As those who own calendars or have a savant-like gift for figuring out days of the week already know, First Friday falls on July 4 this month. And that means that your favorite gallery/studio/art emporium may very well be closed. We’ve word from Circle City Industrial Complex Artists that they’ll be taking the month off, and we suggest calling or otherwise checking ahead before riding all the way to Fountain Square or the Stutz or wherever else is a long ride away from where you happen to be.
But a few stalwarts are remaining open, notably the Harrison, which is headlined by a group show at City Gallery called Porch Party and featuring contributions by Matthew Osborn, Jason Stillman, Kyle Ragsdale, Nathan Foxton and Elyse Elder. Also on tap: Paintings and sculpture by Bobby Gilbreath in the Harrison Gallery; and in Hank and Dolly’s Gallery, Yasmine Kasem’s Silent Strength, with work that addresses Kasem’s cultural ties to both the Middle East and the U.S.
You can call this first Porch Party a dry run for a city-wide event next Friday. Here’s the deal: the Harrison and City Gallery are encouraging Indy residents to host parties on their porches on July 13, and then take a picture, write a short blog about the results, and send both picture and blog to email@example.com. The first sixty people to do so that live in neighborhoods serviced by the publication Urban Times will get a $25 gift card to the locally owned business of their choice — and be entered in a drawing for a $250 gift certificate from the Harrison Center. Blogs and photos will make their way to citygalleryindy.org, which already features posts by families that hosted porch parties this spring. Support for the initiative is provided by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., Urban Times and ArtPlace America, a national placemaking organization that awarded the City Gallery a $100,000 grant last year for programming like this. The artwork will hang until July 25.