Organizers are scheduling complementary events on Main Street on October 7: The First Friday Art Walk
will feature three galleries on Main and now a fourth, VU’s Shircliff Gallery of Art, as part of the First Friday experience. INVin will sponsor Autumn on Main
for the second time, with plans for a big night in downtown Vincennes. Main Street will be closed to traffic for their events.
The two organizations are working toward developing downtown as the heart of our community, a place of pleasure and culture for all ages, using the natural and built resources already available. These resources include the river, the outstanding architecture of downtown, the town’s history, and many supportive organizations. Vincennes has a great atmosphere of work ethic and can benefit from broader offerings for culture and pleasure, which can also be sources of income. These efforts are well worth your support! Details below:
First Friday Art Walk:
Art Space Vincennes, LLC 521 Main Street, continues Zoomorphs: Experiments in Bronze, the work of Cambridge, England sculptor Cat Vitebsky. Vitebsky employs the lost wax form of casting metal, which allows her to preserve delicate surface detail in her figurative pieces. She states, “Through large and small-scale works I explore themes of mythology and the human condition while also celebrating the dynamism and beauty of the human form.” This show ends on October 15. Regular gallery hours are Tue – Fri 12 – 5 pm, Sat 11 – 2 pm. To view work by appointment, call 812-887-6145. Questions? 812-887-6145.
Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316 Main will present Barn Quilt Paintings by Mike Lankford. His work can be seen displayed outside, installed on barns, fences, posts, porches, and garages. He painted the giant watermelon used for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Vincennes. Fall-themed art by Guild Members, in a variety of media, will also be on display and for sale. Regular gallery hours are Tue – Fri 1 – 4:30, Saturday 11 – 2.
Open Gallery 329 Main will present Beautification: Photography by Morgan Ford Willingham. Formerly Assistant Professor of Photography and Director of the Shircliff Gallery at Vincennes University, Ford Willingham is now Assistant Professor of Photography at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Her work addresses social issues dealing with women’s self-image through the examination of the impact of advertising and consequent societal pressures. The Open Gallery Musicians will provide live Irish music. The gallery is open most regularly on Saturday afternoons, though one may find the doors open at other times as well.
Shircliff Gallery of Art in the southwest wing of the Humanities Building at the corner of Second and Harrison Streets joins the First Friday Art Walk for the first time. This gallery will open early at 4 pm and will close early at 7 pm to enable visitors to enjoy the events on Main.
The Shircliff Gallery will be showing the works of Jennifer D. Anderson and Pattie Chalmers. Anderson creates drawings that are both labor and time-intensive. They represent her investigation of the forces of nature. Chalmers, a ceramicist, makes narrative tableaus and vessels using images from childhood tales and personal experiences. These are whimsically combined with historical and invented elements that express her observations about identity, ideologies, and our humanity. There is convenient parking just across the street from Shircliff Gallery during the First Friday hours. In general, the shows are diverse and excellent. Regular hours: Mon – Thurs 8 am – 9 pm, Fri 8 – 5, Sun 12 – 3.
Autumn on Main:
In addition, you can enjoy the following activities (outdoor bars and bands open until 9; other activities end at 8):
– Show vehicle cruise-in, including antique cars.
– Live music. Dave Parman and The Coatneys will perform in concert.
– Craft beer and wine tasting (roped off the area between 4th and 5th streets). $10 wristband will purchase 5 tasting tickets. Beer and wine will also be for sale.
– Food trucks and tents. Vendors will include the Asian Market, Chicken Stix, and First Thursday Church (burgers and hot dogs).
– Other special art activities.
- Sign up for canvas painting with Heartworks by Amanda Oakes by calling the Visitors Bureau at 812-886-0400. This is a “Rosé/Monet” style class that will take place in front of the Art Guild at 316 Main at 6:00 pm.
- See artist and Art Guild president John DeCoursey showing his works and doing watercolor painting demonstration in front of the Walks building at 320 Main.
- Lincoln High School students will have a sale of artworks with animal themes in front of Regions Bank at 302 Main. Proceeds will go to the Humane Society and Angel Lange’s animal refuge.
– Pantheon tours will be given by Norbert Brown.
– Children’s games and activities in front of Thursday Church 218 Main.
– The Faith Store, Humane Society, and Pretty Poseys will be open for business.
With the exception of the Lincoln High School Sale, all proceeds from the Autumn on Main event will go to INVin for downtown restoration. INVin is a non-profit Arts, Business and Innovation Initiative currently focusing on revitalizing the Sixth Street corridor near the New Moon Theater. Autumn on Main is sponsored by the Vincennes Visitors and Tourism Bureau, First Vincennes Savings Bank, Willie’s Pub Catering, WZDM 92 and INVin.