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Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
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; term
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; term
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; term
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.
Visual Arts; term
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: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
Art was the one thing I could do when I was little that could keep me perfectly content for hours and hours. I loved it in high school and was president of our art club. I went to college to become an Interior Designer, not a fine artist, but an Interior Designer, because everyone knows you can’t become a full-time artist and survive. Yes, I bought into the stereotypical answer when someone finds out you want to be an artist. I graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts with concentration in Interior/Environmental Design. I figured I at least I would have a creative-type job. I was an Interior Designer for 20 years. I squeezed in art whenever I could by painting murals, faux finishes and commissioned paintings for my design clients.
Still longing for more art in my life I answered a job ad for a Summer Arts Camp Instructor. I loved kids and art and I thought this would at least put me closer to art. I loved working there, coming up with creative art projects for the campers was a thrill! I did this every summer for several years in addition to my Interior Design business.
Then the economic downturn of 2007-08 hit and design jobs were scarce. The place where I was working as a summer art instructor had an opening for an Art Center Director. As a matter of fact, the job came open three times before I had the nerve to apply, leaving my design career to become the Art Center Director at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville. I figured I would once again be closer to art as I would be talking to artists to plan art exhibitions and hiring artist instructors for our camps and classes to name a few exciting parts of my job.
In 2012, my immediate supervisor, the Executive Director, was leaving and had asked me if I was interested in the position of Executive Director. I knew so much about the organization by this time, I was honored to accept the position while still glad I was incorporating art into my job.
During my whole life, I have been trying to find my voice as a fine artist. Trying this, trying that. Nothing was really resonating with me. I would hear other artists say they couldn’t stop creating, like they had a force behind them urging them on. They loved what they are doing, and nothing could stop them. I kept searching for this for myself.
I took a portrait/figure class because I loved figure drawing in college and wanted to revisit it. Then, it happened! I fell in love with the human figure and portrait. I can’t stop now! Drawing and painting the human figure has improved my work all-around, no matter the subject.
I am inspired by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Matisse to name a few. I hope my work inspires others to discover their own creativity and helps them see the world as the colorful creation it is.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; term
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
Molly Young Meier
Visual Arts; term
My Artwork explores feelings of connection with nature, spirituality and energy. Much of my subject matter consists of Aspen or Birch tree forests and of animals painted in an expressionistic way. Painting these images help me to explore determination, overcoming fears, love and new beginnings. When I am in nature I feel totally present. I am not distracted by everything else going on in my life and I feel more clarity. When I Paint I to try recreate that feeling.
I am a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a private practice where I work with adolescents and adults.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture; term
“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; term
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; term
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; term
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; term
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; term
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
Literary Arts; term
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: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
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 current project is the weekly webcomic Lanterns of Arcadia, available to read at www.lanternsofarcadia.com
You can find more of her work online at http://spaceturtle.art
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