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GORDY PAINTING OF INDIANA TURTLES IN AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

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One of only two father/son Indiana Artisan duos, Brian and his son Ben both have earned the designation for their hand-carved, gilded frames created in their Muncie gallery. Brian’s watercolor work was among the first art to jury into Indiana Artisan in June, 2008.

(April 15, 2014) For five more days, at the Salmagundi Club, on NYC’s Fifth Avenue, the 147th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society will feature “Spotted Turtle Composition,” a watercolor painting by Indiana Artisan Brian Gordy.

The American Watercolor Society was founded by 11 painters in 1866, and notable members have included William Merrit Chase, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Its Annual Exhibition “is considered by many to be the most prestigious and competitive watercolor exhibition in the country,” according to Brian’s acceptance notice.

This is the first time Brian has been invited to show in this competition. His works are included in the permanent collections of The Sheldon Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute), The Richmond Art Museum (Richmond), Minnetrista Cultural Center (Muncie), and many corporate and private collections. In addition, his work has been featured in The Best of Watercolor Volume 3, Rockport Publishers 1999, Arts Indiana and Lake Superior magazines. He is a Signature Member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America and Red River Watercolor Society.

A graduate of the Ball State University Department of Art, Brian and his wife, Genny, also a BSU art graduate and a former member of the Indiana Artisan board of directors, own Gordy Fine Art and Framing, an art gallery and frame shop in downtown Muncie.  The gallery represents two dozen artists, including Indiana Artisans Jan McCune, Carol Burt, Carol Strock Wasson, Alan Patrick, and Charlene George, in addition to Brian’s work.

One of only two father/son Indiana Artisan duos, Brian and his son Ben both have earned the designation  for their hand-carved, gilded frames created in their Muncie gallery.  Brian’s watercolor work was among the first art to jury into Indiana Artisan in June, 2008.

Brian has taught art in public schools, at the university level and privately for more than 20 years. He exhibits throughout the United States and has earned numerous awards for his watercolors and charcoal drawings.  His 2007 exhibition, “White River Turtles: Watercolors by Brian Gordy” at Minnetrista, in Muncie, introduced what has become his signature series of paintings showcasing the native turtles of Indiana.  “Spotted Turtle Composition” is part of that series, most of which have been reproduced into limited edition Giclees.