Performing Arts: Music
Wooten plays and composes American jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, and international multi-cultural music. He also offers educational workshops.
Wos is a short story writer who works out of Indianapolis. Much of her work is based upon her family’s experiences in Poland during WWII.
One of a rare breed of genuine and diverse artists, alpha.live draws from the passion, pain and storied beauty of life itself. Through his gift of storytelling and vivid imagery, alpha. paints a world splashed with introspective wisdom and a mastery of lyricism.
Sharp, witty, prolific, and candid, this humble wordsmith strives to leave an indelible mark upon each listener by being a voice to the voiceless, without preaching. An ‘MC’s MC’, his solid history and active involvement in the Indianapolis’ Hip Hop and arts community show his dedication to giving back and growing the culture at home.
Featured as one of the top freestyle MC’s by Indianapolis’ weekly magazine NUVO, alpha. is a seasoned Hip Hop artist with mass appeal. Never one to limit himself, alpha. is also a genre spanning songwriter, always looking to lend his writing talents and credibility to talented artists of all types. His Grammy-driven approach to his artistry keeps him focused on creating moving, relevant, and timeless music.
From dance floor grooves, to elaborate story telling, to just raw lyricism, alpha.live is a force to be respected, and sought after. Add to that the intense passion and dramatic flair he infuses each live performance with, it is clear alpha.live is not merely an artist, but an EXPERIENCE.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Originally from NYC, Paula attended Music and Art H.S. and then went on to Pratt Institute with a major in Architecture and a minor in Art. She has worked for 10 years in architecture then made the decision to focus on her two children and her love of painting. She moved with her family to Florence Italy in 2007 where she was able to explore and further develop her skills through her studies in art history and studio painting. While in Italy Paula began teaching a beginners painting class. Teaching art has since become her passion. For more info visit Artofpaula.com
For me colors are what drive my paintings. I started out painting with acrylics then oil. I painted landscapes and I become absorbed in the colors of the composition even more than the subject. Today I am interested in how colors react next to one another to create balance or a bold statement. Lately I have been experimenting with the fluidity of paints. I am using oil enamel because I like the way it flows and I like the glossy finish when it is dry. Enamel flows almost like stained glass. It is my intent to use this fluidity to create organic shapes that contrast with the concrete. Like the slow growing rings on a tree or coral flowing underwater. I want to explore more these shapes and medium.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting
Visual Arts: Photography
Jim Wyant, Master Photographer, Craftsman, and holder of the prestigious Diamond Imaging Excellence Award through the Professional Photographers of America, has studied the composition of light and element for over 35 years. He challenges himself to present the essence of each individual through mood, depth, and sensitivity. His style of “interactive” imaging is relational, genuine, and timeless. Jim’s passion, as a portrait artist, is to use God given talent with experience and education to capture the “drama of life intensified” as each person’s story unfolds before the eye of his camera.
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.
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.
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.
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
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Painting, drawing and pro-photography, sci-fi and how-tos on art and pro-photography and more
Nobody Can Tell Me What To Do, Not Even Me!
There are neither good nor bad subjects.
From the point of view of pure Art,
you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant,
style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
My name is Gersh and I’m a self-taught well-published Professional Photographer, Artist, Sci-fi & How-To Professional Photography & How-To Art Writer & Designer.
I started drawing and painting when I was 3 and the first time I had my photography work published was when I was a very young child.
I have never gone to school to study art, writing, design and/or photography, nor have I had anyone teaching me any of the said disciplines.
My art work comprises of a very large collection of black and white and color images which have been created by me in various styles, some of which are surrealism, realism, impressionism and other well-known artistic expressions, in addition to those which have been pioneered by me.
What sets me apart from all other artists, is not only a distinct style of my work, but also the fact that I work in almost each and every medium and genre and pioneer my own genres.
A large portion of my work are storyboards and illustration for books written by me, nevertheless there are also images which are not a part of any project.
They say that every image is worth a thousand words and that every image is a story. My art speaks for itself and I’m not here to describe it, because if my images couldn’t speak for themselves and could not tell stories, they wouldn’t be worth of even looking at them, needless speaking of being published and admired by people.
My art is not only a product of my knowledge, imagination, but is also a result of experiences achieved through the exploration of various mediums. From pen and Indian ink, charcoal, markers, oil, graphite, acrylics to less known materials, some of which have been created by me. Despite what has been said, I do not stick with any particular style, but on contrary remain a free explorer of various mediums and styles, which leaves me free not to be told what to do, not even by me, but to remain free in my exploration of the ways and choices to achieve an absolute paramount in my artistic-expression!
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
“Working in multiples is a constant theme in my art. Most recently I have focused on ceramic wall pieces, as paintings in clay, often presented in groupings or grids. These pieces contain imagery that may represent influences such as architectural lines, primitive textiles, carvings reminiscent of wood block prints, or scribbles that imply sound waves or writing. Although clay is the most prominent medium in my work, I enjoy using other materials such as handmade paper, sand, stone, wood, and more to create installations and assemblages. I take pleasure in creating a contemporary dialogue through the most basic materials. I create art that promotes aesthetic universal language, with open-ended interpretation for all viewers.” – Zech
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
My artwork is non-objective and non-figurative abstract paintings. Acrylic paintings on canvas with some mixed media.
Jason’s style is one of “physicality” along the likes of Jackson Pollock and the abstract expressionists of the 1950’s. His work is collected everywhere from corporate collections to homes throughout the United States. His work has also been showcased in art galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the Midwest. His recent work, both big and bold, has been inspired by the vivid color, texture, and beauty of Loreto, The Baja where from 2007 until 2010 Jason had a studio/gallery. Currently, Jason creates his unique paintings in his studio in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sandra K. Ziebold
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
I believe that art, creativity and motivation are all about feelings and emotions. I am an artist that strives in the everyday to keep things simple and spread positivity. I look for the peace and zen in the hustle and bustle, excitement and wonders of life and nature around us. I draw, paint, photograph, motivate, write, design and mix together artistic elements and media of all types to evoke fine art, literary and graphic design works that convey what I feel and visualize. Positive, creative energy is infectious…Other artists inspire me; I hope that I inspire other artists too! Inspirational ‘props’ to Russian street artist Pavel Puhov for his work entitled, Eyeglasses. LOVE IT!
Performing Arts: Music
Greg currently performs solo, as a duo with Kriss Luckett and with the group the Spud Puppies. Greg is available to perform in a variety of venues in central Indiana.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper; Drawing
Works mainly in 2D using varieties of mediums. Currently exploring abstract fluid painting.
focuses include: black & white portraiture, ink, scratchboard, fluid acrylics
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Sculpture
My professional practice consists of three major bodies of work. Each body has different subjects but they all use the medium of black paint. My ‘Finished Line’ and Flag paintings on paper are all constructed with drywall tape and black paint. The act of seeing through black has both historical precedents and current relationships to technology. My black reflective paintings entertain this ability to “see” or possess vision by reflecting the surrounding environment from their high gloss surfaces. I created a technique that achieves a reflective surface through mixing and pouring paint in a technically incorrect manner. This process depends on many variables and forces me to work in an experimental way that influences the work to change.
In my current attempt to make my own paint, I have developed ink from black beans. I create this pigment by soaking heirloom black beans in effect obtaining a spectrum of violet, indigo, green, and black. I soak the beans from hours in warm water to leaving the bean juice in my refrigerator for a year in an effort to create a black pigment. I have been studying black beans in their dried, soaked and cooked forms. These investigations are leading me to my proposed project of light harvesting black bean solar paintings. Making art began with film photography as a young adult. I found it wild and experimental to expose my images in the darkroom and in the sun to find the images. When it came time to study and be part of an artist community, studying blacksmithing and working for metal artists in New Mexico enchanted me.
Eventually I moved into installation and performance art while studying art, metalsmithing, and architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a design focused school. In my early professional days I made commissioned metal pieces for clients but left it all to make paintings. I eventually ended up showing paintings and videos in my first solo show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. With this exhibition I dove into a world of painting. My reflective paintings were recently selected to be in the New American Paintings survey of contemporary painting at the Elmhurst Museum of art in Illinois. After exhibiting this work I wanted to engage the audience in less of a psychological manner and thus a period of questioning followed. I was able to study in more depth my interest in black paint through the Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. Through this, experimenting with black beans and the resulting ink impacted my direction with black materials. My first public art commission soon followed and I switched gears into working large scale and towards a different audience. I absolutely loved how many people end up seeing and engaging in the art. The work was harking back to my design art education in conjunction to successfully being readily available for the public to understand. From this project I realized having this immediacy or connection to the viewer is what I desire to have in my future work.
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
BFA, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reflection and exploration was at the heart of Susan’s renewal process. The fellowship gave her the opportunity to attend writing workshops focused on her journey from journal writing to memoir. She found her creativity flourished during small shorter wriitng classes and retreats. Susan also found that, “the value of the Fellowship lies not only in the individual achievements of the participants but also in the collective conscience of a community where creativity is nourished.” The future holds more workshops and retreats as Susan continues down her renewal road. She plans to continue teaching, mentoring, and guiding her students, while writing for personal enjoyment.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; Digital Art
Beth Zyglowicz is a professional artist and illustrator based in Indianapolis. She is the owner of Space Turtle Studios. At Space Turtle, Beth utilizes her talents in both digital and traditional media to create some truly out of this world art. Wildlife, clockworks, fantasy creatures and beautiful atmospheric starscapes come together to form her signature technicolor style.She uses her talents in both digital and traditional media to create sci-fi and fantasy-inspired paintings and illustrations. Her most recent publications include the book ‘The Lap-Reluctant Cat’, written by Stephanie Bouchard (2013), and the online sci-fi game Weirspace.com. You can find more of her work online at www.spaceturtlestudios.com
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