FC9 Gallery Hosts “McCrary’s Majestical Abstracts” as November Featured Artist

October 8th, 2017
Indianapolis, IN—The Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9) will host “McCrary’s Majestical Abstracts,” a posthumous collection of Thomas McCrary’s work, facilitated by his daughter, Ranna Johnson, as the feature for the November IDADA First Friday Art Tour, on Friday, November 3rd. The show will premiere 6-9pm, and admission is free.

Thomas McCrary died suddenly in 1973, at the age of 43, while pursuing an Art Education degree at the Herron School of Art. He had been an architect and interior designer by trade, but had recently returned to school. Johnson has been collecting McCrary’s work, over the years, through family and friends, and describes her father’s work as modern art with a personal twist.

About Thomas McCrary

Ranna Johnson was eight years old when her father passed away. She remembers Thomas McCrary being fun-loving, even buying stilts for her birthday in 1972. She says that spirit is reflected in his work.

“He used a lot of color,” said Johnson. “I remember this print that was done, with paint and wax paper. He asked me what I thought it was, and I said a clown face, so he made it into a side view of a clown face. He could make something out of nothing.”

As an architect, Johnson said her father designed buildings around Indianapolis, including a round bank at 65th Street and Keystone Avenue (which has been demolished for a CVS) and a still-standing veterinary office at 56th Street and Guion Road. He met her mother, Hjordis, while they were at interior design school, and were profiled in a 1968 issue of the Indianapolis Star.

“We always had a really cool home and lots of artwork everywhere,” said Johnson. “I don’t know how far he could’ve gone as an art teacher. I would be interested to see what he could’ve done had he lived. I’m happy to let others experience this.”

About the Full Circle Nine Gallery

The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. It is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202, in the South Studios section of the Circle City Industrial Complex. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit www.fullcirclenine.com

FC9 Gallery Announces “Simple Gifts” as December Featured Group Show

October 29th, 2017
Indianapolis, IN—The Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9) is proud to announce a holiday-themed group show, “Simple Gifts” for December’s First Friday, on Friday, December 1st. The show will premiere 6-9pm, and admission is free. Artwork will either show a minimalist take on the artists’ current styles, or relate to the song “Simple Gifts.” All pieces will be priced $50 and under to help present art as a great choice for holiday gift-giving.

“People love to support local art,” said Joy Hernandez, president of FC9. “But they also worry about giving art as gifts.  It can be such an expensive investment and, sometimes, you have to guess the recipient’s tastes. ‘Simple Gifts’ will provide that opportunity to give the gift of art without feeling overwhelmed, by either the price or subject matter. We want art gift giving to be fun!”

About Simple Gifts

“Who does not find the simplest gifts the most meaningful?” asked assemblage artist Robin Toulouse. “When all the wrappings have been thrown away, the food eaten, some toys broken, what we have left are those gifts that don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but are there to remind us of the giver, and memories of our times together.”

“Simple Gifts” will be open throughout the month until December 17th, while many of the artists will have preview pieces available during Small Business Saturday on November 25th. Full Circle Nine Gallery is open beyond First Fridays, with artists staffing each Saturday and Sunday, 12-4p. The gallery will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Circle City Industrial Complex offers free parking, and several artists and artisans will have work available throughout the building, each offering up the potential perfect gift for the holiday season.

“Minimalism as a practice is the deconstruction of art to its framework—it’s the practice of saying a variety of things with the fewest additions—in that that way, it’s exceptionally complex,” said FC9 vice president Andrew Koeling. “Art as a gift is personal. It’s something real and tangible that meant something to whomever purchased it, and is like a shared secret between the new owner, the gift giver, and the artist.

About the Full Circle Nine Gallery

The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. It is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202, in the South Studios section of the Circle City Industrial Complex. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit www.fullcirclenine.com

FC9 Gallery Announces Jeannie Bogue, “Into the Depths of Epic” as January Featured Artist

October 29th, 2017
Indianapolis, IN—The Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9) is proud to announce Jeannie Bogue, and her show, “Into the Depths of Epic” as the featured artist for the January First Friday Art Tour, on Friday 5th, January, 2018. The show will premiere 6-9pm, and admission is free.

“’Epic’ is about overcoming adversity and struggle and finding hope and beauty in the landscapes of unknown territory,” said Bogue, who uses music to set the mood for each work. “In my own healing journey of self-growth, I have found much beauty within unfamiliar territories and the challenges I have had to face.” Her work depicts journeys these concepts as fantasy landscapes while conveying hope and triumph in the light that illuminates the shadows of each piece.

About Jeannie Bogue

Jeannie Bogue credits her ingrained resiliency and tenacity from an adverse and underprivileged childhood with the fire and passion behind her self-taught art, supplementing her natural talent with lessons from books and a correspondence art course.

“Life was very challenging during this time, and eventually my creativity expanded into other forms of self-expression, such as music,” said Bogue. “Due to the debilitating effects of Complex Trauma and PTSD, I returned to painting as a form of therapy and self-care.”

Her work acts as a meditative process for Bogue, while honoring the dichotomy between light and darkness. Bogue’s epic abstracts find hope and healing even amidst the ominous and sometimes painful landscapes of life.

“I hope patrons leave feeling empowered, and to be able to connect to their own story of triumph by observing my work, that they leave with the feeling of fortitude and determination to face any difficulty they may be facing with power and grace and hope,” said Bogue.

About the Full Circle Nine Gallery

The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. It is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202, in the South Studios section of the Circle City Industrial Complex. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit www.fullcirclenine.com