March 2014 : India Garden

Friday, March 7, from 6 to 10pm the Harrison Center presents India Garden artist reception and open studio night. In the Harrison Gallery is HCA studio artist Quincy's Owens' "Brimful of Asha." Owens recently completed a three week artist residency in Delhi, India. Deeply inspired by the ever present contradictions that exist in this mystical place, his newest body of work attempts not to visualize, categorize or polarize. Instead, they invite the viewer to step into the beauty and chaos that he witnessed while there. Mixed media artist India Cruse-Griffin brings her colorful collage work to Gallery No. 2 with her exhibit, "India Garden." Cruse-Griffin, an artist and educator, says "she wants the viewer to feel and see the depth of her experiences as well as the people in her life, which lead to her unique style. Her life-long love of her family and community drives this artist to create art that is both common and uncommon to most, and enjoyed by all."

The City Gallery features the found object/light sculptures of Brian Allee. Allee, a musician and long time resident of the Old Northside neighborhood of King Park will show work inspired by both his urban Indianapolis neighborhood and his musical roots.

In the gym - a team of singer/songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee's Belmont University will descend on Indianapolis the first week of March to explore Indy and create and record music inspired by our city. First Friday attendees can hear the music they create at a place-based music festival to take place in the gymnasium.

In Hank & Dolly's Gallery - Karl Selm and Al Jones present Anonymous Musical Collaboration System (AMCS), a one night only interactive installation that invites participants to create music remotely with strangers. Also in Hank & Dolly's Gallery, artist and promoter Nick Selm will exhibit a variety of show poster's he has designed over the past 7 years.

In the Gallery Annex - Umbrian Skies - In June of 2013 Indianapolis artists Gayle Gingrich, Amelia Jarrard, Beth McCormick, Jennifer Mills, Delma Mindel, Kathy Norris, Amelia Rose, Elise Schweitzer, Marna Shopoff and Gayle Wiliams traveled to Italy, visiting Rome, Florence and Umbria. The group spent two weeks in residence at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Montecastello Di Vibio. Investigating the link between nature and architecture, the artists harmonize color and atmosphere through painting and drawing.

Throughout the building, explore the studios of the Harrison Center's 32 studio artists.

With support from: ArtPlace America, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), Sun King Brewery and Amy McAdams Design.

Member, IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association),