MUNCIE, Ind. — A special edition of First Thursday, Brink of Summer ArtsWalk, will celebrate the arts culture of Muncie on Thursday, June 3, with gallery openings, art sales, an outdoor movie and more throughout downtown Muncie.
Canan Commons will feature live music and performances from Masterworks Chorale, Muncie Ballet Studio, America’s Hometown Band Jazz Ensemble and Jacob Smith Ensemble, according to a release.
New this year, attendees are invited to participate in a Community Maypole Dance, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County and led by Muncie Ballet Studio. Maypole dances celebrate the beginning of warm weather. During the dance, “dancers” hold a piece of long ribbon attached to a tall pole and weave the ribbon around the pole as they circle around
Other locations and programming for the Brink of Summer ArtsWalk around downtown include:
After Hours Art Reels: Starting Thursday, Muncie Downtown Development Partnership will host outdoor After Hours Art Reels movies 9-11 p.m. after the First Thursday Gallery Walks June–September. June’s film is “Casablanca.” Films will be projected onto the Northwest Bank wall on Charles Street at dusk. Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach patio area located at 117 E Charles St for guests who are 21 and older. Viewers who are not yet 21 can watch the films from the sidewalk surrounding the patio area. Upcoming films are “The Untouchables” on July 1, “Rocketman” on Aug. 5 and “2001: A Space Odyssey” on Sept. 2. To see trailers for the films, go to downtownmuncie.org/after-hours-art-reels/
Flower Hour: While exploring downtown Muncie during Brink of Summer ArtsWalk, collect flowers from 10 different locations to create a beautiful, custom bouquet. Tickets for Flower Hour are $20 and can be purchased online at downtownmuncie.org/flowerhour or from a participating sponsor or Downtown Development board or staff member. Money raised through this event will support DWNTWN event programming and development opportunities. This event is presented by Normandy Flower Shop, Foister’s Flowers and Gifts, Dandelions Flowers and Gifts, and Miller’s Flowers and Gifts.
The Commercial Kitchen by Pink Leaf, 108 S. Walnut St.: The new Commercial Kitchen by Pink Leaf will be open 5:30-8 p.m. for tours. Check out a newly commissioned art piece in the lobby, take home a packet of seeds and let the kids enjoy youth-designed coloring pages and cookies.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main St.: Cornerstone will have an opening reception for its Cornerstone Spring Celebration: Student Showcase 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit of visual arts by Cornerstone’s students will be displayed in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor until June 25. In addition, recordings of student performances will be shown during the exhibit. A virtual gallery will be available on the Cornerstone Center for the Arts website during this time. This event is free and open to the public, but visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and to wear masks.
Dandelions Flowers and Gifts, 120 S. Walnut St.: Ron Richcreek Pottery will be on display at Dandelions Flowers for June’s First Thursday. Richcreek has been working with slab ware and hand building along with his wheel thrown pieces.
Downtown Farm Stand, 125 E. Main St.: The Downtown Farm Stand will have smoked pulled pork sandwiches for sale out front, along with its full restaurant menu and beer and wine available inside. The Farm Stand Second Story banquet room will offer tours of its historically renovated dance hall and will have a free wine tasting of newly available organic Italian wines, 107 S. Mulberry St., Suite 210.
Gordy Fine Art and Framing Co., 224 E. Main St.: An opening reception for the gallery’s annual Summer Invitational will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit will feature work by Cheryl Anne Lorance, Aaron Nicholson, Chet Geiselman and Josh Winkler, four artists with strong ties to Muncie and Ball State University. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. The exhibit will be on view for three months through the end of August. A brief program at 6:15 p.m. Thursday will highlight the work of Lorance and Nicholson. Lorance will talk about paintings from her Wanderlust series depicting the imaginary travels of a small camper at the car that pulls it. Nicholson’s work focuses on outer space and human interactions in the galaxies. He will be serving cherry pie made in his baking pan shaped like an alien. The work of Geiselman and Winkler will be highlighted at the First Thursday event in August. Gordy is one of the 10 locations to buy tickets or collect flowers for the Flower Hour.
High Street United Methodist Church, 219 S. High St.: Popsicles, yard games, sidewalk chalk and more summertime fun will be offered in the church parking lot for those who want to stop by and play awhile.
Madjax Muncie, 515 E. Main St.: Makers, creatives, and artists will fill Monroe Hall, Public Hall and Second Floor Galleries 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Participants will include Beyond I CAN, Tribune Showprint, Debra Gindhart and Debra Shidler. “Hot” Music Night: Trivia and Raffle! will be on the second floor
Muncie Artist’s Guild: The Muncie Artists Guild’s June 2021 Artist of the Month Karen Fisher, an art educator and owner of Art Mart in The Village, will have work on display during June at Vera Mae’s Bistro, Massage Therapy Associates, Northwest Bank on Adams Street, Old National Bank on Madison Street and Rosebud Cafe on Memorial Drive.
Muncie Map Co., 111 E. Adams St.: Jannell Summers will be set up outside with a table of some of her old prints and originals (inside if it rains). She will also be doing blind-continuous contour drawings for the public. Muncie Map will also have a clearance sale and free giveaways throughout the night. We will have coloring pages of a map of Muncie for kids to keep or enter into a coloring contest called “Hey, We’re Neighbors!” Coloring pages need to be turned in by June 10, and winners will be announced at First Thursday of July. Prizes include T-shirts, stickers, magnets, and more. Notable entries will be displayed in the shop during June. Amy Shears, who owns Fur in Focus pet photography studio, inside and adjacent to Muncie Map, will have an open studio with refreshments and examples of past work, and will be available to chat with the public about her services.
The North Church Venue, 400 E. North St.: Elm Street Brewery will be bartending for drinks at the venue, which will offer live music by Jansen Blevins 5-7 p.m. and Jake Hendershot 7-9 p.m. A few local artists will showcase their recent works.
PlySpace, 608 E. Main St.: The Muncie Arts and Culture Council invites you to stop by the PlySpace Gallery 5-8 p.m. Thursday to sing like a cicada. Inspired by the buzzing, whirring and chirping of cicadas during the late spring and summer, PlySpace artist in residence Erin Mallea will collaborate with community members to listen to and observe insect noises in the area and develop a performance as a choral insect cacophony. On First Thursday, you can chirp, buzz, hiss, hum, and scream into a microphone and become part of her work. Recorded sounds will be woven into the final project, The Cicada Chorus, which will be presented as a video to the public at the end of June (date and time, TBD). Participation is free, but masks are required. Information: PlySpace.org/cicada.
Sea Salt and Cinnamon, Walnut and Main streets: Sea Salt and Cinnamon is fundraising for its new downtown storefront will a bake sale table in front of the Patterson Building.
YART, Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St.: This community art sale, with a goal of making art affordable and accessible to everyone, will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, offering works by local artists for sale, all of it priced at less than $40. The Spring 2021 Muncie YART will feature a wide variety of handmade jewelry, photography, clothing, oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, fused glass, ceramics, knits, pottery, candles, toys, drawings, sculpture, lampwork glass, stuffed animals, digital art, mosaics and more, in addition to live art and music at Canan Commons. Face masks covering the nose and mouth are required.
Brink of Summer ArtsWalk is a special edition of First Thursday, which occurs in downtown Muncie the first Thursday of every month. Parking is available in the parking garage located next to the Horizon Convention Center and Courtyard Marriott, in city lots and along select streets downtown.