November's First Thursday (full listing)

When Thursday, November 7, 2019
5pm to 8pm
Where Downtown Muncie
What Art painting, sculpture, jewelry, first thursday, exhibitions, design, downtown, dwntwn
Book Arts Collaborative at Madjax Book Arts Collaborative at Madjax Sarah Richcreek at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Sarah Richcreek at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Genny Gordy at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Genny Gordy at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Tom Stader at The Guardian Brewing Co. Tom Stader at The Guardian Brewing Co. Muncie Makers Market, corner of Walnut and Adams Muncie Makers Market, corner of Walnut and Adams Muncie Makes Lab Muncie Makes Lab Dana Lynn at Plyspace Dana Lynn at Plyspace Blues Jam at Valhalla Blues Jam at Valhalla

Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
514 E. Main

Students at Book Arts Collaborative will be demonstrating various methods of hand-sewing books at our shop in the Madjax Building. People who come and engage with students doing sewing demonstrations in our shop can get a coupon entitling them to $2.00 off the purchase of a journal in the Tribune Showprint shop on Thursday evening only. Also, we will have a pop-up shop inside Olive and Slate with students there available to answer questions about our hand-sewn journals and print ephemera for sale there.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts
520 E. Main
“Inamorata & the Floating City,” Featuring the Art of Sarah Richcreek

Join Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 7 for the opening reception of Inamorata & the Floating Cityfeaturing art by Sarah Richcreek. 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 November’s First Thursday events.

Intrigued by the connection between emotion and perception, artist Sarah Richcreek, found herself suddenly stricken by incessant waves of conflicting emotions and so began to write poetry as a cathartic way of healing.  She sent herself overseas to find peace in the things that she could not control and ended up in Venice; a majestic, proud island-city that is weather worn and salt blasted, but as luminous as a faceted jewel.  The collection of images and poems displayed here reflects Sarah Richcreek’s headspace in a time when her world was saturated with echoes of vivid memories, desolate stillness and beautiful decay.

Sarah Richcreek is a Delaware county native now living in Indianapolis.  She earned a BFA from Ball State University in 2008 with a concentration in metal arts and a minor in ceramics.  Sarah is a senior interpreter at Conner Prairie Living History Museum and has been learning and educating there since 2012.  A teacher at heart, her teaching experience spans from wheel-thrown pottery, silversmithing, open-fire cooking & baking and most recently yoga.  Her objective is to live with intention, unyielded self-acceptance and optimism to contribute to the growth of a community full of light-hearted beings who unabashedly share their passions with the world. 

Inamorata & the Floating Citywill be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of November.

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

Gindhart (at Madjax)
514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
Local artist Debra Gindhart will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with an assemblage art series "Puritan Pilgrims" and "Native American Indian Genocide.” Adding several new pieces of art to her current collection, "Columbus.” All pieces reflecting history in altered art, vibrant colors, and mixed media.

Debra has also created a beautiful Green Glam Studio jewelry earring collection using native beads and natural stones. They are Debra's maker homage to Native American Indian bead works and artisans celebrating history. 

Join Debra in her GindhART at Madjax studio/gallery for November's First Thursday second floor Madjax Muncie. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist from 5-8pm.

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
224 E. Main

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open an exhibition of new paintings by artist Genny Gordy, Thursday November 7, 5 – 8 pm.    The artist is beloved as a painter and art educator, remembered by many as an art teacher at Burris and the co-owner of Gordy Fine Art and Framing from 1989 – 2015.  Throughout the evening, she will be on hand to engage with viewers and answer questions. At 6:15 she will speak briefly about her work.  Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. 

Ms. Gordy’s new paintings are small often referring to the chaos and creative energy of motherhood and mother earth.  Seed pods, stardust, sexual desire, and bleary-eyed motherly sleeplessness all occupy equal space expressing fertility and the persistence of life.  In her images, women wear the sun’s rays like a tiara equating their life-giving energy.   She works at a very fast pace with good humor and an uncanny instinct for organizing complex compositions.  “Genny confines her art to anything that happens in the universe,” says Carl Schafer.  “Like tiny universes, her pictures seem like accidents, but in fact they are highly ordered and the result of her wonderfully sophisticated sense of design.”

The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale throughout the month of November.  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 or call 765-284-8422.

The Guardian Brewing Company (at Madjax)
514 E. Jackson
The Guardian Brewing Company will be showing new paintings by Tom Stader for First Thursday in November.

Let There Be Art
812 W. White River Blvd.
Let There Be Art invites you to visit and experience Open Studio! Enjoy light refreshments while viewing our studio gallery. Our gallery is comprised of inspiring work created by our very own talented art instructors. New art is added every month! Come create a masterpiece of your own! First Thursday Special 20% off! Open Studio is every Thursday, 12-8pm. Come have fun, we'll clean up!

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 a kind invitation to take over the sidewalks in front of the Muncie Map Co. and Fur in Focus Pet Portraits at 111 East Adams Street in Downtown Muncie. We are open for First Thursday from 5-8p every month. 

The Muncie Makers Market is open rain or shine. Our rain location for our First Thursday Markets will be inside of Madjax on the corner of Madison and Jackson.

First Thursday is a popular local tradition, going many years back, where all sorts of vendors, artists, and entertainers set up throughout all of Downtown Muncie. The Muncie Makers Market is a farmers market with fresh homemade food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, beautiful art, and handmade crafts of all kinds. Come enjoy the evening with us! 

Muncie Makes Lab
628 S. Walnut
Ana de Brea and CAP faculty/ students: “TAKING PART IN,” 5-8 pm. How should (design) professionals work and operate in the contrasting, social circumstances, and economies the today’s world presents us? How do we (designers) understand those contemporary aspects? Displayed as part of the November 7th ArtsWalk at Muncie Makes Lab, “Taking Part In” is a building block of a bigger research undertaking into play and imagination, interactions and experiments as well as strategic narratives investigating meanings of “leftovers” through a series of ephemeral assemblies shaped with domestic remnants by an interdisciplinary group of exhibitors.

Stretching, folding, pleating, compressing, among other actions become the components of the design vocabulary and, essentially, the creative parts of the making of the structures that would allow the visitors to draw sound or to storage images in addition to interact with others in the same space and in a real time.

Research Project. No Labels / Design is a Tool of Action / Architecture is a Verb is a broad and effervescent speculative reservoir designated to undertake ventures related to modern reflections and contemporary works of spatial and cultural matters. The comprehension of envisaging the design discipline (architecture included) as a vigorous energy intends to spotlight the value of ‘construction’ -the tangible and/or the intellectual. That vigorous energy looks for projects like processes of thinking and making as well as it questions how those processes work in the global scenario of today.

Jesse Lindenfeld (Arch)
Barbara Willey (Arch)
Alex Juliano (Arch)
Claire Thurlow (LA)
Dylan Frutchey (Arch)
Stephanie Gates (LA)
Grace DeBaum (LA)
Patrick Hoover (Arch)
Lydia Rang (Arch)
Sofia Gallo (Arch)
Drayson Nespo (LA)
Ana de Brea professor of architecture
Advisor: prof. Richard Tursky

608 E. Main
“Field Guides”: An Exhibition by PlySpace Fellow Dana Lynn: “Field Guides” is a playful and boisterous exhibition exploring the artist’s belief in spirit guides. Spirit guides are believed to be supernatural beings that provide support, guidance and love when we need it most. Harper says, "this abstract idea is translated into layers of texture, pattern and color. Utilizing textiles, paper and plastics; aspects of personality, aura, consciousness and spirit are made visible. Each being borrows the form of celebratory objects, like piñatas, paper lanterns and pom poms. These playful forms are combined with ornamentation inspired by the growth of plants and flowers. Materials are dismantled and reconfigured into layers of a new imagined being, a soul without the body. Through this interpretation, the immaterial is made tangible.” 5-8 pm.

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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!