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And In The OTHER Cultural Districts... - Casey Jo Ailes
posted: May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010, I was invited out to Domont Studio Gallery for the private showing of "Birds Mostly", works by Mary Jo DeMyer. This was the first time I had been introduced to Broad Ripple's own resident DeMyer and her work. Her work is a combination of mixed medium pieces and ceramics. Now, I am not a fan of works of art that adorn glitter and buttons as many of her pieces do, but DeMyer certainly put a lot of time into the composition and the detail of her works. I watched other patrons get excited about the stories behind the work. Walking through the gallery one can see cut paper creations that took the "snowflake cut art" to a whole new level, works in clay, burnt wood, and pieces created on fabric. I did, however, love the piece titled "The Baby" created in clay, which was one of DeMyer's more intriguing pieces. Imagine Babar the elephant brought to life in clay with eyes that smile at you. Along with the elephant, DeMyer also had showing clay rabbits that at first glance looked like a typical bunny until you moved in closer to see the humanistic characteristics each of them had as they smiled back at you. These pieces kept you looking maybe because of the prominent smiles that add to their human-like faces that could be found in a C.S. Lewis classic. Don't just leave it up to my opinion, visit the Domont Gallery at 545 South East Street in Fountain Square to discover your favorite piece by DeMyer. domontgallery.com
A rainy First Friday seemed to keep the crowds away for what should have been one of the busiest nights on Mass Ave. Many of the galleries stood nearly vacant. What was a shame since May's Spring Gallery Walk kicks off many of the events that bring people back out to the districts this summer. One missed site on Friday, May 7, was the Artful Tread contest that takes place each year up and down Mass Ave. Each of the merchants on the Avenue are given the creative task to turn a tire into a work of art that can be seen out on the sidewalks during the entire month of May (a little tribute to the Indy 500), if the rain has not washed them away.
Sunday brought my first Mother's Day and as we celebrated by enjoying brunch at Café Patachou, located at 4911 North Pennsylvania, I noticed some new art in an unlikely viewing spot. The bright red wall inside the café had two pieces by local artist John Ross. The play on the game monopoly was an interesting sight to see on the french style café's walls. You just never know when you will step inside a local venue and find new art on view. If you are interested in seeing more art by John Ross he is also featured in the group show at the Harrison Center this month. For more info visit harrisoncenter.org.
Domont Gallery during First Friday in May.
image courtesy of Casey Jo Ailes
Casey Jo Ailes holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and teaches at the Indianapolis Art Center. She is an award winning artist and focuses on photography and painting. Casey has been published nation wide and shows her work locally. Contact her at casey@BroadRippleGazette.com