MUNCIE, Ind. – A special edition of the first Thursday, Promenade des arts on the edge of summer, will celebrate Muncie’s artistic culture on Thursday, June 3, with gallery openings, art sales, an outdoor film 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 statement.
New this year, participants are invited to participate in a Maypole Community Dance, sponsored by the Muncie and Delaware County Community Foundation and conducted by Muncie Ballet Studio. Maypole dances celebrate the onset of warm weather. During the dance, the “dancers” hold a long ribbon attached to a large pole and weave the ribbon around the pole as they turn around.
Other Brink of Summer ArtsWalk venues and programs in the city center include:
After Hours Art Reels: Starting Thursday, Muncie Downtown Development Partnership will be hosting After Hours Art Reels outdoor films from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. after the first Thursday walks through the galleries from June to September. June’s film is “Casablanca”. The films will be shown on the wall on the northwest shore of Charles Street at dusk. Seating will be available on the Fickle Peach Patio located at 117 E Charles St for guests 21 and over. Viewers who are under 21 can watch the movies from the sidewalk surrounding the patio. Upcoming films are “The Untouchables” on July 1, “Rocketman” on August 5, and “2001: A Space Odyssey” on September 2. To see movie trailers, go to Downtownmuncie.org/after-hours-art-reels/
Flower Time: While exploring downtown Muncie during the Brink of Summer ArtsWalk, collect flowers from 10 different locations to create a beautiful, personalized bouquet. Tickets for Flower Hour are $ 20 and can be purchased online at centrevillemuncie.org/heurefleur or a participating sponsor or a member of the board or staff of Downtown Development. 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, Pissenlits Flowers and Gifts and Miller’s Flowers and Gifts.
Pink Leaf Commercial Kitchen, 108 S. Walnut St.: The new Pink Leaf Commercial Kitchen will be open from 5:30 pm to 8 pm for tours. Discover a newly commissioned piece of art in the lobby, take home a packet of seeds, and let the kids enjoy coloring pages and cookies designed by young people.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main St.: Cornerstone will host an opening reception for its Spring Celebration Cornerstone: Student Showcase 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The Cornerstone student visual arts exhibit will be on display in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor until June 25. In addition, recordings of student performances will be presented during the exhibition. 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 wear masks.
Dandelion Flowers and Gifts, 120 S. Walnut St.: Ron Richcreek Pottery will be on display at Dandelions Flowers the first Thursday in June. Richcreek worked with slabs and hand construction with his pieces thrown at the wheel.
Downtown Farm Stand, 125 E. Main St.: The Downtown Farm Stand will have smoked pulled pork sandwiches for sale up front, as well as its full restaurant menu and beer and wine available inside. The Farm Stand Second Story Banquet Hall will offer tours of its historically renovated dance hall and offer a free 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 on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will feature works by Cheryl Anne Lorance, Aaron Nicholson, Chet Geiselman and Josh Winkler, four artists with close ties to Muncie and Ball State University. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend. The exhibition will be on view for three months until 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 his Wanderlust series depicting the imaginary journeys of a small motorhome in front of the car pulling it. Nicholson’s work focuses on outer space and human interactions in galaxies. He will serve a cherry pie made in his alien-shaped mold. The work of Geiselman and Winkler will be highlighted at the First Thursday event in August. Gordy is one of 10 locations to buy tickets or collect flowers for Flower Time.
High Street United Methodist Church, 219 S. High St.: Pop popsicles, garden games, sidewalk chalk and more summer fun will be offered in the church parking lot for those who want to stop by and play a while.
Madjax Muncie, 515 E. Main St.: Creators, designers and artists will fill Monroe Hall, Public Hall and the second floor galleries from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Participants will include Beyond I CAN, Tribune Showprint, Debra Gindhart and Debra Shidler. “Hot” musical evening: key questions and raffle! will be on the second floor
Muncie Artist’s Guild: June 2021 Muncie Artists Guild Artist of the Month Karen Fisher, art educator and owner of Art Mart in the village, will exhibit her work in 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 installed outside with a table of some of his old prints and originals (inside if it rains). She will also be doing continuous blind outline drawings for the audience. Muncie Map will also have a clearance sale and free giveaways throughout the night. We will have coloring pages of a Muncie map for the kids to keep or participate in a coloring contest called “Hey, we’re neighbors!” Coloring pages must be returned by June 10 and winners will be announced on the first Thursday in July. Prizes include T-shirts, stickers, magnets and more. Notable entries will be displayed in the store during the month of June. Amy Shears, owner of Fur in Focus pet photography studio, inside and next 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 its services.
The North Church Venue, 400 E. North St .: Elm Street Brewery will be on-site beverage bartender, featuring live music by Jansen Blevins 5-7pm and Jake Hendershot 7-9pm A few local artists will showcase their recent work.
PlySpace, 608 E. Main St.: The Muncie Arts and Culture Council invites you to stop by the PlySpace Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to sing like a cicada. Inspired by the hum, roar and song of cicadas in late spring and summer, PlySpace artist-in-residence Erin Mallea will collaborate with community members to listen and observe insect sounds in the area and develop a performance as a cacophony of choral insects. On the first Thursday, you can chirp, buzz, whistle, hum and shout into a microphone and be part of his job. The recorded sounds will be incorporated 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, to be determined). Participation is free, but masks are mandatory. Information: PlySpace.org/cigale.
Streets Sea Salt and Cinnamon, Walnut and Main: Sea Salt and Cinnamon raises funds for its new downtown showcase will have a baking table in front of the Patterson Building.
YART, Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St.: This community art sale, with the goal of making art affordable and accessible to all, will take place Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., offering works of art for sale. ‘local artists, all for less than $ 40. The Spring 2021 Muncie YART will feature a wide variety of handmade jewelry, photographs, clothing, oil / acrylic / watercolor paints, fused glass, ceramics, knits, pottery, candles, toys, designs, sculpture, glass au blowtorch, stuffed animals, digital art, mosaics and more, plus art and music live at Canan Commons. Masks covering the nose and mouth are mandatory.
Brink of Summer ArtsWalk is a special edition of First Thursday, which takes place in downtown Muncie on the first Thursday of each month. Parking is available in the parking garage located adjacent to the Horizon Convention Center and Courtyard Marriott, in city lots and along certain downtown streets.