The Circle City Industrial Complex Artists will host a variety of artists as part of the August First Friday art tour, on Friday, August 2nd. +Saturday runs 12-4pm the next afternoon, Saturday, August 3rd.
Admission and parking are free, general programming starts at 6pm, although times may vary in individual spaces.
+Saturday (pronounced “Plus Saturday”) was created by the CCIC Artists in recognition of the demand of alternatives to First Friday. As the evening can become very crowded with many events throughout the city, having additional time to appreciate art and interact with artists has become a priority. Together, the two events become “First Friday + Saturday,” and allow visitors
Admission and parking are free, general programming starts at 6pm, although times may vary in individual spaces.
+Saturday (pronounced “Plus Saturday”) was created by the CCIC Artists in recognition of the demand of alternatives to First Friday. As the evening can become very crowded with many events throughout the city, having additional time to appreciate art and interact with artists has become a priority. Together, the two events become “First Friday + Saturday,” and allow visitors to the CCIC time to take in the work of the 90 artists throughout the building.
The Circle City Industrial Complex has become a destination for art appreciators and supporters of local work, with the total number of artists working within the CCIC to around 90. Just northeast of the Mass Ave. Art and Theatre Cultural District, at 1125 Brookside Ave., the CCIC Artists First Friday programming is a must-see stop, while events and viewable hours continue throughout the month.
The Main Entrance of the building (identified by its black marble façade) provides easy access to both the South Studios and the North Studios (with a wheelchair accessible ramp and elevator). Maps of the building are also available in several locations to help visitors find all that the building has to offer.
For more listings and event updates please visit https://ccicindyartists.wordpress.com, or the CCIC Artists Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ccicartists
Schwitzer Gallery “Memories of Land and Water: Paintings and Drawings by Allen Bannister” will be featured in the Schwitzer Gallery. For the last couple of years, Allen Bannister has shifted his focus away from abstract painting to landscape drawings and paintings from life, from memory, and from imagination. Although many of his landscapes depict real places, they often possess a dream-like quality, drawing on his experience painting from the unconscious mind. This show consists mostly of new and existing landscapes rendered in charcoal and oil paint, with some new abstract pieces. The Schwitzer Gallery is located on the second floor of the North Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Shelby Alexander Mixed-media artist, illustrator and graphic designer Shelby Alexander will be opening her studio to the public and exhibiting her most recent body of large-scale mixed-media work, in addition to a series of miniature pieces that make for affordable gifts. A Notre Dame grad who also studied fashion at the Pratt Institute in NYC, Alexander works primarily with secondhand textiles to explore the ecological effects of fast fashion as the second largest polluter in the world. Shelby Alexander is located in Studio 42 on the second floor of the North Studios.
Metal sculptor Jeffrey Allen has practiced the craft of welding and sculpting for over 20 years, the former active duty Marine has traveled the world and his art is influenced by the world’s beauty and mythology. Jeffrey Allen is located on first floor, in the back corridor.
Arts & Images by Anthony Armstrong
Anthony Armstrong presents a new collection of paintings and additional photographic prints for his “Pulse 317—Images Capturing Everyday Life in My City: Indianapolis” series. Armstrong is a self-taught abstract painter and photographer. “Often times, we are moving through the day so quickly, we forget to look at our surroundings and how every beat creates the pulse of the city,” Armstrong said. Anthony Armstrong is located in Studio B11 of the South Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Roberta Avidor Painter Roberta Avidor will open her studio to visitors, offering oil paintings and watercolors showing people living and working in their communities. Working for decades as an advertising artist, she now uses those skills to create oil and watercolor paintings to celebrate people and places that are meaningful to Avidor. “When people visit my studio, I like to talk and show my process of creating a finished painting from preliminary sketches,” said Avidor. “There’s a story behind every one of my paintings. I would hope that visitors experience my work not just as onlookers, but as engaged participants in the subject matter.” Roberta Avidor is located in Studio 34 on the second floor of the North Studios.
Rachel Hedges is an independent toy-maker and designer in Indianapolis since 2006. BEBITO Toys are created from re-purposed, up-cycled, and found materials, along with intricate hand embroidery and applique to create a unique product of outstanding quality. BEBITO Toys is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Matthew Cooper presents “Expressions,” a show showcasing historical events and figures of the African American community, allowing viewers to see a new colorful perspective of the outstanding, resilience and determined history of the African and African-American people. “My work is my energy,” Cooper said. “I feel my work allows people from all age groups to understand history through a more creative and colorful lens, allowing us to begin to have a conversation to break down barriers.” Matthew Cooper is located on the second floor of the North Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Daily Epiphany Studio Michele Burns and Kurt Kriese will share the evening in Studio B17. Kriese will show landscapes, large abstract paintings, and stained glass, while Burns will feature “Nightlight Art,” photoluminescent paintings and mobiles painted with her own photoluminescent paint recipe that retains its glow all night long. The Nightlight Art paintings appear as one painting during daylight, and a different painting entirely in the dark. The current collection is inspired by spring and summer, Burns will also embark on an exploration of abstract. Daily Epiphany Studio B17 is located in the South Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Darkroom Revelations – Gallery C7A
Darkroom Revelations will present “CELEBRATION OF ROCK,” from the inspiration of the mountains to the stone work of the ancient ones, to the workers of the quarries, the world of rock has served us through the ages. This show will feature the photography of founders Tom Potter, Nancy Frass, and Gayle Moore. “After many awe-inspiring trips to the mountains and exploring the stone work of the ancient southwest Native American cultures, the recent time we spent at an Indiana limestone quarry was a most interesting encounter with limestone, the workers, the history, and the beauty of stone,” Moore said. Darkroom Revelations – Gallery C7A located on the first floor of the North Studios.
Five Seasons Studio Five Seasons Studio presents “Exploration and Experimentation,” new works on paper. “August is a time when the ‘what-if’s’ come into play, and play it is!” Nahrwold said. “I try different solvents, applications, papers, subject matter, media. My own retreat and workshop.” Five Seasons Studio is located on the first floor of the North Studios, across from Lick Ice Cream. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Full Circle Nine Gallery Tomas Howie and his impressionistic collection “Ordinary World” will be featured at the Full Circle Nine Gallery. “I’m trying to interpret my views of the physical world in the context of my emotions and experiences,” Howie said. “These impressionist interpretations of the physical world are designed to augment the viewers’ interpretation, too. I’m helping the viewer find their own interpretation of the world that surrounds them, a broader peaceful interpretation of the world that surrounds them.” Full Circle Nine Gallery is located in the South Studios, in B21. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Matt Hurdle Fine Art
Matt Hurdle Fine Art presents “Leave It All Behind”, featuring new dreamy, hazy, contemporary landscapes and abstract paintings. “I create serene, tranquil paintings of imagined places,” Hurdle said. Matt Hurdle is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Indy Artsy Home to ceramics artist Julie Edwards, Indy Artsy gathers together an eclectic collection of handmade items, from clothing, to jewelry, to soaps and snacks; making it easy to find the perfect gift. Indy Artsy is located on the first floor of the North Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
LadArt Dr. Larry Lad finds his own style in his studio space at the CCIC, working in recycled cardboard, Masonite, and plywood while collecting unique materials and assembling them “in different ways.” This month he presents “Replication. “Defining one’s style happens through mirroring other artists whose work inspires you,” Lad said, as he offers examples of how his process works. LadArt is located in the first floor corridor of the CCIC, accessible through both the North and South Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
LITMUS GALLERY ? Todd Matus
Todd Matus presents “Photography and the Violin,” featuring images from the world of violin-making. Two of Matus’ handmade violins are also on display. “In 1988, after teaching photography for three years at the Herron School of Art, I wandered into the violin business and began an adventure in craft, entrepreneurship, and social engineering!” Matus said. “The little company intrigued me so much, not only for the engaging work, but because our production was located in Bulgaria, still under communism at the time. The thought of such a photo-op gave me the will to try everything to make it all work. The book Broken Views is my first effort at documenting these times. I have a longer version in the works.” Litmus is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Katrina J. Murray Studio and Gallery Katrina J. Murray will feature ceramic sculpture, collage and oil paintings. Murray considers all of her works to be collage. Educated at the Herron School of Art and Design and Ivy Tech, Katrina Murray studied art history in Italy and lived for a time in Germany. A native of Brown County, Indiana, Murray now makes her home in Indianapolis and has held a longtime studio at the CCIC. Katrina J. Murray Studio and Gallery is hidden away with beautiful light and windows on the second floor of the North Studios. Click here to read the latest review: https://bit.ly/2DcUnZ0
Shaun M. Niles Shaun M. Niles presents “Beneath It All,” a series of photographic prints presenting a contemporary perspective on art nudes and figure studies. Each piece is created using large and medium format analog cameras and produced on silver halide paper. “This project will be a year and a half long adventure that I embarked on in August 2018,” Niles said. “I set out to create a body of work that pays homage to this genre drawing on the styles that have influenced me along my creative journey.” The current edition of the project will be on display through the end of June 2019. Shaun M. Niles is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Genna Pianki | SO2 | Impressionistic contemporary painter Genna Pianki will be showing a collection of work from throughout the previous year of urban landscapes. Genna Pianki | SO2 | is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Kristy Quinn Sculptural artist Kristy Quinn turns any texture that meets her hands into a work of art, giving visitors a peek into her process. Kristy Quinn is located in S30 on the second floor of the North Studios.
Amelia Rose Amelia Rose presents an exploration of color, inspired by flowers and atmosphere, with her contemporary paintings in oil and acrylics. This University of Tennessee grad cherishes memories of her grandmother’s greenhouse, gardens and love of growing flowers. “Hopefully, my work will provide some joy and peace in the exploration of color and light and give an overall impression of a moment of time,” Rose said. Amelia Rose is located on the second floor of the North Studios. ALSO OPEN +SATURDAY.
Katie Sahm Become a New Creation artist Katie Sahm presents “Healing Waters,” a collection of mixed media work. Experience her reflections on the complete reliance we have on water for our total well-being and very life, both physically and spiritually. Katie uses vibrant and high-contrasting colors, lines, and textures creating compelling compositions and movement within each piece. “I have been wanting to focus on this theme for a while now and am finally getting to it! ‘I Thirst’ keeps echoing in my mind and each painting is a reflection of the deep longing we have inside for intimacy, healing, belonging, and peace,” Sahm said. Katie Sahm is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Sivavis Indianapolis-born Sivavis is a self-taught analog collage artist, specializing in the surreal and bizarre. He will be showcasing a new selection of collages every month. Sivavis is located in S38 on the second floor of the North Studios.
Weeds and Wonder
Lauren Reiner describes her art as ethereal, spiritual, and energetic. “I feel that it connects to a part of us that is beneath the surface, continually shaping and reforming, a part of us that is unattached to our social constructs,” said Reiner. She enjoys working with watercolor, acrylic, chalks, pencils, pens, and image transfers of her own photography, to explore the limits and range of each medium. An IU grad raised in Indianapolis, Reiner has a background in black and white photography and digital video, and also teaches creative classes and workshops that incorporate breathe work, movement, self-care, and intentional creative habit strategies. Her show will provide “glimpses of ever-changing layers of being and the space between where we are, and where we want to be.” Weeds and Wonder is located in S37 on the second floor of the North Studios.
About the Circle City Industrial Complex Artists
The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) is a nearly half-million square foot industrial building, located at 1125 Brookside Ave., and was formerly home to the Schwitzer automotive company. Its industrial appeal remains and artists and artisans have made the space their home, carving cozy studio, work, and show spaces from the concrete and steel structure, and the CCIC Artists have grown in number to over 50 galleries, individual artists and artisans. The main artist entries are the North Studios entrance and the South Studios entrance, each marked with signage along Brookside Avenue. The CCIC provides free parking in a large lot, and is accessible by the Pogue’s Run Trail, connecting to the Monon Trail and the downtown Cultural Trail system. The complex also offers other art-supporting destinations such as the Centerpoint Brewery, Lick Ice Cream, and Eighth Day Distillery.
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