THIS JUST IN: Harrison Center to unveil ‘virtual First Friday’ this week

Pictured: Nightsea Overglow, acrylic work by Benaiah Cusack.

The Harrison Center and WFYI are joining forces this month to virtually present Everglow, new work by Benaiah Cusask in the Underground Gallery. The “virtual” First Friday gallery opening will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1.

Cusack’s collection of nocturne landscapes explores the atmosphere of Bio-Luminescence in a surreal world of bonfires, fireflies, and orbs that transport the viewer to another place and may spark a beacon of hope.

Watch the gallery tour safely from your home by tuning into WFYI or the Harrison Center’s Facebook pages. 

In addition to Everglow, two more shows at the Harrison Center will open virtually this month. Varied by Tom Day will be on view in the Center’s online gallery. The collection includes mixed media portraits, a number of which have been made during quarantine.

Also opening in the online gallery, The Endless Complexities of People & Places features new work by Herron School of Art + Design seniors Gabriel Akre and Anita Gordon. Akre’s work, a series of paintings, explores landscape as a vehicle to express sublime experiences and their ability to draw us closer to the divine. Gordon’s collection of oil and acrylic paintings dives into one particular aspect of behavioral studies, labeled Behavioral Adaptation, that Gordon finds most fascinating in a visual translation through its repetitive nature.

These shows will be on view on First Friday in the online gallery. Look out for more interviews and content from these shows, produced by WFYI, throughout the month of May.

The Great Outdoors, a new body of work by Emma Overman, remains on display and available for sale in the online gallery.

The Harrison Center invites local residents when out exercising or walking to enjoy the Social Distance Window Walk, a series of unique installations by local artists located in the windows on the perimeter of our building. This outdoor installation is currently open 24/7 for walkers & bikers to enjoy. Please observe all social distancing guidelines when viewing the exhibit. 

Also on First Friday, the Harrison Center will unveil the completion of its historic smokestack restoration as public art. Watch at 9:30 p.m. as colored smoke puffs from the top of the smokestack for the first time ever. Follow the Harrison Center on social media to see the video update on the smokestack in the week following First Friday.

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