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Students gathered in the Campus Center Atrium to donate and swap out used items in an event hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) on April 13. The collaboration is new and inspired by IU Bloomington's event called Hoosier to Hoosier, an event no longer regularly taking place.
A group of friends sit laughing, enjoying milkshakes, presumably listening to music on the jukebox that sits behind them…or at least that’s how it might appear in the photo that the three friends took at Selfie WRLD Indy.
Hues of Jean Metzinger’s “The Seashore” tint the Gypsophila petals commonly known as baby’s breath in an attempt to reflect the impressionist’s brushstrokes. Lissette Wyche’s floral artwork sits directly in front of the painting so that a viewer could compare the two.
As the end of the academic year inches closer, many seniors at IUPUI are completing their last round of classes which oftentimes include capstone projects. In the case of mechanical engineering students, this project involves coordinating and collaborating with organizations around Indianapolis.
Square Cat Vinyl is home to records, coffee and beer, but Saturday Sept 15, the local Fountain Square shop also played host to an art and music showcase entitled “Brush in the Night Sky.” The event, organized and hosted by Chris Shelton, took place after the art fair earlier in the day and became a way for artists and musicians to show off their work.
“I just wanted to bring art and music to neighborhoods or people that need it or that have limited exposure to it,” Shelton said. “I’m a local art and music fan so it was a really neat collaboration having those two things come together.”
The event featured artists, Fresh Baked Yams, as well as the Dino Launch Committee. Craig Gourley, member of Fresh baked Yams, was also the featured artist at the event. The band has been together for four to five years but members have known each other for 15 plus years. In addition to playing shows like this one, the band also occasionally takes their trailer out to play music on the streets for various communities to hear.
“We just wanna be heard,” Gourley said. “We haven't set out to do anything big but there's a lot of people here and we have demo CDs to get it [the music] out there. We just like to play.”
Shelton hopes to be a part of organizing more events like these where both art and music come together. His goal is to help artists and musicians of many styles gain exposure and recognition.
“I was just inspired by, the beauty and greatness of what these talented people do,” Shelton said. “The fact that I know them, is just a real humbling experience. There's so many artists that need exposure and I've seen their art and I've seen their talent and it deserves to be seen. It deserves to be shared.”
Every first Friday of the month, Indianapolis hosts a wide breadth of events ranging from live music, to local markets, local art and more. This coming Sept 7 is no exception. The city market, will play host to one of the major events called ‘Art at the Market,’ where in addition to tasting food, drinking beer and listening to live music, attendees can explore an art showcase for local Indianapolis artist of all kinds.
Fine artist Beth Ann Thomas is a returning participant this September, having previously been involved in both the May and June ‘Art at the Market’ events. Her tools and mediums are numerous but some include oils, gouache paint and ink pens.
“I really enjoy engaging with my audience in a less formal atmosphere,” Thomas said. “It’s also just a fun evening of hanging out at the market, eating good food, drinking good beer and looking at interesting artwork.”
Thomas began drawing from a young age and became serious about it while in high school. As she transitioned into college, her work shifted into a more technical and less emotional state. She draws inspiration from artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, and Kiki Smith, whom she says explore themes that are important to them in sometimes “weird and uncomfortable ways.”
“I guess you could say that tensions inspire me,” Thomas said. “The sharp rocks of mountains against a soft, whisper of a cloud, or the sleek body of a stingray against the grainy, crashing water of a wave. I’m inspired to infuse tension into my work to show how it bleeds into everyday humanity.”
Working to get more into more galleries around indianapolis, Thomas is excited to be back at Art at the Market this September.
“I’ve had work at the Harrison Center quite a few times over the past few years, as well as at coffee shops, and the flower shop that I work for part time,” Thomas said. “But I’d love to secure a solo gallery show in the next year.”