If you have seen many of my drawings, you know how much I love circles! So, as I looked for a fresh new home for my art in the downtown Indianapolis area, it seems meant to be—in more ways than one—that I ended up at the Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9). I can’t think of a more appropriate name for the home for my art.
Installation Day at FC9, with my long-time friend Jim Kirk and his wife Kate.
The FC9 gallery, on the southside of downtown Indianapolis inside the Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC), is home to more than twenty wonderful artists. I've had the pleasure of exhibiting with many of them in the past, such as Joy Hernandez, Dan Haynes, Jim Kirk, among others. Because of these great artists, it really does bring a comfort to know I'm in such good company--like coming home among great friends.
The past few years, the FC9 artists have worked hard to transform their slice of the CCIC into an awesome gallery that highlights the unique and creative works that hang on the walls while maintaining the cool industrial flavor of the building. The gallery has a clean, yet artsy, look and flow to best highlights the creative works of each artist from our diverse collective.
The CCIC building was erected in the 1920s and was originally home to the Schwitzer Corporation, a major auto industry force during the post-World War I era. Spanning more than a half a million square feet, the CCIC is home to a diverse group of tenants including artists, makers, small businesses, and more. In addition to art, the CCIC is home to many businesses and organizations, including a distillery, a brewery and an ice cream shop. Check out the CCIC website for its ever-growing list of tenants.
The CCIC is also just around the corner from Mass Ave., another artsy area of town with many great places to eat. When you plan your day or night out, you will have no worries about not finding parking, food or fun in the area.
You may visit the FC9 during open gallery hours, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., as well as the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 1125 Brookside Avenue, Suite B23 in Indianapolis. Free parking is across the street from the building and directional signs are posted during open gallery hours. If you plan to make the drive, call or message me and I will do my best to be there, too.
With the recent growth at the CCIC, more than 50 artists have studio and/or gallery space inside of the CCIC. This makes the CCIC home to the largest number of permanent artists you can see in one place in the state of Indiana. How exciting is that?
I am working on a few new pieces at the moment and am looking forward to expanding my involvement in the gallery. In June, my art will be featured for First Friday, so watch for more information to be posted here and on my social media pages.
Posing with my art, April 2019 First Friday at Full Circle Nine Gallery.
April was my first First Friday at FC9. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised at the steady crowd of visitors that made their way during exhibition. Many of the artists were on hand to discuss their art with visitors to the gallery. The ambiance is very exciting. I am looking forward to many more First Fridays at FC9 and I hope to see you there!