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!

 

Justin Vining

If you live, work or play in Broad Ripple, you’ve probably walked past Justin Vining’s studio at one point or another or even been greeted by his dog hanging out on the front porch. You can usually find him inside working on new pieces surrounded by colorful walls covered from floor to ceiling with an impressive art collection.

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For those of you who haven’t seen Vining’s work, his watercolors and acrylic paintings can be described as looking similar to Tim Burton or Dr. Seuss landscapes. Vining’s interest in art goes back to high school when he took an art class as an elective, which sparked his interest in the subject. This interest stuck through his time at Purdue and his teaching career at Maple Ridge, but it was at the end of his first semester at Valpo Law that Vining’s true talent emerged. He picked up a paint brush and began to paint a series of work that was much stronger than what he had previously done. Vining went on to graduate and pass the Indiana Bar Exam, but he has continued to focus on creating art full-time.

This will be Vining’s third year as an ORANJE participant. “One of the things I love most about ORANJE is the variety of artists represented each year,” he said. “If you have experienced ORANJE, you know what I mean. If not, I high recommend coming this year!”

So where does Vining get his inspiration for the whimsical landscapes he creates? He credits three main influences: growing up on a farm, the creative minds of his former students and the artists that Vining admires and pays tribute to in his work. Some of those artists include painter/muralist Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood (best known for his American Gothic painting) and visual artist Andrew Wyeth. A little known fact about Vining is that he is an avid chess player, which is where the checkerboard pattern comes from that is frequently found in his work.

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With hopes of one day being able to see his work in museums, Vining shows his pieces in Indianapolis at a variety of First Friday venues, including the Upland Propaganda Room and New Day Meadery, and art shows such as Penrod and Broad Ripple Art Fair. “ORANJE is a show that encourages artists to push their limits, be experimental and create an experience for those attending, so I look forward to creating a booth that is not just geared towards selling work but people can interact with it in some way,” said Vining. “The show is months away and I am already planning my booth. I look forward to seeing it come together during the final week leading up to the show.”

Want to see a little more of Justin Vining before October 12? You can keep up with him on his webpage, Facebook and Twitter!