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.”

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!

 

Rugged Russian Bear

Imagine what would happen if you had a really good mix of David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Weezer and Delta Spirit, resulting in a folky punk indie sound. Well, that sums up what Rugged Russian Bear is all about, and luckily for you, they’re playing at ORANJE on October 12!

Playing with bands such as The Bonesetters, And Away They Go, Neulore (Nashville) and Kisses For Free, Rugged Russian Bear is made up of vocalist/guitarist Mike Brewer, bassist/vocalist Cory Miller and drummer/guitarist Jacob Eaton. Beginning as Bob Dylan-esque folk music featuring only an acoustic guitar and harmonica, RRB has evolved into a quirky rock band with a three part harmony that speaks of love, triumph, failure, imagination, supernatural, travel and just plain life.

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All three members of RRB come from musical backgrounds and have been performing since they were children, including being involved in teenage rock bands. Like many others before them, it all started with just listening to and falling in love with music, coming to a realization that it is what you want to do forever, no matter what. The band puts a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making music and recording it, but especially love playing live shows. Being a three-piece band, their live sound is pretty stripped down but is full of sound and passion.

The trio is currently in the middle of recording their first full length album, slated to be out this winter. The very tight and consistent band plays, on average, about two times per month. “Every show we play is awesome and fun in it’s own way, but we have had a few exceptionally fun shows,” said Brewer. “One of which was a show we played at Indy’s Jukebox a little over a year ago. Unfortunately, the show got a late start and we got bumped to playing last. By the time we went on, it was like 1:30 or 2:00 am and there was no one there except the sound guy, bartenders and one of the other bands. It was just one of those shows where nothing seemed to be going right, so we were all pretty frustrated. Naturally, we took it out on the stage! We turned everything up really loud, put a lot of fuzz on guitar and bass, played really fast and just punked out the show!”

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Rugged Russian Bear has some tight ties with other local bands in Indianapolis and sings their praises. Right now, they are digging Caleb McCoach and SM Wolf. “Caleb McCoach’s album Songs From an Empty Shore is inspiring, but when he mixes it up with a full band at one of his live shows, it really brings them to life. SM Wolf’s stuff is some of the best music being made in Indy right now. Also, have to give a shout out to The Bonesetters. We have been good friends with these guys for a long time, and they are some hard-working dudes!”

Some of the bands that RRB is looking forward to seeing at ORANJE 2013 include Shimmercore, Indian City Weather, Rusty Redenbacher and The Bearded Lucys. “There are some really great acts playing this year; local music can’t thrive without your support! It’s such a great atmosphere, a real festival crammed into one day without all the expensive travel.”

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So where does the band see themselves going in the future? “Getting this album that we are working on finished, mastered and out to the public is a major, major goal right now. Long term? Is Rock Stardom too much to ask?”

Keep up with Rugged Russian Bear on Facebook, Twitter and their website!

 

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.