Reflected Light: A Midsummer Art Exhibition is an annual, free, non profit, central Indiana Art expo that focuses on up and coming artists in the fields of painting, photography, mixed media, ceramics, video, sculpture, and many others. 2014 has been an exceptional year for this show and it promises to be the best yet. We are not quite sure why it has been so successful but it continues to draw very creative people, young college art students who think outside of the box, and self trained painters who ask questions and practice art in a way that doesn't always follow the rules. At the same time we receive beautiful traditional paintings, unique photos from many different genres, and ceramics which range from the comical to a simple beauty. We are also flooded with art viewers and guests and an overwhelmed parking lot where cars just circle around in search of a place to park.
The show started as an experiment to show art in places outside of art districts to see if people would still come. The pastor of Bread of Life Minstries in Avon, Indiana, Bill Doughtery, added that he wanted this church to be a place where people find their calling. If you were to be an artist, then Bread of Life wanted to help you with your calling.
The show is unique in that it does not charge the artist to show their work. It is free. If the art sells, the church/gallery refuses to take a cut from that sale. Meanwhile admission of the public, food, parking, and entertainment are provided free of charge. You might ask, "What's the catch?" I mean, everyone has an angle or a selfish motive, right? There is no catch. We choose to encourage people in their gift of creating art. There is no catch, it is a ministry and a free gift.
But the show has also become a book of stories, a Field of Dreams if you will. There have been several stories of 80 year old artists who had always dreamed to be shown in a gallery, but never quite making it. After living most of their lives these artist often find their work hung at this show. Or the many incidents of artists who were told their work was terrible, given failing grades by their art teachers and told they should find another source of income . rather than art. These artists came back with more drive and passion to present breathtaking and beautiful art. A story was told to me how one artist was on the verge of depression, after being beaten by her partner, and while looking for a way to accomplish her own suicide, found instead her paints and painted through the night a self portrait instead. This artist told me this painting had saved her life. Stories were told to me about an artist who had arthritis in her hands so severe she couldn't stand to hold a paintbrush. Yet she produced a work of startling beauty. Stories told to me how a friend of a friend from far away called telling another artist who might have painted quietly, and unnoticed in his or her home for years to be a part of this show and finally received the warranted and deserved praise and attention for their skills as an artist.
Come and be a part of this fun show. Reflected Light will open Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-9 at Bread of Life in Avon Indiana, 7510 E County Road 100 North again. it is free, family friendly and fun. I hope we see you there.
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