Gallery openings galore 

May 1 brings a particularly rich array of gallery offerings for this month's First Friday Gallery Tour, sponsored by IDADA, the association of downtown gallery owners ( Here are some highlights.

* Ruschman Art Gallery (948 N. Alabama St.) presents a group photography show in collaboration with Lee Marks Fine Art dealing with technical, aesthetic and subject-matter issues currently at play in contemporary photography. Opening reception from 5-9 p.m.

* The Harrison Center (1505 N. Delaware St.) features Garden Party, a collaboration between the Harrison Center, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Becker Landscape. Topple, an exhibition of works on paper by Cheryl Paswater, will be in the Harrison Gallery and "Souvenirs and Shiny Things," a fanciful indoor Central Park, will be installed by New York artist and musician Annie Quick in Gallery No. 2. Events run 6-10 p.m.

* Also at the Harrison: Work Together! at enRoute Gallery, new paintings by Rodney Walker in celebration of May Day and International Workers Day, opening from 6-9 p.m.

* Wug Laku's Studio and Garage (1125 Brookside Ave. C7) celebrates its second anniversary with a group show of artists that have exhibited in Wug's space from 6-9 p.m.

* Art Bank (811 Massachusetts Ave.) throws a "Bohemian-style event" combining performing and visual art forms called "Robbing the Bank." The concept for this event is to create new art through the night and to serve as inspiration for participating artists in a variety of media. Luke Austin Daugherty serves as anchor performing artist. Show up between 6-9 p.m.

* Midland Arts and Antiques Market (907 E. Michigan St.) presents Town Hall Meeting, an exhibition by nine Midwestern visual artists who have migrated to New York, curated by Gwendolyn Skaggs. Opening from 6-9 p.m.

* Erstwhile Gallery in the Wheeler Arts Community Building in Fountain Square offers Optimistically Wrong, paintings and prints by Alexander Peace and Ken Nurenberg, both of whom are nominated for Herron's Menz Award. Opening from 6-10 p.m.

* Big Car Gallery in the Murphy Building (1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 215) opens Shock of the Face, new paintings by Thomas M. Crist, with music by local band Pons. Events from 6 p.m.-midnight.

* ARTBOX (217 W. 10th St., Stutz 2 Building) features paintings by Lois Main Templeton and more than 200 Indianapolis children who have participated in an art and literacy project linked to her children's book. Opening from 5 p.m.-midnight.

* And if this isn't enough for you, go north! To Zionsville, where they have their own First Friday Gallery Walk with more than 13 galleries, including Kellar Mahaney, Becky Fehsenfeld Fine Art and the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Galleries are open from 5-8 p.m. For more information, go to

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