Visual Art

Mary Lee Pappas

There are many great art shows opening this weekend (see Cover story), but I'm recommending this one for both a quality and fun quotient: Crimson and Clover, the annual color-themed holiday show at the Harrison Center for the Arts. Trendy meets trippy in this group show where red and green palettes will dominate both the Harrison Gallery and its hallways.

"The artwork is mostly color inspired," Joanna Taft, executive director of the HCA, said. "Instead of featuring as many artists as possible" in the Harrison Gallery, as has been the tradition, "We're featuring seven."

That lucky seven includes Justin Cooper, Cari Vermillion, Chris Pyle, Zack Bent, J.F. Kobra, Elizabeth Guipe Hall and Dan McNeal (from Indy's Music Channel).

The gallery annex however, aka the broad and tangled hallways, will be decked with tons of juried artworks by tons of artists.

But that's not all the HCA has in their bag.

The Chapel Gallery will serve as a performance space for HCA studio artist Carrie Claycomb and the Urban Garden Performing Arts as they present Barely There. A collaboration between visual artist Claycomb and a dancer/choreographer, a performance artist and a percussionist, it results in what is anticipated to be a unique piece of theater.

Taft explained, "They are creating dance and performance from Carrie's artworks and Carrie is creating artworks from their performances. I haven't seen this type of thing in Indianapolis ... part visual art, part performance art, part installation." While aspects will be premeditated, as participants have studied each other, expect any preparedness to resign to spontaneity.

Additionally, Valencia from Bobbi Brown at Nordstrom will be offering crimson and clover makeovers - think red lips and green shadow. A Queen Bee concert with singer/songwriter Hal Gerard will take place at 8 p.m. followed by a benefit concert at 9 p.m. with Wolfy, Blacksoil Project and more. A recording of Tommy James' 1968 hit "Crimson and Clover" will play non-stop, strobe lights in full effect, as all visitors are invited to hula-hoop in a sort of audience performance piece. And, most cool of all, a life-sized snow globe featuring real humans will be acted out all night. This is the wacky sort of uninhibited merriment that has come to be expected from the HCA.

This opening reception and open studio night will take place from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 2. The Harrison Center for the Arts is located at 1505 N. Delaware St. Call 317-396-3886, visit or e-mail for more information.

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