On display in the Upper Loft Gallery June 1-30. Artists’ Reception: Second Saturday, June 8, 5-8 pm (during the Village Art Walk).
Jim Faulkner studied at the Bryant School of Art (VA), and watercolor at Ball State University (IN), earning his B.S. and M.A. degrees in art. He then taught at Boise State University for two years and at Ball State University for thirteen years. From 1977 to the present, Jim has been a full-time artist, working primarily in watercolor and sculpture media. Jim joined the Brown County Art Guild as a member artist in 2011.
Artist’s Statement: “I taught and practiced contemporary art for about 15 years. Around the end of my college teaching in 1977 I began a return to my background of realistic watercolor and sculpture. I continue to work in contemporary realism which is the basis of my art philosophy.
I paint outside on location whenever possible. Be it sun, rain, snow, wind, day or night, this is the best way to capture the fleeting beauty, light and atmosphere of the scene. I try, not only to capture the visual image; but also, the emotional quality of the scene, which includes my memories and the vestiges of other scenes from the past.
I am very taken by the constant change taking place in everything; the new that decays becoming old. In the natural world both new and old seem to hold my interest. The renewing and then the decline that leads to the beauty of the changing seasons. However, in the creations of man, the old has more meaning and interest for me. For example, and old house or barn, rather than new, an old car or tractor, an old farm gate or post etc.
I paint the meadows, woods, homesteads, towns, and people of the mid-west. Trying to find meanings in the stillness of an abandoned farm, or the quiet of a snow covered woods, or even the aging of the human face. If I find the meaning and quality, the painting is worthwhile to me and I hope to the viewers of my work.
Over the years my work has been accepted and won awards in many local and national juried art shows. It also, fortunately, has been included in many private, public and corporate collections.”
Brian Gordy, a resident of Muncie, Indiana, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Ball State University, specializing in printmaking. His graduate studies included Printmaking at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN (1978); and Art Education from Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1981).
Brian has been painting watercolors since 1976. Gordy has taught art in the public schools, the university level and privately for over 20 years. He exhibits throughout the United States and has earned numerous awards for his watercolors and charcoal drawings.
His works are included in the permanent collections of The Sheldon Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN), The Richmond Art Museum (Richmond, IN), and Minnetrista Cultural Center (Muncie, IN) and many corporate and private collections. Mr. Gordy’s work has been featured in The Best of Watercolor Volume 3, Rockport Publishers 1999, and Arts Indiana and Lake Superior magazines. He is a Signature Member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Red River Watercolor Society.
His exhibition, “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy” at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie from October 2007-January 2008, introduced a series of paintings showcasing the native turtles of Indiana which have been reproduced into limited edition giclee’s.
Brian is a signature member of the Red River Watercolor Society since 2004 (Moorehead, MN) and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (since 1995). He is also a member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Oklahoma Watercolor Association, the Hoosier Salon, and the Society of Gilders. Brian has been an artist member at the Brown County Art Guild since 2011.
Mr. Gordy, with his wife Genny and son Ben, own and operate Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company, a framing studio and art gallery in downtown Muncie that features hand carved gilded frames as well as the works of local and regional artists.
Brian’s watercolors and hand gilded original frames have earned him the official designation of Indiana Artisan, by the State of Indiana.