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First Friday Art Walk

July 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Join friends at three downtown galleries, the Democratic Headquarters, and the Dragoon pop-up temporary gallery for the First Friday Art Walk, Friday, July 1.  Galleries will be open 5 – 8 pm. 

Art Space Vincennes LLC, 521 Main will open Otherside Visions, paintings by Gwaylon Leaf.  Leaf will be exhibiting colorful calligraphic non-objective acrylic paintings on panels and mylar.

Leaf is an emerging artist whose work embodies multicultural complexity.  Raised in the US, but surrounded by the Taoist philosophy and Chinese art that influenced his father, artist Bill Leaf,

Gwaylon embraces a “sense of otherness that experience with his cultures has granted him.”  His awareness of traditional Chinese art merges with the “aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary western artists such as Cy Twombly and Mark Toby.” Gwaylon Leaf earned his BFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his MFA degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently living and working in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Regular gallery hours: Tue – Sat Noon – 5 pm.  Other hours by appointment; call 812-887-6145

Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316 Main will present Be My Guest, an open exhibition of artworks by local artists.  Area artists who are not guild members and who may never have exhibited in a gallery setting are invited to bring in work for this show.  Guild President John DeCoursey was inspired to offer this opportunity to local artists after seeing an episode of Journey Indiana which featured a northern Indiana gallery doing this form of outreach.  Visitors to the gallery will enjoy never-before-seen works by local talent, in a wide range of media.  Space permitting, work by Guild members will also be on display and for sale.

Regular gallery hours: Tue – Sat 11 am – 2 pm. Additional hours by appointment; contact the gallery via Facebook.

The Open Gallery 329 Main will open The Faces Behind Peace, Artwork by Fernando Lozano.  Lozano writes this about his work: “Art became my saving grace after the devastating tragedy of losing my son, and it is from that inspiration that I am presenting this series.  The idea to read and research about people who selflessly dedicated their lives to promoting peace and who had won the Nobel Peace Prize was a welcoming subject after finishing the series The Faces of Torture. Their characters surface slowly over the word ‘PEACE’, dictating the colors and composition of the canvas.  It was and still is a subject that I go back to when I need a reaffirmation of humanity, knowing that I am just scratching the surface because there are still so many great humans to know and celebrate.”

The Open Gallery Players will again provide rollicking good Irish music for visitors to enjoy. 

Regular gallery hours: Tue, Thu 12 – 5 pm, Sat 11 am – 4 pm, and by chance. 812- 881-6475

Dragoon 510 Main, a “pop-up gallery” will show photographs by Ken Pack, only during this July First Friday evening.  Pack will include new work along with pieces he has shown during the last two Art Walks.

The new Knox County Indiana Democratic Headquarters314 Main Street will continue to show Fernando Lozano’s powerful prints on stretched canvas from his series Our Rights, Our Freedom, Our Vote.  These 13 pieces, each 20.5” x 3” address the historic difficulties many groups have faced in striving for the right to vote.  

For more information, please contact Marsha Fleming, 812-890-1688, or Fernando Lozano, 323-559-1954.

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