Downtown Vincennes expects to be jumping tonight as local art galleries partner with the non-profit INVin in hosting the First Friday Art Walk alongside the annual Spring on Main.
Main Street between First and Fifth streets will be closed to traffic — the side streets will remain open — to make way for a host of activities including beer and wine tasting, children's games, a collection of classic cars with the Hoosiers Cruisers, live music and a mix of food vendors, too.
The three downtown art galleries will also be open with collections to peruse.
Spring on Main will be from 6-10 p.m.; the Art Walk will be from 5-8 p.m.
The Open Gallery, 329 Main St., will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit that complements well the Hoosier Cruisers car show.
Gallery owners Michael and Rebecca Mullen are hosting the motorcycle-themed works of Evansville artist Tim Donaldson, whose watercolor, photo-realism creations detail renderings of pre-1940s vintage V-twin motorcycle engines, among others.
Michael Mullen said he was blown away when he first saw Donaldson's work.
“He's totally self-taught,” he said, his eyes wide as Donaldson unpacked piece after piece at the gallery Thursday afternoon. “It's amazing, the attention to detail. And I've always been a big fan of photo realism anyway.”
“He's pretty damn good.”
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. His mother, too, was an artist, always with “painting brushes handy,” he said.
He first began to paint to relieve stress, creating detailed images from photographs, and eventually, people began to take notice. This particular show, he said, is a tribute to his late father.
“He and I rode together,” he said. “So I started this series as a tribute to him and for all of those hours we spent riding together.
“He had a real passion for it, he taught me about passion,” he said. “And I think any good artist has a lot of passion for what they do.”
Art Space Vincennes LLC, 521 Main St., will continue with an exhibit of work from South-Carolina artist Terry Jarrard-Diamond.
Entitled “Evidence,” the show, which opened last month, features a collection of paintings and hanging textiles with rather muted colors of black, gray, white and beige in non-objective brush strokes that, in many cases, reflect Jarrard-Diamond's love of nature.
After working as an art teacher and textile industry designer, Jarrard-Diamond earned a master's degree in art from Clemson University then became a full-time artist.
The Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316 Main St., too, will host a new exhibit of members' photography in a “variety of subjects and approaches,” according to a press release issued this week.
Local artists will also have for sale spring and summer-themed work in a variety of mediums.
And for the first time, Shirley's Pocket Park in the 400 block of Main Street, will be the site of a collection of artwork done by local KCARC clients.