January happenings: First Friday openings at the Harrison Center and Circle City Industrial Complex; a special exhibit at the Indiana State Museum; and a print-making workshop at Indy Reads

AT THE HARRISON CENTER / On First Friday, Jan. 5, Johnny McKee will present beafterfore, a body of work using motifs familiar to followers of McKee’s art. Paintings of clouds and stars make up the majority of this collection. McKee invites viewers to escape into an endless field of stars, and reflect on time and our shared existence – “before we were here and after we’re gone.”

Also at the Harrison Center on Jan. 5:

> In the Gallery Annex, Lost Blocks by Lisa VanMeter. Inspired by the Indiana habitats she encounters in her everyday life and while geocaching around the state, VanMeter uses a reduction block printing technique to create vibrant handmade prints.

And, Prints Charming, a collection of prints by Harrison Center studio artists. The collection features an array of prints crafted by Lorie Lee Andrews, Kipp Normand, Asa Gauen, Kyle Ragsdale, Lindsey Lord, and Carolyn Springer. With their distinct styles and techniques, these artists have produced a range of prints that are sure to captivate.

> In the City Gallery, Sanctum by Mark Alan Miller, who explores the theme of art as a sanctuary through intricate pen and ink drawings, finding solace in his solitary passion.

> In the Speck Gallery, Old Clothes: Works of Comfort by Phillip Campbell. Through the transformation of used clothing into tactile works of comfort, Campbell makes these objects feel safe and familiar as he explores fear and vulnerability in the contemporary world. Old clothes are vessels of memories, and quilts represent home, comfort, memories, and tradition.

> In the Underground Gallery, Faces in Places by Basil Smotherman. This collection of watercolor and acrylic works offers viewers a unique perspective into the artist’s personal interactions. Each piece showcases a connection between individuals and their surroundings while highlighting the artist’s distinctive style of marking surfaces and using color to make bold statements about the subjects represented. The exhibit is an exploration of people, color, and the art-making process.

Patrons can also experience The Annual Window Walk outside around the perimeter of our building. Local artists created three-dimensional displays in our street-level basement windows with the theme of Winter Nostalgia. This annual contest consists of a juried panel and public voting that took place in December. The winners were Johnson Simon, first; Chris Tower, second; and Carolyn Springer, third. Jennifer Wolfe won the popular vote.

All shows will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.  In-person gallery tours will open for visitors Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online galleries will open on Jan. 6. Make an appointment or view the online galleries at harrisoncenter.org/buy-art. Special senior hours are every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is needed.

ARTWORK ABOVE: Apocalypse Pink will be part of Johnny McKee’s exhibition at the Harrison.

AT THE CIRCLE CITY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX / On First Friday, Jan. 5, the Schwitzer Gallery
will host Dailyn Eades with A Story Like Mine, a formal introduction to the artist as she uncovers who is “dai.” This exhibition is centered around dai’s complex relationship with mental health and self, as she grapples with grief and trauma, and transforms it into a bright and colorful nuanced body of work. “This show is deeply personal, as it was created in a difficult and trying time,” Eades said. “It’s vulnerable because it’s a reflection of how I view myself and the world around me.”

Among the many Jan. 5 openings at the CCIC will take place at Full Circle Nine Gallery, where Samantha Glover will offer Headspace. The artist describes the exhibition as “fantastical, dreamy, abstract.” She added that the exhibit “brings me closer to my soul,” while acting therapeutic and granting a sense of accomplishment. The artist confesses that she struggles with insecurity, and that work such as “Headspace breaks through the barrier of not feeling “good enough,” while bringing her back to who she truly is.

 The CCIC is a nearly half-million square foot industrial building which is home to over 100 galleries, individual artists and artisans. For more listings and event updates, please visit https://ccicindyartists.wordpress.com, or the CCIC Artists Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ccicartists

AT INDY READS / Arthrive is teaming with Indy Reads to present Hanes-One Community Art with Arthrive, a print-making workshop set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. The all-ages event will allow participants to try out Arthrive’s new community art kit which breaks down into a portable tabletop printmaking studio. The print is collaborative and takes two people to make a print. The unique rainbow-rolled prints are distributed at the studio event and into the community in public spaces. These prints belong to a public art archive and people are encouraged to return the prints back to the public space.

AT THE INDIANA STATE Museum / Visitors can surround themselves with the beauty and complexity of the world’s microscopic wonders, as the top 20 photos from the 48th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition continues on display through Feb. 15.

Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing life as seen through the light microscope. The winning photos hanging in the third-floor Thomas A. King Bridge Gallery are as notable for their vivid colors as they are for their unusual subject matter.

First place was awarded to Grigorii Timin, supervised by Dr. Michel Milinkovitch at the University of Geneva, for his remarkable image of an embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko. A visually stunning and painstaking technique, Timin used high-resolution microscopy and image-stitching to merge hundreds of images together to create the final photo.

Among the other winning images, visitors can see everything from unique scientific specimens, like neurons derived from human neural stem cells and the blood vessel networks in a mouse, to everyday household subjects, like a daddy long-legs spider and the wick of a candle — all magnified to reveal their intricacies in a dazzling array of colors.

The Nikon Small World competition began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photomicrography. Open to amateur and professional photographers alike, this year’s competition received nearly 1,300 entries from 72 countries.

Nikon Small World is free for Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members and included with regular admission. Attendees can go to IndianaMuseum.org to plan their visit and purchase admission.

ON OUR STAGES / January openings at theaters in the Urban Times zone are featured in the December-January edition of Urban Times, which can be found in the Indianapolis Public Library’s Digital Collection at https://www.digitalindy.org/digital/collection/utn/id/10891/rec/1.