – Hazel Crow of Burris Laboratory School, and honorable mention – Eden Richey of Delta Middle School.

In the ninth through twelfth grade category the top pieces were first place – Katelyn Wade of Delta High School, second place – Shelby Hathaway of Yorktown High School, third place – Claire George of Delta High School, and honorable mention – Hezekiah Tyler of Burris High School.

Be sure to join Cornerstone Center for the Arts and PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union in celebrating the winners of the 2018 Young Artist Exhibition on Thursday, April 5.

Gindhart (at Madjax)
514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)

Muncie painter, Debra Gindhart, celebrates April's First Thursday from 5-9pm in her new gallery/studio at Madjax Muncie. There will be an opening reception to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments while sipping some wine and taking in the view. The show includes "Red White Blue & Screwed,” Gindhart's homage to POTUS Trump and "Not your Grandmother's Tablecloth" series two, as well as layers of aerosols using vintage motifs and patriotic colors. There is also a new collection of Green Glam Studio recycled earrings, Boho Tassels, and Peace Elephants. 

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
224 E. Main

Gordy Fine Art & Framing introduces Rosie Sampley as the newest member of our team, Thursday April 5, 5 – 8 pm.   

Barbara and Carl Schafer are pleased to showcase our strong experienced team at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company who work directly with customers to meet a variety of framing needs. 

The newest member to the team is Rosie Sampley.  Many will remember Rosie as the owner from 1996 until 2013 of Rosie’s Custom Frames, an institution in Muncie for regional needle pointers and cross-stitchers.  Besides her expertise in the needle arts, she also specializes in creating shadow boxes that can capture unique personal memories from vacations to sporting evets. Rosie brings a down-to-earth approach to framing and preserving family treasures.  She believes that anything can be framed and has over thirty years of experience doing just that.

Mark Perretta joined our team last fall and brings a strong visual eye through his experience as an artist, culinary talent, and fabricator and installer of sculpture. Mark is strong in all areas of framing and is focusing his talent making our original line of Schafer-Gordy frames which are gilded and finished by hand from raw wood.

Owners Carl and Barbara Schafer have over 25 years each in the museum world working with artists and caring for works of art and historic artifacts.  They have first-hand knowledge of preservation framing and how to showcase artworks in a frame that enhances the beauty of the art.  Carl has special expertise restoring antique frames as well as crafting from appropriate frames from scratch that compliment all types and periods of artworks.   “Gordy is thrilled to bring together these varied skills and approaches to framing under one roof so anyone walking in our door can feel comfortable.  We have the best framers in East Central Indiana helping you,” says Barbara Schafer. 

Please join Barbara, Carl, Mark and Rosie on First Thursday, April 5th for an open house from 5 until 8 with food and drink and as always a place to see friends.

Made in Muncie
313 S. Walnut

“Conservation Tales: Bees and Salamanders with a sneak peak of Manatees, Sea Turtles, and Seahorses.”

Art exhibition and book sale. Learn more about the series on wildlife conservation for young readers (grades 3-5). Meet the Author, Tom J. McConnell, Ph.D., from the Department of Biology and Art Director and Barbara Giorgio from the School of Art at Ball State University. School of Art illustrators, designers, photographer, and educators will be available for book signings and to answer questions about the creative process.

Four books in the series will be available for purchase:
Cerulean Warbler, Bats, Salamanders, Bees

Get a sneak peek at the next three books in the series to be available June 2018:
Manatees, Sea Turtles, Seahorses

Learn more about the series at www.conservationtales.com

Madjax Muncie
514 E. Jackson St. 2nd fl.

Freak Shows: The Main Attraction by Jess Matthews”

Come one, Come All! This interactive exhibit surrounds you in conditions that people deemed as "freaks" faced everyday. Multiple facts are brought up in humorous ways to allow this hardening information easier to take in. My senior campaign focuses on bringing the light of the stage to the "freaks" and to make people aware of their actual diseases/disabilities rather than the cruel names they were known for.

Muncie Makes Lab
628 S. Walnut

“Vis Com Senior Show 2018 and CAP Design Selections”
There will be an opening reception from 5-8pm at Muncie Makes Lab for two design shows:

The Vis Com Senior Show is an exhibit by the graduating class of Graphic Design students at Ball State University, School of Art. Students will show their capstone design campaign — a multifaceted project that will represent the culmination of their design education by demonstrating a connection between academic theory and practice of design.

College of Architecture and Planning Professor Ana De Brea will also be presenting selected works from her fourth year design studio and her personal investigations. 

Valhalla  (21+)
215 S. Walnut

Valhalla presents “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!