Nick Luther

Nick Luther was born September 3rd, 1993, as the second of four boys. Growing up with a father who loved comic books and horror movies was a huge factor in developing his favorite artistic subject matter and preferred styles. 

Nick has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His father was always drawing when he was a small child and seeing this as well as the art of Doctor Seuss books and the fun colors and characters of Looney Toons had him drawing by the age of four on a regular basis. One of his favorite subjects as a child was creating and drawing monsters with movies such as Alien and The Thing being heavy influences. He also became interested in drawing his own comics as a young child in daycare and remembers copying from Calvin and Hobbs books before he and his eldest brother started making their own stick figure comics that continued on into middle school. He also began using pipe cleaners to create simple stick figure characters to play with which eventually developed into elaborate monsters of varying designs and the ability to make stop motion movies with these homemade creatures.

He started to refine his own artistic vision in high school when he began to focus more on proper human proportions and anatomy instead of simple stick figures. Some of the inspiration for his own characters and how he draws anatomy in his own way comes from the dark and exaggerated styles of Tim Burton, Gris Grimly, and Jhonen Vasquez. While art classes in school introduced him into new mediums he hadn’t experienced before, his favorite style remained very much illustrations and character creation and his love of comics never wavered; some of his favorite comic book artists he’s known about since childhood such as Todd McFarlane and Sam Keith. 4 years of art classes introduced him to painting and charcoal and in that time he also pursued experimenting with acrylic paints in his own time. He says that in that time he went through at least 2 sketchbooks a year and most were full of his own caricatures of various people he knew or favorite characters and actors. He still has those sketchbooks and various other works he’s done in his possession to this day. 

In 2013 while working a warehouse job he hated he began a passion project with his eldest brother and a good friend of theirs. The Bounty Project. They each created their own original characters as the trio of protagonists and the plot of the book they came up with together. This comic is still an ongoing project to this day with hopes of one day being published. 

In recent years, Nick has gone back to working with charcoal and watercolor paints and broadening his skills in those mediums as well as continuing to fill various sketchbooks with anything and everything that comes to mind. He has also begun to develop his skills in the digital medium as well, allowing him to experiment with colors in his illustrations beyond the grey shading of pad and pencil. Instagram has allowed him to keep track of some of his favorite artists such as Carlos Huante, Ben Templesmith, and Rob Guillory and more easily find inspiration in the things he loves and takes influence from. He eagerly awaits Inktober each year and the horror themed prompts that embody some of the things that have always been a major part of his life and his art. Creativity is the driving force of his life and he looks forward to a day when he has unlimited time to focus on his artistic dreams. This will be the first time that his work has been featured in a gallery.

“Art is a way of life. Cliche as it sounds it is the ultimate form of expression. What emotions are you feeling? Joy, sadness, rage, lust, panic? Literally anything you want to express, you just find some paper and let it flow. Art can say what you can’t find the words to say. Art is therapy in that way, it has the ability to help you come to terms with things in your life in a way that you don’t have to show or explain to anyone; it can be for you and only you in any way that you need. It’s the only form of medication I’ve ever been able to maintain and it works better than any breathing exercise ever could. It’s just relaxing. Peaceful. There’s a strange sense of power that comes from being able to see and pull something from the ether that no one else can even begin to envision until you make it real. On a less existential level, there’s the limitless potential for comedy in art. I’d simply point to anything by Chuck Jones for his incredible exaggerations or Gary Larson for his brilliant simplicity. Art simply can’t be contained or defined to just one thing. It’s paintings, it’s stories, it’s music, it’s movies, it’s poetry. If it moves your heart and calls your soul, it’s art. When you see it, you recognize it everywhere; from the ridiculous storytelling possibilities of comic books to capturing the truth of life in portraits and landscapes. Art is life; it’s my life, it’s your life, it’s all our lives. It’s as simple as that.”

Lydia Burris – Fantastic Journeys

“Fantastic Journeys” is an exploration of the in-between spaces in our hearts and minds. The work is imbued with the sense of dreams, where the rules of physics are insubstantial, and images, words, memories, and imagination dissolve into one another. These journeys are captured with a mix of media starting with collage as the main inspiration. “Working with collage allows me to deconstruct the known world and rebuild it in new ways. Fantastic Journeys is a love letter to a great yearning inside myself tofind deeper meaning in life, to explore places both known and imagined, and to discover the magic in everything”

Lydia Burris was born in Columbus, IN. She attended Indiana University in from 1998 -2002 where she received a double major in Fine Art and “Illustration of Mythology”. Lydia moved to England from 2004-2005 to pursue and receive her Masters of Art, Fine Art from the Norwich School of Art and Design (now called the Norwich University of the Arts). Lydia then moved to Indianapolis where she has been engaged in the art community since 2007. She participates in multiple art events annually and teaches art classes at Ivy Tech Community College. In 2009, she was awarded the Stutz Studio Residency, and continued to have a space at the Stutz from 2010 till 2019 when she moved her art studio to the Circle City Industrial Building.

In 2019 alone, Lydia participated in 6 local art events or markets (such as the Monster Drawing Rally at the SunKing Brewery), 6 Indianapolis gallery shows including the Tiny Show at the 924 Gallery, 4 gallery shows outside of Indy (Bloomington, IN, Chicago, IL., Los Angeles, CA), 5 open studio events, and 3 pop culture conventions such as GenCon. She was also prompted to create a public art installation at the local venue “Healer”, and was invited to be the photographer for a special celebrity event in Detroit, MI.

In the past, Lydia has been involved in illustration for independent books, games, albums and movies, as well as movie prop fabrication. In 2013 she curated a contemorary fantastic art show called “Conjure” at the Stutz Gallery, and in August of 2015 and 2016, she organized a 4-day art market called “Bizarre Bazaar” at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

Lydia is dedicated to the art process and experimentation. She also holds a vibrant passion for travel and exploration. In May and June of 2019, she took a 26-day solo adventure to California and New Mexico, for the purpose of art inspiration, reflection and contemplation. She partially funded this trip by offering creative rewards to her art patrons.

If you are interested in purchasing one or more of her pieces, please browse through the gallery below and contact Lydia through email.

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An extensive list of Lydia’s schedule, shows, and accomplishments can be seen on her website at Lydiaburris.com.

Jack Donnelly

Jack Donnelly was born in Portland, Oregon in 2001 but after a few years he moved with his family to Bloomington, Indiana where he grew up. As a twin, Jack always tried to be independent of his twin sister and become his own person, developing interests personal to him; the most prominent being his interest in art. Jack started with an interest in realism, drawing graphite portraits as detailed and true-to-life as possible, even selling pieces to friends at school for extra practice.

With an emotional drive, Jack let his heart lead his work, taking on darker topics like death and mental illness. Jack would surround himself with as many types of art as he could, taking an avid interest in researching musical art as well as designing and thrifting clothing. Jack drew inspiration from many movements and periods including, the postmodern movement, the surrealist period, the cubist style, and the neo-expressionist movement where he found great inspiration from Jean Michel Basquiat.

Jack excelled in the use of digital applications like photoshop and became the top graphic art student in his high school. This graphic art has become Jack’s primary medium.

“I have always been interested in how when you construct a figure it is considered art but at some point, you are imitating life. I think that everything is art, but I like to mix realism with more abstract styles to express the complexity of our world. This mixing of styles is my way of commenting on how fascinating it is that we have so many ways of expressing the same idea. I could draw a detailed figure of a man; blending shadows and highlights, measuring every precise angle, or I could carefully combine colors and circles and curved lines, with seemingly no meaning on their own, to create the figure of a man so the same. I have fun using both tactics, like painting while wearing mis-matched glasses; the right lens a piece of broken, orange-tinted glass from a bottle, the left lens a clear, clean-cut piece of glass from a microscope.”

Diva Armas Luther

Diva Armas Luther is a digital artist and illustrator, she creates colorful prints of varied themes.  

Having a graphic design background, her work is inspired by typography and architecture magazine layouts. She grew up with influences such as, late 80’s to early 2000’s Japanese manga, international haute couture editorials, and contemporary political art from her home-country, Indonesia. After spending more than a decade being in different countries in Asia, she found comfort in Bloomington’s art scene and is excited to bring her own culture to the colorful B-Town. 

“Illustration is my way of untangling the messy concepts in the mind and turning it into a neat and tidy theme. Coordinating colors is therapeutic to me. Instead of painting what I actually feel, I improve my emotions by beautifying them. Typeface plays a big role on that as well. The words I’ve chosen for my artworks tend to explain what I’d rather keep in private” 

She signs all the artworks with her name, but her handle is Komik Taksa. 

Instagram: @komiktaksa

Caroline Nurkkala

Caroline Nurkkala is a graduate student at Indiana University in the process of earning her Master of Information Science. When she isn’t studying, she is creating in one of many media, including making jewelry from animal bones which she acquires from animal carcasses found in rural Indiana. Caroline also paints, draws, and sculpts, and she is always learning new skills like armorsmithing and digital art.

Caroline voluntarily manages Artisan Alley’s tool sharing library called Burl & Ingot.

Instagram: @caroline.nurkkala

T. K. McGuire

T.K. McGuire is a local Indiana contemporary artist and advocate for Art Therapy and mental health awareness. McGuire received her BFA from Herron School of Arts and Design with an emphasis in painting and psychology. 

Continuing her education in art and psychology, she pursued research in the Art Therapy graduate program, and now dedicates her work to being an advocate for both art therapy and mental health awareness. McGuire describes her work as a process of catharsis and self-analysis. 

To McGuire, the creative process of bringing art to life is multifaceted. She uses the process to “find answers to difficult questions, peace when … feeling off balance, and a love for life.” She describes what she creates as “contemporary and symbolic mixed media art inspired by nature and drawn from my own life’s experience.”

Charles Culp

Charles Culp was born and raised in a town called Vincennes. After receiving his degree in Education from Indiana University in 2008, he joined Americorps. Since then he has been an advocate for non-profits and community education in Colorado, Tennessee, and now in his home state of Indiana. He is passionate about making a lasting connection with his art, and he believes every person has an opportunity to grow and thrive as they discover their passions through the never-ending, formative years of our lives.

“Color is a language more empowering and accessible than any word, written or whispered. Color can also be used as a tool to divide us when we fail to think for ourselves, and if there is a voice of fear that calls for division, then I believe in the simple, artistic symbols of love that remind us of a greater union; of a shared history.

We must forever celebrate the vividness of our experiences, so that we can find comfort in the universal road signs, forever guiding our many journeys. I design art to represent all people, sharing brightly between the tones and marks of the languages we have created.

My work seeks to depict the uniqueness and depth of the human experience, transcending culture and time, encompassing the many different ideas that have enriched the lives of the people of this world through their deeds and rituals. Bold lines form familiar, godly faces, piecing together the ancient symbols that raised our ancestors from darkness, and as the artistic observer surrenders their perceptions of control, they move toward the beautiful truths of compassion, understanding, and love in every piece they view. “

Black History Month – Group Exhibition

Black History Month first originated as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week” Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February — between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Since 1976, America celebrates Black History Month. Therefore, we celebrate the history and give the platform to our own artists – local to Indiana: Deonna Craig, Shaina Bray, Milton Knight, Ezi Underwood, Damani Edmundson, and Robert Adams IV. To honor the  important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Amber Robinson

Amber

Amber Robinson is a local artist that loves trying different mediums and encouraging others to make something new. From stage management for theater to starting her own food truck, Amber now hopes to make it her life’s mission to help as many people grow spiritually, artistically and financially as possible. Stay tuned for new projects, classes, and chats with local artists and local entrepreneurs at the “We Came to Create Studio” page on Facebook. Video and Audio Interviews and Content Coming Soon.

Irene Wilde: Melancholy, Me

Irene Wilde

January 10th -31st

My work is my attempt to come to terms with feeling; that remarkable gift we are given and have always known, and yet continues to be an entity of which we cannot explain. For feeling is strange and terrifying in the sense that every human will one day hear a different inner monologue that is foreign and yet irrefutably their own.