First Friday Field Guide: July 

Matthew Eickhof, 'Every Tree Has Dead Wood, at Indie Indy
  • Matthew Eickhof, 'Every Tree Has Dead Wood, at Indie Indy

Start your Fourth of July weekend by celebrating and supporting local Indy artists at this month's First Friday events. Come out from 5-9 p.m. to see, and hear, a variety of exhibitions and collections.

Make First Friday an addition to the list of family activities during the Fourth weekend by heading out to Earth House Collective to see "Outside of the Cigar Box," a creation made by over 200 people ranging 3-83 years old. This eco-inspired art show showcases cigar boxes re-purposed into pieces of artwork.

Leave the kids at home for Gallery 924's Contemporary Figurative Work opening reception. Be sure to bring your imagination, though, as over 32 Indy artists use a multitude of mediums from bronze to oil to photography as they visually express the human form.

Allow your imagination to keep rolling as you head to Jerry Mannell's opening reception at Athenaeum Artspace where you'll need to break down the abstract and the representational in his oil paintings. Keep in mind that his oil paintings are images blended in a way to provoke the viewer's imagination and frame of reference.

If you'd rather avoid the abstraction in your artwork, maybe you'd prefer some music in your artwork. Waltz on over to Stutz's Art Space where "The Color of Music" combines the music with the art. Over 10 artists have chosen musical compositions and found inspiration. Using this inspiration to create works of art, the viewer is sure to see an image in his/her mind based on the song.

Want more music in your First Friday experience separate from your artwork? If you didn't get a chance to see the first show in the series of "In Residence," don't miss this opportunity to see the second. Indy Indie highlights painters, sculptor, musicians, dancers, writers and more each First Friday at Indy Indie Artist Colony.

Take a break from the downtown area and head to Indy's east side. There you can grab a cup of coffee, browse through some books and see featured July/August artist Nicholai Shaver's artwork at BookMamas.

Head back to the downtown area where wUG LAKU's STUDIO & gARAGE is showcasing Jim Walker's exhibit "Overlooks: Empty Spaces, Overlooked Places." Don't be thrown off by the appearance of commercial and institutional subjects. Walker brings focus to these subjects in hopes to find something beautiful.

Stan Slawek seeks the same type of crowd and response as Walker — advising those who visit "Reflections: Way Off Theater" at ArtBank Gallery to keep an open mind. Instead of finding offense in this collection, the viewer needs to look deeper. One may be inspired by new ways of thinking.

Happy Indypendence Day!

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