Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Performers and Writers, Textiles
Spoken word poet
Fiber artists (crochet)
Alto/Soprano singer (prefer Accapella and Aousitic stylings)
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Open-ended mystery grounded in every-day experience. Painting is for me a spiritual practice and an expression of my spiritual journey. To that end, my current work focuses on mundane objects and explores their expressive potential. Paint is a symbolic medium, a window into the mind. I reference still life objects such as toasters, cheese graters, scotch tape dispensers, seashells and pinecones. My intuition also strongly informs my process. So making lots of (often small) paintings has become a way to discover how I want to paint.
This year has been an exciting explosion of art! Contact me to see more works, meet the artist, or to ask about commissions.
Performing Arts: Spoken Word
Born on the 23rd of January and having always felt like the stork missed that left turn at Albuquerque and dropped her off in Indianapolis, instead of New York City, where she’s been known to say her “soul was born” at, the artist formerly known as “nSAYchable” has changed her name to a befitting januarieYork. “It crosses the literary boundaries. I can write anything with this name and not feel embarrassed or wonder if people are interpreting it wrong. I’m not caged to the stage.” Like many others, januarie got her start at writing early on and began writing poetry regularly in the 11th grade. She performed her first poem at her grandfather’s funeral at the age of 22, of which she was told she should attend a local poetry reading and perform more often. From then on, she was hooked. After taking to the stage for the first time at a poetry setting in 2004, then-nSAYchable went on to become one of the top spoken word artists in her city. She was signed to a local label designed for poets and went on to record her first EP, Say Something and began performing her descriptive poetry everywhere from open mics to various colleges.
Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
Most recently recognized for her use of vibrant color and natural effects with pastel, Cynthia also creates stunning works in charcoal, conté and ink.
Cynthia recently discovered her love for portrait, figure and gesture of the human form after joining a live model weekly workshop at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville, where she serves as the Executive Director. Originally a floral and fauna artist working in oil and acrylic, she pursued a figure drawing class to stretch herself artistically and to “get outside the box” of her previous works. This new experience in both subject matter and medium reignited her artistic passion, resulting in over 200 works since 2013. She and a group of local artists continue to meet weekly at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center to draw, paint and sketch live models.
Daniel A Young
Performing Arts: Music
I started singing at an early age, and always had ambitions to sing professionally. From the mid-1960’s on, I sang in choirs, folk groups, lounge groups and rock bands, and did session work for commercial jingles and as a back-up singer. I began writing songs at seventeen, and had several of my songs published and recorded locally in the mid-1970’s. I had long considered myself a better songwriter than singer, but in the last ten years I have gradually become a much better vocalist, performing standards and oldies for senior centers, restaurants, and wine bars. I had a “tux” trio from 2002 to 2004 that played numerous private events, doing our own sort of “cocktail jazz,” with me on guitar. I realized that I had a good feel for the old-school jazz and swing of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. With the emergence of Michael Bublé, also, there has been greater public interest in that kind of material, and I decided I wanted to become a “real” jazz singer. I expanded and refined my repertoire, and studied sheet music for the original lyrics, melodies and chords to many standards traditionally played in jazz. I worked on vocal technique, fine-tuning my intonation and breath support, gaining better pitch in the process. I found pianist Ken Fary, who worked with me on a CD of standards that we released early in 2007. We did a CD release show at the Jazz Kitchen, and have performed three times at the Chatterbox Jazz Club, as well as the IMA’s A.M.P. Series (co-sponsored by NUVO).
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word; Visual Arts
My name is Daniel Andrew Young. I was born in Indiana, and grew up here, graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1963, attended IU in Kokomo and Bloomington, with time between in the US Army. I have worked professionally in music sporadically since leaving IU in 1973, mostly in Central Indiana. I was a paid songriter in 1976, and had songs published and recorded.
I became an American songbook vocalist in the eighties and nineties, and entered the jazz realm in 2002. I am also a multi-artist, and compulsively creative as a lyricist, composer, poet and viusal artist, including drawings, graphic designs, electronic art and photographs. I have written and graphically designed two (e)books of illustrated/graphic poetry, and do spoken word perfoming with slides of the pages.
They way I live my life is the same way I go about making art. I live my life not knowing where I’m going, but loving everything that comes my way. I live my life with the goal of bringing fun and happiness to myself and to the ones around me. Like any human being, I make mistakes and do not have the gift of time travel, so the mistakes will remain in history. Instead of fretting over mistakes I remember that everything happens for a reason, I accept the mistake, and stay positive even though the past is permanent.
When I am making art, I am not doing it with the focus of how much money I can make from this, how many people I can impress, or to hear compliments of my talents. Although I make art for the pure fun that I get out of it, my art is not about me, nor for me. My goal with my art is to provide something entertaining, happy, and pleasant to look at in hopes of making the viewers smile, or to forget about what’s going on in their thoughts, if only for a brief moment. The process of making my art is this: I grab any surface to draw on, and I begin drawing with permanent ink. Drawing with permanent ink leaves me with whatever mark I’ve made, whether I make a mistake or not. I never start a drawing with a plan of what I’m going to create; rarely with even the slightest sliver of an idea. I just draw on the spot, leaving the outcome of what any piece I make ends up being a surprise to the viewer, and myself.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Body paint and face painting
I am a visual artist from Indianapolis, IN. While using various mediums, with acrylic paint being my current focus, I create works of art to enlighten the hearts of others and bring health and happiness into my own life. Using bright colors, crisp lines, and whimsical flowing designs I create paintings and sculptures to represent the world around and within us all. My works are inspired by dreams, meditation experiences, folklore, metaphysics, and the world observed from my imaginative perspective.
My artwork has been displayed in many galleries around Indianapolis such as The Harrison Center for the Arts, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Primary Colors Gallery, Garfield Park Art Center and many more. Traveling to music festivals such as Resonance Music and Arts Festival, Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, Good People Good Times, The Werk Out Festival to name a few are also places that have offered me the opportunity to share inspiration to new audiences through my artwork.
I am currently the owner of Imagination Jubilation Indy, a local business that brings happiness to the community through artistic entertainment. From face painting, balloon twisting, henna tattoos, caricature portraits, art lessons, and live painting Imagination Jubilation allows creativity to flow graciously to kids and adults of all ages in the Indianapolis Community. Never limiting my artwork to a specific area or artist, I plan to extend my outreach to others across the globe during my life to inspire others to create, learn, and grow.
“Our world can be beautiful if we look for the beauty to be grateful for. Everyday I try to find something to be thankful for because I feel it attracts more beauty to inspire my life. I am thankful for the gift of growing. I am blessed for receiving the gift of creating art in my life. I am grateful for the experience of living and the opportunity to flourish. I want to find the beautiful things, the plentiful gifts and blessing of this life and paint them for others to see in case they forget to look for the beauty themselves.” – Julie Young
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