Natalie Phillips

49 Contributed Events:

Oct 4, 2018

Thursday

  • Artswalk (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie

    WALNUT ST.

    Debbie’s Handmade Soap: 123 S. Walnut St. 

    Celebrating two years Downtown. Door prizes and refreshments. 

    Kirk’s Bike Shop: 124 S. Walnut St. 

    Open late; offering flat tire repair clinics. 

    Wishbone Gifts: 201 S. Walnut St. 

    Featured artist Lucas Reidenbach will hang his work inside the shop and will be doing live painting in front of the shop on Walnut Street. 

    The Hayloft Boutique: 202 S. Walnut St. 

    Nash FM will be on site promoting Alpha Center Adult Day Services Charity Event.  

    Valhalla: 215 S. Walnut St. 

    Governor Davis will play after ArtsWalk/Soup Crawl for an open jam night, beginning at 8:30. No cover. 

    Former Chase Bank Building: 220 S. Walnut St. 

    The Muncie Arts and Culture Council and PlySpace, an artist-in-residence, will present a short performance by PlySpace resident Linda Ryan. During ArtsWalk, she will perform a solo dance titled “The Teller” inside the former Chase Bank building. The 10-minute performance about money, credit, and the sinister side of customer service will be viewable through the bank windows on Walnut Street and will begin at 7:30. The audience should gather outside of the building on Walnut Street shortly before the performance.  

    Downtown Flea Market, Oddities and Antiques: 227 S. Walnut St. 

    Featuring Oddities Dealers and their wares. Some are collectors of the unusual, such as a dinosaur egg, anaconda skin, 200-year-old skulls from the Catacombs, rare articulated animal skeletons, an opium pipe from 1890, and so much more. Refreshments will be served.

    Heidi J Hale and Olive & Slate 

    20% off at both locations. 

    Toys Forever Models & Hobbies: 300 S. Walnut St. 

    Keep playing with Toys Forever Models & Hobbies during ArtsWalk! They will be displaying and offering hands-on demonstrations, both in the store and on the sidewalk. While you are on the corner of Walnut and Adams, be sure to check out their spooky Halloween window displays, too! 

    Made in Muncie: 313 S. Walnut St. 

    Will be featuring Published, a series of black and white photographs by artist Angie Hedman. Angie is an artist, writer, gallery coordinator (The Cup), and high school art educator (Monroe Central) who creates and resides in Muncie. Her photos focus on the details, flaws, deterioration, shadows, and understated intricacies of the everyday objects that surround her. The collection of exhibited photos have appeared in literary magazines and journals throughout the past year.

    The Caffeinery: 401 S. Walnut St. 

    Featuring the photographic work of Jayne Rohlfing.  
    www.besweetlight.com

    Muncie Makes Lab: 628 S. Walnut St. 

    pink punch: an all-pink show celebrating the color pink! Multiple mediums are represented in this show, from both fresh and familiar local artists. pink punch is a meaningful collection of heartfelt artwork, good vibes, and a sincere love of pink.

    ADAMS ST.

    Muncie Map Company: 111 E. Adams St. 

    Muncie Map Co. will be celebrating its Grand Opening Extravaganza by launching The United States of Data, a gallery show and map series by shop cartographer Andy Shears. He will be examining the aesthetic quality of geospatial data with a set of 2,640 different maps. Their acclaimed Muncie Ramones tribute T-shirt will be available. Live music by Beard of Rock, munchies, and freebies.

    The Neely House: 617 E. Adams St. 

    Muncie’s newest farm-to-table upscale dining destination will host its ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. and celebrate its grand opening throughout the evening. Listen for the ringing of the original Muncie Central High School bell as the ribbon is cut. Come explore the newly renovated Neely House, the history, the grounds, and a superlative dining experience.

    CHARLES ST.

    Twin Archer Brewpub: 119 W. Charles St. 

    Will present a show of children’s art titled Impressions of my Neighborhood. 20 young artists from across Muncie have created artwork about their neighborhoods. Ball State’s Building Better Neighborhoods program will be on site with postcards for youth visitors to fill out about what they love about their school, neighborhood, or city. These postcards are part of a campaign to share positive stories with our neighbors and will be mailed to randomly selected addresses across the city of Muncie. 
     
    The restaurant will also have decorated pumpkins and pumpkin beer on draft. 

    The Fickle Peach: 117 E. Charles St. 

    Exhibition by Lori Ricciardi Wright and Annie Wright. 

    Forever Young: 125 E. Charles St. 
    Featuring an apple cider stand and an abundance of cuteness.  

    YART: Canan Commons 

    YART is a Yard Sale for Art!  

    This community art sale, with a goal of making art affordable and accessible to everyone, brings together artists and art patrons in a casual and unique setting. YART will ring the park at Canan Commons this year. The Pumpkin Trail & Glow will lead you right to YART. 

    The Fall 2018 Muncie YART will feature a wide variety of handmade jewelry, photography, clothing, oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, fused glass, ceramics, knits, pottery, candles, toys, drawings, sculptures, lampwork glass, stuffed animals, digital art, mosaics, live art, and live music. 

    Pumpkin Trail & Glow  

    Follow the Pumpkin Trail throughout the streets of downtown Muncie during ArtsWalk. The Pumpkin Trail will end at Canan Commons with the Community Pumpkin Glow contest. Cash prizes will be awarded @ 8 p.m. from the stage. 

    Prizes are as follows: 1st place, $250; 2nd place, $1003rd place, $50 prizeHonorable Mention, DWNTWN gift bag.

    MAIN ST.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts: 520 E. Main St. 

    Will host the opening reception of A Nature Walk with God, featuring a collection of landscape paintings by regional artist Barbara Kuntz. The reception will take place in the newly renovated Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts from 5 to 7 p.m.  

    In the collection A Nature Walk with God, artist Barbara Kuntz utilizes the act of painting to explore a journey of self-expression. Drawn to nature as a place of rejuvenation, Barbara began each painting using only the memories of places she has been as inspiration. She then allows the painting to evolve into an image of its own making. This experiential process encourages the paint colors, the paint brushes, and a little technique to create work that allows the imperfections in life to exist without an eraser. Barbara has found natural recurring subjects—trees, water, rocks, and sky—within her body of work, creating a sense of solitude and peace.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company: 224 E. Main St. 

    Will open the exhibition Hurley Goodall: Muncie Icon.  Photographs will be drawn from Ball State University’s Archives and Special Collections, a department of Ball State University Libraries. Copies will be sold to benefit the Delaware County Historical Society’s effort to commission a statue of Muncie's great African-American leader. Light refreshments will be served.  

    Downtown Farm Stand: 125 E. Main St. 

    Smoking Bratwurst with kraut and mustard in front of the store.

    E. JACKSON ST.

    The Guardian Brewery: 514 E. Jackson St. 

    We're Still Makin' It: Work by Mark King and Pat Kowalski King. 

    Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint: 514 E. Jackson St. 

    Artist Scott Wood will be featured at First Thursday this month. Scott turns acrylic and exotic wood barrels for pens by hand and assembles them using pre-cast parts. 

    Scott will be demonstrating and selling pens. This is an opportunity to shop Scott’s incredible inventory and observe Scott creating his pens. 

    Stop by Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint for shop tours and a hands-on printing experience. 

    Gindhart at MadJax: 514 E. Jackson St. 

    Debra Gindhart's 2018 exhibit, Girl Power, tells of influencing cultural attitudes and the transformation of stereotypes. There is no singular medium or style that unites feminist artists—they often combine aspects from various movements and media, including conceptual art, body art, and wearable art into works that present a message about women's experiences and the need for gender equality. Gindhart uses aerosol paints, acrylics, and assemblage technique pieces. 

    Debra Gindhart's Trafficked ArtReal Babes RecycleArmed & Polite,#Metoo series, and Degradation Dolls will highlight her ArtsWalk 2018 exhibit. She will also have her Green Glam Studio collection of HAUTE COUTURE HANGERS featured in her artist show and reception. 

    A meet and greet with the artist and light refreshments will be offered. Gindhart’s studio is located on the second floor of MadJax. 

    CAP Makes Muncie Makes at the Madjax Maker Hub: 514 E. Jackson St. 

    Through the Motivate Our Minds after-school program, College of Architecture and Planning students are working with 4th- through 8th-grade students as part of the CAP Makes Muncie Makes initiative. Students will exhibit their hand-made sketchbooks as well as preliminary designs for signs and construction games for the M.O.M. community garden. 

    CAP Makes Muncie Makes and Motivate Our Minds will show community workshop design ideas for the M.O.M. community garden, adjacent to Shaffer chapel, as well as photos from preliminary work done by M.O.M. students and TEENWORKS. 

    M.O.M. teachers: Morgan Aprill, Marilyn Marks, and Leah Bowman. M.O.M. students: Justin, NaKyla, Arshaun, Brayden, Cayden, Matthew, and CJ. BSU mentors: Mason Olson, Pam Harwood, Janice Shimizu. 

    N. HIGH ST.

    Hans Heintzelman/Hub Community Garden, sponsored by Spangler Farms: 101 N. High St. 

    Heintzelman Hardwood Floors/Floors for Forests: Free tree giveaway (Red, White and Black Oak; Sycamore; Flowering Dogwood; and River Birch). Tree planting demo at 6:45. Music featuring Jason Beeson and Billy Brown.  

    103 N. High St.  

    Soup Crawl location for Grains and Grille. Bad Dad will be on site. Retrospective of Artwork by Hans Heintzelman. 

    Aw Yeah Comics: 107 N. High St.  

    Featuring work by James Ong, an animation artist and BSU student, and other artists. 

    Savage’s Ale House: 127 N. High St. 

    Jeffrey Brackett will show abstract, colorful mixed-media (watercolor & ink) designs. All work is framed (9"x12"). 50% of all sales will be donated to The United Way of Delaware County in support of Ball State's annual fund-raising campaign. Come get some cool art and support your community at the same time!

    E. WASHINGTON ST.

    The Delaware County Historical Society: 120 E. Washington St. 

    Will rededicate the once-lost Charles Willard statue at 5 p.m. The limestone statue of the early Muncie mercantilist was placed in a third-story alcove of the Willard Building in 1887. In 1961, the building was torn down, and within a few years, the statue vanished. In 2016, the statue was found at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, under the assumption it was a Confederate General. After some discussion regarding the statue’s true identity, it was returned to Muncie in September.  
     
    A vintage, Hoosier-made, 1866 Gaar Scott Steam Engine will cook the chili for this year’s Soup Crawl. Visitors may also tour the Moore-Youse Museum free of charge. The DCHS has three exhibits on display featuring Delaware County sports and athletic teams, Delaware County in the first World War, and Delaware County pottery.  

    Take a quick walk down east Adams Street to find great music, hot tea, and cider at Grace Episcopal Church on the corner of Adams and Madison. Guitarist and singer, Ric Dwenger, a Muncie native and long-time performer, will be playing and all proceeds will go to A Better Way. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. wit a reception to follow.

    300 BLK S. WALNUT ST.

    Prime Trust is hosting a Soup Crawl benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank at a variety of DWNTWN and other locally owned restaurants. Tickets are available in advance for $20 at all Prime Trust branches and Second Harvest Food Bank.

    A Taste of Magic Catering (at KidsPeace)
    Ancestral Meats (at Rose Court)
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Indiana (soup by Sitara Indian Cuisine)
    Casa Del Sol Mexican Grill
    Courtyard Marriott Bistro
    Delaware County Historical Society
    Emily Kimbrough Museum
    Grains & Grill (at 103 N. High St.)
    Harmony Café
    Heorot Pub & Draught House
    Horizon Convention Center
    Inside Out Fresh Directions (at Pridemark Construction)
    Ivy Tech Chesterfield’s Café
    Maadi Grill
    Mamma’s Soul Food
    MCL Restaurant & Bakery (at AQS Staffing)
    Minnetrista (at Kirk’s Bike Shop)
    Muncie Civic Theatre (soup by Fuji Sushi & Hibachi)
    New Corner Brewing Co. (at NW Corner of Walnut & Charles)
    Olive Garden (at Pazols Jewelers)
    osteria 32 (at Intersection)
    Outback Steakhouse (at Frank Brinkman Law)
    Pete’s Bar & Grill (at The Fickle Peach)
    Texas Roadhouse (at NW Corner of Walnut & Main)
    Thr3e Wise Men
    Twin Archer Brewpub
    Vera Mae’s Bistro
    VKA Kitchen & Catering (at George Insurance)
    Welch Winery (at 220 S. Walnut St.)

    MUTUAL BANK PARKING LOT (CORNER OF WALNUT AND CHARLES ST.)

    Will play from 6–7 p.m. at the corner of Charles and Walnut Streets. The performance is sponsored by Raymond James and Associates. Selections from West Side StoryThe Sound of MusicInto the Woods, and others will be featured.

    FEATURED BSU PERFORMANCES, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND INFORMATION 

    ·       Pottery students from Ball State's School of Art will be doing pottery demonstrations on Walnut Street outside of Made in Muncie Pottery, weather permitting. 

    ·       David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University: Visit DOMA's table for giveaways and Artreach activities with DOMA docents and staff. 

    ·       Live musical and dance performances at Canan Commons Stage 

    ·       The Atrium Gallery will feature the work of Muncie native John McNaughton, who taught woodworking, drawing, and sculpture. The gallery will be open until 8 p.m., and McNaughton will present a Gallery Talk at 5 p.m.

Nov 1, 2018

Thursday

  • November's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie, Ball State University campus
    Hannah Barnes and Ted Neal, Sabbatical Exhibition at The Atrium Gallery Ted Neal and Ted Neal, Sabbatical Exhibition at The Atrium Gallery Kevin Campbell at Brinkman Gallery Kevin Campbell at Brinkman Gallery Kevin Campbell at Brinkman Gallery Shannon Mahaffey, "Studies in Isolation," Cornerstone Center for the Arts Robby Tompkin, "Take a Moment," The Fickle Peach Debra Gindhart, “1992 WAS THE YEAR OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN,' GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor 'Holiday Showcase," Gordy Fine Art and Framing Works from Tribune Showprint at the Guadiran Brewing Co. Josshua Coggeshall and Department of Architecture Students, BSU, “Plywood Chairs + Simple Toolboxes," Madjax Muncie Makers Market, corner of Walnut and Adams “The Figurative Element: Drawings from Life," Muncie Makes Lab, 1st floor “Design is a tool of action. Architecture is a verb," Muncie Makes Lab, 2nd floor "Blues Jam," at Valhalla

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

    “Hannah Barnes & Ted Neal: Sabbatical Exhibitions”
    The Ball State University School of Art Atrium Gallery proudly presents a two-person exhibition of artwork by Hannah Barnes, Associate Professor of Art, Painting, and Ted Neal Professor of Art, Ceramics, from October 30 to November 29, 2018. The Atrium Gallery will have extended hours for the November 1st First Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

    Barnes will conduct a public lecture at 5:30pm on November 15 in AJ225 regarding her work in the exhibition and her research in India after receiving a Fullbright Scholarship and a sabbatical leave during the 2017-18 academic year.

    Neal received a sabbatical leave for the 2018 spring semester and will conduct a Gallery Talk on his work on Monday, November 19 at 3:30pm in the Atrium Gallery.

    Barnes creates work that draws on a familiar vocabulary of abstract forms and tropes to explore the nature of meaning within abstraction. Her work in painting, drawing, and installation engages ideas such as structure and fragmentation, surface and depth, perception, illusion, impermanence, and the indeterminacy of images. 

    Neal says about his work: “In all of my work, one constant is my use of the vessel as a framework upon which to hang concepts of utility and self-expression. Specifically, my utilitarian work is most satisfactory when a single object occupies space as both a useful object and one that also embodies loftier ideas such as beauty, connectedness and shared kinesthetic experiences.”

    The School of Art Atrium Gallery is in the Art and Journalism Building and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m.

    Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
    514 E. Main

    Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint will be open for shop tours. 

     The Brinkman Gallery
    409 S. Walnut

    Brinkman Gallery will be featuring "Waterscapes" by artist, Kevin Campbell. We will also be featuring Kevin's original DOG portraits and "The Puzzle Project".  Check our Kevin’s website http://www.kevincampbellartwork.com/

    Kevin Campbell’s meticulously painted water landscapes at the Brinkman Gallery are full of dualities. At a distance they appear photorealistic, but as you approach the pattern of the waves begins to break down into abstract forms and shapes. The limited field of the canvas has become a snapshot of eternity. Just as the sailor cannot drink the sea, he can only sail over its surface, viewer of art can only skim, they can never plumb the depths to know the heart of the one who created it.

    Kevin is a native of Griffith, IN and moved to Muncie in 1972 to attend BSU.  He have lived in Muncie ever since.

    Brinkman Gallery is located at 409 South Walnut Street – corner of Walnut and Charles and welcomes guests to meet Kevin Campbell and enjoy refreshments during First Thursday.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main

    “Studies In Isolation: An Art Exhibition by Shannon Mehaffey”
    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, November 1 for the opening reception of Studies In Isolation, an art exhibition by Shannon Mehaffey. The reception will take place in the newly renovated Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in conjunction with November’s First Thursday events.

    Studies In Isolation is a mixed media series of paintings depicting derelict and vacant landscapes. Abandoned buildings, factories, blight, and power lines all serving as metaphors for loss, grief, and enduring hardship within oneself and surviving. The artist tries to convey a sense of beauty and wonder using color despite the blight around her; fueling a sense of optimism and a drive for survival.

    Shannon Mehaffey is an artist and educator living and working in Muncie, Indiana. She teaches watercolor painting and mixed media arts to adults and youth at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. Her work often incorporates elements of collage, alternative process photography, watercolor painting and drawing. Common concepts explored throughout the works often come from personal histories of growth, redemption, feminism, survivorship, and grief.

    Studies In Isolation will 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 cornerstonearts.org.

    The Fickle Peach (21+)
    117 E. Charles

    Robby Tompkins, “Take a Moment”
    During the month of November a photographic art show featuring DWNTWN Muncie sunsets will be at The Fickle Peach. 

    The name of the show is “Take A Moment" and is by downtown native Robby Tompkins. He began taking sunset photos a few years ago as a way to pause, relax, and put away the stress and hustle of everyday life. The show features 25 sunsets taken from the same downtown Muncie location.

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

    “1992 WAS THE YEAR OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN”
    The 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the western hemisphere in 1492 was the occasion for national and local celebrations. However, for Native people it was an occasion they could neither fully embrace nor participate in. Congress acknowledged their concerns regarding the Columbus Quincentennial by enacting 1992 as the “Year of the American Indian" signed by then President George H.W. Bush. 

    The American Indian response to the anniversary was marked by public protests. Yet, it also was seen by many in that community as a special, year-long opportunity to hold public education events, commemorations of ancestral sacrifices and contributions to America, and celebrations for the survival of Native peoples over five centuries.

    Debra Gindhart will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with an assemblage art series "Native American Indian Genocide". Adding several new pieces of art to her current collection. Art reflecting history in vibrant colors and mixed media.

    Debra has also created a beautiful Green Glam Studio jewelry collection using native natural stones and beads. Her maker homage to Native American Indian bead works and artisans.  

    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 in the 2nd floor studio/gallery.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    “Holiday Showcase”
    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company opens annual Holiday Showcase featuring work by Muncie’s Book Arts Collaborative, First Thursday, November 1

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open its annual Holiday Showcase on First Thursday, November 1 from 5-8 PM. Gordy is the area’s leading source for holiday gifts that are handmade locally.  During the event representatives will be on hand from Muncie’s Book Arts Collaborative, a letterpress shop and book publisher managed by Ball State immersive learning students.  They will give a special presentation of their work at 6:15 and will discuss their products such as hand-sewn journals, coasters, and greeting cards. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served giving customers the opportunity to buy unique objects created by local artists for holiday decorating and gift giving.

    In addition to items from the Book Arts Collaborative, the Holiday Showcase offers drawings, jewelry, and pottery by skilled local people.  Prices range from $1 to $2,000, with most falling between $30 to $200. From whimsical “Funcie” signs and shirts to handcrafted mugs and plates. Paintings and prints capture Indiana’s landscapes in both traditional and contemporary styles.  The show will run through November and December and new items will be continually added.

    “The Holiday Showcase offers great opportunities to find unique holiday gifts with a connection to Muncie and East Central Indiana,” says Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer.  “Often our customers are shopping for friends and children who have moved away from the area and want something special to remember their hometown.  Others want to buy something unique and affordable as well as support the East Central Indiana art scene.”

    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. 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 be showcasing the rich history and diverse collection from Tribune Showprints.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.

    “Plywood Chairs + Simple Toolboxes”
    Department of Architecture students, Instructor Josh Coggeshall

    “I want to work a piece of wood into an object that contributes something beautiful and useful to everyday life” – Sam Maloof, Woodworker

    Architecture students from the College of Architecture + Planning designed and constructed a couple of simple wood chairs and toolboxes.

    Muncie Makers Market
    Corner of Walnut and Adams

    The Muncie Makers Market is excited to bring fresh homemade food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, live plants, beautiful art, and handmade crafts of all kinds to First Thursdays in Downtown Muncie! We’ll be on the corner of Walnut and Adams, in front of Toys Forever and the Muncie Map Co, from 5-8p during our town’s monthly celebration of local arts and culture, First Thursday! 

    Shop LOCAL and watch for our markets year-round throughout Muncie! Please JOIN us on Facebook and Instagram, and please SHARE this information:   
    www.facebook.com/groups/1627047027524961/

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut

    Muncie Makes Lab will feature two exhibitions from 5-8pm:

    First Floor Show:
    “The Figurative Element: Drawings from Life”
    Teddy Lepley and Erin McAtee

    A group show of drawings made by Ball State students, alumni, and faculty. The drawings in the exhibition are drawn from life. We believe that drawing from life creates a more sensitive and lively drawing which reveals subtle decisions made by the artist and makes a record of an encounter with the subject being drawn.  

    Second Floor Show:
    “Design is a tool of action. Architecture is a verb.” 

    Installation by Ana de Brea, In collaboration with Taylor Henderson and Jesse Lindenfeld 

    Curiosity and a passionate spirit of inquiry have always helped me foster learning to fashion architecture in so many ways. Aaron Betsky challenges: ‘Is an architect more than just somebody who gets buildings built? Any architect who has a sense of self-worth derived from something other than money or the satisfaction of getting a job done must answer this question. That means that she or he must believe that there is either an artistic role (making beauty) or a critical one for the architect. Both are profoundly difficult notions to maintain.’ Here I am (once again) trying to maintain both of those complex hypotheses. The construction of the structural forms created intends to provoke the force that attracts a body towards the center of the earth, or toward any other physical body having weight. Those anatomical shapes are result of a deep exploration on the material used. To stretch, to fold, to pleat, to compress, to crimp, to crinkle, to ruck up, to crease, to surface, among others, become new components of the architectural vocabulary and, essentially, creative parts of the making of architecture. There is more. I do believe in explorations (future) that go beyond the experiences already done (past) and cross-examine subjects from 360 degrees leaving behind presuppositions or preconceived concepts.

    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!

     

Dec 6, 2018

Thursday

  • December's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie, Ball State University campus
    BookArts Collaborative, Madjax “WWJB (What Would Jesus Buy),” GindhART, Madjax 2nd floor Holiday Showcase at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Light Up DWNTWN "Time Bank Social," Muncie Time Bank, Madjax Muncie Makers Market "Objectile Athenaems," Muncie Makes Lab Linda Ryan, "Thaw Space," Plyspace Melissa Joy Livermore and Linda Ryan, "Experiments in Tension," Plyspace Blues Jam, Valhalla

    Light Up DWNTWN
    Downtown Muncie
    Light Up DWNTWN, powered by Indiana Michigan Power, will be held on First Thursday, December 6, from 5 -8 p.m. throughout Downtown Muncie. Galleries, restaurants, and retailers invite you to spend the evening with them as we kick off the holiday shopping season.

    The Community Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at Canan Commons (located in the 500 block of S. Walnut St.) at 6:00 p.m. Join us as Mayor Dennis Tyler, BSU President Geoffrey Mearns Charlie Cardinal and Santa Claus light up the holiday tree! 

    New this year will be an animated light show synchronized to music! The light show will be executed several times throughout December with times and dates to be announced. 

    Muncie Community School's Elementary School Choirs will sing their Community Christmas Sing songs and lead the crowd in a carol or two!

    Canan Commons will also be the location for the Holiday Makers Market, featuring nearly 50 artists in a heated tent.

    Kiddie Express train will be running. Fire pits will be lit to keep you warm and concessions will be available. 

    Brian Blair’s holiday sculptures will be on display at the park throughout the holiday season.

    For more information, please visit downtownmuncie.org

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

    The School of Art Atrium Gallery presents a BFA Exhibition featuring the work of Aminta Cabrera, Taylor Fentz, and Teddy Lepley. There will be an opening reception from 4-6pm with extended hours until 8pm for First Thursday. The show runs from December 4-8.

    Gallery hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sundays, and during all holidays and breaks observed by Ball State. Free admission.

    Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
    514 E. Main

    Book Arts Collaborative is featuring hand carved prints for $5 and holiday cards by local folk artist Mary Miller. We’ve also got hand-sewn journals and letterpressed holiday cards and wrapping paper. It’s the last First Thursday for 5 of our students who are graduating in December. There’s something for everyone in Madjax this season!

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

    GindhART will feature more social commentary artwork to close out 2018. Debra Gindhart, longtime local artist/artivist and visual arts educator has created “WWJB (What Would Jesus Buy),” a visual look at the consumerism that plagues our planet. She will also feature “I don't NEED A PRINCE” a view into the world of Disney indoctrination. “Tiny Trump”s is a sculptural homage to our POTUS 45 (pussy grabs). Debra's December First Thursday exhibition will also include REAL BABES RECYCLE and Green Glam Studio jewelry. Meet the artist and enjoy green tea from Italy and holiday cookies from 5-8pm on the 2nd floor of Madjax.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will feature the works of local artists in its Holiday Showcase on First Thursday, December 6 from 5-8 PM. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served giving customers the opportunity to buy unique objects created by local artists for holiday decorating and gift giving. Greg Pyle and Austin Burton will be joining in the festivities with their musical talents including a favorite Christmas song or two.

    Gordy is the area’s leading source for drawings, jewelry, journals, paintings, and pottery designed and made by local artists.  Most prices fall between $30 to $200. From whimsical “Funcie” signs and shirts to “Goddess” mugs that celebrate the female form. Paintings and prints capture Indiana’s landscapes and scenes in both traditional and contemporary styles.  Jewelry highlight simple cylindrical forms or the beauty of mounted stones.  The show will run through December and new items will be continually added.

    “The Holiday Showcase offers great opportunities to find unique holiday gifts with a connection to Muncie and East Central Indiana,” says Gordy owners Barbara and Carl Schafer.  “Often our customers are shopping for friends and children who have moved away from the area and want something special to remember their hometown.  Others want to buy something unique and affordable as well as support the East Central Indiana art scene.”

    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented local artists and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Gordy also repairs damaged frames and offers appraisal services for both art and antiques. 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

    Linda Ellis will have an opening reception photo exhibit for First Thursday at The Guardian Brewing Company.

    Heintzelman Hardwood Floors
    103 High St.

    Heintzelman Hardwood Floors is doing a live Giving Tree graciously donated by the Kiwanis of Muncie. On this tree we are asking for donated hats, scarves, and gloves that will be given to the YWCA and the Muncie Mission. They are also providing live music and refreshments along with an art show in the evening.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.

    Madjax will hold several events for this month’s First Thursday. The BSU School of Art will hold a show produced by first year art students. Beginning with an underlying grid, each project is an exploration of the use of form, structure, focal point, and hierarchy.

    CO:LAB invites you to see a live 3D Printer demo and check out our stellar work-space.

    Muncie Time Bank invites you to join them for the Time Bank Social from 7-8:30pm to see what their organization does for the Muncie community and how you can participate. Muncie Time Brank prides themselves on being a non-monetary organization that uses time instead of money as currency. Light snacks will be provided. For more information, visit www.muncietimebank.org.

    Tipsy Turvey's Pubcakes will be set up in front of the Co:Lab in MadJax. They will have Pubcakes, Beer Fudge, Cookies, Coffee Cakes and Crack(ers). As always, there will be at least 2 Gluten Free options!

    Muncie Makers Market
    Canan Commons

    The Muncie Makers Market will again join Light Up DWNTWN on Thursday, December 6th from 5-8pm at Canan Commons in Downtown Muncie! The Muncie Makers Market has our Annual Holiday Gift Market filled with local artisans in a HEATED tent right by the Community Tree where you’ll find fresh, homemade food, beautiful art, and handmade crafts of all kinds!

    Light Up DWNTWN, powered by Indiana Michigan Power, and sponsored by the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, features the Community Tree Lighting ceremony led by Mayor Dennis Tyler, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, Charlie Cardinal, Santa Claus, and the Code Red Dancers. The Market’s tent is next to the Community Tree with FREE ADMISSION. There will also be an animated light show synchronized to music, the Muncie Community School’s Elementary Choir Performance and Caroling, the Kiddie Express Train, Fire Pits, and more! This is a Muncie tradition, be sure to bring your family!

    Sponsored by the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1895072917276997/?ti=icl

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut

    Muncie Makes Lab will feature work by the College of Architecture and Planning at BSU on the first floor from 5-8pm. “Objectile Athenaeum’s: Architectural Research in Robotic Concrete 3D Printing” is led by CAP Professor Chris Battaglia. Through the lens of additive manufacturing, the exhibition consists of a series of projects looking at the potential of mass customization through the material parameters of concrete 3D printing. Objectile Athenaeum’s is a 4th year design studio where students investigated how the shift from mass production to mass customization will change the way we think about architectural design. From the fabrication of a 3D printing platform, to the design of individual architectural components, the work ranges in scale to speculate how the shift in concrete construction techniques will impact design methodologies. 

    PlySpace
    608 E. Main

    Join PlySpace on First Thursday, December 6th, for an Artist-in-Residence Double Feature with two performances by current Fall 2018 resident Linda Ryan and past Spring 2018 resident Melissa Joy Livermore. 

    The first performance, Experiment in Tension, is a collaborative work by Melissa Joy Livermore and Linda Ryan, and is an extension of Deconstruction, a performance that Livermore exhibited during her residency at PlySpace last Spring.  Deconstruction is the practice of slowing down to engage in the present moment. The many iterations of the project have emphasized the mental space for contemplation and conversation created by removing thread after thread from a piece of fabric.  Experiment in Tension shifts the focus to the body -- by performing a repetitive action in collaboration, the work expands Deconstruction to a multi-person endeavor centered on the mental and physical spaces we can share with others.

    The second performance, The Thaw, is a solo dance by current PlySpace Resident Linda Ryan, and is the culmination of the work she has completed while in residence this fall. Ryan will perform using a thermochromic (heat-sensitive) floor that changes color upon contact with the dancer's body. The artist will dance, crawl, roll, and run on the floor to create an ephemeral record of movement and body heat that will remain in memory but fade with time. The floor was constructed and engineered by Ryan while at PlySpace.

    Melissa Joy Livermore graduated from Ball State University in 2015 and was an artist in residence with Transform Creative in Paris in 2017. Linda Ryan holds a BA in Dance from the George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, where she received the Luther Rice Research Fellowship as well as the Enosinian Scholars Grant. She is an award-winning dance researcher, conducting movement research and experiential choreography both internationally and at home in the US.

    Performances begin at 6:00 PM (Experiment in Tension), 6:30 PM (The Thaw), 7:00 PM (Experiment in Tension), 7:30 PM (The Thaw), and last roughly 20 minutes each. There will be a short break (5-10 minutes) between performances. The audience is encouraged to arrive and take a seat 5 minutes before the performance start time.  All performances will be held in the PlySpace Gallery, at 608 E. Main Street. Parking is available at the northeast corner of Main and Monroe Streets. Please use the gallery entrance on the west side of the building, located directly off of the parking lot.

    For more information please take a look the PlySpace events page (www.plyspace.org/events). Questions or comments about the PlySpace Residency program, events, and community collaborations can be directed to Residency Coordinator, Erin Williams at hello@plyspace.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

    Tribune Showprint (at Madjax)
    515 E. Main

    Tribune Showprint will be open giving shop tours. Come see what new projects we are working on and get a little inky.

    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!

     

Jan 3, 2019

Thursday

  • January's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 8pm @ Downtown Muncie
    "Artist Turned Farmer," Cornerstone Center for the Arts GindhART, Real Babes Recycle, Madjax 2nd floor GindhART, Green Glam Jewelry, Madjax 2nd floor The Brunsman Brothers, at The Guardian Tipsy turvey Pubcakes at Madjax Blues Jam at Valhalla

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Artist Turned Farmer: An Art Exhibition by Erica Markley

    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, January 3 for the opening reception of Artist Turned Farmer, an art exhibition by Erica Markley. The reception will take place in the newly renovated Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in conjunction with January’s First Thursday events.

    Through her work on a small homestead, Erica Markley has developed a style of painting that is best described as delicate and familiar. Painting scenes that are derived from her mental and physical residence, her visions of a distant landscape are inspired from memory and longing. Adduced from her own thoughts, the colors she puts to canvas are “landscapes coming from a familiar and detached place”. While she has been using acrylic and oil to define her art since 2015, her work has branched into multiple areas of uniqueness including animal husbandry and agriculture. Now, she experiments with portraits of strangers and the creation of tangible, locally made products. Erica’s mantra is that through art, one is set free to see the world as they wish.

    Artist Turned Farmer will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of January.

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

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    Gindhart will feature Real Babes Recycle aerosol acrylics assemblage and altered thrift store art. Plus paintings on sale for $20 and a Green Glam Studio holiday jewelry SALE too-2 for $5! Located in the second floor studio at Madjax. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist from 5-8pm.

    The Guardian Brewing Company (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson
    For our first showing of 2019, The Brunsman Brothers, in association with Muncie Art Farm, will be showing new paintings, folk art, and custom apparel. Join us from 5-8pm.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    Tipsy Turvey's Pubcakes will be set up in front of Co-lab inside of MadJax. They will have pubcakes, cookies crackers, fudge, gluten free coffee cake, and gluten-free Chex Mix!

    Muncie Makers Market
    Corner of Walnut and Adams
    Weather permitting, a number of artisans willing to brave the cold will be set up at the Muncie Makers Market for January’s First Thursday!

    The Muncie Makers Market brings fresh homemade food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, live plants, beautiful art, and handmade crafts of all kinds to First Thursdays in Downtown Muncie! We’ll be on the corner of Walnut and Adams, in front of Toys Forever and the Muncie Map Co, from 5-8p during our town’s monthly celebration of local arts and culture, First Thursday! 

    Shop LOCAL and watch for our markets year-round throughout Muncie! Please JOIN us on Facebook and Instagram, and please SHARE this information:   
    www.facebook.com/groups/1627047027524961/

    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!

Feb 7, 2019

Thursday

  • February's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Jordyn Fender at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Dame Leo at Madjax, 2nd floor GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor Carol Strock Wasson at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. "Motivate our Minds," at Madjax Emma Grace Dragoo, Pop Up Thrift at Madjax, 2nd floor Sam Gindhart Pop Up Shop at Madjax, 2nd floor "Real Love, Baby" at Muncie Makes Lab First Thursday at Thr3eWisemen "Blues Jam" at Valhalla

    Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
    514 E. Main

    Book Arts Collaborative will be showing selected work by Chris Fritton, The Itinerant Printer. Come by, pull a print, and meet our new students!

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main

    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, February 7 for the opening reception of Through the Lense, a photography exhibition by Jordyn Fender. The reception will take place in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in conjunction with February’s First Thursday events.

    Jordyn Fender began pursuing photography at the age of 5. At the age of 16, she held her first exhibition in the B3 Gallery in Nashville, Indiana. Since that time, she has worked to share her art with others through gallery exhibitions. She dreams of becoming a well-traveled and world-renowned photographer, taking photos for magazines, starting her own gallery, and selling work to galleries around the world.

    Fender’s photography represents her view of beauty. Taking photos of anything and everything, finding beauty and inspiration in nature, architecture, animals, and people. Her macro views strive to find the beauty in the details of a subject.

    Through the Lense will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of February.

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

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

    Dame Leo presents “'Heart Strings”: A collection of mixed media paintings depicting the insane nature of the current administration & a few other artsy pieces. Please do come and have a look-see!!! 5-8pm at MadJax, 2nd floor.

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

    Join local artist and educator Debra Gindhart for her new exhibit, “text: ON world: OFF.” 

    Altered thrift store art, text on Jesus, and painted vintage furniture. Meet the artist and enjoy Valentine's sweets in her 2nd floor studio and gallery 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 Carol Strock Wasson, Thursday February 7, 5 – 8 pm. She is one of Indiana’s most accomplished and beloved painters, and Gordy has represented her work for many years.  Throughout the evening, the artist 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. 

    Carol Strock Wasson lives and works in Union City, Indiana.  She is an Indiana Artisan and her work is routinely included among Indiana’s most prestigious artists in the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition.  Known as a “Plein Air” artist, she often paints outside on location.  Sometimes she finishes paintings in this manner. Very often she sketches or composes “studies” on location and then returns to her studio to finish them. “Paintings completed on-site tend to have more excited strokes which show the artist’s sense of discovery,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer. “Those completed in the studio are more refined as she spends time clarifying the image and introducing colors that heighten awareness of time of day, temperature, ground water, humidity, and rain.” Examples of both methods will be on view in the exhibition. 

    The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale throughout the month of February.  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.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.

    “Motivate Our Minds ‘We Think It We Make it’ after school club”: The fourth through eighth grade students at Motivate Our Minds will be exhibiting work from their after-school club led by Ball State architecture professors and their students. Drop by the CAP Makes Muncie Makes workshop- students will be working on their cPads (portable chalk pads) in the MakerHub. This is the first of a series of designs for the community garden being planned adjacent to Shaffer Chapel.

    “BFF Pop Up Thrift”: Custom head wear and wearable art by Emma Grace Dragoo, 5-8pm, 2nd floor.

    “Sam Gindhart Pop Up”: Sam Gindhart is an visually impaired fiber artist from New Castle, IN. She does her craft by feel. She can't see the t-shirt images. She transforms contemporary and collectible t-shirts into wall art. Sam uses 16x20 canvas.  She has really adapted to losing her eyesight. The best thing is she is the happiest she has ever been in her life, 5-8pm, 2nd floor.

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut

    Muncie Makes Lab will feature two shows from 5-8pm:

    First Floor: “Real Love, Baby” curated by Lexi Musselman
    Real Love, Baby is a contemporary art show based on the themes of love, heartache, and genuine emotion. It will feature a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and multimedia work from both local and regional artists. Please come see us for an early Valentine's Day celebration!

    Second Floor: “No Labels / Design is a Tool of Action / Architecture is a Verb,” Installation by Ana de Brea, in collaboration with Taylor Henderson, Jesse Lindenfeld, and Barbara Willey. This show 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 architectures like processes of thinking and making as well as it questions how those processes work in the global scenario of today.

    Thr3e Wisemen Brewing Co.
    625 S. High St.

    Come into Three Wisemen and mention “First Thursday” to get $1 off Thr3e Wisemen mugs!

    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!

Mar 7, 2019

Thursday

  • March's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 8pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Ages: 21+ in some locations
    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!

Apr 4, 2019

Thursday

  • April's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie, Ball State University campus
    Chelsea Ortiz's work at the Atrium Gallery's MFA grad schow Emily Pellini's work at the Atrium Gallery's MFA grad schow Tay White's work at the Atrium Gallery's MFA grad schow Beyond Pilates Grand Opening Kelcey Parker Ervick at Book Arts Collaborative Young Artist Exhibition at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Dabid Owlsey Museum of Art's "Art in Bloom" preview event at Sursa Griner Wealth Management Amy Rocco at The Fickle Peach Green Glam Jewelry, GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor Alfredo Marin-Carle at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Juli Thorson, "Dented Coffee Thermos," at The Guardian Brewing Co. Conservation Tales at Made in Muncie School of Art MFA Open Studios Muncie Makers Market at Walnut and Adams Vis Comm Senior Show at Muncie Makes Lab Kevin Titzer at Plyspace Ellie Tison in "Inspired by Orchids" at Rinard Orchid Greenhouse Blues Jam at Valhalla

    The Atrium Gallery

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

    The School of Art Atrium Gallery will have extended hours for First Thursday from 6-8pm to showcase the work of 1st and 2nd year graduate students progressing towards the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in studio art. The exhibitors are Dakota Blose, Rachel Carter, Sam Chumley, Jennifer Hathaway, Breeana Hinton, Victoria Hutchinson, Chelsea Ortiz, Emily Pellini, Taylor Whyte, and Seul Yi. The show runs from Tuesday, March 19 to Friday, April 5, 2019

    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 Pilates, LLC
    103 N. High St.

    Stop by Beyond Pilates LLC for their Grand Opening from 5-8pm. Stop in to take a tour, meet the owner Kristin Irvine and her husband Jeffrey, ask questions, and pick up a schedule for their group fitness classes, which begin April 8th. Beyond Pilates will offer FREE fitness classes April 6 and 7th. Online registration is open Wed April 3rd - visit their website at beyondpilates.life to book.

    Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
    514 E. Main

    Book Arts Collaborative is publishing a book containing a series of paintings and short, creative non-fiction essays by South Bend artist and writer Kelcey Parker Ervick.  This publication is a true Muncie effort, with type loaned by Tribune Showprint Posters, Inc. and digital images printed at Pengad. Come by the shop to see students hand-stitching the book's title into its Coptic-style construction. These artists' books are truly unique with covers made from vintage blueprints and slipcovers fabricated out of Tribune's poster over-runs, the structure of the book reinforces its message about devolution and obsolescence in the most fun way possible.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main

    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts for their gallery opening honoring the winners of the Young Artist Exhibition. The reception will take place in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone from 5-7pm in conjunction with April’s First Thursday events.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts, in partnership with PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, hosted the Young Artist Exhibition on Thursday, March 14 for school-age children in Delaware County. The show featured the artwork of students in kindergarten through twelfth grades who reside in or attend school in Delaware County. Students that placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or Honorable Mention will have their artwork on display in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone for the month of April. Artwork will then be displayed at PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union’s three branches.

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

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

    Come by Dame Leo from 5-8pm at Madjax (2nd floor) to see "and from the paper come the spirits" featuring magical wearable art from handmade paper, mixed media paintings featuring 'pink poodle hitchhiking,' and a special doll.

    The David Owsley Museum of Art
    Event will be held at 400 S. Walnut St.

    Join event presenting sponsors Sursa Griner Wealth Management for the kick off of Art in Bloom 2019 during the April 4th ArtsWalk in downtown Muncie! Julie Vance from Buck Creek In Bloom will create a floral arrangement during the event to celebrate our signature painting. Stop by to enjoy refreshments from Elm Street Brewing Co., celebrate art and flowers, and learn more about Art in Bloom 2019 (which is May 17-19).

    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. 

    Forever Young Children’s Boutique
    125 E. Charles

    Forever Young will be open late from 5-7pm for a Sidewalk Sale.

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

    Local artist and educator Debra Gindhart will feature her repurposed and recycled Green Glam Studio jewelry again during April 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. She will feature pendants and earrings and a new NOPE collection of red, white, and blue baubles. 20% of jewelry proceeds will support the Bailey for Mayor campaign. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments 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 Alfredo Marin-Carle, Thursday April 4,  5- 8pm. Marin-Carle joined the faculty at Ball State University in 1985 teaching graphic design in the Journalism department. He is now Associate Professor Emeritus and resides in Indianapolis. Throughout the evening, 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. 

    Marin-Carle’s new paintings explore his lifetime fascination with eastern philosophies and the understanding of every living being as an expression of the cosmos. “Alfredo’s process reflects the creation and destruction always going on around us,” says Gordy co-owner Carl Schafer.  “The constant push-and-pull is described in Buddhism as Yin and Yang.” The artist builds up layers and then sands them down. He carves recognizable images then scratches deep and aggressive marks that disturb their clarity. The paintings are made of primeval materials starting with tar paper which he paints with multiple layers of different colors. The sanding and carving reveal the layers underneath and then the application of certain chemicals encourages the tar to permeate the paint layers causing discoloration that will continue through the life of the painting.  “The process of the tar moving within the paint layer brings the paintings to life,” Alfredo says.  “These paintings will change in subtle and beautiful ways over time.”

    The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale throughout the month of April. 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.

    Grace Episcopal Church
    300 S. Madison

    It's spring and that means there is some banjo playing going on somewhere. Come to Grace Episcopal Church (corner of Adams & Madison) at 7:30pm to hear Ric Dwenger, a local performer play ballads and folk music. Ric plays both the banjo and guitar. He is a talented singer and song writer. Donations this evening will be given to A Better Way. Also there will be gently used LPs for sale. Come walk down memory lane and take home an old favorite. 

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

    The Guardian Brewing Company will host an opening reception of “The Human Condition’ featuring new paintings by Juli Thorson. Thorson states: “As a professor of philosophy, I live in a world of words and analytical argumentation. At times, it is hard to keep in mind the big questions that each of us must face in our lives. Nonetheless, the big questions are important and there is more to answering them than analytical argumentation. Indeed, emotional content is as important, but philosophers often ignore the emotions. When I paint, this emotional content emerges. Images can make philosophical questions deeply and personally felt. Painting makes my professional life as a philosopher more interesting and my professional occupation allows me to infuse my paintings with meaning.”

    Made in Muncie
    313 S. Walnut

    Join Conservation Tales and see a sneak peak of artwork from the Africa series about Elephants and Giraffes. Meet art director, Barbara Giorgio-Booher, and our team of illustrators, designers, photographer, and educators. The event includes an art exhibition, children activities, and books will be available to purchase, including the Manatee Match Card Game.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.

    MFA School of Art Open Studios: Interested in seeing how artwork comes to life? Have you ever wondered about the process to create an animated film, or wanted to see the sketches and planning that go into a developed artistic vision? Ball State School of Art MFA Candidates will be hosting open studios at MADJAX Muncie on First Thursday, April 4th from 6pm - 8pm. Exhibiting artists include: Dakota Blose, Rachel Carter, Sam Chumley, Ben Fulcher, Jennifer Hathaway, Breeana Hinton, Emily Thornton, and Seul Yi. The community is invited to meet the artists and explore works in progress, ask questions, and learn about the ideas and processes behind the projects as they develop. The artists will be displaying works in animation, 3D modeling and design, ceramics, and metalsmithing. The work being shown are samples of projects that the MFA candidates have been working on throughout their time in the graduate program at Ball State University. The artists will also be demonstrating their work process and will be selling artwork such as jewelry, prints, and caricatures. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be available.

    Motivate Our Minds Community Garden: GROUNDworks: Motivate Our Minds, Ball State, and community members are developing spaces for play, gathering, and gardening in the Whitely neighborhood east of the Shaffer Chapel. Landscape architecture, architecture, and interior design students will exhibit work from their GROUNDworks design build class.

    “We Think It, We Make It:” M.O.M. and CAP Makes

    At the CAP Makes Muncie Makes workshop at Madjax, students in grades 4-8 from Motivate Our Minds will exhibit work from their after-school club, “We Think It, We Make It,” led by Ball State architecture professors and their students. Students will be constructing concrete pavers and animal sign chalkboards in continuation with a series of designs for the community garden being planned adjacent to Shaffer Chapel.

    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 5-8p on the first Thursday of every month. Plenty of nearby free parking! I’m really excited for us to have this opportunity and I am really hoping we get a nice evening of weather for the 4th. I will be hosting our kiosk of consignment items inside the Muncie Map Co. during First Thursday and I also invite everyone to join me there to see what we’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!

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut

    BSU Visual Communications Senior Design Show
    Join us for the BSU Visual Communications Senior Design Show from 6-9pm at the Muncie Makes Lab with a juror presentation at Ball State’s Arts and Journalism Bldg. Room 225 at 5pm. The 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. This year we are inviting Bryony Gomez-Palacio to judge the student work and give awards.

    About the Juror: Born and raised in Mexico City, Bryony Gomez-Palacio is a graphic designer and writer now living in Bloomington, IN. She is co-founder of UnderConsideration—a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one—where she manages the behind-the-scenes of the online network comprised of Brand New, FPO, Quipsologies and The Art of the Menu. Bryony has co-authored five books with her husband and partner, Armin Vit—their most popular titles being Graphic Design, Referenced and the self-published Flaunt. Most recently, they conceived and presented the Brand New Conference, the Brand New Awards, the FPO Awards, and the recently launched lecture series by The Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness. Bryony enjoys conducting workshops and lecturing when not tending to her two young daughters and their crazy schedules.

    PlySpace
    608 E. Main

    As part of the PlySpace 2019 spring programming, the public is invited to explore and interact with an exciting, family-friendly installation and exhibition by PlySpace Resident Fellow, Kevin Titzer. Nowhere To Be And All Day To Get There will open on Thursday, April 4th, from 5 - 8 PM at the PlySpace Gallery (608 E. Main Street), as part of the April First Thursday in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Light refreshments will be served, and the artist will speak about his work at 7:00 PM. PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council which provides artists a space to create and connect with the Muncie community through collaborative projects.

    Nowhere To Be And All Day To Get There is the fifth installment of an ongoing project started at the end of 2017 in which Titzer traveled to different communities, including Guadalajara, Mexico; Bloomington, Indiana; and Alma, Quebec, Canada, to create sculptures using local resources. Through the process of scavenging materials and meeting people in each region, he worked to capture the feeling and history of each location through an installation using its objects and refuse. About the site-specific nature of this project, Titzer says, "Often different communities value and discard different things. This makes each installment of this project unique and impossible to create in any other place or time."

    The installation at PlySpace reflects the time Titzer has spent in Muncie using found, donated, and scavenged materials from the area. The found-object sculptures and structures in the installation will feature interactive elements, electronic movement, or sound, which can be activated by the viewer. Titzer says his final exhibition is a mix of his own experiences and reactions while at the PlySpace Residency in Muncie. "I'm left with an amalgam of images that filters through the studio. What emerges is an impressionistic view of my time spent in a specific region. In this respect, the art often reflects aspects of that community, but isn't a one-to-one portrait per se."

    As the PlySpace Resident Fellow, Titzer has been collaborating with Ball State University School of Art Students in two 3D Foundations classes to explore the use of alternative materials in sculptural practice. Through a series of workshops and class visits with the students, he has discussed how found and scavenged objects can be creative catalysts for sculptural ideas. Each student will design and craft a different found-object bird sculpture which will contribute to the final exhibition.

    Kevin Titzer was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana in the United States and has been based in the Saguenay region of Quebec for the last nine years. He 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. You can learn more about his work at www.kevintitzer.com and on the PlySpace website at www.plyspace.org.

    Rinard Orchid Greenhouse
    W. University Ave., Ball State Campus

    Inspired by Orchids is the newest exhibition opening at Ball State University’s Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse. Featured works have been inspired by the tropical environment of the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse. Join us from 4-5pm for an artist’s reception where visitors can discover a selection of works of Ball State art students and local artists whose works have been inspired by the variety of shapes, colors, and textures in the greenhouse. Inspired by Orchids is a compilation of works created by Ball State University drawing and painting students. Take a peek into the (local) tropics to enjoy these works of art. Parking is available near Christy Woods on the Ball State University campus. Free and open to the public.

    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!

May 2, 2019

Thursday

  • The Brink of Summer Artswalk (full listing) for May's First Thursday 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie, Ball State University campus
    Book Arts Collaborative at Madjax Kevin Campbell, Puzzle Project, at the Brinkman Gallery Waterscapes at the Brinkman Gallery Kevin Campbell, DOG Portraits, at the Brinkman Gallery "Flock," College of Architecture and Planning Design Build Project, NW Corner of Canan Commons Kimberley True, "Movement in Nature," Cornerstone Center for the Arts Dame Leo at Madjax, 2nd floor Many thanks to Muncie's Downtown Development for their support of the Brink of Summer Artswalk Grace Hollars, "Bursting: Stories Inspired by Women," at the Fickle Peach GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor Margie Prim, "Onions and Daisies," at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Conservation Tales at Made in Muncie "Virtual Reality Projects" from IDIA Lab at Madjax Muncie Makers Market ANTENNA Intermedia Show at Muncie Makes Lab Jonny Swales and Alana Rasche, ANTENNA Intermedia Show at Muncie Makes Lab Nomad Yarns at Charles and Walnut Nomad Yarns at Charles and Walnut Ben Fulcher and Emily Thornton, "Transplanted" at Plyspace Blues Jam at Valhalla YART at Canan Commons

    The Atrium Gallery
    Arts and Journalism Building, 1st floor, Ball State University campus
    The School of Art Atrium Gallery finishes its fourth week of BFA Exhibitions for Spring 2019 showcasing the work of five of its graduating seniors, Sarah Anderson, Kitty Taylor, Sarah Gardner, Megan Lange, and Marret Metzger. There will be extended hours from 5-8pm for First Thursday.

    Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
    514 E. Main

    Come by Book Arts Collaborative to wish our graduating seniors good luck as they embark on post-baccalaureate life. Bring your real-world cautionary tales, loan repayment strategies, and warming wishes. They have devised a cool, family friendly print project that you can take away for free too—it’s their graduation gift to you. 

    The Brinkman Gallery
    409 S. Walnut
    Brinkman Gallery presents “Waterscapes,” featuring meticulously painted water landscapes. At a distance they appear photorealistic, but as you approach the pattern of the waves begins to break down into abstract forms and shapes. Also on display are original DOG portraits, new puzzle pieces, and a section of “Sweet Thursday” by artist Kevin Campbell. Puzzles range from a single piece to a 730 piece puzzle. Additionally, some of Gay Nation’s personal Garfield collection will be on display. Come out to meet Kevin and enjoy refreshments from 5-8pm.

    Canan Commons
    500 S. Walnut St.
    College of Architecture & Planning Centennial Design Build Project- Flock:
    Flock is a temporary installation in downtown that reads as an object but is made up of discrete parts just as Muncie is a collective of cultural backgrounds that come together to form a community. The project is supported by the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning and in collaboration with DWNTWN_Muncie Downtown Development Partnership. Flock is a design build project headed by Assistant Professor of Architecture James F. Kerestes and his students, Lauren Hunter and Katie Gordon. The project is part of the College or Architecture and Planning’s centennial celebration and aims to highlight the long standing history and achievements of the school. The installation will be on the Northwest Corner of Canan Commons on property owned by DeFur Voran.

    Muncie’s Downtown Development:
    Help us hearken warmer weather with Muncie Ballet Studio and BSU Student Dance Association as they join us to teach our young guests a Maypole dance! Look for the Maypoles at Canan Commons. Magic City Music Men will be serenading from the stage. Muncie Public Library will also be on hand at Canan Commons to help the littles create a Mothers Day craft bouquet. There will also be a flash mob/silly parade event!

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Movement in Nature An Art Exhibition by Kimberley True:
    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, May 2 for the opening reception of Movement in Nature, an art exhibition by Kimberley True. 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 May’s First Thursday events.

    The world around us is ever-evolving, always in motion and yet quiet and still. It is enveloping and frightening and awe-inspiring. As above in the clouds and stars, so below in the deepest oceans, this is where Kimberley True finds her greatest source of inspiration.

    True’s art is deeply rooted in her fascination with movement in nature. She has created paintings that flow and breathe across the canvas. Her color schemes are influenced from far-off galaxies, sunsets over Midwestern fields, and the crashing waves along our ocean's shores.

    Kimberley True is a Muncie-native and only daughter to local artists Randy and Debbie True. Her first loves were reading and writing however art was a close third. The messier the medium, the better. After charcoal, pastels, and watercolor, Kim settled on acrylics as her preferred modus operandi. 

    Movement in Nature will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of May. For more information about the exhibition call Cornerstone’s Department of Education & Communication at 765-281- 9503, ext. 23 or visit cornerstonearts.org.

    Dame Leo (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    Dame Leo presents: “Resist & Revolt” garden art & altar candles, “No Más Babies in Cages” jewelry & magnets, and "I don't play well with Racists-Fascists or Nazis" mix-medium paintings. Mother's Day is Sunday May 12th so buy her/him an original and OOAK piece of art made by a local mama!!! MadJax 2nd floor 5-9pm.

    Delaware County Historical Society
    120 E. Washington
    The DCHS will have the Moore-Youse Home Museum open at 120 East Washington St. We will have a "Meet the Authors" event with several local authors who have written books on local Delaware County Historical topics. We will have their books and more available for sale. Visitors can also sign up to win a Delaware County Historical afghan/throw with a $40 value and do not have to be present to win. The exhibit galleries will be open featuring "Toys from our past to present," Delaware County Sports including Muncie's Pro Football Team the Congerville Flyers, and a new exhibit featuring "Treasures from the Museum’s Collection."

    The Fickle Peach (21+)
    117 E. Charles

    Ball State University senior photojournalism major and women's and gender studies minor Grace Hollars, who has explored the world photographing two Olympics and was named 2017 Indiana College Photographer of the Year, takes on a new adventure in her hometown of Muncie documenting inspiring women who are changing and building up the community. "Bursting: Stories Inspired by Women,” is a rich collection of women we know as our neighbors, coworkers, sisters, wives, and friends whose stories are captured through twelve large 20x30 images. 

    FILM IS NOT DEAD: A 35mm Film Photography Collective Art Show
    301 S Walnut St, Suite 101

    FILM IS NOT DEAD is a celebration of the artistic and nostalgic value of 35mm film photography in our digital-first world. Featured analog photographers Zach Poor, Tanesha Tanaé Burrell, Bobby Bennett, Kenton Little, and Joshua Westbrook are showcasing a variety of photographs, all captured the "old-fashioned" way.

    Zach Poor is a graphic designer by trade who enjoys exploring the intersection of digital and analog creative expression in his personal work. Shooting film on his mom’s old Pentax K1000 gives him the opportunity to slow down and create images with appropriate meaning and magnitude and to practice traditional creative processes in a modern era. 

    Tanesha Tanaé Burrell is a lively creative with an appetite for design. She enjoys working in a variety of different mediums including digital media, printmaking, drawing, and film photography. Inspired by different aspects of her faith, she desires to express what words fail to at times.

    Born and raised in Illinois (the “s” is silent). Bobby Bennett has gone a few places of note: Ball State, Iceland, the bathroom, but never to the emergency room for any broken bones. He currently works at Union Chapel Ministries as the Creative Arts Director (the Uncreative Arts Director position was already taken. His job requires more creativity, sometimes in the form of puns and dumb humor and parentheticals!) He also enjoys shooting on film and capturing moments and sharing things that may be hiding in plain sight and run on sentences.

    Kenton Little started shooting film for a class in college where he fell in love with not only the look you get from film, but the process of developing and printing as well. He shoots film to get away from screens for a bit and just enjoy the physical world around him. He loves the feeling of excitement film gives when you have to wait to see the results of the photos you take. 

    Joshua Westbrook grew up overseas in Central Asia, but is now proud to live and work in the city of Muncie that he has adopted as his home. An idealist at heart, he hopes that his work uncovers points of true human connection through the lens of place and culture. 

    “Flower Hour”
    Various locations around Walnut St.
    "Flower Hour", a fundraiser for the Erskine Green Training Center will be blooming on Walnut St.! Your $20 ticket will score you a beautiful bouquet after visiting each flower distribution location. You will receive your vase and treated to a reception at the Courtyard Marriott after your adventure. Tickets are limited to the first 300 and are available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and the Horizon Convention Center or online @ eventbrite.com

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    BE A POEM BE ON PURPOSE: Local artist and poetry enthusiast is still celebrating poetry for the Brink of Summer ArtsWalk. Words on art. Original poetry chapbooks available. Green Glam Studio recycled jewelry still for Bailey. 20% of jewelry proceeds will support the Bailey for Mayor campaign. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be available. Meet the artist, 2nd floor of Madjax, 5-9pm.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will celebrate the brink of summer with the fresh and beautiful work of Margie Prim during May’s First Thursday on May 2, from 5:00 to 8:00.  Margie will give a short talk at 6:15. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

    Margie’s heavy strokes swipe the canvas with dabs of bold color to create beautiful still lifes and peaceful landscapes. This quiet artist brings out her passion for life through canvases which captures scenes from East Central Indiana.  This Muncie artist’s inspirations may be found as easily down an alley, by the White River, or out in a farmer’s field.  “I just get in my car and I drive,” Margie explains.

    Margie Prim began her art career in the 1960s in Oklahoma by taking painting lessons. She arrived in Muncie in the 1970s.  She laid her brushes down until the early 1990s when she started taking various art classes offered by community organizations such as the YMCA. She took lessons from Walt Lewis at the Stan Nossett School of Fine Art in Muncie. Margie, the perpetual student, continues learning through her involvement with the New Richmond Group and Indiana Plein Air Painters.

    Margie considers herself both a studio and plein air artist and is adept in both methods.  She enjoys, especially in colder months, to work from sketches or photographs in the comfort of her studio.  As a plein air painter she works outside, on location, to create her paintings.

    Margie has shown in the Minnetrista Annual, the Richmond Art Museum Annual, and Red-Tail Land Conservancy Open Spaces Exhibit. She has won  several awards and held several one woman exhibits in the region.  In early 2019, Margie won honorable mention in the Madison County Art Show. Her works have been included in the Indiana Waterways Project and the Women’s Commission Art Exhibit.

    The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale throughout the month of May.  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.

    Grace Episcopal Church
    300 S. Madison

    At 7pm, the local band Steve Robert and the Jazzmanian Devils will perform at Grace Episcopal Church (corner of Madison Ave. & Adams St.). This folk rock band will be performing covers and originals written by several band members. There will be vintage LPs, from the 50s to the 90s for sale. We are just a 5 minute walk east from Walnut St. and there is plenty of parking.

    Made in Muncie
    313 S. Walnut
    Conservation Tales: Come see a sneak peak of artwork from the Africa series about Elephants and Giraffes. Meet author Tom McConnell, art director, Barbara Giorgio-Booher, and our team of illustrators, designers, photographer, and educators. The event includes an art exhibition, children activities, and books will be available to purchase, including the Manatee Match Card Game.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    CAP’s IDIA Lab and Landscape Architecture at Artswalk Madjax!
    Ball State University’s IDIA Lab will showcase recent virtual reality projects at Madjax (514 E Jackson St Muncie, Indiana) 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. 

    Additionally students from the College of Architecture and Planning’s Dynamic and the Digital course will be exhibiting their creative works that involve time-based, virtual and augmented reality experimentations. Landscape Architecture First Year Graduate Studio will also be exhibiting design instigations for Farmished’s urban agricultural training farm.

    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! I’m really excited for us to have this opportunity and I am really hoping we get a nice evening of weather for the 2nd. Susan Danner will be hosting our kiosk of consignment items inside the Muncie Map Co. during First Thursday as well, and I also invite everyone to join her there to see what we’ve got going on inside of this super-cool locally-owned shop.

    Two First Thursday’s of each year are designated as ArtsWalk, in May and October, so some of our Makers will also be down at Canan Commons at the Spring 2019 Muncie YART. 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!

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut
    ANTENNA: Experimental moving image and video installation. Students in BSU's School of Art Intermedia classes with Prof. Maura Jasper present works of sound, light, interactivity and moving image. Works by Jacob Bobeck, Noah Davis Cheshire, Kai Cohen, Erica Hille, Jenna Mesker, Alana Rasche, Jonny Swales, alongside a selection of works from students enrolled in Introduction to Computer Art. 5-9pm.

    Nomad Yarns
    Charles and Walnut
    Nomad Yarns will be at Charles and Walnut during the Brink of Summer Artswalk, alongside YART. Come and visit the yarn store on wheels! Nomad Yarns is packed full of unique hand dyed yarns, original patterns, kits and tools plus other great natural fiber yarns and spinning fibers from designer names. Drop on by to shop, see the truck murals, or ask us about how to get started in fiber crafting

    Photo Voice Project
    Alcove of the Old Chase Bank
    PhotoVoice Project on Opioid Use Disorder: An interdisciplinary group of Ball State students from Health Science and Anthropology are presenting a display of photos, which aim to ignite conversation about the escalating crisis of opioid abuse in our community. There will be a series of photos linked with brief quotes from service providers on what has caused the crisis, how it is affecting our community, and how we can move forward. Informational pamphlets on opioid use disorder will also be available. We will be setting up in the alcove of the old Chase Bank.

    PlySpace
    608 E. Main
    Muncie Arts and Culture Council is pleased to celebrate Brink of Summer ArtsWalk on Thursday, May 2, 2019 with an opening reception for Transplanted, a stop-motion animation video game by artists Emily Thornton and Ben Fulcher. The artists will speak about their work at 7:00 PM and will be available to answer questions and share insights about the project and their process with guests. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.  The interactive exhibition of their work will be on view from April 30 to May 3, 2019 12:00 - 5:00 pm in the PlySpace Gallery at 608 East Main Street in downtown Muncie.

    Developed collaboratively by Fulcher and Thornton, Transplanted is a stop-motion video game that explores the benefits of taking care of another living thing and how that connection can change your life. The narrative of the game is centered around a woman named Elaine who has just graduated college and no longer has a goal or focus for her life. The objective of the game is to take care of a plant that is delivered to her house, an act which serves as a catalyst for change in the character’s life. By taking care of the plant, Elaine begins a transformation from lethargic depression to sentimental optimism through taking care of herself. The game plays as a quick, meditative passage through a character’s personal landscape. As each player slowly begins unpacking Elaine’s personal belongings, they are invited into the sentimental values of often innocuous items. The game is a meditation on personal motivation, and overcoming seemingly monumental tasks, one step at a time.

    In March, Transplanted was selected as a finalist for the Big Indie Pitch competition at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, where Fulcher and Thornton shared their project and received industry feedback alongside other indie developers. Both artists will receive their Master of Fine Arts in Animation from Ball State University’s School of Art this spring. This exhibition of their MFA thesis work offers visitors a unique opportunity to interact with Transplanted and the creative process behind it through individual gaming stations, documents of the digital rendering process, and the display of physical elements from the game’s stop-motion design.

    Ben Fulcher received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Drawing from Clemson University. He is currently an Master of Fine Arts candidate in Animation at Ball State University School of Art. He spent time teaching English in China and Taiwan. Fulcher was awarded the Aspire Grant from Ball State University in 2018 and 2019. His work has been included in the Independent Talents International Film Festival in Bloomington, IN; the Life Screenings International Film Festival in Clermont, FL; and the Weird Wednesday 0711—Monthly in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Emily Thornton received her Bachelor of Science from Huntington University, and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Animation at Ball State University School of Art.. Her work has been accepted into RAW Natural Born Artist and published in The Broken Plate, and Huntington Chapter Ictus. Thornton is also a recipient of a silver award from the American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne.

    The PlySpace Gallery is an exhibition and project space programmed by the Muncie Arts & Culture Council to support the activities of the PlySpace Residency as well as the objectives of emerging, experimental, and underrepresented artists and art forms. The PlySpace Gallery will be open for additional viewing hours on:

    Tuesday, April 30th // 12:00 - 5:00 PM
    Wednesday, May 1st // 12:00 - 5:00 PM
    Thursday, May 2nd // 12:00 - 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 3rd // 12:00 - 5:00 PM

    Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Ball State University School of Art welcome the public to the PlySpace Gallery for this one-of-a-kind exhibition of stop-motion animation and game development during the Brink of Summer ArtsWalk event for First Thursday in downtown Muncie. The PlySpace Gallery is located at 608 East Main Street, and parking is immediately adjacent to the building. Please enter through the gallery door facing the parking lot. For more information, please email info@munciearts.org.

    Thr3e Wisemen Brewing Co.
    625 S. High St.
    Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. will be passing out promotional items at Artswalk. They will also have some Artswalk specials featuring 10" Cheese Pizzas for $5 and 1/2 off bottles of wine!

    Twin Archer Brewpub (all ages)
    117 W. Charles St.
    Twin Archer will feature artwork by self-taught Hoosier artist, Christine Abercrombie. She enjoys painting as a hobby. The use of color and music is very important to her as an artist. She paints on a music stand while listening to music that moves her. She has done several showings in Muncie and will be showcasing new material at Twin Archer. 

    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!

    YART
    Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St.
    YART is a Yard Sale for Art! YART began in Muncie, Indiana with students at Ball State University and continues here and in several U.S. cities - a Muncie original! The Muncie YART is now held Downtown, at Canan Commons, twice a year, Spring and Fall, on the First Thursday of every May and October. 

    This community art sale, with a goal of making art affordable and accessible to everyone, brings together Artists and Art patrons in a casual and unique setting. The Spring 2019 Muncie YART will be held in conjunction with the May 2019 Brink of Summer ArtsWalk on Thursday, May 2nd, from 5-8pm. YART will ring the park at Canan Commons, Muncie's great urban greenspace park and amphitheater at the roundabout on South Walnut Street in Downtown Muncie, Indiana. 

    All forms of Art are welcome at YART! Art of all kinds, by all kinds of Artists! YART encourages interaction between Artists and the community, hoping to make Art more accessible, especially to those who think they cannot afford to buy Art for themselves and their homes. To this goal, all YART Art will be priced below $40! YART works to enable local creative entrepreneurs and to improve the Muncie economy. Shop local, support independents, enjoy your town! 

    Last YART featured over 100 Artists! Each YART Artist will be present throughout YART to meet the public, discuss their Art, handle sales personally, and some Artists will be making Art LIVE at YART! This is a great opportunity to enjoy your family interacting with local culture in a dynamic, lively, and relaxed atmosphere. We love kids and there will be lots of fun stuff for them at Canan Commons too! 

    The Spring 2019 Muncie YART will feature a wide variety of handmade jewelry, photography, clothing, oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, fused glass, ceramics, knits, pottery, candles, toys, drawings, sculpture, lampwork glass, stuffed animals, digital art, mosaics, LIVE ART and LIVE MUSIC, and so much more!

    Fun for all ages - YART and the ArtsWalk are for the whole family!

    Miss Moth (YART Director) and the YART Artists very much thank Cheryl Crowder of the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership and the Muncie Parks Department for their generous support! YART is an all-volunteer, zero-budget, community event. THANK YOU!

Jun 6, 2019

Thursday

  • June's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Will Britton, Jr. at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Dame Leo, "No Mas," Madjax, 2nd floor "Muncie Mystery" from the Delaware County Historical Society Sarah Shaffer, "What a Waist," at Elm Street Brewing Co. "Baby Driver" at Afterhours Art Reels, The Fickle Peach Forever Young's Sidewalk Sale and Lemonade Stand GindhART, "Tools 4 Schools," Madjax, 2nd floor GindhART, painted handbags, Madjax, 2nd floor Lisa Walsh, "Red and Black Pin," at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Carrie Wright, "Lunar Crane," at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Muncie Makers Market, corner of Walnut and Adams Fixer Upper at at Muncie Makes Lab Solar Decathlon Design Challenge at Muncie Makes Lab Reimagining Memorial and Hoyt at Muncie Makes Lab Silly Walk at various locations downtown Blues Jam at Valhalla

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts

    520 E. Main
    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, June 6 for the opening reception of Sparking Nostalgia Through Pop Culture, an art exhibition by Will Britton Jr. 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 June’s First Thursday events.

    Sparking Nostalgia Through Pop Culture is a collection of pop culture icons. From the obscure to the more commonly known, Britton’s work brings forth nostalgia from childhood favorites. The work invokes those things that would get you up early on Saturday with a big bowl of cereal eager to turn on cartoons. Those things that when you see them, you remember time, place, taste, and smell. Britton’s work seeks to transport viewers back to the joy of childhood.

    Will Britton Jr. was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana. He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1997 and then went on to Vincennes University where he studied Fine Arts until he transferred to The Art Academy of Cincinnati. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with his specialty being printmaking. He has worked steadily making the art he loves while also working in social services. He lives in Muncie with his wife, children, an old dog and a bossy cat.  His everyday life consists of wrangling chaos and disorder, making items for local markets and a little D & D as time permits.

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

    Dame Leo (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    “No Más!” featuring mixed media paintings, sculpture, and wearable art by Dame Leo. 2nd floor, Madjax.

    Delaware County Historical Society
    Various locations downtown
    The Delaware County Historical Society presents “Muncie Mystery” from 5-7:30pm.

    A serious (and pretend) crime has been committed in Downtown Muncie! We are calling on all citizen sleuths to participate in a real-life Clue game as part of the First Thursday festivities on June 6.

    Between 5 and 6:30 pm, visit ten participating downtown businesses for clues about suspects and weapons. At each location, you will have the chance to answer a Muncie trivia question to learn more about our city, complements of the Delaware County Historical Society.

    The guilty party and facts about the case will be revealed at Muncie Civic Theatre at 7:00 pm. Sleuths who correctly identify the perpetrator and weapon will be entered into a drawing for great prizes, including an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Muncie at Horizon Convention Center, Muncie Civic Theatre tickets, a silver crystal pendant from Pazols Jewelers, and more! (Must be present to win.)

    Event partners: Downtown Muncie, Muncie Civic Theatre, Indiana Public Radio, WIPB-TV, Ball State Office of Community Engagement, Muncie Neighborhoods, and Delaware County Historical Society

    Participating businesses: Debbie's Handmade Soap, The Hayloft Boutique, Twin Archer Brewpub, Mulberry Street Uniques, Aw Yeah Comics- Muncie, Vintage Shoppe Thrift & Gift, Intersection, Olive & Slate, Muncie Map Co.

    Elm Street Brewing (21+)
    519 N. Elm

    The opening reception for Life in Plastic, featuring artwork by Sarah Shaffer will take place at Elm Street Brewing Co on Thursday, June 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The opening of Life in Plastic will take place in conjunction with First Thursday’s events.

    The smallest things can have the biggest impact. Our childhoods shape us, create us, and define who we will become. In the collection titled, "Life in Plastic," Sarah Shaffer has explored society's monumental impact through the form of its tiniest role models. Each piece is a depiction of a doll, focusing only on a portion of the body and recreated in a large scale. This collection of acrylic paintings portrays the objectification of and unrealistic expectations placed upon women.

    Sarah Shaffer is a native of Indiana, growing up in Fort Wayne with a love of art from an early age. Sarah is a graduate of Ball State University's Art Department, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing earned in 2007. Sarah lives with her husband and daughter in Muncie, Indiana, and works at Cornerstone Center for the Arts as the Education and Marketing Coordinator as well as a visual arts instructor.

    The opening reception of Life in Plastic will include live music by local artist Caleb Ferguson. After attending the reception, Elm Street Brewing Co invites you to stick around, order dinner and a beer, and enjoy the relaxed family friendly atmosphere. The Peterson and Dunn Project will perform following the conclusion of the opening reception. Life in Plastic will be on display, with work for sale throughout the month of June.

    The Fickle Peach (21+)
    117 E. Charles

    Muncie Downtown Development will host outdoor “Afterhours Art Reels” following the First Thursday Gallery Walks, June-September.  Films will be projected onto the Mutual Bank wall on Charles St. at dusk.  Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach patio located at 117 E. Charles St. for guests 21 and up. June’s movie is Baby Driver from director Edgar Wright.

    Forever Young Children’s Boutique
    125 E. Charles
    Forever Young will be open from 5-7pm for Sidewalk Day Sale. There will be a lemonade stand and all proceeds will be donated to First Choice for Women.

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    Local social commentary artist Debra Gindhart will feature two assemblage pieces titled TOOLS 4 SCHOOLS. Debra believes that guns have no place in our schools. We must reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, rather than concentrating on ways to keep all guns off school property. Ensuring the safety of children and school employees, school administrators should focus on measures that will create safe and supportive learning environments for students, faculty, and staff. 

    Debra Gindhart will also feature wearable art, painted clothing, and painted handbags. There will be an opening reception where you can meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments from 5-8pm. Madjax, 2nd floor.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will open Natural Influences: Two Hoosiers, Nature, and Their Art. From topographically inspired jewelry by Lisa Walsh to floral designed silks by Carrie Wright, the influence of nature will be celebrated during June’s First Thursday on June 6, from 5:00 to 8:00. Carrie Wright, a Muncie silk painter, will give a short talk at 6:15. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale throughout the summer.

    Carrie Wright, a Muncie silk painter and newly minted Indiana Artisan, will be sharing her beautiful pieces of wearable art. Wright gives specific attention to several details, such as: where the design elements are likely to fall on the body when the scarf is worn; an appropriate color pallet within the design with careful consideration for the occasion or outfit for which the scarf might be worn; a balanced combination of floral and graphic elements maintaining visual tension and interest. Wright’s creativity is nurtured by combining the clean design disciplines of the Japanese kimono textile creators and the forward-thinking creativity of European designers.

    “I was born and raised amid the fields in northern Delaware County,” says Wright. “I’ve always been inspired by the beauty of Indiana landscapes, fields that stretch to the horizons of both the rising and setting sun. Much of my work is influenced by the flora of the area combined in some way with a bold graphic design element to help balance the piece and prohibit it from becoming flowery or fussy.”

    Lisa Walsh, a jewelry designer from Lafayette, will be showcasing pieces from her Topography Series. Walsh uses enamels and mixed metals to portray accurate contour lines from topographical maps. Conceptualized in 2015, this series has received four consecutive Arts in the Parks grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. The Topography Series includes work featuring Clifty Falls and Spring Mill State Park in southern Indiana, and recently expanded to include areas of Shenandoah National Park where Walsh was artist-in-residence in 2018.

    Walsh’s influence is a “fascination with topographical maps which I have had since studying fire science many years ago, but hadn't incorporated them into my work until relatively recently.  Topography and jewelry are such an unusual pairing that it often opens discussions that lead into important land and conservation issues,” she says.  “Jewelry is the ultimate traveling art, and as such, a great medium for encouraging dialogue between people.”

    Grace Episcopal Church
    300 S. Madison

    Come on down to Grace Episcopal Church (corner of Madison & Adams) for an awesome concert with singer song writer and recording artist Joan Hamilton. Tonight's concert begins at 7pm. Joan is a local favorite guitar and keyboard performer with deep roots in the Muncie and Indy music scene. There will be CD' for sale. This is a great way to start the summer music season.

    Muncie Makers Market
    Corner of Walnut and Adams
    “First Thursday is SOON, on Thursday, June 6th! 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 5-8p on the first Thursday of every month. Plenty of nearby free parking! I’m really excited for us to have this opportunity and I am really hoping we get a nice evening of weather for the 6th. I also invite everyone to see what we’ve got going on inside of the Muncie Map Co. as well. Lots of local themed shirts/magnets/stickers/books/music, excellent mappiness, and a Muncie Makers Market kiosk open there every day! 

    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!”

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut
    Join Muncie Makes Lab from 5-8pm for the following shows:

    Fixer Upper
    Erica Collins’ 6th grade Northside Middle School math class worked with Tom Collins from the BSU Department of Architecture on an documentation and redesign project for a single room in which the students took physical measurements, drew scale drawings, learned about architectural drawing conventions, proposed renovations to the room, and calculated the renovation costs for materials and labor. The results of the 6-week project were shown at the MCS Celebrate Excellence Show in May.

    Solar Decathlon Design Challenge
    A Spring 2019 architecture design studio taught by Tom Collins with the assistance of Walter Grondzik and Tarek Mahfouz that participated in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. Two collaborative student-led teams developed net-zero energy ready housing proposals for sites in historic districts adjacent to downtown Muncie with community partners ecoREHAB and Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity.

    Reimagining Memorial & Hoyt
    A Summer 2019 architecture design studio/workshop co-taught by Pam Harwood and Tom Collins focused on reimagining, redeveloping, and reusing underutilized property in Muncie’s Southwestern neighborhoods to support neighborhood revitalization efforts to improve access to food, healthcare, housing, and transportation. The class is working with Building Better Neighborhoods and the 8 Twelve Coalition on this community design immersive learning project.

    Silly Walk
    Various locations downtown

    Meeting Spot: In the back parking lot where The Muncie Escape Room is located. (Jefferson St and Adams St) Look for the Silly Walk Map in the comments!
    Time: 5:15pm. Walk will begin around 5:30pm.
    Attire: 1920s attire (this is optional but recommended to keep with the First Thursday of Muncie Theme)

    First Thursday at Downtown is having a 1920s Mystery game at participating businesses (where our walk will happen). We may be having fun with our Silly Walk, but we are going to participate too! It's a real-life Clue game in Downtown Muncie! We'll take our Silly Walk to the Downtown Streets of Muncie and into these participating businesses (listed in the order our walk will happen: Olive & Slate, Twin Archer Brewpub, Intersection, Debbie's Handmade Soap, Aw Yeah Comics- Muncie, Vintage Shoppe Thrift & Gift, Mulberry Street Uniques, The Hayloft Boutique, Muncie Map Co.).

    At 7pm, once was walk is over, head over to the Muncie Civic Theatre to see if you guessed the crime correctly to win great prizes!

    Thr3e Wisemen Brewing Co.
    625 S. High St.
    Thr3e Wise Men will be doing $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!

    Wishbone Gifts, Inc.
    201 S. Walnut St.

    Wishbone Gifts, Inc. will feature works by Jeremy Babb and Erin Cox.

Jul 11, 2019

Thursday

  • "Second" Thursday! 6pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Dame Leo at Madjax, 2nd floor GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor Justin Brown at Madjax Mainhall, 1st floor Justin Brown at Madjax Mainhall, 1st floor Muncie Makers Market "Muncie Memories" project, Madjax 1st floor "Blues Jam" at Valhalla

    Since First Thursday fell on the Fourth of July this year, please join us for a Second Thursday event featuring the following:

    Dame Leo (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    Mixed media paintings, Assemblage art, handmade paper, jewelry, and hand painted wearables.

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    Debra Gindhart local artist will exhibit her Second Thursday show, "Stencil Artist." Stencils are probably the most popular technique used in graffiti, street art, and wall art worldwide. Stenciled art has many different reasons behind it. The technique provides graffiti artists and contemporary artists with several important advantages, most significant being the possibilities to create more art and also be more visible and swift. 

    Debra, started experimenting with multi-layered cut out stencils and pre-cut stencils to add more colors and illusion of depth to her pieces ten years ago. This artistic experimentation resulted in much more elaborate and highly sophisticated stenciled artworks. Debra believes stencil artists take art to a whole new level, both in terms of aesthetics and messages they are trying to convey. "Stencil Art" will include some text on art messages as well. 

    Debra will also have a collection of Green Glam Studio jewelry, earrings and statement pendants. She will be donating 20% of all recycled jewelry sales to support Bailey for Mayor campaign. There is also a 20% off sale on wall art from previous exhibits. 

    Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments on July 11, second floor gallery in Madjax Muncie. 

    5-8pm, this event is free and open to the public.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    The mainhall of Madjax, 1st floor will feature art by Justin Brown, a 31 year old mixed media artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. His work focuses primarily on American intelligence agency psychological operations and surveillance. Justin Brown is the founder/executive director of Hoy Polloy Art Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    This collection of work is a fraction of a series wherein Justin makes portraits of individuals with their FBI surveillance files. Individuals range from pop icons to lesser known community organizers and artists. The purpose of the series is to highlight the diversity and depth of the government’s previous surveillance programs as we enter a modern awakening to surveillance capitalism.

    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, even when it’s now SECOND Thursday! (Just this one time, back to regulation in August.) Thanks to an invitation to take over the sidewalks in front of the Muncie Map Co., the Muncie Makers Market will set up on the corner of Adams and Walnut Streets from 5-8p on Thursday, July 11th in Downtown Muncie.

    Come see our local Growers and Makers for fresh homemade food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, live plants, beautiful art, and handmade crafts of all kinds! First Thursday is a popular local tradition, going many years back. All sorts of vendors, artists, and entertainers set up throughout all of Downtown Muncie. It is a fun time for everyone - Kids too! - and a great opportunity to shop local and support the Muncie economy!

    More information:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1627047027524961/ 

    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 in Downtown Muncie.

    PlySpace
    608 E. Main
    Muncie Memories, a PlySpace and Muncie Arts and Culture Council project with PlySpace Resident Fellow Meredith Kooi, is a collaborative storytelling project that invites the residents of Muncie to share their experiences, memories, and stories of the place they call home. Muncie Memories will have a special Interview Booth set up on the first floor of Madjax from 5-8 PM. Come by and tell your stories about Muncie and be recorded for the living archive. The artist's studio will also be open on the second floor.  Learn more about the project at munciememories.tumblr.com or at plyspace.org/events.

    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!

Aug 1, 2019

Thursday

  • August's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Kevin Campbell at Brinkman Gallery Brenda Click's "Lessons in Color: A White Girl’s Education" at Cornerstone Center for the Arts "Reservoir Dogs" at the Fickle Peach, After Hours Art Reels "Animal Baubles" at GindhART Lisa Walsh at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Justin Brown, at Madjax's mainhall, 1st floor Muncie Makers Market Muncie Memories Exhibition at Plyspace Blues Jam at Valhalla

    The Brinkman Gallery
    409 S. Walnut
    Brinkman Gallery is featuring a collection of miniature sculpted animals and Buddhas from Gay Nation's travels in Europe and Asia. Come out and enjoy refreshments from 5-8pm. Also featuring a permanent collection of artist, Kevin Campbell - "Waterscapes" meticulously painted water landscapes. At a distance they appear photorealistic, but as you approach the pattern of the waves begins to break down into abstract forms and shapes. Also on display, original DOG portraits, new puzzle pieces and a section of "Sweet Thursday" by artist Kevin Campbell. Puzzles range from a single piece to a 730 piece puzzle.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, August 1 for the opening reception of Lessons in Color: A White Girl’s Education featuring art by Brenda Click. 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 August’s First Thursday events.

    Growing up and spending most of her life in predominantly white communities, Click realized she had so much to learn about race and racism. Her research began by reading books both fiction and nonfiction, holding conversations (listening mostly), attending lectures, and watching documentaries.  Click’s exhibit tells a story of that self-study through acrylic paintings and celebrates the persons of color she has come to know and the gratitude for lessons they have taught her.

    Lessons in Color: A White Girl’s Education will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of August.

    The Fickle Peach (21+)
    117 E. Charles

    Reservoir Dogs: Muncie Downtown Development will host outdoor “Afterhours Art Reels” following the First Thursday Gallery Walks, June-September.  Films will be projected onto the Mutual Bank wall on Charles St. at dusk.  Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach patio located at 117 E. Charles St. for guests 21 and up. August’s movie is Reservoir Dogs from director Quentin Tarantino.

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    “ANIMAL BAUBLES”: Local artist Debra Gindhart will feature her Green Glam Studio jewelry a line of recycled and repurposed accessories for August's First Thursday. The artist used wood, art glass, crystals, and metals for embellishments. 20% of all ANIMAL BAUBLES jewelry sales proceeds will be donated to Grateful Rescue & Sanctuary. This collection includes statement pendants and earrings all wires are hypoallergenic. Debra will also feature two assemblage art pieces, "Epstein Island" social commentary art addressing sex with children, a current crimes against humanity trend. She still has a $2 frames sale. Attend the reception and meet the artist at Madjax Muncie. 5-8pm. This event is free and open to the public.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company will show Natural Influences: Two Hoosiers, Nature, and Their Art.  From topographically inspired jewelry by Lisa Walsh to floral designed silks by Carrie Wright, the influence of nature will be celebrated during First Thursday on August 1, from 5:00 to 8:00.  Lisa Walsh, a Lafayette jeweler, will give a short talk at 6:15.  Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition will remain on view with works for sale through Friday, August 30th. 

    Lisa Walsh, a jewelry designer from Lafayette, will be showcasing pieces from her Topography Series. Walsh uses enamels and mixed metals to portray accurate contour lines from topographical maps.  Conceptualized in 2015, this series has received four consecutive Arts in the Parks grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.  The Topography Series includes work featuring Clifty Falls and Spring Mill State Park in southern Indiana, and recently expanded to include areas of Shenandoah National Park where Walsh was artist-in-residence in 2018.

    Walsh’s influence is a “fascination with topographical maps which I have had since studying fire science many years ago but hadn't incorporated them into my work until relatively recently.  Topography and jewelry are such an unusual pairing that it often opens discussions that lead into important land and conservation issues,” she says.  “Jewelry is the ultimate traveling art, and as such, a great medium for encouraging dialogue between people.”

    Carrie Wright, a Muncie silk painter and newly minted Indiana Artisan, will be sharing her beautiful pieces of wearable art.  Wright gives specific attention to several details, such as: where the design elements are likely to fall on the body when the scarf is worn; an appropriate color pallet within the design with careful consideration for the occasion or outfit for which the scarf might be worn; a balanced combination of floral and graphic elements maintaining visual tension and interest.  Wright’s creativity is nurtured by combining the clean design disciplines of the Japanese kimono textile creators and the forward-thinking creativity of European designers.

    “I was born and raised amid the fields in northern Delaware County”, says Wright. “I’ve always been inspired by the beauty of Indiana landscapes, fields that stretch to the horizons of both the rising and setting sun. Much of my work is influenced by the flora of the area combined in some way with a bold graphic design element to help balance the piece and prohibit it from becoming flowery or fussy.”

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    The mainhall of Madjax, 1st floor will feature art by Justin Brown, a 31 year old mixed media artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. His work focuses primarily on American intelligence agency psychological operations and surveillance. Justin Brown is the founder/executive director of Hoy Polloy Art Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    This collection of work is a fraction of a series wherein Justin makes portraits of individuals with their FBI surveillance files. Individuals range from pop icons to lesser known community organizers and artists. The purpose of the series is to highlight the diversity and depth of the government’s previous surveillance programs as we enter a modern awakening to surveillance capitalism.

    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. at 111 East Adams Street in Downtown Muncie. We set up 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! 

    PlySpace
    608 E. Main
    “Muncie Memories Exhibition”: The Muncie Arts and Culture Council & PlySpace Residency Program invites the public to the final exhibition event for the Muncie Memories project on First Thursday, August 1st, from 5-8 PM in the PlySpace Gallery (608 E. Main St, Muncie).  Muncie Memories is a collaborative, multi-media storytelling project led by PlySpace Resident Fellow Meredith Kooi, with assistance from Ball State University School of Art interns Ellie Phan, Jenna Mesker, Kai Cohen, Katie Strader, and Kitty Taylor. Muncie residents were invited to share their experiences, memories, and stories of the place they call home through a plethora of activities such as oral history interviews, fieldwalks, information gathering, soundwalking, archival research, and public engagement. The 10-week project engaged with over 100 participants from the community. The exhibition will feature highlights from the Muncie Memories project, including drawings by Cornerstone Summer Arts Camp students, interviews with Upward Bound of Ivy Tech students, archival material, artwork, photographs, audio and video documentation, interactive digital features, music and more. More information about the project can be found atwww.plyspace.org and munciememories.tumblr.com.

    Savage's Ale House (21+)
    127 N. High

    Savage’s will feature Eli Shaw’s “Welcome Home,” an exhibition of acrylic paintings. 

    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!

Sep 5, 2019

Thursday

  • September's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Beyond I CAN "A Family Affair" at Cornerstone Center for the Arts "Herstory/History" by Dame Leo Bohemian Rhapsody at the Fickle Peach GIRL POWER by GindhART, Madjax 2nd floor Handmade frames at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. Dave Johnson, "Characters From An As Yet Unwritten Book About Muncie " "Curb Furniture" by Eric Kroczek, Madjax 1st floor "Curb Furniture" by Eric Kroczek, Madjax 1st floor Muncie Maker's Market, corner of Adams and Walnut "Vultures and Violets," work by Erin Williams and Jessica Calderwood Spiral Bound Fine Art United Way Campaign Kickoff, Walnut Street

    Beyond I Can (Madjax, 1st floor)
    515 E. Main St.

    Beyond I CAN is a creative day service for adults with special-needs. We will be on the 1st floor of Madjax selling items such as pottery, greeting cards, signage, mosaic benches, wreaths, paintings, and other gift items.

    Book Arts Collaborative (at Madjax)
    514 E. Main

    Book Arts Collaborative welcomes a new semester of students who are learning and teaching letterpress printing and hand-sewn book binding. Stop by to meet our new class and learn about our community workshop offerings for fall.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Join Cornerstone Center for Arts on Thursday, September 5 for the opening reception of A Family Affair featuring art by Linda, Jerry, and Eloise McKean. 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 September’s First Thursday events.

    The McKean family is in love with the visual arts. Subscribing to art pages on Facebook, visiting art galleries and museums at every opportunity, and regularly attending First Thursday events in Muncie. Cornerstone has been their headquarters for training in drawing, painting, ceramics, and mixed media. They are grateful for the chance to share their love of art with others.

    Linda studied art in college, then stepped away from it for many years.  Five years ago, she decided she was in a time in life when she could return to her art.  She started painting and taking classes at Cornerstone Center for the Arts.  While her earlier paintings were very abstract, she is surprised to find that her style has evolved into “Representational Abstract”. One thing that has remained constant though, is her delight in and focus on the excitement of color.

    When he was seven years old, Jerry started copying Batman comic books.  Thus began a life long appreciation of comic art. He began painting landscapes in classes with Gini Deaton and Sarah Shaffer.  Most of his other training comes from napping during episodes of “The Joy of Painting” by Bob Ross.  Joy, he has found comes from the play of color, brush and canvas in making happy little trees, mountains, and skies. 

    Eloise is a junior at the University of Delta High School. She takes many art classes at school and as well as at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. Her love for art started in elementary school and grew stronger as the years grew. She has taken glass, drawing, painting, ceramics and general art classes. 

    In addition to the First Thursday gallery opening, The Muncie Chamber of Commerce will also be at Cornerstone for the ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for the Muncie Altrusa Foundation Beulah Frogge Digital Arts Studio on Thursday, September 5 at 5:30 pm. Please plan to attend both of these exciting events at Cornerstone.

    A Family Affair will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of September.

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

    Dame Leo (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    “Herstory/History”: Dame Leo is tellin’ storieZ! We are our stories and they deserve to be told. Our stories not only celebrate us but they serve to pass on cultural/tribal traditions, where we come from, lessons from our uniqueness, and serve as a most important tool to keep it all alive and growing. Also featuring portraits Dame Leo style!  Come have a look-see! Commission one of you or a loved one! 2nd floor, 5-8pm.

    The Fickle Peach (21+)
    117 E. Charles

    Muncie Downtown Development will host outdoor “Afterhours Art Reels” following the First Thursday Gallery Walk. September’s movie is Bohemian Rhapsody. Films will be projected onto the Mutual Bank wall on Charles St. at dusk.  Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach patio located at 117 E. Charles St. for guests 21 and up. For more information, please visit our website @ downtownmuncie.org/events

    Forever Young Children’s Boutique
    125 E. Charles
    Forever Young will have extended hours from 5-7pm for September’s First Thursday.

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    Local artist Debra Gindhart is channeling her inner Jean-Michel Basquiat in a new series GIRL POWER. Plus join her for “gindhART at madjax 67 pARTy!”: Debra turns 67 during the month of September. She has a long standing ART-birthday celebratory ritual with Downtown Muncie's First Thursday gallery walk event. There will be birthday treats and light refreshments. First Thursday at Madjax Muncie is an opportunity to meet the artist. See a new text collection of art featuring aerosols, acrylics, assemblage wall art. A new Green Glam Studio recycled jewelry PEACE, LOVE, AND WAR collection too. Recycle chic is the way of Real Babes Recycle art anthem of longtime artist/designer and educator Debra Gindhart. 2nd floor gallery, 5-8pm.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company is one of a few picture framing studios in the Midwest that offers handmade, hand-gilded, and hand-decorated frames made from locally milled wood.   During the month of September, our gallery will feature new frames made from original and historical designs as well as a restored antique frame from our collection. The show will open on Thursday September 5, from 5-8pm. At 6:15, shop owner Carl Schafer will speak briefly about the work.  Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. 

    Examples on view will demonstrate many traditional techniques used for decorating picture frames. These include gilding with 24K gold leaf and 12K white gold leaf, carving, sgraffito, granito, and compo ornaments. Also included will be more modern designs which are less decorative with the focus on form and surface such as wood grain, metal leaf, or other laminate.  “Gordy Framing has a long history of reproducing historical designs, creating original designs, and offering museum quality work restoring antique frames,” said owner Carl Schafer. “We are carrying on the tradition and adding to the portfolio established by Brian Gordy, the company’s founder.” On view will be frames inspired by Dutch and Italian renaissance styles, 19th century French and American styles, the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, and contemporary American styles. 

    The exhibition will remain on view throughout the month of September. 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.

    Grace Episcopal Church
    300 S. Madison

    There is music in the downtown air. Come down to Grace Episcopal Church (corner of Madison and Adams) for an evening of great folk music. Ric Dwenger will be performing at 7pm some of your favorite folk tunes. Ric is a local musician who has performed throughout Muncie for many years. Come and hear his take on folk music played on both the guitar and banjo.

    The Guardian Brewing Company (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson
    The Guardian will feature "Characters From An As Yet Unwritten Book About Muncie " by artist David Johnson.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    Eric Kroczek’s “Curb Furniture” consists of the framed and/or plastic-wrapped Instagram snaps of sofas and other furniture found abandoned on Muncie streets. He has been collecting these images on walks throughout town and posting them on social media over the past few years.Madjax, 1st floor gallery

    Muncie Makers Market
    Corner of Walnut and Adams
    The Muncie Makers Market is excited to bring fresh homemade food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, live plants, beautiful art, and handmade crafts of all kinds to First Thursdays in Downtown Muncie! We’ll be near the *corner of Walnut and Adams Streets in Downtown Muncie, in front of Muncie Map Co at 111 East Adams Street, from 5-8p, during our town’s monthly celebration of local arts and culture, First Thursday! There is soooo much to do every First Thursday throughout Downtown Muncie, come see! Shop LOCAL and watch for our Markets year-round throughout Muncie! Please JOIN us on Facebook and Instagram, and please SHARE this information!

    *The Muncie Makers Market is open rain or shine! Our First Thursday rain location is inside of MadJax on the corner of Madison and Jackson Streets in Downtown Muncie.

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut
    Please join us from 5-8 pm for Vultures and Violets, a two-person exhibition by Erin Colleen Williams and Jessica Calderwood at Muncie Makes Lab. Trained as metalsmiths but working in multiple media, Williams and Calderwood both create drawings and sculptures that use the devices of narrative and anthropomorphism. While vastly different in materiality and approach, both artists seek to express a complex spectrum of human experiences, including fear, love and loss. 

    Erin Colleen Williams (www.erincwilliams.com) received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Material Studies, focusing in metalsmithing and sculpture. Using interdisciplinary media and methods including drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and metalsmithing, her work examines the intersectionality of human and animal experiences. Her work has been exhibited nationally with solo exhibitions at the Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA), and the Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), and with group exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (Philadelphia, PA); the Virginia Arts Center (Richmond, VA); the Ford Gallery at Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI); the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (Wilmington, DE); among others. She is currently the Residency Coordinator for PlySpace, an artist residency program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, and is an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University. 

    Jessica Calderwood (www.jessicacalderwood.com) is an image-maker and sculptor that works in esoteric craft media. She uses a combination of traditional and industrial metalworking processes as a means to make statements about contemporary life. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis Metalworking. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Ferro Corporation, and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University.

    Spiral Bound Fine Art (Madjax, 2nd floor)
    515 E. Main St.

    Spiral Bound Fine Art will be located at MadJax on the 2nd floor, in the free range makers space. Due to popular demand, Spiral Bound will be demonstrating paint pouring methods on the hour at 5 and 6 pm. There will also be art and notecards by the artist and available to purchase.

    United Way
    Walnut Street Downtown

    Join us for the United Way Campaign Kickoff Celebration w/ Cook and Belle from 6-9pm. An energized United Way enters the next phase of its 2019 fundraising campaign with a citywide block party combining First Thursday and live music on Walnut Street in the heart of Downtown Muncie. Local headliners, Cook and Belle, will take the Walnut Street stage at 7pm to get the celebration started. Last year, more than 5,000 people jammed the streets to dance, sing, and support United Way’s efforts to end generational poverty and change the trajectory of our community through literacy.

    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!

     

Oct 3, 2019

Thursday

  • October Artswalk (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Artswalk Kevin Campbell, "Waterscapes," at Brinkman Gallery Asian Collectibles at Brinkman Gallery Leon Crosby and Alex Hanson, "Creative Legacy," at Cornerstone Center for the Arts "Voices," from Forward S.T.E.P.S. Artist Mug Sale at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co. Mark Sawrie at Made in Muncie Mark Sawrie at Made in Muncie Beyond I CAN at Madjax, 1st floor Bookarts Collaborative at Madjax, 1st floor Dame Leo at Madjax, 2nd floor Flynnville Train at Canan Commons GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor Spiral Bound Fine Art at Madjax, 2nd floor Motivate our Minds at Madjax Soup Bowl Fundraiser at Mulberry Street Uniques Muncie Arts and Culture Council, 10th Anniversary Muncie Makers Market, Adams and Walnut Streets Judy Kreiger at Muncie Makes Lab Karen Fisher at Muncie Makes Lab The Pumpkin Trail and Glow The Rhyme and Vibe Shantanu Suman at Savage's Alehouse An Inkling of Self at Twin Archer Derek Radford at Twin Archer Blues Jam at Valhalla Yart at Canan Commons

    Muncie Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP), in partnership with Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Ball State University’s Departments of Fine Art and Music, present ArtsWalk 2019. ArtsWalk will be held in the streets of DWNTWN Muncie on Oct. 3rd from 5-9 p.m. Please join us for an exceptional evening of art, food and performances.

    In addition to the well-established DWNTWN “First Thursday” art gallery openings, Ball State students and faculty will share a wealth of musical talent and visual artistry, including a pottery throwing demonstration, dance exhibition and an artwork sale. Music will be presented by a variety of Ball State ensemble groups.

    Muncie Symphony Orchestra, sponsored Raymond James and Associates, will perform from 6-7 p.m at the corner of Walnut and Charles St.

    Prime Trust will host a “Soup Crawl” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank at a variety of DWNTWN and other locally owned restaurants. Tickets are available in advance at all Prime Trust branches and Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Old National Bank and IU Health will sponsor "Just Desserts" a fundraiser benefiting The Muncie Boys and Girls Club. The event will be held at IVY Tech and tickets are available in advance.

    Muncie’s YART 2019 will be held in conjunction with ArtsWalk. This guerrilla art sale, with a goal of making art affordable and accessible to the community, brings together artists and art patrons in a casual and unique setting. YART will be hosted at Canan Commons.

    The Pumpkin Glow and Trail, featuring a Pumpkin Carving Contest and Best Business/Vendor display can be found throughout DWNTWN. Winners will be announced at 8:45pm from the Canan Commons Stage.

    Flynnville Train sponsored by Danner Inc. will take the Canan Commons Stage at 7:00pm.

    All ArtsWalk events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. A full listing of exhibitions, performance times and activities will be available on our website as information is received. Please visit us at downtownmuncie.org.

     

    In addition, please visit the following events held throughout Downtown Muncie:

     

    Brinkman Gallery
    409 S. Walnut
    Brinkman Gallery is featuring a collection of Buddha’s and Asian art along with miniature Art Deco sculpted figurines as well as a miniature animal collection (over 100 pieces) and over 50 unique paperweights, all from Gay Nation's travels in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Also featuring a permanent collection of artist Kevin Campbell’s Waterscapes, meticulously painted water landscapes. At a distance they appear photorealistic, but as you approach the pattern of the waves begins to break down into abstract forms and shapes. Additionally, original DOG portraits that you can't believe are paintings as they are so lifelike, new puzzle pieces, and a section of Sweet Thursday by artist Kevin Campbell. Puzzles range from a single piece to a 730 piece puzzle. Come out and enjoy refreshments from 5-8pm.

    "The puzzle project deals with vague themes: connection, balance, infinity, using a plain and simple image- the jigsaw puzzle. The idea is to create objects that point to the ideas or concepts they represent, as a single puzzle piece inherently states that it is part of something greater."  

    -Kevin Campbell

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Creative Legacy, Featuring the Art of Leon Crosby and Alex Hanson:

    Join Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 3 for the opening reception of Creative Legacy featuring art by Leon Crosby and Alex Hanson. 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 October’s ArtsWalk events.

    Leon Crosby and Alex Hanson are a teacher and student duo that have created a vibrant collection of acrylic paintings harnessing their combined passion for urban art. The collection Creative Legacy showcases colorful and illustrative pieces fusing street art styles with traditional and new innovative art techniques.

    Leon Crosby has been teaching at Cornerstone Center for the Arts for nearly six years. He is an active artist in the community and demonstrates a strong passion for creating and teaching alike. Leon creates art incorporating a wide variety of styles. He has specialization in the areas of street and graffiti art, cartooning and animation styles, pop art, and traditional Japanese painting and kanji. Leon is passionate about the Muncie community and works every day to inspire creativity in others and to beautify the town he calls home.

    Alex Hanson is a senior at Monroe Central High School in Farmland, IN. He began taking art classes with Leon at Cornerstone his freshman year of high school. He, like his teacher, has also demonstrated a strong ability and passion for creating art utilizing his love for comic book art and urban arts styles. He describes himself as someone who encourages being different and being true to one’s self.

    Creative Legacy will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of October.

    Flynnville Train
    Canan Commons
    This free event will be held at Canan Commons during the Annual Artswalk event. Flynnville Train is an American country rock band and hometown boys. Their self-titled debut album was released on September 11, 2007, and it produced two singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The band is composed of Brian Flynn (lead vocals), Brent Flynn (lead guitar), Joseph Shreve (bass guitar), and Tommy Bales (drums).

    Forever Young Children’s Boutique
    125 E. Charles
    Come and join us at Forever Young for a fun filled evening at our Fall open house. 15% off entire store. Stop by our Cider stand to enjoy a fresh cup of hot cider while supporting a local non-profit. Happy Fall!

    Forward S.T.E.P.S.
    102 S. Walnut (Ivy Tech Patterson Building Ballroom)
    Forward S.T.E.P.S will host the show “Voices,” which showcases the hard work of Forward S.T.E.P.S. participants through photos and stories. This program, sponsored by Second Harvest Foodbank of East Central Indiana, is designed to provide intentional relationships and build a community of support while participants are guided through five life stages of survival, vulnerable, stable, safe, and thriving.  Come and see the positive growth, development, and supportive community of Forward S.T.E.P.S. and partnerships with Ball State and Ivy Tech faculty and students, as well as our Muncie community members.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company, 224 E. Main Street next door to Muncie Civic Theatre, will have for sale lots of MUGS made by local potters Kim Anderson, Sue Beach, Carol Burt, John Peterson, Marty Price, and Kyle Rees. Everyone needs a mug for their morning brew. These mugs blend together practicality with art. To continue this theme, selfie mugs shots will be available for you to take by yourself or with family and friends. Light refreshments of bars (lemon, heavenly, and fruity) will be served. Greg Pyle and Austin Burton will be in the house providing tunes to make us smile. 5-9 pm.

    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 in downtown Muncie, Indiana at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre.  For more information, visit www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

    Made in Muncie
    313 S. Walnut

    Double your pleasure, double your fun; it’s two, two, two shows in one!  Mark Sawrie will have two separate and disparate exhibits at Made in Muncie (or MIM) from October 3rd thru the 31st.  In the main gallery will be “…where I ended up”; an exhibit of photographs that honor the sublime and the banal visuals found in Muncie.  In the upstairs gallery will be “rated maRk”; an exhibit of photographs that combine humor and sharp edges; this will include symbolic still-lives, portraits of the psyche and digitally manipulate bodily fluids (also known as semen).  Opening reception will be on October 3rd from 5-8 p.m with a keg provided by The Guardian Brewing Company.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    The following artists and exhibitors will have work on display at Madjax during ArtsWalk:

    Beyond I CAN
    Beyond I CAN is a creative day services program that creates opportunities and experiences for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to explore through creative media in a fun, social environment. Stop by during ArtsWalk to view pottery, greeting cards, jewelry, welcome signs, and other gift items created by the program's Artisans.

    Book Arts Collaborative
    Book Arts Collaborative is an immersive learning course and student-managed business under the direction of Dr. Rai Peterson that offers Ball State University and community courses in letterpress printing, book binding, and collaborative opportunities for artist's book making. Students will be on hand to answer questions about the bookbinding process and to display their latest creations. Handmade journals, books, and other items will be for sale.

    Dame Leo
    Dame Leo is having an open studio on the 2nd floor of Madjax. Come meet the artist! Broyles makes mixed media, repurposed “Angry Dame Art”.

    Conservation Tales
    Tom McConnell, Associate Professor at Ball State University, will be at Madjax during ArtsWalk with children's books and samples of original paintings created by Conservation Tales, an immersive learning project that brought together faculty in the Department of Biology and the School of Art, with students in animation, visual communication (graphic design), photography, and elementary education to produce three volumes of children’s books about wildlife conservation featuring manatees, sea turtles, and seahorses. Books and the card game "Manatee Match" will be available for purchase.

    Spiral Bound Fine Art
    Demos at 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.
    Local artist Abigayle Devendorf will hold paint pouring demonstrations at 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Swipe, flipped cup, and Dutch pour methods will be demonstrated. Art created by Devendorf and earrings by local artist Gail Heiland will be available to buy shortly before and after each demonstration.

    Estopinal
    College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), Ball State University
    Visit the i.M.A.D.E. happening in the courtyard. Come see design-build projects by immersive learning students in Kevin Klinger's ARCH 603 class and bring your ideas! Industry partners: Midwest Metal, Ecovantage Thermally Modified Hardwood, Indiana Hardwood & Lumberman's Association, Madjax, Minnetrista

    Future of Work
    Come see what's going on with the Future of Work initiative at Madjax. Explore and interact with technology being used to create art.

    GindhART @Madjax ArtsWalk
    Local artist and educator Debra Gindhart is addressing Native American Indian Genocide Month during ArtsWalk 2019. Debra will exhibit several pieces of wall art with Anti Columbus and pro Native American Peoples text. The artist's Green Glam Studio jewelry collection will feature buy 2 pairs of earrings get one pair free. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

    IDIA Lab
    Ball State University’s IDIA Lab will be showcasing recent immersive virtual reality projects at MadJax Muncie. Wear a VR headset to explore the Apollo 11 mission and the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop amongst other experiences!

    It's a Wood Thing Penturning
    Scott Wood creates pens and other items in his shop using all types of woods and acrylics. Purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

    Motivate Our Minds Celebration in the Garden 5-7p.m.
    You are invited to Madjax to view and celebrate the hard work and progress made over the summer by the students of Motivate our Minds', "We Think It, We Make It" club and community volunteers. Come see photos of finished projects and meet the MOM students who will be working on future projects.

    Jeffery Pearson and Michael Brockley will also be onsite with "Bards on the Run" on the spot typewriter poems.

    Smoke River Pottery
    Stop by Smoke River Pottery to view and purchase unique and functional pieces by artists Spencer Davis and Rachel Stahlke. Mugs, planters, decorative pieces, and more will be on display.

    Ta-JAY's Caribbean Delight
    Visit Ta-JAY's for authentic, mouth-watering Jamaican cuisine. Outdoor seating is available.

    Tribune Showprint
    Tribune Showprint, America's oldest continuously operating print shop, will be open during ArtsWalk with prints, stationery, and other items for sale. Tribune Showprint designs and produces hundreds of made-to-order posters for concerts, sporting events, festivals, and carnivals one letter at a time.

    Mulberry Street Uniques
    105 S. Mulberry
    Mulberry Street Uniques and Mud Creek Pottery: Soup Bowl Fundraiser:
    Mulberry Street Uniques is partnering with Mud Creek Pottery to raise money for “The Soup Kitchen of Muncie”.  For each bowl purchased $5 will be donated. Bowls are $20 or 2 for $35. The bowls are hand thrown stoneware that are microwave and dishwasher safe. Mulberry Street Uniques will have extended hours until 8 p.m. with special discounts on many items in the store.  

    Muncie Arts and Culture Council
    Various locations
    Continuing their year-long 10th anniversary celebration, Muncie Arts & Culture Council invites ArtsWalk attendees to share what drives their passion for the arts! Find MACC representatives throughout downtown all night long for an opportunity to participate!

    Muncie Civic Theatre
    216 E. Main

    Muncie Civic Theatre will be displaying painting by Maude Jennings that will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Theatre.

    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. at 111 East Adams Street in Downtown Muncie. We are open for First Thursday from 5-8p every month. This month, October, is ArtsWalk and it’s HUGE! 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
    Nature and Design: Karen Fisher and Judy Kreiger. Works in this show feature paintings and pastels by Karen Fisher. Judy Kreiger will have a collection of drawings, paintings and sculpture pieces. 5-8pm.

    Muncie Map Co.
    111 E. Adams
    Muncie Map Co will be celebrating a year since opening by displaying all custom pieces crafted in our shop, a perfect inspiration for your unique holiday gift.  MMC is also debuting its line of personalizable map designs to bring an array of affordable options suitable for all tastes. 

    Pumpkin Trail and Glow
    Various locations
    Follow the Pumpkin Trail throughout the streets of downtown Muncie during ArtsWalk. The pumpkin trail will end at Canan Commons with a community Pumpkin Glow and contest. Cash and prizes will be awarded! Winners will be announced from the stage at Canan Commons at 8:45 pm

    Entry age groups
    Ages 8-13 | 14-17 | 18 and up
    Scariest | Funniest | Most Creative | Best Overall

    $100 cash prize will be awarded for the “Best Overall” design in each age group. A gift bag with at least a $50 value will be presented to all age groups in the other three categories provided there are at least 3 participants in each category.

    Downtown Businesses, Soup Crawl Participants and YART Vendors are encouraged to participate in the following three categories and can enter by submitting a registration at downtownmuncie.org/pumpkin glow.

    Most Creative Display | Scariest Display | Most Original Display
    Trophies will be awarded in all 3 categories.

    How to Enter Pumpkin Carving Contest:
    Anyone between the ages of 8 and 80 can enter their *battery lit, carved pumpkin into the Community Pumpkin Glow contest @ Canan Commons. *No actual candles please. Rules are included in the online registration.

    Pre-registration must be complete by Monday October 1st. by filing out a registration online @ downtownmuncie.org/pumpkinglow. After submitting your registration you will receive a number via email for your pumpkin. Arrive to place your pumpkin at Canan Commons between noon-5pm. Judging will be at 8pm. Day of entries will be accepted for display but will not be eligible for prizes.

    The Rhyme & Vibe
    227 S. Walnut St.
    FAITH + ART + RHYMES. LOUD MUSIC WILL BE PLAYED. DOPE ARTISTS WILL PERFORM. PRAISES WILL GO UP AND BLESSINGS WILL COME DOWN. : 9:30pm-midnight.

    Savage's Ale House (21+)
    127 N. High

    Jigyasa (meaning curiosity) — a show by Shantanu Suman, is a selection of type designs created in Devanagari script. The designs exhibited in this show are some of his favorite words that Shantanu learned from the Indian language and literature. While living and working in the US, he likes to recreate these Hindi/Urdu words that are a reminder of his memories from India. Meet the designer from 8:30pm onwards.

    Twin Archer Brewpub (all ages)
    117 W. Charles St.
    Twin Archer will feature two exhibitions for First Thursday:

    An Inkling of Self: An exhibition of dynamic self-portraits created in pen, brush and ink by School of Art students in Intermediate Figure Drawing. Come see the variety of textures and patterns created using white and black ink on grey illustration board. Twin Archer Brewpub is an all ages restaurant and bar that serves craft beer and great food that are made with responsibly sourced ingredients. Come sample some of their homemade soup during the Soup Crawl!

    There will also be an exhibition of work by Derek Radford. Derek is a 1/2 Local Midwest artist specializing in abstract and 3D art , 22 years of age, avid skateboarder ,and trustee on a non profit board that specializes in youth 2/2 and the elderly.

    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!

    YART
    Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St.
    Follow the Pumpkin Trail at ArtsWalk to YART, Muncie’s Yard Sale for Art! YART began in Muncie, Indiana with students at Ball State University and continues here and in several U.S. cities - a Muncie original! The Muncie YART is now held Downtown, at Canan Commons on Walnut Street, twice a year, Spring and Fall, on the First Thursday of every May and October. 

    This community art sale, with a goal of making art affordable and accessible to everyone, brings together Artists and Art patrons in a casual and unique setting. The Fall 2019 Muncie YART will be held in conjunction with the Fall 2019 ArtsWalk on Thursday, October 3rd, from 5-9pm. You can find YART and LIVE music performances at Canan Commons, Muncie's great urban greenspace park and amphitheater at the roundabout on South Walnut Street in Downtown Muncie, Indiana. 

    All forms of Art are welcome at YART! Art of all kinds, by all kinds of Artists! YART encourages interaction between Artists and the community, hoping to make Art more accessible, especially to those who think they cannot afford to buy Art for themselves and their homes. To this goal, all YART Art will be priced below $40! YART works to enable local creative entrepreneurs and to improve the Muncie economy. Shop local, support independents, enjoy your town! 

    Last YART featured over 100 Artists! Each YART Artist will be present throughout YART to meet the public, discuss their Art, handle sales personally, and some Artists will be making Art LIVE at YART! This is a great opportunity to enjoy your family interacting with local culture in a dynamic, lively, and relaxed atmosphere. We love kids and there will be lots of fun stuff for them at Canan Commons too! 

    The Fall 2019 Muncie YART will feature a wide variety of handmade jewelry, photography, clothing, oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, fused glass, ceramics, knits, pottery, candles, toys, drawings, sculpture, lampwork glass, stuffed animals, digital art, mosaics, LIVE ART and LIVE MUSIC, and so much more!

    Fun for all ages - YART and the ArtsWalk are for the whole family!

    Miss Moth (YART Director) and the YART Artists very much thank Cheryl Crowder of the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership and the Muncie Parks Department for their generous support! :) YART is an all-volunteer, zero-budget, community event. THANK YOU!

    LIKE Muncie YART on FaceBook:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Muncie-Yart/156725934394407

Nov 7, 2019

Thursday

  • November's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 8pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Book Arts Collaborative at Madjax Sarah Richcreek at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Genny Gordy at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Tom Stader at The Guardian Brewing Co. Muncie Makers Market, corner of Walnut and Adams Muncie Makes Lab Dana Lynn at Plyspace 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 cornerstonearts.org.

    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 www.gordyframing.com 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.

    Exhibitors:
    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

    PlySpace
    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.

    More info is available at www.plyspace.org/events
    Or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/946019965768307/

    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!

Dec 5, 2019

Thursday

  • December's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 9pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Olivia Willard at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Light up DWNTWN, Canan Commons Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Mark Rosander at The Guardian Brewing Co. Dame Leo at Madjax Gindhart at Madjax Gindhart at Madjax Motivate our Minds at Madjax Muncie Makers Market Blues Jam at Valhalla

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    No Going Back, Featuring the Art of Olivia Willard:

    Join Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 5 for the opening reception of No Going Back art by Olivia Willard. 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 December’s First Thursday events.

    This mixed media collection draws inspiration from Willard’s early experiences in studying blind contour drawing and the process of fabric absorbing pigment. Wanting to capture the painstaking process of examining and capturing a subject all at once in another challenging medium, she began to explore stitchwork as it shares that “no going back” mentality. Willard loves watching the watercolor seep into a wet fabric and unpredictably stain it. This chaos is clarified with line work from one unbroken stitch on a sewing machine. Her favorite subjects are dream imagery and the human form. She has chosen to display the work in embroidery hoops so the viewer can clearly see how the fabric has absorbed paint, contrasted with the texture of the thread. The final product is a display of pigment and thread as vivid and wildly free as the unconscious mind.

    Originally from Northwest Indiana, Olivia has lived in the Muncie area since 2006. She currently lives in Anderson with her Husband Zach and two children, Eloise (4) and Spencer (2). Olivia studied painting at Ball State University, but truly began her exploration of art at the age of three while taking classes at South Shore Arts. Having a lifelong passion for art and the unusual, she collects anything from strange old photographs and prints to doll parts. Olivia draws inspiration from her own journey of learning self-compassion, understanding the subconscious, and finding a place for bright saturated color in a bleak, grey state.

    No Going Backwill be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of December.

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

    Downtown Development
    Canan Commons

    Light Up DWNTWN, powered by Indiana Michigan Power, will be held on First Thursday, December 5, from 5 -8 p.m. throughout Downtown Muncie. Galleries, restaurants and retailers invite you to spend the evening with them as we kick off the holiday shopping season.

    The Community Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at Canan Commons (located in the 500 block of S. Walnut St.) at 6:00 p.m. Join us as Mayor Dennis Tyler, BSU President Geoffrey Mearns Charlie Cardinal and Santa Claus light up the holiday tree!

    Experience the animated light show synchronized to music! The light show will be executed Thursday's-Sunday @ 6,7,8,and 9pm throughout December.

    Muncie Community School's Elementary School Choirs will sing their Community Christmas Sing songs and lead the crowd in a carol or two!

    Canan Commons will also be the location for the Holiday Makers Market, featuring nearly 50 artists in a heated tent.

    Kiddie Express train will be running. Fire pits will be lit to keep you warm and concessions will be available.

    For more information, please visit downtownmuncie.org

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will celebrate Light Up DWNTWN on First Thursday, December 5th from 5-8 PM. Local art and gifts will be available for purchase with special sale prices on select Christmas ornaments, earrings, mugs, and shirts for one night only. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served giving customers the opportunity to buy unique objects created by local artists for holiday decorating and gift giving.

    Our gold photo op frame will be in the store for friends and family to capture portraits for the holiday season. Stop by and STRIKE a pose.

    This event coincides with Gordy’s weeklong 40% Custom Frame Sale happening from Friday November 29, thru Saturday December 7. 

    The Guardian Brewing Company (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson
    The Guardian Brewing Company will host an opening reception of Studio 418: Paintings by Mark Rosander.

    Ivy Tech
    345 S. High St.

    Ivy Tech Community College will be open during December’s First Thursday until 8pm. Stop by to apply to the College, register for classes, explore program offerings, and tour the newly renovated John and Janice Fisher Building at 345 S. High Street.  Be sure to say “Hi” to Rudi Roadrunner at the tree lighting at Cannon Commons. We’ll see you on campus.

    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, now featuring our holiday and winter selections!  Create a unique Christmas gift for your loved ones!  First Thursday Special: 10% off!  Open Studio is every Thursday, 12-8pm."

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    5–8 p.m. unless otherwise noted

    The following artists and exhibitors will have work on display at Madjax during First Thursday:

    5Chickens (NEW!)
    Kevin and Susie Klinger are the makers behind 5Chickens, a luxury personal care products company featuring goat milk from their family herd along with essential oils and other quality ingredients. Pamper yourself with bar soaps, moisturizing lotions, oils, shave pucks, and more, or give them as holiday gifts. Learn more about 5Chickens and their products at 5chickens.com.

    Beyond I CAN
    Beyond I CAN is a creative day services program that creates opportunities and experiences for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to explore through creative media in a fun, social environment. Stop by during First Thursday to view pottery, greeting cards, jewelry, holiday décor, and other gift items created by the program's Artisans.

    Book Arts Collaborative
    Book Arts Collaborative is an immersive learning course and student-managed business under the direction of Dr. Rai Peterson that offers Ball State University and community courses in letterpress printing, book binding, and collaborative opportunities for artist's book making. Students will be on hand to answer questions about the bookbinding process and to display their latest creations. Stop by and browse handmade journals, coasters, and holiday-themed items perfect for gifting.

    Denise Broyles (Dame Leo)
    Denise Broyles is having an open studio on the 2nd floor of Madjax. Come meet the artist! Broyles makes mixed media, repurposed “Angry Dame Art”.

    GindhART
    More social commentary artwork from Debra Gindhart, longtime local artist/artivist and visual arts educator. Debra has created WWJB(What Would Jesus Buy), a visual look at the consumerism that plagues our planet and feeds our landfills. Debra's December First Thursday exhibition will also include hand knitted loop scarves by GindhARTFiberART. Thick and soft fibers create wonderfully warm wearable art. Some of the yarns are hand spun. Native American Heritage natural stones by Green Glam Studio jewelry is also featured. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

    It's a Wood Thing Penturning
    Scott Wood creates pens and other items in his shop using all types of woods and acrylics. Purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

    Motivate Our Minds Student Art Display

    5:00–7:00 p.m. You are invited to Madjax to view and celebrate the hard work and progress made over the fall by the students of Motivate our Minds', "We Think It, We Make It" club and community volunteers. Come see finished projects and meet the MOM students who will be working on future projects.

    Smoke River Pottery
    Stop by Smoke River Pottery to view and purchase unique and functional pieces by artists Spencer Davis and Rachel Stahlke. Dishware and decorative pieces for the home will be on display and available to purchase.

    Tribune Showprint
    Tribune Showprint, America's oldest continuously operating print shop, will be open during First Thursday with prints, stationery, and holiday items for sale.
    Tribune Showprint designs and produces hundreds of made-to-order posters for concerts, sporting events, festivals, and carnivals one letter at a time. A wide variety of ready-made posters, notecards, and holiday-themed items are for sale.

    Muncie Makers Market
    Canan Commons
    The Muncie Makers Market will again join Light Up DWNTWN on Thursday, December 5th from 5-8p at Canan Commons in Downtown Muncie! The Muncie Makers Market has our Annual Holiday Gift Market filled with local artisans in a HEATED tent on PAVEMENT right by the Community Tree! The Muncie Makers Market is a community farmers market with fresh homemade food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, live plants, beautiful art, and handmade gifts of all kinds - and we’ll be cozy in the big tent all evening! 
     
    Light Up DWNTWN, powered by Indiana Michigan Power, and sponsored by the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, features the Community Tree Lighting ceremony led by Mayor Dennis Tyler, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, Charlie Cardinal, and Santa Claus! The Market’s tent is next to the Community Tree, on Walnut Street which will be closed to vehicle traffic, with FREE ADMISSION. There will also be an animated light show synchronized to music, Caroling, the Kiddie Express Train, Fire Pits, and more! This is a HUGE Muncie tradition, be sure to bring your family!

    Shop with these wonderful LOCAL Growers and Makers for all of your holiday gifts:

    * The Pie Lady
    * JE Jewelry Works
    * Round Rock Farm
    * Mellia’s Sweet Doggy Treats
    * None of Your Beeswax
    * Tina’s Tarts
    * Squid Ink
    * Apple Dumpling Gang
    * Tall Parakeet
    * Flaneur
    * Vulture Culture Aromatherapy
    * Through the Screen Door
    * The Silver Lining Gemstones
    * Ashanti's Garden
    * TransAtlantic Treasures
    * The Lottie Series by Dana Brown Books
    * The Bearded Baker
    * Jill Palumbo’s Art
    * Curry’s Sweets & Treats
    * Muncie Map Co
    * Northern Tropics
    * Hustle Humble
    * Karret Family Farm
    * Victorian Apothecary
    * Mindy's Crocheted Creations
    * Li’l Shop of This & That
    * MTJ Jersey Dairy
    * The Lazy Housewives
    * HealThy Self Snacks
    * Ashcraft Creations

    Sponsored by the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, THANK YOU!

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut
    Monsters of the Midway - new dormitory ideas situated along the historic Midway at The University of Chicago. Thirteen unique proposals by 3rd year architecture students from the College of Architecture and Planning. The context for the proposed new designs would be along the historic Midway at the University of Chicago. Originally designed for the Worlds Columbian Exposition in 1893 by Frederick Law Olmstead, the Midway parkway is home to the south edge of the University of Chicago and new emerging architecture including the future Obama Presidential Center. The exhibition includes drawings, design diagrams, and 3d printed models of the students’ proposed structures. All are welcome, including high school or middle school students who might have an interest in pursuing a future in architecture and design.  5-8pm

    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!

Feb 6, 2020

Thursday

  • February's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 8pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Mary Beth Reinhard at Cornerstone Center for the Arts Dame Leo at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor Gindhart at Madjax, 2nd floor "Our House: Muncie Fieldhouse, a community gathering place" at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Michael Eldon DuQuette at Muncie Makes Lab Michael Eldon DuQuette at Muncie Makes Lab Spiral Bound Fine Art at Muncie Map Co. Blues Jam at Valhalla

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Where the Wild Things Are, Featuring the Art of Mary Beth Reinhard:
    Join Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 6 for the opening reception of Where the Wild Things Are featuring the photography of Mary Beth Reinhard. 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 February’s First Thursday events.

    Where the Wild Things Are, is a collection of North American animals found in their natural environment. Giving the animals the respect they deserve allows Reinhard to get close enough to develop a relationship with each animal which is often displayed in her images. From the vulnerability of the Deer, wisdom of the Raven, and rugged majesty of the Moose, it’s almost impossible to look at these images without feeling a connection to the featured creature. 

    Every animal on our wild planet has its own distinct personality. The objective of Reinhard’s photography is to capture the personality of each animal as observed in the Wild. With a deep respect for wildlife, she often sits in awe of the many creatures which surround us. 

    Mary Beth Reinhard, an Indiana native, has had a passion for the great outdoors and our animal friends from an early age. An adventurer at heart, Mary Beth enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling, sky diving, backpacking our National Parks, and many other outdoor pursuits. Mary Beth is a graduate of Ball State University with Master’s Degrees in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Certified Naturalist and enjoys studying our vast natural environment and its inhabitants. She resides in a log cabin in the woods just outside of Muncie, and is currently employed as a Mental Health Therapist in Private Practice. She also teaches Yoga and various dance classes at Cornerstone Center for the Arts.

    Where the Wild Things Are will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of February.

    For more information about the exhibition call Cornerstone’s Department of Education & Communication at 765-281- 9503, ext. 123 or visit cornerstonearts.org.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    As the Muncie Fieldhouse looks forward to hosting the 2020 Basketball Sectionals, Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open the exhibition Our House: Muncie Fieldhouse, a community gathering place, Thursday February 6, 5 – 8 pm. Images will be drawn from the Ball State University’s Archives and Special Collections, a department of Ball State University Libraries.  Additional material will be contributed by Muncie Public Library.  Selected images will include photographs and architectural plans that celebrate the historical importance of the Fieldhouse as a sports arena and a community gathering place for car shows, union meetings, circus events, and concerts. 

    Copies of images will be sold to benefit the Muncie Community Schools efforts to preserve the Muncie Fieldhouse and its history.Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

    At 6:15 a spirited presentation will be led by Dale Basham, former principal of Muncie Central High School.  

    Later at 7:30 Muncie Central varsity basketball will play Marion in the Fieldhouse. 

    "Dale is the perfect person to convey the spirit we all feel for the Fieldhouse and Muncie Community Schools," said Gordy co-owner Carl Schafer.  "Throughout the evening and during Dale's presentation we will be encouraging everyone to go to the game for this important annual rivalry."

    The show will be up and images for sale during February and March.  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. 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.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    Visit Madjax during First Thursday from 5–8 p.m. to view and purchase Muncie-made art and handmade wares! While you’re here, enjoy a bowl of soup and share your ideas to improve our community with Dr. Jane Ellery’s Community Wellbeing Class at Ball State. Interact with our artist and maker community, and discover all of the amazing things we’re up to at Madjax! The following artists, makers, and exhibitors will have work on display at Madjax during First Thursday:

    5Chickens
    Kevin and Susie Klinger are the makers behind 5Chickens, a luxury personal care products company featuring goat milk from their family herd along with essential oils and other quality ingredients. Pamper yourself with bar soaps, moisturizing lotions, oils, shave pucks, and more, or give them as gifts. Learn more about 5Chickens and their products at 5chickens.com.

    Ball State University Community Wellbeing Class
    Enjoy a bowl of soup while sharing your ideas for improving our community with Dr. Jane Ellery’s Community Wellbeing class.

    Beyond I CAN
    Beyond I CAN is a creative day services program that creates opportunities and experiences for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to explore through creative media in a fun, social environment. Stop by during First Thursday to view pottery, greeting cards, and other gift items created by the program's Artisans.

    Book Arts Collaborative
    Book Arts Collaborative is an immersive learning course and student-managed business under the direction of Dr. Rai Peterson that offers Ball State University and community courses in letterpress printing, book binding, and collaborative opportunities for artist's book making. Students will be on hand to answer questions about the bookbinding process and to display their latest creations. Stop by and browse handmade journals, coasters, and items perfect for gifting. Come print a free Valentine!

    Dame Leo/ Denise Broyles
    Denise Broyles is having an open studio on the 2nd floor of Madjax. Come meet the artist! Broyles makes mixed media, repurposed “Angry Dame Art”.

    GindhART @Madjax
    For the Love of Assemblage is local artist and educator Debra Gindhart’s February First Thursday exhibit. Debra used techniques of assemblage using found objects and vintage elements. Celebrating the month of February with love themed wall art. Vintage cherubs, vintage Philippines paper Cupid, LOVE assemblage, Aerosol LOVE, and Native American Love Assemblage are featured artworks in GindhART at Madjax gallery. Debra also created a humorous contemporary art series Because Bananas and Duct Tape. New scarves have been added to the GindhARTFiberART wearable art collection too. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at February’s First Thursday.

    It's a Wood Thing Penturning
    Scott Wood creates pens and other items in his shop using all types of woods and acrylics. Purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

    Motivate Our Minds Student Art Display
    You are invited to Madjax to view work made by the students of Motivate our Minds', "We Think It, We Make It" club and community volunteers. Join us from 5-7pm.

    Smoke River Pottery
    Stop by Smoke River Pottery to view and purchase unique and functional pieces by artists Spencer Davis and Rachel Stahlke. Dishware and decorative pieces for the home will be on display and available to purchase.

    Tribune Showprint
    Tribune Showprint, America's oldest continuously operating print shop, will be open during First Thursday with posters, notecards, and ephemera for sale. Tribune Showprint designs and produces hundreds of made-to-order posters for concerts, sporting events, festivals, and carnivals one letter at a time.

    Muncie Makes Lab
    628 S. Walnut
    ••• 50AF ••• 50 Years ••• 50 Pieces •••
    Michael Eldon DuQuette will be having a solo art show at Muncie Makes Lab. DuQuette will be featuring 25 new works and 25 works from the past in this Birthday Art Exhibition Celebration.

    Special thanks to the Department of Architecture, CAP, Ball State University.

    Muncie Map Co.
    111 E. Adams
    Spiral Bound Fine Art will be revealing a new chalkboard piece drawn with pastel. For photo copies of current and past pieces, please talk with Amy Shears. Also, don't leave the shop without grabbing a gift for your Valentine! Plenty to choose from and made with love from local Muncie artists.

    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!

Mar 5, 2020

Thursday

  • March's First Thursday (full listing) 5pm to 8pm @ Downtown Muncie
    Shannon Mehaffey at Cornerstone Center for the Arts GindhART at Madjax, 2nd floor "Our House: Muncie Fieldhouse, a community gathering place" at Gordy Fine Art and Framing, Co. Leslie Price, “In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors," at Muncie Map Co. Blues Jam at Valhalla

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts
    520 E. Main
    Join Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 5 for the opening reception of A Never-Ending Quest featuring the art of Shannon Mehaffey. 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.

    This collection of new mixed-media artworks by artist Shannon Mehaffey is a culmination of new processes and themes the artist has discovered through experimentation, meditation, and dedication to the study of art. Inspired by the fantastical landscapes, items, and stories found within the digital realm of video game franchises such as “Skyrim,” “Death Stranding,” and “Fallout.”  The artist has dedicated her artistic practice to exploring new art mediums and processes. Born out of the artist's long lost love of analog darkroom photography, this body of work is about learning to control the alchemy of the papers and inks using solvents, moving ink around the page in a totally uncontrolled manner, and finding order within the chaos.

    Shannon Mehaffey is a Visual Artist living in Muncie, Indiana. She earned her BFA in Photography in Fine Arts at Ball State University in 2010, she currently teaches Watercolors, Drawing, Landscape Painting, and Mixed Media at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, her two dogs, binging Netflix, and playing video games.

    A Never-Ending Quest 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. 123 or visit cornerstonearts.org.

    Also at Cornerstone is the Young Artist Exhibition:

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts, in partnership with PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, will host the Young Artist Exhibition on Thursday, March 5th for school-age children in Delaware County. The show will feature the artwork of students in kindergarten through twelfth grades who reside in or attend school in Delaware County. The public reception on March 5th from 5:30 to 7:30p.m. will take place in the Colonnade Room at Cornerstone Center for the Arts with awards being announced at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

    This is the fourth year for the show which will feature both 2D and 3D artwork submitted by hundreds of local students. Entries will be placed into six categories: kindergarten-second, third- fifth, sixth-eighth 2D, sixth-eighth 3D, ninth-twelfth 2D, and ninth-twelfth 3D. Submissions will be accepted at Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ second floor information desk from Wednesday, February 12 through Friday, February 21. Teachers may submit up to 10 pieces of work or students may submit up to three of their own pieces with assistance from a parent or guardian. Prize packages, including cash awards, will be awarded for first, second, third, and honorable mentions in each category. A panel of community judges will select winners prior to the public reception.

    Winning artwork will be on display at Cornerstone Center for the Arts during the month of April. The opening reception for the winners showcase will be held on Thursday, April 2 in which all winners are invited to attend and share their work with the public. Additionally, winning artwork may be displayed at PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union’s three locations.

    More information about the Young Artist Exhibition, including submission forms, guidelines, and rules is available online at muncieyoungartist.com/ or by calling Cornerstone at 765-281-9503.

    The Fickle Peach (21+)
    117 E. Charles

    Madeline Douglass will show her work at The Fickle Peach. Madeline grew up in Muncie, Indiana, and then attended university at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She majored in screenwriting, but held close to her original love of drawing.

    This collection is a few of her studies of human anatomy. They are largely mixed media – including conte crayon, charcoal, watercolor, colored pencil, and ink.

    In these pieces, Madeline observed and attempted to capture the grace and fluidity of the human form. She sat for several hours, just about every Friday and Saturday, for three years, staring at naked people, doing her damnedest to replicate every little nook and cranny. She was forced to squint at these poor models as her professors tried to get her to see shadow shapes and highlights. Madeline had her own personal style of drawing ripped apart and rebuilt to someone else’s standards.

    Gindhart (at Madjax)
    514 E. Jackson St. (2nd floor)
    “A Little Bit OM and A Lot Googly Eyes” is local artist Debra Gindhart’s March First Thursday gallery walk show. Up cycled jewelry from her Green Glam Studio collection includes Om Necklaces and Googly Eyed wearable art. Assemblage, collage, and found objects techniques creating humorous wall art. Gindhart FiberART hand knitted infinity scarves featured as well. Come for wearable art and fun contemporary artwork. Meet the artist at March’s First Thursday gallery walk in downtown Muncie from 5-8pm, Madjax, 2nd floor.

    Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co.
    224 E. Main

    As the Muncie Fieldhouse looks forward to hosting the 2020 Basketball Sectionals in March, Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will continue the exhibition Our House: Muncie Fieldhouse, a community gathering place, Thursday March 5, 5-8 pm. Images are drawn from the Ball State University’s Archives and Special Collections, a department of Ball State University Libraries. Additional material is contributed by Muncie Public Library.   Selected images include photographs and architectural plans that celebrate the historical importance of the Fieldhouse as a sports arena and a community gathering place for car shows, union meetings, circus events, and concerts. 

    Copies of images will be sold to benefit the Muncie Community Schools efforts to preserve the Muncie Fieldhouse and its history. Light refreshments will be served with comments at 6:15, and the public is invited to attend. The show will be up and images for sale through the end of March. 

    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. 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.

    Madjax Muncie
    515 E. Main St.
    Neal Soley: 2nd floor
    Indianapolis artist and Ball State graduate, Neal Soley, presents Egocentric: A Pop Up Show. Soley’s company, The Tulip Factory, offers an array of products based upon his distinct style that is best described as an expression of his individuality.  Egocentric features over 25 works based on The Tulip Factory’s logo, including a photo collaboration with Las Vegas based photographer, Michael Hurley. Through the manipulation of TTF’s logo, Egocentric offers works that are a pursuit of self through the exploration of media. All works are available for purchase.  Join the artist for light refreshments at this one-night event, happening March 5 during First Thursday events on the second floor of the Madjax Muncie building at 514 E Jackson Street from 5-8 pm.

    Muncie Map Co.
    111 E. Adams
    “In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors” is the first in a series of exhibitions by Leslie Price to examine the roots of culture and our relation to the past. The “Celtic Roots” show features images of Scotland- from where my ancestors originated- before they migrated to Ireland. Perhaps yours did too. Here you will get a chance to walk the ancient passageways of far off castles, explore a rare class of Neolithic henge monument, and meander down the street that inspired J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley. Come and follow in the footsteps of our ancestors- through the winding green hills and lush river valleys, past the castle gate and up the spiral staircase cut out of solid stone. Adventure awaits! Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with Leslie and the nice folks at the Muncie Map Company. You might even make some new friends. 

    Leslie Price is an independent Historic Preservation Specialist in Muncie, Indiana. She has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University with minors in urban planning and energy studies, and an Associate of Applied Science in hands-on building preservation from Belmont Technical College. Leslie is a painter; writer, activist, photographer and craftsman. She has a unique vision of the evolution of culture, which is reflected in the texture, details and composition of her images.  Leslie’s dedication to arts and the environment is evident in her pursuit of the perfect perspective. This is her fourth time participating in First Thursday

    Spiral Bound Fine Art (at the Muncie Map Co.)
    111 E. Adams

    Spiral Bound Fine Art will be featuring a new pastel drawing for the month of March! Shop at Muncie Map Co. and the luck of the Irish may guide you to your pot of gold.

    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!

Apr 2, 2020

Thursday

  • April's Virtual First Thursday 5pm @ Online
    Image by local artist Debra Gindhart

    Announcing April's Virtual First Thursday!

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, there will not be First Thursday events held downtown for April. Instead, we will hold a Virtual First Thursday in which we will post a photo gallery on our Facebook page that features work by local artists and venues! If you would like to submit work for Virtual First Thursday, please email up to 3 photos of your art as well as caption information to Dr. Natalie Phillips at nephillips@bsu.edu or send a private message to First Thursday’s Facebook page at (www.facebook.com/FirstThursdayMuncie). You may include pricing and contact information for your work as well. Please submit your photos by 5pm on Tuesday, March 30th to be included in the Virtual First Thursday gallery.

    Please help spread the word and we hope everyone in Muncie is staying safe, healthy, and continuing to make art from home!

    Virtual First Thursday image courtesy of artist Debra Gindhart. Check out her work on Instagram at instagram.com/artgreen64 or in her 2nd floor Madjax studio (once Madjax re-opens).

May 7, 2020

Thursday

Jul 2, 2020

Thursday

  • July's First Thursday 5pm to 8pm @ Madjax 514 E Jackson St
    The Madjax Art Show, July 2, 2nd floor, 5-8pm Missy Camille Adams at the Madjax Art Show Missy Camille Adams at the Madjax Art Show BigSkorp Furio at the Madjax Art Show BigSkorp Furio at the Madjax Art Show Debra Gindhart at the Madjax Art Show Debra Gindhart at the Madjax Art Show Debra Gindhart at the Madjax Art Show Jill Palumbo at the Madjax Art Show Jill Palumbo at the Madjax Art Show Jill Palumbo at the Madjax Art Show Ron Richcreek at the Madjax Art Show Ron Richcreek at the Madjax Art Show Ron Richcreek at the Madjax Art Show Ron Richcreek at the Madjax Art Show Neal Soley at the Madjax Art Show Neal Soley at the Madjax Art Show Neal Soley at the Madjax Art Show Neal Soley at the Madjax Art Show

    The Madjax Art Show!
    The show will be heled on July 2 for July’s First Thursday celebrations from 5-8pm on the 2nd floor (wheelchair accessible) of Madjax Muncie, located at 515 East Main Street. We encourage visitors to be safe, practice social distancing, and wear masks when needed. The following artists will be featured in the show:

    Missy Camille Adams
    POP ART PRESIDENTS: HISTORICAL NOT POLITICAL
    A self-taught artist, Missy Camille Adams loves portraiture, and is not tied down to realism. She has been influenced by artists such as Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.
    For Pop Art Presidents, Missy took on the task of painting a red, white, and blue portrait of each United States president. This is a living series, Pop Art Presidents will continue with a new portrait after each election cycle.
    Outside of their time as president, who were these men? What were their families like? What lead them to run for the presidency? These questions Missy asked and researched as the project progressed.  She hopes to open discussion about the lives of those who have held this office. While the subjects were politicians, this is not a political statement as much as it is a visual tour of the men elected to run this country through the history of our nation.

    BigSkorp Furio
    is a local graphic designer and digital gfx. He uses acrylics and aerosolart techniques. The results are powerful and vibrant contemporary wall art. Meet the artist and view his work at Madjax

    Gindhart
    SPRAY CAN PAINTER: Local artist and former education director of Motivate Our Minds, DebraGindhart will donate 20% of all proceeds from July First Thursday art sales to Black Lives Matter via donating to Motivate Our Minds.
    Aerosol wall art, Green Glam Studio jewelry and Gindhart Fiber ART will be available during July First Thursday. Meet the artist in her second floor gallery, 5-8pm.

    Jill Palumbo
    is a multimedia artist from Muncie, Indiana. She boldly explores combinations of colors in paint, clay and glass. Her creations reflect her belief in kindness toward people and the enjoyment of nature. The public is invited to attend the First Thursday event using face masks and social distancing. If individuals or small groups wishing to avoid public events would like to come see Jill's artwork, this can be arranged by appointment during the month of July. For further information visit Jill Palumbo’s Art online at https://jillpalumboart.com/ or send a private message to jillpalumbo@comcast.net.

    Ron Richcreek
    is a Yorktown native living in Daleville, Indiana, who has been studying and making functional pottery for the past twelve years.  Along with custom orders, he makes mugs, plates, platters, bowls, beer growlers, compost pots, ikebanas and much more.  He enjoys taking a ball of clay and making functional, original art from it.  Ron hopes that when you eat or drink from a piece of his stoneware, you feel the beauty of something handmade.

    Neal Soley
    is based in Indianapolis, The Tulip Factory is a company created by Neal Soley. This company campaigns Soley’s exploration of self expression throughout the use of different mediums. This collection of works are representative of periods throughout Soley’s expedition. Also featured are select pieces from the Hostess Cupcake series. Please join the artist Thursday, July 2 on the second floor of the Madjax Building. Practice social distancing and kindly wear a mask when needed, and view a collection of paintings on canvas, works on paper, and more.