Dark Lifers

Who’s side will you be on: the vampires, witches or humans?

Dark Lifers was originally designed as an internet series but was restructured into a motion graphic novel concept. This motion book comes to life through limited animation, sound fx, music and dialogue. Currently, the first two episodes are available for viewing at www.darklifers.com.

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Here’s the story as told by the Dark Lifers website:

“n the very near future, two ambitious societies are vying for the political and economical control of a major US city. One group is comprised of wealthy, privileged conservatives. The other is known for its natural, holistic, liberal ways. Both are ruthless, cunning and will manipulate the system beyond any legal boundaries to gain ultimate control. Both are of supernatural origin. They are called Dark Lifers.

The Vampire clan maintains vast financial resources and has made substantial moves into the city’s political arena. Venoa, the head of the Clan, is running a relentless and successful campaign for Governor. An ageless coven of Witches uses its dark magic to permeate human society undetected. The High Priestess of the Coven, Phaedra, believes controlling the common citizen is the key to acquiring true power to the city.

The power play by both Dark Lifer societies is on the brink of exploding into an all out socio-political war. But a trio of Humans, lead by a tormented, vengeful street fighter named Jezabelle, may be humanity’s only hope.

It’s a Dark war against humanity. And humans are mere collateral damage.”

At ORANJE, patrons can buy a reprint of the three Dark Lifers posters and the proceeds will go towards the creation and release of episodes three and four. “There seems to be such diversity in the art forms at ORANJE. I think people have come to expect the unusual, the outside-the-box thinking of the artists at ORANJE,” said Steve Marra of Dark Lifers.

Make sure to stop by the Dark Lifers booth at ORANJE, located on the lower level, and watch some of the current motion graphic novel episodes. Purchase a poster so that we can see what happens next!

March First Friday in Indianapolis

It’s time for another First Friday, and after all of the snow we’ve been getting, it will be refreshing to enjoy this month’s art events in 50 degree weather! There’s no excuse for not getting out and discovering new art and music this week. We’ve made a list of 10 events you should attend. If there’s something we missed that you think is a must-see, let us know in the comments!

What: Free First Friday Show with Water Liars
Where: Do317 Lounge, 1043 Virginia Ave #215
When: 8 pm
What You Should Know: Fountain Square Brewing Co presents a night of live music, featuring Water Liars (Mississippi), The Motel Beds (Ohio) and Indy locals Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine for a free 21+ show at the Do317 Lounge that’s sure to be a good time!

What: Upland First Friday
Where: Upland Propaganda Room at the Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Ave
When: 6 pm
What You Should Know: Stop by the Upland Propaganda Room for $3 pints, art and music. The featured artist for March is Mike Graves, who is part of the B.R.I.D.G.E. Collective (a membership organization for full-time working artists of all disciplines based in Indy). Mike will also be the DJ at this month’s show. All beer proceeds will be donated to Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

What: First Friday at Joyful Noise
Where: Joyful Noise Recordings, 1043 Virginia Ave, #207
When: 8 pm
What You Should Know: Back from their recent west coast tour, Bloomington psych-pop phenoms !mindparade will throw down with fellow Bloomington rippers Unions and Indianapolis space rockers Dog Brother. This is another free show you can catch at the Murphy building, and Upland beer will be available if you’re thirsty.

What: Stills: Recent Paintings by Phillip Lynam
Where: Gallery 924, 924 N Pennsylvania
When: 6-9 pm
What You Should Know: Phillip Lynam’s new work opens during First Friday at Gallery 924! His new work seeks to explore the potential for a two-dimensional artwork to create an immersive, dislocating experience. Be one of the first to check it out!

What: Drew Etienne: World 2 Opening Reception
Where: Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W 10th Street
When: 5-9 pm
What You Should Know: Drew Etienne’s abstract and surreal paintings acknowledge the influence that interactive media has had on our modern culture, coming from a fascination with video games, science fiction, the natural landscape, architecture, industrialization and more. While at the Stutz, you can also check out First Friday Evening Open Studios throughout the building.

What: Beta Cell Bash Art Show
Where: New Day Meadery, 1102 Prospect Street
When: 6-9 pm
What You Should Know: A great show for a great cause will feature works from artists all over Indy together in one place to help raise money to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Check out the show during First Friday, then bid on your favorites on Saturday during the Beta Cell Cash Bash at Radio Radio, featuring the songs of Johnny Cash.

What: First Friday Featuring Zuimeng Cao
Where: Art Bank, 811 Mass Ave
When: 6-9 pm
What You Should Know: Zuimeng Cao will present “The Glance of Chinese Painting,” a collection of his meticulous Chinese artwork showcasing landscapes, figures and story illustration. Admission is free to check out the premiere of this collection.

What: First Friday Free Double Feature
Where: Heartland at the Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Ave, #2
When: 7-10 pm
What You Should Know: Join Heartland for a free double feature of two independent short films from the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Screenings will occur every 15 minutes with Sun King beer, soda, popcorn and snacks available. The two films are “Boop Beep” and “Dotty.”

What: First Friday at HCA
Where: Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N Delaware
When: 6-10 pm
What You Should Know: The Harrison Center presents India Garden artist reception and open studio night with plenty of attractions! In the Harrison Gallery is artist Quincy Owens’ “Brimful of Asha.” Mixed media artists India Cruse-Griffin brings her colorful collage work to Gallery No 2 with her exhibit “India Garden,” while the City Gallery features the found object/light sculptures of Brian Allee. Stop by the gym for a team of singer/songwriters from Nashville to create and record Indy-inspired music, or be part of an interactive musical installation in Hank & Dolly’s Gallery during Karl Selm and Al Jones’ Anonymous Musical Collaboration System.

What: Funkyard Presents Lee Ann Parrotte
Where: Funkyard, 1114 Prospect Street
When: 7-10 pm
What You Should Know: Funkyard coffee shop and art gallery presents the art of Lee Ann Parrotte, a local Fountain Square artist, accompanied by music from Joel & Amy. Lee Ann’s works are collection of eye-catching vibrant-colored abstract acrylic mixed media.

Recruitment Event on January 23

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As ORANJE heads into its 13th year as an art & music event in Indianapolis, the organization is seeking to recruit some new talent to help plan and organize the annual event. Over the last decade, ORANJE has regularly relied on a small team of seasonal staff and event volunteers to run the planning and operations for the event.

The organization needs to add a few key roles this year to help improve the planning process and make sure ORANJE continues to be an exciting night of art & music in Indianapolis! While there are several ways to get involved with ORANJE, our current priorities are in finding people with experience/passion in the following areas (below). While ORANJE does not have full-time positions available, qualified candidates will be offered an incentive package based on the expected time commitment and performance milestones associated with these contract positions.

-Operations
-Marketing
-Sales

ORANJE will host a casual, open-house style recruiting event on Thursday, January 23 from 6pm-8pm. The event will be held at The Speak Easy (5255 N. Winthrop, 46220) and will be an opportunity for people who are interested in joining the team to come learn more about ORANJE and meet some of our current staff. Light refreshments will be served. Please bring a copy of your current resume and list of availability from now through September. No need for formal attire—we are very casual in our dress at ORANJE, but are serious about our work.

Please connect with us on Facebook or email us if you have any questions about this recruiting event or becoming involved with ORANJE.

Quincy Owens

Quincy Owens has built a life for himself surrounded by art. He has always loved creating things ever since he was a child, and he figured that he could manipulate and change them to make them more special. He has taken that principle to heart and that is still the core of what he does today.

You might have seen Quincy at ORANJE in past years (he’s been a participant six or seven times now), but his work this year is different that what you’ve experienced before. Though he still continues to create abstract paintings that focus on a balance between chaos and order, he’s been exploring materials, techniques and concepts over the past year. He has also been working on creating life-size and larger sculptures out of cardboard and reclaimed wood. “These are now getting fabricated into a larger scale and in permanent materials, such as stainless steel. I have also spent a majority of this year making 31 larger-than-humans-scale cardboard sculptures that are then coated in layers of fiberglass and pigmented epoxy resin that have speakers mounted on the inside. These are all for a huge installation on Calder Plaza for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.”

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While the 31 sculpture installation at ArtPrize has been a highlight of the year for Quincy, you can find his work all over the place. He always has work at his studio (Studio 077) at the Harrison Center for the Arts, and they put his work in regular rotation throughout the building. If you shop on Mass Ave, you can find his handmade cufflinks at Silver in the City. He has coasters that are sold at Foundry Provisions. Outside of Indianapolis, he has work in Louisville, Cincinnati, Lafayette and Michigan.

Quincy is one of the few artists in ORANJE that is lucky enough to say that this is his full-time job (“although I don’t consider it a job”). He also supports himself through other artistic endeavors besides creating. He has recently started doing speaking engagements concerning art, creativity, faith and risk; he teaches pottery camps through the Indy YMCA summer programs and he hosts weekly camps in his studio. “I do my best to stay active and involved in the community in all sorts of ways.”

Like earlier mentioned, this isn’t Quincy’s first time at ORANJE. So why does he keep coming back for more? “I love ORANJE. It takes a commitment from all of the artsits and participants/spectators. It only happens one night of the year; either you showed up to experience it and be a part of it or you missed it. I love that. It’s a great place to catch artists and musicians at all sorts of stages in their careers. The atmosphere is very temporary and I think that encourages lower inhibitions/hesitations.”

Quincy used to think that he should inform his audience, and now that he is experienced in exhibiting his work, he’s realized that he might be taking this approach all wrong. “Come check out the work and let me know what YOU think about it. I already know what I think about it. People surprise me every day in the things they see within my art.”

Mallory Hodgkin

Mallory Hodgkin has been drawing ever since she can remember, and often drawing on things that shouldn’t have been! She attended Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors in Illustration.

Since then, she has been working on building a name for herself in the art world, working towards a career in which she can use her talents to make a living. She currently works for a furniture company, but hopes that can change in the future. “I’m hopeful that art will be my paycheck in a few years. My studio is actually a large closet in my apartment, but to be fair, it is a GREAT closet. I would love to create more illustrations than fine art eventually, but it’s hard to squash the urge to just paint sometimes and it’s not super easy to work full time in non-art and get the art. I have also lately been considering tattooing as an option, so I guess on that track my goal would be to see my artwork on people’s bodies!”

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Mallory Hodgkin takes influences from comics, illustration, graffiti and animation, mashes them all together into crazy pieces of art that mix surrealism and cartoons together as one. From start to finish, Mallory’s acrylic pieces made on canvas can take anywhere from two to twelve hours depending on the complexity. So where does she get her inspiration? “Inspiration can take a lot of forms…mainly I just start to draw and it comes out, but in times of an idea drought I illustrate various topics or stories and it helps a lot with the block.”

This is Mallory’s fourth year being an ORANJE participant. “I’ve always made a good return and had people interested in custom works after the event. I’m excited about participating again, it’s always a blast! It’s a great experience and all the artists and music are well-chosen for this type of event. People should visit my booth because I’ll be giving out free one minute doodles of whatever you want!”

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Currently, Mallory’s work is hanging up in Sabbatical in Broad Ripple, and earlier this year, Mike Altman (fellow ORANJE artist) exhibited some of her works in Cincinnati. Check out her website here. You can come check out her booth at ORANJE 2013 on October 12!

Artist Spotlight: Kristen Neufelder

Artist Kristen Neufelder officially began her life as an artist back in elementary school, perfecting how to draw cats with pupil-less eyes and horses with backs so elongated that 20 people could fit comfortably on their backs. Equipped with her Ranger Rick magazines and How To Draw Horses books, she began to develop her animal drawing skills. Throughout middle and high school, she began to further broaden her skills and grew her subject base to include human figures and landscapes. By the end of high school, she had discovered a love of oil painting, committing herself to pursue that passion in college.

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After two years in art school working towards a Bachelors in painting, she began to get burnt out and craved using the non-creative side of her brain. Eventually, Kristen changed her major to psychology and took a break from all artistic pursuits. After a two year “artistic drought,” she began to refocus on painting as a hobby. She experimented with subjects and styles that had real meaning to her, and it was then that her artistic style emerged.

Today, Kristen has expanded her painting business to include design, photography and videography. She owns a business called enCompass Studio doing everything from wedding photography to senior videos to website design along with oil painting. She is also currently in graduate school pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. “I enjoy the balance of pursuing my creative passions along with my passion for helping others,” she said.

Kristen’s oil paintings are comprised of layers and layers of paint that have been splattered and dripped onto canvas utilizing a variety of techniques. The background is then filled with animal images, her favorites being wolves and lions. These more detailed animal images are painted in a transparent manner, allowing the background paint layers to still show through. Some paintings are finished off with a mountainous or forested landscape painted in this same transparent manner.

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You can tell from looking at Kristen’s work that she is inspired by western motifs and color schemes, finding inspiration in wild animals and Native American culture. “I’ve grown up fascinated with Native American culture and spirituality, and it’s always guided me along in the creative process. A lot of my symbolism and themes relate back to Native American influence. Along with finding inspiration in wild animals and Native American culture, I love horoscopes, zodiac signs, constellations and star charts. Cave art, in all its simplicity and beauty, has always spoken to me on an artistic level. I love stories, storytelling, symbolism and finding meaning in the mundane, and that’s the direction the inspiration for my paintings have been taking me in lately.”

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ORANJE will be a new experience for Kristen, who has been involved in two RAW: Natural Born Artists showcases here in Indianapolis as well as various First Fridays at the Historic Irving Theater on Indy’s eastside. ”This is my first year at ORANJE and I’m honored to have been given this opportunity! I’m most excited to get to show off all my hard work to individuals who haven’t yet had a chance to check out my paintings. ORANJE is such an amazing opportunity to check out what local artists and musicians have been up to, that people should definitely come check it out.”

Make sure to check out Kristen’s booth, where she will have an interactive piece that will allow attendees a hands-on chance to get involved in what she does. “I would love for as many people to get to participate with it as possible!”

You can keep up with Kristen at her website, Facebook page and on Twitter. Stop by and see her on October 12 at ORANJE 2013!

Caren Charles

Although Caren Charles has always appreciated the arts and enjoyed working with her hands, it wasn’t until about three or four years ago that she discovered her natural free-flow talent as an artist. Through this, she realized that her greatest dream is to become a successful artist.

Charles attended Indiana University, getting her BA in Fine Arts, where she developed fundamental skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking and graphic design. Her current work is comprised of paintings, her favorites being made with ink, watercolor and acrylic paints. “I would describe my art as abstract, bright, positive and transcendent. Each painting is very detail-oriented with line work that is easy to get lost in. Sometimes I will have an idea of what the basic form will be in the end, but most of the time I like to let the painting reveal itself throughout the process.”

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Drawing inspiration from the natural flow of everyday life and the process of creation, Charles lets her subconscious take over, allowing her artistic intuition lead the way. “Growing as an artist is a process, where trying new things and taking risks is key. I want to continue to explore new media to keep things fresh and incorporate more messages behind my artwork. We, as artists, have the ability to share our ideas through our craft and make statements that will be remembered forever, so it is important to take advantage of that gift.”

Charles works on her art full-time in Carmel, also working on freelance graphic design projects for clients who need logo designs, show posters, album covers and more. She has also recently started working at a custom frame shop by the Design Center in downtown Carmel. Charles had her first art show in downtown Indianapolis in April, and since then has been bringing her art to several art and music festivals such as Good People Good Times Festival in Nashville, IN. She also travels with funk/rock band The Main Squeeze, sharing her art at their shows across the country.

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This will be Charles’ first year participating in ORANJE. Her paintings are mood-lifting, lively, energetic, soothing and therapeutic. Eyes are incorporated everywhere throughout her collection, giving a living quality to her creations. Several of them have no set orientation, so when rotated, each view presents a new, unique way of looking at it. For example, in her painting titled “Imagine,” you can discover many hidden faces, animals, plants and not to mention the word “imagine” incorporated in the design. Her intention was to get the viewers’ creative juices going and invite them to let their imagination flow when interpreting the pieces.

 

So what is Charles looking forward to during her first ORANJE? “I’m excited to share my art with as many people as possible! Seeing the originals in person versus images online is a completely different experience. I love showing people all of the hidden things they can find in my paintings and seeing people’s reaction to the art. I will also most likely be body painting people, so everyone should definitely come by and visit me!”

You can find her on Etsy and Facebook, and make sure to stop by her booth on October 12!

 

Stella Brickel

You could say that art is simply in Stella Brickel’s blood, and that she can’t survive without it.

Coming from a family that shares a passion for art, design and fashion (her father is a wood worker and artist), Brickel has always loved to draw. With plans to go to school for art, her life took a different direction as she focused on a General Studies degree, worked full-time and served in the Army Reserves. She eventually started working as the Coordinator of Staff and Environmental Development at Outside the Box, an organization that provides day, employment and art services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It was at this time that her creativity really picked up.

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Brickel met Lauren Church and Kate Wagner (former ORANJE participant) at the art studio at Outside the Box and fell in love with everything they were doing, so she picked up a paintbrush and started painting. With no former painting experience, Wagner and Church gave her pointers and tips to help Brickel develop her art and technique. Ever since then, Brickel hasn’t stopped creating. “I don’t feel like a whole person if I don’t draw, paint or do something creative,” she said.

Brickel’s artwork can’t be put into a box or specific genre, and she doesn’t use specific techniques or materials. But if there’s one word to describe what she does, it’s funky!  ”I really enjoy painting, creating jewelry and drawing. My paintings are vibrant and playful; I love colors…bright colors! I do like to incorporate texture into most of my pieces, but some have none. I use collage from time to time as well. All of my most recent drawings are created with black ink and are sort of doodles. I also create wearable art from recycled paper products and other materials…some old, some new.”

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Brickel’s jewelry (starting at $25) has been shown at the Chicago open air artisan market early this Spring. Although she has an Etsy site, she’s somewhat computer-challenged so she shows her pieces in her home or others’ homes. ORANJE will be her first “official” art show. “I have been to ORANJE as an observer and it was so cool. I am super excited to have the opportunity to be on the other side of things. The event is so alive and the place is teeming with talent. If you have not ever been exposed to art, this is a great first event to attend because it has such a fun, party-time atmosphere. People should come to my booth because I am totally new to the scene. I don’t want to give too much away, but I am planning a pretty kick-ass display as well!”

Come look for Brickel’s booth on October 12 at ORANJE 2013!