MoonTree Studios invites you to meet the artist at the opening reception forDown to the Water to be held in the gallery on MoonTree Festival day, Saturday, September 19, 2015; 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The featured artist is Indiana Artisan Brian Gordy of Muncie, Indiana. Gordy has ties to this area—in the late-1970’s he taught middle-school art at Rochester. Later, he taught art at the university level and privately for over 25 years. Throughout his career, his paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest and the north woods of Michigan and Canada. He says, “The reason I do art is to thrill myself. Art is my zipline.”
About Down to the Water, Gordy says, “As an artist, I have discovered two things: watercolor is the medium that brings art from me, and, I never know where my muse might be hiding. As I paddled down a river in the middle of Indiana one morning a few years ago, I noticed the light glancing off the shell of a basking map turtle. Against the murky water and tangled bank, there it was…a glistening oval complete with organic knobs and serrated edges that reflected the rose-colored morning light, revealing layers of hidden color in the shell—a watercolorist’s dream! In the next instant, plop! It was gone.” Over the years since, Gordy has spent countless hours stalking the reptiles and the more he observed, the more interested he became, the more research he did. He is acutely aware of the environmental challenges facing the turtles of our rivers and streams. His exhibition, “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy” at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie from October 2007– January 2008, introduced a series of paintings of freshwater turtles in their natural habitat, a series that still continues. Gordy vows, “I hope to bring a broader human awareness to the survival challenges turtles face in the world.”
Brian Gordy is Owner and Director of Framing and Restoration at Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company in Muncie, Indiana. He is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Red River Watercolor Society. His works are included in several permanent collections and have been featured in The Best of Watercolor Vol. 3, “Arts Indiana,” “Snowy Egret,” and “Lake Superior” magazines. Recent awards and accomplishments include completion of an oversized (16’ X 4’) watercolor scene White River and Turtles (commissioned by Open Door Services in Muncie--2012,) Best Watercolor at the Hoosier Salon (2013), Award of Excellence at Indiana Watercolor Society’s Show (2013), and inclusion in the American Watercolor Society’s International Exhibit in New York City (2014).
MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is also open Saturdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please call in advance for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Down to the Water will be October 31, 2015.