March's First Thursday (full listing)

Rebecca Chappelow, "The Light out of Darkness," Cornerstone Center for the Arts Art by Amy Rocco will be at the Fickle Peach Green Glam Studio Jewelry at GindhART, Madjax 2nd floor Michael Miller at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. “Universal Fluidity: New Paintings by Stephanie Remington,' The Guardian Brewing Co. Sam Gindhart, Fiber Arts Pop-Up Exhibit, Madjax 2nd floor Virtual Reality, Idia Lab, Madjax Muncie Makers Market, corner of Adams and Walnut Rand McNally maps and atlases and Replogle globes at Muncie Map Co. Open Studioe at Plyspace $1 off mugs at Thr3e Wisemen Brewing Co. Blues Jam at Valhalla

Cornerstone Center for the Arts

520 E. Main

Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, March 7 for the opening reception of The Light Out of The Darkness, an art exhibition by Rebecca Chappelow. The reception will take place in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with March’s First Thursday events.

Orphaned at the age of six, Chappelow’s life became one of neglect and abuse. A kind word by a teacher about a picture she drew at age 8 lit a spark. One act of kindness, never forgotten. As the years passed, art was the light out of the darkness.

The Light Out of The Darkness will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of March.

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

The Fickle Peach (21+)
117 E. Charles

Artist Amy Rocco will show her work at the Fickle Peach for March’s First Thursday. Amy was formally trained in painting knowledge and techniques at her previous institution, Florida Southern College, before transferring to Ball State University with a focus on art history. Taking inspiration from her classes, she is a portrait artist using bold colors and mixed mediums to bring life and modernity to her paintings. These expressive contemporary portraits focus on representing the female form with the intension of transmitting emotion to the viewer. 

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

Local artist Debra Gindhart will feature her repurposed and recycled Green Glam Studio jewelry during March First Thursday. Gindhart is an avid reuser of many elements, proclaiming her personal pledge to save the landfills one piece of costume jewelry at a time. Debra believes one should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. One thing is certain: recycling old necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, pins, and other types of jewelry is not as easy as putting it in the curbside recycling bin she says. 20% of jewelry proceeds will support the Bailey for Mayor campaign. Your purchase will support Terry Whitt Bailey an extraordinary Muncie community steward. Join local artist Debra Gindhart in her second floor gallery/studio at Madjax Muncie

March 7th from 5-8pm. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. 

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
224 E. Main

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open an exhibition of new oil paintings by artist Michael Miller, Thursday March 7,  5 – 8 pm. Miller moved from Los Angeles to Anderson in 2007 and has a studio in the Union Building. His new paintings are large and colorful landscapes and oceanscapes. Throughout the evening, the he will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. At 6:15 he will speak briefly about his work. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Miller is known nationally as a painter of golf courses and he is meticulously faithful to the sweeping outdoor scenes he paints. As a former golf professional, his career is an unusual cross between the sporting world and the art world. In the 1980s and 90s he was Head Golf Professional at both the MountainGate Country Club in Los Angeles and the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA. He learned painting from Gene Mako, who was a Davis Cup tennis champion and the son of the great American painter Bartholomew Mako. “Miller’s painting style is reminiscent of Mako who used ‘soft edges’ to make images that are more like the way human eyes see the world,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer. “This allows viewers to imagine the sounds and smells that would be present in the real place.”  

Miller’s painting career includes One-Person shows at both the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, NJ, and the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum in St. Augustine, FL   He has illustrated two books, "The Art of Golf Design" and "The Golden Age of Golf Design" for golf historian and author, Geoff Shackelford.

The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale throughout the month of March. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 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.

The Guardian Brewing Company (at Madjax)
514 E. Jackson

The Guardian Brewing Company will host an opening reception for “Universal Fluidity: New Paintings by Stephanie Remington.” The opening reception is 5-8pm, 21+ with valid ID.

Madjax Muncie
515 E. Main St.

Fiber Arts Pop-Up Exhibit: Sam Gindhart is returning to Madjax Muncie for a second fiber arts pop-up exhibit. Sam is a visually impaired fiber artist from New Castle, IN. She does her craft by feel. She can't see the t-shirt images. Sam transforms contemporary and collectible t-shirts into wall art. She has really adapted to losing her eyesight. Although she is legally blind, she's the happiest she has ever been in her life. Her makers spirit shines brightly. Second floor, 5-8pm.

Idia Lab: Virtual Reality Projects: Ball State University’s IDIA Lab will showcase recent virtual reality projects at Madjax during Muncie’s Artswalk. Stop by to explore selections from our immersive multiuser environments that use the HTC Vive VR headsets, animations and custom Human Computer Interaction projects. IDIA Lab staff, students 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. http://idialab.org

Muncie Makers Market
Corner of Walnut and Adams

The Muncie Makers Market is happy to be a part of Muncie’s First Thursday community events, thanks to an invitation to take over the sidewalks in front of the Muncie Map Co., at 111 East Adams Street, in Downtown Muncie. We set up on the SE corner of Adams and Walnut Streets from 5-8pm on the first Thursday of every month. Plenty of nearby free parking! Moth Danner will also be hosting a kiosk of consignment items inside the Muncie Map Co. during First Thursday and invites everyone to see what they’ve got going on inside as well.

First Thursday is a popular local tradition, going years back, with all sorts of vendors, artists, and entertainers set up throughout all of Downtown Muncie inside and outside of various shops, restaurants, bars, and other businesses. It’s fun! I hope to see you all next week, thank you!

Interested local Growers and Makers should contact the Muncie Makers Market on Facebook for information on how to set up and sell!

Muncie Map Co.
111 E. Adams

Muncie Map Co. will be featuring its new collection of Rand McNally maps and atlases and Replogle globes during extended hours and hosting vendors from the Muncie Makers Market outside on Adams St..

PlySpace
608 E. Main

PlySpace Residents will hold Open Studios for First Thursday, March 7th, from 5-8 PM on the second floor in Madjax Muncie. In celebration of the Spring Residency Term, all four Spring Residents will offer glimpses into their creative practice and be available to answer questions about their upcoming projects. Stop by to learn more about the artists, their work, and their collaborative projects in Muncie. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free + open to the public. 

PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program based in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in downtown Muncie and is a program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council. The residency is dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices while also serving as a platform for experimentation and provocation by facilitating collaboration with various Muncie communities.

About the Residents:
Kevin Titzer was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, although he has been based in the Saguenay region of Quebec for the last nine years. His sculptures are predominantly created from found and scavenged materials. His site-specific installation work is often crafted from materials gathered at the location of construction and formed into improvised house structures. These structures are highly informed by the communities in which they are created. Titzer has been exhibiting professionally in art galleries for twenty years and his work has been shown in Canada, Mexico, Japan, UK, and across the United States.

Siena Hancock is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculpture, interactive installation, and artist books/zines. A Boston native, Hancock graduated Massachusetts College of Art with her BFA in 2016. She has recently completed an installation at the Dirt Palace in Providence, RI and a residency at Main St Arts in Upstate, New York. Research plays an important role in Hancock’s practice. Utilizing an ethnographic approach, she records interviews with women as part of ongoing project Feminist Utopias. Her current work deals with cyberfeminism, alternative realities, mythology, and how technology affects social customs.

Matt Litwin and Victoria Eidelsztein created a street art campaign called FaceMePorFavor with the simple mission of painting portraits as portals to the human spirit. Their goal is to create a visual voice for people to share their hopes and dreams, fear and despair. They install wheat-paste portraits throughout the streets to connect the City with its people—young, old, immigrants, and the hidden people of Buenos.

Litwin holds a degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and started his own business, Limpio Designs, to help ‘clean’ oppressive environments in Chicago with positive and colorful artwork. Through Limpio, Litwin had the opportunity to work as a traveling muralist and street artist in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Thailand, Canada, and the United States.

Eidelsztein has a degree in Visual Arts with an orientation in printmaking and has been exhibited her work in group and solo shows since 2008. Since 2013, she has been teaching art in different spaces in Buenos Aires: Flexible Lab, Pinta Conmigo and also at Martín Buber and September elementary schools. Her work has progressed through various media: printmaking, drawing, digital art, and painting. In recent years, Victoria has focused her work on portraits.

For additional information about the PlySpace Spring 2019 Term residents and related events, please visit our website at www.plyspace.org. For more information about Muncie Arts and Culture Council and its other programs, please visit www.munciearts.org.

PlySpace is a program of 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.

Thr3e Wisemen Brewing Co.
625 S. High St.

Thr3e Wise Men will do $1 off mugs for First Thursday. We also started new specials, so we will also have $5 10" Cheese Pizzas and 1/2 off bottles of wine!

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!