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.

Iggy Arana

You might have seen his booth last year at ORANJE, where people were standing around in 3D movie glasses staring at colorful pieces. And while his art is colorful, vibrant and fun on its own, when you put on a pair of glasses, it transforms.

Third year ORANJE veteran artist Iggy Arana didn’t always plan on making art that has a 3D effect, it just happened. “I use acrylic paints, watered down and layered on wood or canvas, and I go back later and do ink work to really bring out the layers,” said Arana. “I didn’t do it on purpose, but the layered colors gives the work a 3D effect when viewed with the right glasses.”

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What started as a hobby of making Mother’s Day and birthday cards as a kid turned into a lifelong journey in the world of art. Arana started using water colors as a child when making cards, and still does on occasion for his nieces and nephews. As a new dad, he plans on continuing this tradition with his daughter Ava Elysse. Although he never went to school for art, his passion drove him to find and refine his technique. “I have a degree in Philosophy. Education is important, but knowledge is out there if you hunt it down and really want to learn.”

Taking inspiration from everything all around him, it seems like Arana is especially touched by nature, citing the flight of a butterfly, the crawl of a worm after a long rain and thunderstorms as being muses for his work. He quoted American painter and photographer Chuck Close for saying “inspiration is for amateurs, sometimes you just have to get to work,” telling us that when you really love to paint, inspiration can be anywhere and everywhere.

Currently, Arana has pieces hanging at the Upland Tasting Room in Broad Ripple and at The Funkyard in Fountain Square which start at $20. Although he works at Allstate as a Liability Determination Adjuster during the day, he loves painting in his home studio (which he welcomes visitors into). “I would love to see my work on surfboards, snowboards or skateboards,” said Arana. “I’d love to do album covers for the right band. I know I’ll be painting for the rest of my life, and it seems like everyday I have different ideas of how to express myself.”

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Don’t worry about bringing your own 3D glasses to ORANJE this year, Iggy will have plenty at his booth for you. “ORANJE is a truly unique and eclectic gathering of some of the most talented up-and-coming artists and musicians in Indiana. I remember first telling my friends or coworkers about ORANJE and seeing their hesitation…until they showed up and had a great time. I think what excites me the most about it is that ORANJE creates an environment that truly is about the music and the art. There are folks there with suits on, and people there in jeans and t-shirt, and everyone fits in. It’s amazing to experience it.”

You can keep up with Iggy Arana on Facebook or on his website.