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First Friday Art Walk – Falling into a Cooler Groove

October 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 9:00 pm

The three downtown galleries, now joined by the Shircliff Gallery on the Vincennes University campus are moving into the Fall season with new shows.  Join your friends at each gallery during the First Friday Art Walk on October 1, 5 – 8 pm. 

Art Space Vincennes LLC, LLC 521 Main will open Ellipsis…Ellipses: Painting by Tom Dimond. This South Carolina artist will show mixed media works conceptually based on the ellipsis, punctuation of three dots that stand for an omission in writing that occurs without substantially changing content.  The nonverbal action of the paint and visual structures, including references to Americana, creates a sense of visceral anxiety, calling to mind the Abstract Expressionist and Pop artists of the ’50s and ’60s.  They reverberate with that kind of energy and conflict, reflecting present-day turbulence and frustrations.

Gallery hours are extended for October to provide more opportunities for viewers to see the work singly or in small groups throughout the month.  Regular hours will be Tue – Thu noon – 5, Fri noon – 7 and Sat noon – 5.  The gallery requires wearing a mask due to the COVID-19 d-variant.

Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316 Main will host their annual Members’ Juried Exhibition.  Members are invited to submit up to 3 entries of original works completed within the last 3 years and not previously entered in this annual juried show.  Categories include 3-dimensional media, photography, works on paper, and works on canvas.  Monetary awards are given for the juror’s designation of Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place in each category, and honorable mentions.  Works in a variety of media by Guild members will also be on display and for sale.

Regular gallery hours: Tue – Sat 11 am – 2 pm.  Additional hours by appointment.

The Open Gallery 329 Main will present Squeaky Toy Variations, the latest series of photographs by gallery co-owner Michael Mullen. Mullen notes that the series, like traditional still life painting and photography, is “rife with symbolism” conveyed through an artful arrangement of his vast collection of old but still colorful plastic squeaky toys.  He states: “Since I am using a limited language exploring a limited number of themes, I’ve found it interesting to explore these issues by rearranging the language.  So, this is not a single knock on the door, but a continued pounding.  ‘Look! Pay attention! How many times do I have to say this?’”  As always, Mullen’s work is unique and fun but also provocative.

The First Friday Players will again provide rollicking good Irish music for visitors to enjoy.  The exhibition is family-friendly; however, guests will be asked to mask up.

Regular gallery hours: Tue, Thu 12 – 7 pm, Sat 11 am – 2 pm.

The Shircliff Gallery will present an exhibition of works by Nathan Meltz titled:

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake

Birds and snakes and aeroplanes

And Lenny Bruce is not afraid   The large-format screen-prints and screen-printed sculptures comprising his current body of work explore the role of technology in the natural ecosystem.  He questions how the built environment is changing our ecosystem and who benefits from these changes. He states, “I create narratives and relationships between mechanical humanoids and automated animals…through these tales of love, violence, and circuit boards, I alert the viewer to the inevitable robot invasion and prepare them to resist.”  Gallery hours have not been announced but should be open during weekdays from about 9 – 5.

First Friday participants are strongly urged to wear masks in the gallery indoor spaces. The galleries will not be offering refreshments.  Viewers are reminded that all the galleries have open hours during the week, and the safety of seeing the work in small groups, rather than in a crowd, is a viable option.

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Vincennes, IN 47591 United States
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