F!ghting Words an'NEM
Performing Arts; Visual Arts
F!GHT!NG WORDS an’Nem is a collective of spirited poets and musicians merging the soul of gospel with the passion of R&B and adding a dash of urban beat boxing creating an all-ages, all-ethnicities experience.
Visual Arts: Painting
Born in 1965 in Indianapolis, Herschel is a largely self-taught artist. He developed his techniques and style of painting from a large supply of art books he has collected over the years. Growing up poor and in an abusive family, Herschel used his drawing and painting as a way to escape from the trials that he faced as a youth. Teachers and friends often encouraged him to show his artwork and continue to develop his own techniques. After taking a long break from art after high school, he was encouraged to take up the pen & brush again by his wife.
People often ask Herschel what he thinks about when drawing or painting. That is an impossible question to answer for him, as time seems to stand still for him when immersed in his work. Herschel works in many different media including watercolor, oils and acrylics on canvas. Herschel is a wet-on-wet painter as it allows him ample time to make changes and to blend his colors. He is constantly trying to push himself in new directions. Herschel has had his, works published in magazines like Art Scene International & Direct Art magazine and has sold works all over the world in places like Spain and France as well here in the USA.
Sabrina Sigal Falls
Performing Arts: Music
“I am a professional harpist and certified music practioner (CMP). I play harp for all occasions, including weddings, receptions, retreats, worship services, memorials/funeral services, special programs and concerts, etc. As a CMP, I also am trained to play live therapeutic harp music at the bedside of sick and/or dying persons in hospitals, hospices, other healthy care settings, and homes.” Sabrina Falls
Visual Arts: Painting
“My images often arise from the memory of being in particular places in nature. I make paintings with the intention of capturing how it felt to be in a place and conveying my impressions of the weather or the light. Often a water body or a sense of weight in the landscape is a catalyst for a painting. During the process of working I enjoy the slow discovery of unexpected color harmonies and the development of odd shapes and compositions. I see a random and beautiful quirkiness in how nature places things in the world and I enjoy making paintings in that same spirit.”
Performing Arts: Music
Dr. Heaven Fan’s performances have been described by critics as captivating, charming, and virtuosic. She has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, the National Taiwan Music Competition, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. She was invited internationally as a featured soloist in the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Fukui Harp Festival in Japan, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses in Czech Republic and Switzerland, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and the New Year Concert with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China.
As a harp scholar, she is the first person to publish an in-depth analysis on the New Method for the Harp by the early 19th-century English harp virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars, which was published in the 2011 winter issue of the American Harp Journal. Dr. Fan has been elected as a member to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, and classified by the US Government as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts. She has served on the judging panels for the 2007 National Harp Competition in Taiwan, the 2008 and 2012 Young Artist’s Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Individual Artist Program of the Indiana Arts Commission for FY2012, the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico 2016.
Dr. Fan has received her bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in both harp and piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Australia, and her master’s degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Dr. Fan is currently on the faculty at Anderson University and the MasterWorks Festival. She is also the founder and director of the Anderson University Harp Camp. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held principal orchestra positions.
Visual Arts: Painting
Mamas, don’t let your children grow up to be artists.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
The sculpture is arrived through the manipulation of translucent aluminum mesh which is sculpted using original folding techniques developed many centuries in Japan. Each individual sculpture is assembled from pieces numbering just a few into the hundreds.
Each piece is custom painted with low VOC enamel paint to ensure durability and color. Custom Lighting can be included to give the illuminated sculptures a radiant glow and pattern the surrounding areas.
The lightweight kinetic sculpture ranges from 2’to 60′ in height.
The Sculpture is my expression of the transcendence of all unseen things. Those moments when we as human beings recognize the this moment is all we have. To arrive at that moment requires that all thinking stop. While studing Islamic Art I discovered that the geometric forms allowed the viewer to slow down and become still, and through their stillness the unseen became seen and transcendence could occur.
Through this transcendence the recognition of the “moment” allows peace and a end to suffering.
“Passion”, 2003, Aluminum Mesh, 24″x36″ “Thirst for Desire”, 2003, Aluminum Mesh, 40″x120″ “Waiting for The Sun to Rise”, 2002, Aluminum Mesh, 48″x240″ Aluminum sculpture, aluminum, abstract, expressionistic, hanging, palm leaves
Becky Hall Fehsenfeld
Visual Arts: Painting
Becky Hall Fehsenfeld has traveled the globe as an artist, capturing animals, people and places on canvas in a colorful, expressive manner. She was raised in an artistic atmosphere with a mother who painted and two sisters who are also artists. Becky attended Otterbein College on a scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree of fine arts with a minor in cultural anthropology. She has studied and painted in over sixty countries and her award-winning paintings are included in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
My interests lie in the magic of metal and how it can be formed and cast and cajolled into a variety of shapes and textures. I love all metal including iron, bronze, pewter, silver, stainless teel, and aluminum. Forming metal into art, design, and functional pieces imparts such joy in the creation of everlasting art.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
Brittany Ferguson is an Indiana based artist working with printmaking, ceramic, painting, and mural work. Ferguson is a senior at the Herron School of Art & Design recieving her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in both printmaking and ceramics. She plans to attend graduate school to recieve her Master’s degree in Art Therapy to enable her to work with war veterans using art as a creative expression to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers
I am a creative individual by nature. Academically trained in research and writing as an historian, I am also a self-taught portrait painter, illustrator, and mixed-media artist.I am as passionate about art as I am about American history. My historical and political essays have appeared on numerous new media publications and on my personal BLOG. Indeed, I have found that I must actively write about history and create art or fail at both. Creating art allows me another avenue to express myself and gives me the much-needed balance after the intensity required for conducting research and writing about history. My express desire is to produce art that I feel most connected to and one that is meaningful to others.I enjoy working with various mediums. Watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, graphite, mixed media, and ink are all favorites and often used in my paintings and illustrations. My art represents American history, classic literature, and events from the Bible. Art critics have categorized my work in line with Kahlo. I credit Copley, Rousseau, and Gauguin as the providers of my “academic” training in art.I just finished illustrating Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack and publishing the two volumes from my A Little Book of Revolutionary Quotes series. I am now working on illustrating classics, painting moments in American history, producing a new line of mixed-media stationery, researching and writing about the founding generation, and teaching kids about America’s Founding Documents. Trehan’s Treasures is the name of my studio and represents all my art, illustrations and writings.
Cary Allen Fields
Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television
Fields produces/hosts “The Fields Of Bluegrass Radio Hour” and the Saturday night edition of “The Free Zone” on WICR 88.7FM, broadcast from The University Of Indianapolis. The focus is placed on the community and providing an outlet for local music by including area artists in the playlist. “The Free Zone” format is wide open and includes any genre.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Works on paper
Bonnie Fillenwarth is a native to central Indiana. Bonnie received her Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. Her work has been shown in various areas in the Indianapolis area as well as in Europe. She works mainly with oils and watercolor, but also does some sculptures as she considers herself an artist first and a painter second.
Among the greatest influences of her art is travel. In the summer of 2009 she traveled to Pont-Aven France to attend the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, living with a host family, spending time in the Bois d’ Amour, and doing various projects in the woods and in the studio. For the summer of 2008 she traveled to Athens and the Island of Paros in Greece. She studied at the Aegean Center of the Arts. It was, in part, her study of ancient Greek culture during this time that inspired the main theme of her artwork.
Bonnie’s current work deals with looking at the women portrayed in classical mythology and neoclassical artwork. The stories have been around for thousands of years, have been copied from scrolls to codexes, and are still a part of western culture today. As a result many people are familiar with these myths but may not have realized the extent of the sexist ways in which women are too often represented. There is a widespread, unrealistic view of ancient Greek culture, and Bonnie’s work seeks to change the general public’s view of the roots of western culture into a more realistic one.
Performing Arts: Storytelling
Jon Finch, the “artist of astonishment,” was the first Indianapolis magician to create a mystique in the public’s eye. Not seen in public for 10 years–from 2001 to 2010–apparently without an offstage life, Finch returned to the stage in 2010. Jon now performs astonishing close up magic that strikes belief into even the most doubtful of doubting audiences. His infectious smile and warm sarcasm makes for a positively delightful yet baffling event. As an audience guest in Jon’s show, don’t expect be spectating–you will be participating in the magic. You will see objects float out of your hand, and thoughts float out of your head and out of his mouth. Look forward to an experience you will remember for a lifetime if you get the chance to see Jon Finch.
I perform 6 original one-man plays about famous people from history: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Johnny Appleseed, Christopher Columbus, Francisco Pizarro, and a forty-niner on The California Trail. Because the audience participates, each performance adapts to the interests of that particular group.
Sandi J. Finney
Visual Arts: Ceramics
Finney produces hand-thrown functional pottery for everyday use as well as decorative Raku and Shinoware.
Performing Arts: Music
Caribbean Consort is an Indianapolis based band led by steel drummer, Dr. Jimmy Finnie. The band performs in configurations ranging from 2 to 8 performers (including a vocalist). It primarily performs music from the calypso and soca traditions of Trinidad, but also explores other styles including reggae, bossa nova, samba, and Caribbean inspired American popular music.
Visual Arts: Painting
I am highly interested in the relationship between various shapes, colors, layers, line, and textures within my paintings. As my work moves forward the paint gets thicker, and the layers deeper. I use a various number of techniques and tools to achieve a colorful and textural contrast among the various structures in
I start my paintings without much planning which gives the final product a spontaneous and energetic portrayal. The presence of nature and the human psyche can be found throughout my subjects. My subjects are assembled out of abstracted animals, landscapes, geometrical shapes, and contrasting textures.
My inspiration comes from my over analyzed perception of the world that surrounds me. In addition,other forms of inspiration come from such artists as; Salvador Dali, Hieronymus Bosch, Alex Grey, Kandinsky, and Francis Bacon to name a few.
I believe there is something new to be discovered in the world of painting. I am always striving to discover new possibilities within the realm of oil painting.
Visual Arts: Printmaking
After a childhood filled with art and playing artist in high school I earned a BFA in 2002 and a MA in Printmaking in 2003 from Ball State University. I also did a one-year exchange during my undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut.
I currently direct the Exhibitions Department at the Indianapolis Art Centerand head their Printmaking Department.
I also teach as an adjunct fine arts faculty member at Ivy Tech Community Collegein Indianapolis, Indiana.
My roles as a teaching artist and arts administrator influence my work. Everyday life inspires my work. I create from life and imagination.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, Painting, Printmaking
Flatland Kitchen is Eric & Rebekah Nolan. We are an Indianapolis based studio focusing on branding, illustration & spatial design. We work very closely with our clients to get to know them and through an engaged process we are able to visually represent the brand of the company. An ideal project is one where we are working directly with passionate business owners to develop the branding and identity, where many of our broad skills can be utilized. We love creating logos, but we also love developing interior graphic concepts and seeing them through. We’ve branded world-class chefs’ restaurants and we’ve made public art for neighborhood-changing entrepreneurs. We’ve worked directly with amazing production bakeries and local non-profits. We’ve created designs for local farmers’ markets & musicians from all over America. We have a passion for art & design and we love to work with clients that have a passion for their business.
Susan B. Fleck
Visual Arts: Photography
My photographs are primarily of landscape and architecture and in them I attempt to demonstrate a powerful sense of composition and design, marrying a pleasing artist sensibility with strong technical skills. Within these images one can see human interaction with (and impact on) the environment. My photographs emphasize a subject’s patterns, textures, lines and details resulting in images that are clean and bold.
Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
I was born in Madrid, Spain in 1986. On a day between then and now I picked up a crayon and haven’t stopped scribbling since.
I attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and I am currently seeking commission jobs.
For as long as I can remember I have been drawing and painting-making images. I can’t say “making art.” It’s too difficult to determine when someone actually starts making art. Either way, I have been at it for what seems like my entire life. So much that it has become less something that I am doing and more something that I am.
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