R3Create

Recycle, Remodel, Reuse, Recreate.

R3Creators make recycled and upcycled art out of items that would normally be trashed or simply forgotten, making these items usable again. A variety of cool and unique projects are made from these items, but the signature pieces are Skateboard Deck Chairs, Inspiration Desks (childrens’ school desks redesigned), Second-Chance Bowties (bow ties made from neck ties) and tumblers/shot glasses.

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The idea for R3Create came about when Sylvia and Dana Rivers moved into their first home and found there were so many outdated items in the house that they didn’t want, including door knobs, light fixtures, fans, sinks, toilets and more. Everything was in perfect working shape so it seemed wrong to throw them away, so some things were donated and others were put into use in different ways. This was the moment that the vision for R3Create started.

But who are Dana and Sylvia? Sylvia has been in love and involved with art as long as she can remember, being inspired by music and urban art/design. She attended Ball State and received a degree in Industry & Technology with a printmaking minor. She creates digital designs with an urban graffiti feel, participating in RAW Indianapolis in the past on her own and once with R3Create. Dana’s art comes in the form of repairing automobiles and tinkering with anything mechanical, which is what makes R3Creators the perfect team. Sylvia has the artistic vision while Dana makes things functional. While the art life is a new area for Dana (who served in the US Army for 13 years), it’s a fun, new adventure!

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There’s something for everyone from R3Create, with pieces ranging from $5 to $350. You can find these creations on the R3Creators website and on Etsy. “We just really want to get our name out and try to change the way people see trash. Our main goal for Inspiration Desks is to have a few of them in local schools to encourage and spark creativity.”

This will be the first year for R3Creators to be showing at ORANJE, but the pair has been to the event in the past. “We’re most excited really to see all of the other artists and get a chance to introduce ourselves a bit. Everyone should definitely come to the show, you never know what cool things you might see! Especially stop by our booth, we guarantee to have items that you won’t typically see anywhere else. Definite conversation pieces.”

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“From something, to something better…”

You can find R3Creators on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Steven Schubert

You might have seen his work at local businesses such as Homespun, LUNA, Artifacts, Indy Reads or The Funk Yard. His localized, city-specific works of art go hand in hand with the “shop local” movement that has hit Indy, and with a price point that can fit into anyone’s budget, you have to pick up some of his work if you love your city.

Steven Schubert is a Spanish Instructor at Butler by day with an artistic focus on Midwestern metropolises by night. He is a self-taught photographer with no formal training in art. “I thought that graphic design would be a way to use some of the skills I learned in photography, such as composition and color,  and apply them to my own creations.  Inspiration is the primary requirement, once you have that you’ll go out and learn the tools you need to make that art a reality.”

Steven designs posters, cards and postcards using various styles, drawing upon vintage pop art, political art, nostalgic references and a feeling that is true to our urban spaces. His designs look at aging cities, working class roots, signature architecture and the gritty elegance of our urban legacy.

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Created at home and then digitally printed, some of Steven’s designs range from $2-$20 (unframed). “My experiences in the city inspire me. If I see a praying mantis in my backyard, I use that image. If I see impressive architectural design, I incorporate it into my art. It’s quite random, really. There is always an endless supply of motifs and styles to work with in the fabric of Indianapolis, or any city in fact.”

Steven wants to share his love of Indianapolis to the local residents and beyond. “I have modest goals for my designs.  I want to get them into as many hands as possible, and also to people who are not in Indianapolis so they can form a positive impression of the city.  I think other cities know we are up-and-coming and postcards or cards that look attractive and connect to Indianapolis will help get the word out we’re not Naptown anymore.”

His designs don’t hold to a specific aesthetic. Steven jumps around in different styles to see what works best for Indianapolis, or Cincinnati or even Detroit. In doing this, he makes different styles of images that different people would enjoy. “I want people of all ages and orientations to find something they like.”

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While Steven has attended ORANJE in the past, this will be his first time as a participant. “I have attended Oranje once a few years back. The DJ dance floor was fantastic, and I had a blast seeing Beta Male; they kicked ass. I remember it as a exciting blur mostly, I must admit. I like the idea that Oranje is a night of urban madness, art and music that feels metropolitan and connected with global youth culture. You can’t have something like this in the Hoosier hinterland – you know you’re in the city when you walk through the gates.”

You can find Steven’s work on Etsy or at Indygenous, and make sure to check him out on September 13!

Ewokie Talkie

Evansville-based Ewokie Talkie is bringing his atmospheric, dreamy beat-based music to ORANJE on September 13, and we’re excited to share his passion and talent with you. The man behind Ewokie Talkie, Kyle Stallings, has a sounds as eclectic as his music tastes, including jazz, rock, hip hop and various dance beats.

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Making music since he was 14 years old, Stallings started out his music career playing the guitar in bands. After a few years, he began exploring his interest in hip hop by attempting to make his own beats. “I started acquiring a lot of records (that I sampled from) as well as purchasing my first synthesizer. i got into using a computer for more control and from then on, I haven’t stopped. I’ve been making music and performing as Ewokie Talkie for four years.”

If you live in Indianapolis, you might not be familiar with Ewokie Talkie unless you caught his show at The Mousetrap last year. Or perhaps you were one of the attendees of a house party he played along with David Peck, Digital Dots are more, which Stallings said has been his favorite show in Indy to date. Ewokie Talkie performs at least once a month, whether it’s in St. Louis at The Blank Space, in Chicago for Push Beats Mondays or in Evansville’s local art gallery/venue/restaurant known as PG, where Stallings also helps book and promote events.

“Actually my favorite show was also the one that had the largest attendance. I got to open up for Parisian and Lapalux in St. Louis. Lapalux is one of my favorite artists so I guess I would also say that it was my best performance because I took a lot of time to prepare for it.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Ewokie Talkie for his first appearance at ORANJE on September 13. “I plan to perform in the usual way that I play off of my shows. I’ll be playing original music of mine with my laptop and midi controller. I will also be bringing handmade cassettes with new music as well as download codes inside the tape boxes for digital downloads. Events like this bring people together and encourage progression. Aside from that, it will be a lot of fun.”

We asked Stallings about his future plans for Ewokie Talkie. “I make music because I enjoy it and hopefully people will like it. I don’t really have an ultimate goal. I’ve sort of just accepted that I enjoy this too much to ever just stop. Everything that happens along the way is secondary to how I feel when i’m just sitting my space creating.”

You can keep up with Ewokie Talkie on Facebook and Soundcloud. If you want to see him after ORANJE, he’ll be playing a show on September 19th in St. Louis for an event called “Brave New World” that is put on by a collective called Far Fetched, and releasing an EP soon after with the collective.

Veseria

Veseria can describe their sound in only three words: rock and roll.

People used to always ask the group to describe their sound in the beginning, but they didn’t want to limit their songwriting by getting stuck on sub-genres. So they didn’t and simply stuck with rock and roll, which has proven to be a critical part in their creative process.

This is Veseria’s second year as an ORANJE participant (the band played in 2012), and not only have they released their sophomore album, Voyager, but they are also working on some new tunes to showcase. “Going into a second performance at this event is even more exciting than the first because we know just how much fun it is. The energy at ORANJE is undeniable – you have artists, performers and musicians all bringing their A-game and the level of creativity is at it’s highest. It’s truly a special night for Indianapolis every year.”

Veseria came together the way many bands do, by banging on the keys, pounding on the drums and breaking several thousand strings until they discovered how to make music during the destruction. “Songwriting has always been a deeply intimate process for us. Performing is a very different story. It’s a fight with our instruments. You pluck and pull and pound until the right sound comes out of your keyboard, guitar or drum – all the while hollering your most intimate thoughts and ponderings into a microphone.”

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So what is it about living in Indianapolis that the members of Veseria love? “Indy’s music scene is still young compared to other big cities which is thrilling for it’s active participants. The sky’s the limit and we’re still writing our own history – that makes it a really fun place to create.”

Veseria plays around 10 shows in Indianapolis per year with more scattered around the region. Most of their shows in the past year have been in Fountain Square venues like Hi-Fi or Radio Radio. In March, they had their album release at The Irving which has been a notable performance for the group. “Shine Indy and Grizzly Music Company really pulled out all the stops and made us feel really cool for a night. There’s no one in town doing what they’re doing and it’s an honor to get to work with them.”

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Veseria is hoping to release another project that they’ve had in the works by the end of 2015, but until then they’ll be on the road spreading Voyager around the midwest and beyond. The group doesn’t define their success by what others have done, but instead focus on trying to one-up themselves and go a little bit further each year. “We’ll be starting a national campaign in 2015 to really see how far we can take this thing.”

We can’t wait to have Veseria back to play on September 13, and the band joins in our excitement about this year’s event. “There’s simply no other event like it in Indianapolis. It’s huge. It’s fun. And you’ll walk away from it more and more in love with Indianapolis every year you attend. We’re also really excited for everyone to see Brother O’ Brother perform. They are such an incredible band and the city doesn’t even know about them yet.”

You can keep up with Veseria on Facebook and their website. Don’t miss their performance on September 13 at ORANJE 2014! “We’re nice people. Come say hi. We’d love to meet you.”

Darlene Em

If Martha Stewart and the Devil had a love child, it would be Darlene Em.

As a child in California, Darlene was always drawing weird little animals in school. One of her report cards from Catholic school even had a note from her teacher saying that she should spend less time drawing and more time socializing. Darlene decided against that advice and after high school she attended the Art Institute of Dallas for graphic design.

It was there that one of her instructors, David Zarazua, helped her into her first show, the El Corazon exhibit in Dallas. This show focused on the heart and was a huge confidence-booster for Darlene’s art, which incorporates crafts, sculptures and paintings.

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Since then, she has been involved in several shows and groups, including Art Junkies in North Hollywood, Common Unity in Dallas and Arts Goggle in Fort Worth. Her colorful pieces of work that almost look edible have a kitschy, lowbrow, pop-surrealism style. But Darlene doesn’t just draw and paint. “I wanted to venture out of just painting on wood so I started experimenting with faux taxidermy and silly looking sculptures. I sell a lot of Day of the Dead style Matryoshka dolls on Etsy and at festivals.”

So where does Darlene find the inspiration for these colorful and cartoon-like pieces of art? “Dreams, candy, abnormalities like parasitic twins and two-headed animals, ice cream, cats, bunnies, my Persian cats, Nigel and Luna, and my pug, Meatball. A lot of Tokyo advertising and packaging. Everything looks so fun and happy all the time and has faces all over things. Marie Antoinette is a huge inspiration as well.”

This will be Darlene’s first year at ORANJE as both a participant and an attendee, as she recently made the move here from Dallas, Texas. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with local artists since she’s relatively new to the area. Hoping that her pieces will find a good home, Darlene has some surprises in store for her booth on September 13, including fuzzy costumes and lollipops, to make sure to stop by and check out her work.

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If you would like to keep up with Darlene before and after ORANJE, you can find her on Facebook and Etsy.

Brother O’ Brother

Starting in the Summer of 2013, Brother O’ Brother began making music with one major message in mind: love

This musical duo has a sound akin to a heavier, fuzzier version of early White Stripes mixed in with psychedelic and garage rock influences. As first year ORANJE participants, the two are planning on a live show to blow you away. “People want to be entertained and engaged, not hear a recital, and we take a lot of pride in making sure we are an engaging live experience.”

This two piece band consists of Chris Banta on guitar/vocals and Warner Swopes on the drums. Banta started playing music at the age of 12. He got his blues kick from his parents, who introduced him to The Black Keys at Indy Jazz Fest in 2002. Swopes also started at a young age, beginning on the drums at age 10. Listening to a lot of James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, he became really interested in the beats. The two came together and with the help of Brian “Bone” Thorburn at Threshold Studios, they recently released their first 7′ vinyl (that you can pick up at their online merch store) along with a new full length album.

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While this group is relatively new (about a year old), they haven’t wasted any time. Brother O’ Brother has performed with bands such as Diarrhea Planet, Cadaver Dogs, North Bye North, The Addies and Kinda Good. “Our best performance is probably either at Emporium Barcade in Chicago in July or our last show with Diarrhea Planet at The Hoosier Dome. People were hanging from the rafters, falling on stage, and Chris even crowd surfed while soloing last time at the Dome. At Emporium at the end of our set it got so rowdy we set off the smoke alarm.”

What are Brother O’ Brother’s plans for the future? “Just to try to expand, grow and see what happens. In the short term, we are working on doing some smaller tours and more regional shows as we push towards touring longer stints at a time next year. Our families and faith come first, but we are excited about the rapid growth we have had and are eager to continue to put our best foot forward and see what happens.”

We asked Brother O’ Brother why they think people should attend ORANJE. “Not only to support local and regional artists, but to support your horizons. I think people often fail to realize just how many great bands and artists there are in Indiana. This event puts a ton of them all in one location at the same time. Also, you should want to see Brother O’ Brother. It’s good for your health.”

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If you want to check out Brother O’ Brother before ORANJE 2014, they will be performing at the Blessed is He reunion show at The Gear (Franklin, IN) on August 9 and also at The Bishop (Bloomington, IN) on September 11 with Goodbye June (Nashville).

You can keep up with Brother O’ Brother on their Facebook page, and make sure to catch them on September 13 at ORANJE!

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.