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Spot, blown glass, sand carved and acid etched, 2008
  • Ben Johnson
  • "Spot," blown glass, sand carved and acid etched, 2008

October 1 will bring another First Friday to Indy, as well as the Arts Council of Indianapolis' grand opening at their new digs, located at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street. Their beautiful art space, Gallery 924, will be the backdrop for glass artist Ben Johnson's work and his first major exhibition. Johnson’s work features raised patterns and bright colors; a vase he created in 2008 called "Spot" looks very much like the kind of work I will want to cover with my grubby fingerprints. I have long been interested in taking a glassblowing class; perhaps the evening will offer a chance for Johnson to talk about his process, studies, and influences, especially since I see a bit of Keith Haring's dancing figures in Johnson's "Path."

Path, blown glass, sand carved and acid etched, 2008
  • Ben Johnson
  • "Path," blown glass, sand carved and acid etched, 2008

The grand opening reception will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The show runs from October 1 to October 29. Visit www.indyarts.org for more information about Gallery 924's programming.

Competing for my attention on October 1 will be Sumi-e: The Art of Japanese Ink Painting with Shozo Sato at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (4000 N. Michigan Road). The Japanese artist will demonstrate the techniques and ideals behind traditional black-ink painting, also known as sumi-e. Sato will present his work in The Toby; his demonstration will be projected on a screen behind him. The event will also be a book signing of Sato's latest work, the illustrated Sumi-e: The Art of Japanese Ink Painting. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free, but a ticket is required. If, potentially like me, you're sucking back a cocktail at the Arts Council and trying not to touch art you can't afford, you can watch the following video of Sato at work. Call 317-920-2660 for information about procuring a ticket.

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