Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
One of my first memories is of sitting at my grandma’s coffee table with paper and crayons and learning about perspective from Bob Ross on the television. I specifically remember him painting railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon line.Of course, being a youthful five-year-old at the time, I didn’t quite understand what“horizon” or “perspective” meant. But after that afternoon drawing lesson, I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.My parents supported my dreams by allowing me to take art lessons through elementary and high school. I won blue and red ribbons through the CYO talent fairs. Eventually, I felt confident enough to participate in the art contest at the State Fair, where I received an honorable mention for my work.But soon after starting college, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different form of art—acting. I studied acting both at Ball State, London, and Oxford. I moved out to Los Angeles where I was lucky enough to be a part of many different well-known and loved television and film productions. And after living the Cali life for eight years, I found myself still wanting more.In 2011, I made the decision to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to my family. That's when I started painting again. I painted to heal and feel whole again. And at the prodding of friends and family, I’ve begun a professional art career. My passion is to create art that speaks to people.Though I enjoy working with every medium—from watercolors to oils—my current favorite medium is acrylics. My inspiration includes Gustav Klimt, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent Van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
The poetry of Allen Imagery has been described as clean and classic, then in the same breath, described as gritty and new. His debut book of poetry and photography, Water Melanin, was released on April 4, 2004. It is available at Xpression Book Store and Borders Books in Castleton.
Indian City Weather
Performing Arts: Music
The band was born when drummer Tyler Bayne and spoken word artist Niq Askren merged their two-piece hip hop assemblage with a guitar duo comprised of Joe Cohen and Jonah Crouch. “I brought our little hip-hop project into their dueling acoustic guitar stuff and it started taking shape from there,” Bayne says as he details the band’s earliest manifestation. “We’d play really low volume acoustic stuff, and Niq would rap and do spoken word pieces over it. Eventually, we decided to start a full band and we brought in a friend of mine from high school, Danny Finch.” Finch, ICW’s eldest member at 24 years, brings the group’s only real source of previous band experience with past bouts in pop-punk bands Fat and The Midget Ticklers. Around that same time, Joshua Neese joined the band to handle singing responsibilities supplemental to Askren’s calm raps. Although guitarist Joe Cohen recorded the EP with Indian City Weather, he eventually quit to pursue other interests and was replaced by the band’s longtime friend Dillon Mitchell.
When Indian City Weather was ready to hit the studio earlier this spring, they reached out to Tyler Watkins, bassist for Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, who operates Queensize Studios in downtown Indianapolis. ICW’s time there (four days of tracking and two days of mixing, spread out over the course of two months) was a memorable experience for the six studio novices; the closing song on the EP, “State Avenue”, is even named for the street where the studio is located.
Bayne considers the band privileged to have worked with such a distinguished musician as Watkins. “He produced, mixed, and mastered our EP, so his hands are all over it,” Bayne explains. “He’s continued to be kind of our designated Yoda, giving us advice regarding almost everything we’re doing right now.” Watkins cites the skill level of the young music makers as a major deciding factor in working with them. “A group of talented musicians and an introverted poet approached me with open minds,” he says. “Also, I’m a sucker for polite weirdos.”
Visual Arts: Photography
I specialize in artworks of the female form. Quite simply, there is no more beautiful a raw material than to begin a work with that which has captivated both men and women since the dawn of our species. Immortalized in countless media, the curves and lines of the female form hold a primal draw to all our senses.
I strive to celebrate the female form through photography, harnessing that primal pull to extort emotion from the story elements within the frame. Our psyche responds in kind.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
“Visual art is not a medium of words. Moreover, when one changes language, soil, and surroundings, all that is left is color and metaphors. Fortunately, they are universal. Painting is my way of communicating with the world, and people in it, no matter the country.”
Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Photography
My name is Syd Innovaria, and I like to create. I have been playing guitar, drums and piano since elementary school. Painting since the same period. I have been in a band playing drums since 2007, False Face Society. I also do solo stuff where I play various instruments and sing. I have been doing photography since high school, and went to The Art Institute of Indianapolis to pursue Digital Photography. I have worked in a few mobile portrait studios and run my own freelance photography business, Forgotten Aesthetics Photography.
Lynne Marie Isaacs
Visual Arts: Painting
As a portrait artist, my subjects are primarily people and animals. Chalk pastel is my medium of choice, however I also enjoy charcoal, colored pencils, graphite, and conte crayons. I am currently building my portfolio/inventory with a focus on North American wildlife and Native American Indians.
Performing Arts: Vocal
“My work is a soulful blend of passion, extensive training, and a positive life force. A broad range of influences mix together as an instrument to inspire others. As a lyric tenor, I integrate my training with African-American culture to perform anything from R&B and soul to Arias and leider.” Caleb Ishman
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