Mike Meares shows new work in CCIC’s Schwitzer Gallery Annex

April 13th, 2023

Indianapolis, IN— FC9 Artist and Events Coordinator Mike Meares will showcase new work in “The Music is his Muse,” as part of the First Friday art tour, 6-9pm on Friday, May 5th. Admission and parking are free.

“Over the last few years, I’ve leaned hard into music as my main subject matter,” Meares said. “It is what inspires me most in this world, and I firmly believe it to be one of the few true forms of magic the world has. Think of the power that music has to inspire, unite, and communicate in ways that nothing else can!” Meares tends to work spontaneously in mixed media, including drawing materials, paint, and pastel, while often listening to music and seeing where the sounds take him.

About Mike Meares

Mike Meares is an artist Illinois raised, California aged, and still relatively new to Indy. Meares graduated from a top secret, or “unimpressive state school,” with a BFA in Studio Art about a thousand years ago. Shortly after his college years, he abandoned the idea of an MFA program and moved to San Francisco to find his creative self and to pursue art on his own. Rumors about flowers in his hair remain unconfirmed. After ages of life by the bay, growing in art, years, and grey hairs, he and his family relocated to Indianapolis in the summer of 2019, settled in just in time for the pandemic.

“I love to layer line and color,” Meares said. “This love started when I began working with pastels many years ago, and I am currently enjoying the process of converting that style to painting. Those layers represent both the complex layers of elements that make up the music, as well as the complexity of the elements and emotions that fill our daily lives. I love to play with color, using bold bright colors to grab the audience’s attention and capture their minds. Thriving on that intrigue of finding interesting color schemes and pairings that pull the viewer in.”

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. With over two dozen artists occupying a large, three-room space of the more factory-reminiscent portion of the Circle City Industrial Complex, Full Circle Nine offers a wide variety of art forms, media, and approaches.

The gallery has regular hours: 6-10pm on Fridays, 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Full Circle Nine Gallery 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