Where to go for June First Friday 

It's not a comprehensive list, just a few places to get you started.

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William Denton Ray and Mary Lessing

June 3, 6 p.m. William Denton Ray, a painter and sculptor, is based out of the Harrison Center for the Arts. He cites his inspiration from artists like Basquiat, Picasso, Miro and styles found in graffiti and classic skateboard graphics. Mary Lessing noted that 30 percent of her work from this show will go to the Samaritan's Purse charity. She also added to the Harrison Center Facebook page: "I make art because I have to. It is an integral part of who I am. When I am not creating, I am a depressed shell of a person that I do not recognize. Continuing to create means life to me ... Inspiration for me comes mostly through music, film, other artists, and tattoo and punk culture. My favorite artists are Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, and Caravaggio. Movie characters from Wes Anderson movies in particular have been inspiring me lately. I think what fascinates me about them is how he conveys the deep sadness and hopefulness of nearly all of his characters. Although extreme, his characters really reflect on the complexity of life and of what it is to be human. We are all deeply flawed and we also all have a propensity for greatness."

Do317 Lounge & Gallery, 1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 215

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Assembled artist reception

June 3, 6 p.m. The Harrison Center for the Arts will be showing "Assembled," a series of new work by Christina Hollering, Lauren Ditchley, and Katherine Fries. These three artists focus — through mixed mediums — on memory, place, object, and association. According to the Harrison Center "they situate themselves on the fine edge of sentimentality and examination of what we keep and why we keep it. Christina, Lauren, and Katherine ask the viewer to consider the collective human experiences that we engage in with objects."

Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St.

Town and Country: Indiana Stories by Kipp Normand & Kyle Ragsdale

June 3, 6 p.m. The show will focus on icons from Indiana history. But don't expect to see many that you will recognize. These will be lesser known folks. Plus who doesn't want to see collaborations between Normand and Ragsdale? Town and Country will be up for display through July 8.

Gallery 924 at the Arts Council, 924 N. Pennsylvania St.

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