First Friday Art Walk

Sun-Commercial photo by Jenny McNeece | Co-owner Andy Jendrzejewski of Art Space Vincennes LLC, 521 Main St., left, helps Rhode Island artist Robin Crocker hang one of her pieces inside the gallery Wednesday afternoon. Her collection entitled “Revolve” is part of tonight’s First Friday Art Walk. All three downtown art galleries will be pen to visitors from 5-8 p.m.

The owners of Art Space Vincennes LLC, 521 Main St., will open a new exhibit of works by a Rhode Island-based artist as part of the First Friday Art Walk today downtown.

Gallery owners Andy Jendrzejewski and Amy DeLap, both retired art instructors from Vincennes University, will welcome a collection entitled “Revolve,” by Robin Crocker, a now self-employed visual artist and freelance designer.

Crocker’s mixed-media sculptures and wall pieces are inspired by the writings of poets such as Sappho, William Shakespeare, Rainer Maria Rilke and e.e. cummings, among others.

Her collection “employs both literary and mathematical language to craft images and objects that bridge the gap between cerebral and tactile experience,” according to DeLap.

Vessel-like sculptures composed of wrapping text “draw viewers into an orbit around the pieces,” she said, and images “emerge from the patterns of letters and texture to illuminate the text.”

“Crocker’s work challenges the viewer to unlock the text, and to consider how its meaning is delivered and enhanced by the materials used and the physical construct of each piece” DeLap said.

Crocker began her art study at the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan then continued her focus on ceramics, sculpture, glass and large-scale printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

She also attended the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture.

Members of the Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316 Main St., will open their own exhibit of abstract art. In addition, three large paintings done by former Vincennes artist Randy Hedden done during a speed-painting show here last month — Painting American Funny Again at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center — will be on display and for sale.

Guild members, too, will have on display some of their summer-themed art work and ceramics.

And Michael and Rebecca Mullen, owners of Open Gallery, 329 Main St., will continue with a show of motorcycle-themed paintings by Evansville artist. Tim Donaldson.

His watercolor, photo-realism creations detail renderings of pre-1940s vintage V-twin motorcycle engines, among others.

Completely self-taught, Donaldson counts among his influences the "American icon of Realism," Andrew Wyeth, he said, as well as his own father, who taught him how to ride a motorcycle.

This month, new works have been added to the exhibition to show Donaldson’s exploration of new subject matters, the gallery owners said.

All three downtown art galleries will be open from 5-8 p.m. today.

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