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.

The Bearded Lucys

It’s not often that a group of musicians dare to try something outside the normal template of electric guitar, bass and drums, but that’s what you see with The Bearded Lucys. Incorporating instruments such as mandolin and banjo along with the use of multi-layer harmonies, The Bearded Lucys bring the down home feeling of Americana folk with the energy of Rock and Roll.

Everyone from the band comes from different musical backgrounds (metal, punk rock, Irish traditional music, garage rock, and bluegrass), which is what makes their music so original. The band is comprised of Rachel Hollingsworth (guitar/percussion/vocals), Matt Suever (guitar/vocals), Chris Cunningham (mandolin/percussion/vocals), Ben Callahan (banjo) and JD King (bass). Everyone brings something different to the table while writing songs, that have essentially turned out to be a mix of folk, indie and pop.

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The band has been on a short hiatus while their lead singer was out of the country, but their usual spots include The Melody Inn and Birdy’s. This winter, the band plans on recording their first album. “We just want to play and record music we love. If other people enjoy it, we really couldn’t ask for more.”

ORANJE 2013 will be The Bearderd Lucys‘ first show back with their lead singer, Rachel Hollingsworth. As a group, this is their first time playing at ORANJE, even though the members have attended in the past years, and JD King has been the Music Director for ORANJE since 2008. “You should expect a high-energy faster set. We plan on making people move.”

983969_661089627251103_330493126_nSo why do The Bearded Lucys think you should attend ORANJE? “It’s one of the best run events in Indy every year, and where else could you see such an eclectic group of artists and musicians in one place?”

Catch The Bearded Lucys on the Jakprints Stage at 12:30 am at ORANJE 2013!

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.”

Tied To Tigers

Tied To Tigers is a musical project by Matthew Corken that has two sides: a solo aspect and a full band. On the solo side, Corken loops multiple instruments ranging from percussion to guitars and vocals, creating the idea of building a song from the ground up, almost like showing how a song is composed. On the other side is the full band, which has an indie rock feel with influences from electronic sounds and old blues guitar riffs.

Corken grew up surrounded by music. His mother was an Indianapolis musician that played in cover bands, and Corken would always go to their practices with interest and curiosity. Once he was in 7th grade, he started playing guitar with a band of Butler and North Central students. Since then, he’s been playing in different projects such as Gin and Tonic, The Urban Rednecks, The Working Hour, The Post Script and now Tied To Tigers.

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Corken has come a long way with his Tied To Tigers project. Now, he has monthly shows at Connor’s Pub, The Monkey’s Tale, Flatwater, Britton Tavern, The Melody Inn, Bourbon Street and Social. He has played at the Slamology car and truck show with his full band along with opening for DJ Craze at The Vogue. He even opened for The Plain White Tees at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Coke Zero Music Fest!

For ORANJE, TTT will be performing a full band show featuring the core three musicians and a synth player alongside a DJ, mostly playing songs off of this fall’s Tied To Tigers release. This will be Tied To Tigers’ first time being in ORANJE. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the event and see all the amazing artists that are a part of it this year.”

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Coming up after ORANJE, Tied to Tigers is playing a full band show at The Monkey’s Tale on October 18, a solo show at Social on October 24 and will be in the second round of the Birdy’s battle on October 25 as a full band. The first full band EP will be available online and on vinyl at the end of October along a second EP online and on vinyl in December.

Make sure to check out Tied To Tigers on October 12 at ORANJE 2013! Parting words from Corken: “You, him, her, them, us, all together, we gather.”

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!

Susan Shorter

“Paint what makes you happy, and if it makes you happy, someone else is bound to like it, too.”

Those powerful words helped inspire Susan Shorter to stop struggling to please her professors and follow her passion of creating fantasy art, art that tells a story or makes you wonder about the character/story behind the piece. “Some might find it cliché to want to paint fairies and mermaids, but it makes me happy. I love to create beautiful, colorful things that can take me to another place, and at the end of the day, I’m pleased with that. I love to play with color and lighting, and I just love to work from the human form. Lately, I have been drawn to drawing elderly people; there is so much story etched in the wrinkle patterns on their faces.”

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Susan is no stranger to the world of art. Her mom put her in her first gallery show when she was only three years old and she won the children’s competition (and she still has the tiny award). After that, she never stopped drawing. In high school, Susan started driving up to Indianapolis to take Saturday courses at Herron. After high school, she moved on to enroll in Ball State’s art program, but after three semesters, she transferred to The Herron School of Art. She received her BFA from Herron in 2004.

Susan recently wrapped up a show in August at the Harrison Center for the Arts. They had raw paintings and drawings she created for her book “Incredible Pebbles” on display. She also has work for sale at Blue Moon Gifts in Brazil, IN. Coming up in November, Susan will be showing in the Flashlight Gallery at the Waldron Center in Bloomington, IN. Working on her fantasy art and fine art painting that she loves isn’t her full-time job, although she has a small studio at home where she can work on these things. During the day, she is a staff illustrator for Author Solutions in Bloomington, IN, primarily working on children’s book illustrations, of which she’s done over 250 so far. She also creates paintings and custom artwork for the covers of novels the company publishes. As if that isn’t enough, Susan has written and illustrated two children’s books of her own, titled “It’s a Muddy World” and “Incredible Pebbles.”

This isn’t Susan’s first time showing her work at ORANJE, but the last time she was a participant was 2006. “In 2006, I was a recent grad and totally green to the world of showing your art. It was an amazing experience! I was so grateful to be a part of this amazing group of artists and a part of an event that was such a powerful display of creativity, it was an education, a confidence-builder and I still have the friends and fans I made that night in my life.”

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At her booth, you can expect to see a wide variety of Susan’s pieces, ranging from large fantasy paintings, figurative drawings and abstract art to signed copies of her children’s books. She’ll have both originals and prints available and will be doing quick, sketchy 10-minute portraits for $10. So what is she excited for about ORANJE 2013? “Variety, creativity, excitement and just a good ole’ time! I know a few of the artists involved and there is so much awesomeness in store for the people that are coming!”

Don’t miss out on seeing Susan Shorter on October 12 at ORANJE 2013!

Swig

If you haven’t heard of the band Swig, prepare yourself for a group that has a very dynamic approach to music that just might catch you off guard. Those that have seen their live shows have described Swig as “bluesy boozy beauties” and “the stoner rock band Indianapolis has been missing.”

This indie blues band that writes and performs their own material is influenced by blues artists such as RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Big Mamma Thornton and other Delta Blues icons. On the other side, they are shaped by modern rock artists such as Beware of Darkness, Elbow, Aloe Blacc, the Black Keys and White Stripes. Somewhere in between these two realms lies Swig.

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Swig is made up of Brian Petersen (guitar/vocals), Leigh Marino (bass/vocals) and Jamie Jackson (drums). Brian got his start in music in middle and high school concert bands. He started playing the bass in bands around Bloomington as he went through college, eventually switching to guitar in the last few years. Prior to Swig, he played with God Made Robots. He also makes the best crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms.

Leigh taught herself how to play bass and has been playing/writing music for four or five years…and she still plays every day! Having been a “car and shower” singer for years, Leigh taught herself to sing and has become a strong, unique vocalist, comparable to a modern day Janis Joplin. Leigh loves to collect unusual hats (fedoras in particular) and she’s terrible with names, but she rarely forgets a face.

Jamie comes from Nashville, TN and has been playing music since the age of 10. He has played in a variety of instruments in different bands spanning several genres from punk to metal to jazz to rock. Much of his structure comes from school orchestra and marching band. He has worked for Sam Ash Music for almost 11 years now, so to say that music is his life would be an understatement. And don’t worry, Jamie isn’t as scary as he looks…he happens to be an amazing father of three of the coolest kids you’ll ever meet.

Between the three of them, they are all huge vinyl fanatics; their collective record collection would astound you. They’ve all been in bands in the past from Bloomington, Indy or Nashville, some that you might be familiar with such as Treigh, who played BRMF back in 2010. So where is Swig heading in the future? “We want to keep writing music, making records and playing live. We are looking to start on a new full-length album in the fall/winter of 2013.”

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This will be the first year the members of Swig have been participants in ORANJE. “We’re looking forward to checking out all the other great performers and artists, as well as having the opportunity to be heard by a wider audience. We have been attendees to the past years’ festivities and have enjoyed and applauded ORANJE’s execution at each turn. It’s big, eclectic and constantly evolving. You don’t usually find that many different artists and musical styles all in one place.”

You can find Swig on October 12 performing on the third floor of Centennial Hall. In the meantime, keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter!

Black Cat Rebellion

Black Cat Rebellion is made up of Brad St. Patrick (vocals/guitar), Rob Neutzman (bass), Patrick Meadows (guitar) and Ben Galvin (drums). This Bohemian, primal Rock n Roll band for undesirables started back in 2003 by Brad and Rob, and their sound has been compared to Post Punk and Deathrock.

All of Black Cat Rebellion’s members have grown up in the Indianapolis and Muncie punk scenes, respectively. When they were younger and attending shows, everyone in the crowd had their own band. “Everyone supported each other, and it was a beautiful thing. Very inspirational for you to get out there and do it yourself.”

So they did.

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Black Cat Rebellion performs around four to five times each month regionally and then they tour spontaneously. Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville are some popular cities that they’ve played the most. Aside from their own tours, they have played multiple festivals, including the Heavy Rebel Weekender, Cornerstone, Rockabilly Rebel Weekend and Drop Dead Festival. They’ve also appeared as the soundtrack to an episode of ESPN 2′s “Hot Rod Trucks” show.

“We always give our all and play like we’re playing for our lives. We just came off a long string of shows. Coming up, we’ll be at The Melody Inn on September 5 and Be Here Now in Muncie on October 19. We constantly add last minute/unannounced shows, but mostly we will be concentrating on finishing up our upcoming album in the coming months.” Prior to their album’s release, watch for Black Cat Rebellion’s promo video for the song Blood Donor.

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The members of Black Cat Rebellion have been in former bands such as The Cadavers, Gwen Stacy, Dead End Drive-In and more. Rob also currently performs with Ricky Rat of Detroit’s legendary Trash Brats. They have only been to ORANJE in the past as guests, but are ready to show the crowd on October 12 what they’re all about. When asked what’s in store for us at ORANJE, the band simply replied, “sex and death.”

Make sure to catch Black Cat Rebellion on October 12 at ORANJE 2013, playing on the PBR Stage! You can keep up with them on their website or Facebook.