On March 27th, David Owsley Museum of Art held the Final Friday for March 2015. For those who haven’t been before, Final Friday at DOMA is an event that has been held in the Fall and Spring on the last Friday of the month since Fall 2014. There are activities, food, music, and a group of short, fun presentations powered by PechaKucha. Fast-paced presentations are given by different people, often community members, with PowerPoints that have 20 slides and play for 20 seconds per slide. Artists were seated in the Sculpture Court with yarn spinning demonstrations and illustrations, and DJJNELL mixed music for visitors from the balcony.
First, April Carvalho and Drew Sumwalt gave demonstrations on spinning. April had a drop spindle and Drew had a spinning wheel to show how their beautiful purple and white yarns are made. April and Drew both attend weekly get-togethers at the Yarn Stories shop in Downtown Muncie which offers crafting classes.
James Schwab, the curatorial intern at DOMA and a senior art student at Ball State, held lightning portrait sessions across the room from the spinners. In each of his drawing sessions he had conversations with and got to know the subject of the drawings. Presenter Maggie and her daughter sat for a mother-daughter portrait.
In Recital Hall, MCs Braydee Euliss and Traci Lutton hosted the PechaKucha presentations. Chris Flook of the Delaware County Historical Society gave his presentation “Muncie’s First 150 – The Delaware County Historical Society’s Plan for the Next 150”. Corey Hagelberg and Kate Land presented “Why You Should Buy a Cheap house & Start and Artist Residency” about the Calumet Artist Residency that the two of them founded three years ago. Sarah Lyttle and Bob Fritz spoke about their Tai Chi and tree climbing classes to help people become and remain active in fun ways in their presentation “In the Trees and On the Ground.” Tania Said of the David Owsley Museum of Art presented about the summer community exhibition, “Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration.” Maggie Ross spoke about her unique life-style with “Striving for an Eco Minimalist Life”. She has spent the past several years working towards a trash-free life. She developed the idea in college and, after spending time cataloguing her trash, she displayed it all in an exhibition to help make people aware of what and how much they throw away. Since then, she has located to a modest but comfortable tiny house with garden, compost, and other tools which she has made in order to live as trash-free as she can. She creates her own clothes and uses old shirts as rags instead of using paper towels. Her website and Etsy shop, which will open later this year, help those with children live more environmentally conscious, a topic fitting for this time of year as Earth Day approaches on April 22nd.
April 24th will mark our last Final Friday event for the Spring 2015 semester. Along with the PechaKucha talks at 7pm, DOMA will also have Alexander Jarman for an “Un-tour” of the Fractured Narratives exhibition beginning the evening at 6 pm. If you would like to present a PechaKucha topic, check out the PechaKucha page on our website at http://tinyurl.com/m8dq8jq.
Photos of the event were taken by Emma Rogers.