October Bounty

The STUTZARTSPACE Gallery Exhibition, October Bounty, runs October 3 - 24, 2008.

October Bounty  

As autumn repaints the Indiana landscape, another "October Bounty" will transform the Stutz Art Space Gallery.

A group show featuring the work of Forrest Formsma of Indianapolis, Diane Lyon of Geist, John Reynolds of Noblesville and Rita Spalding of Irvington - all painters with studios at the Stutz building downtown - "October Bounty" will feature oil paintings of Indiana scenes, portraiture and still life work.

The show opens on Friday, Oct. 3, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association's (IDADA) monthly First Friday gallery tour. The show runs through Oct. 24. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment.

STUTZARTSPACE, a nonprofit visual art center, opened in January on the first floor of the Stutz Business Center. Its mission is to connect artists, audiences and resources. In that spirit, classes and workshops are designed to pair professional artists with students at a wide range of skill levels. Spots are available for many classes in photography, sculpture, drawing, book arts and various painting media.

WHAT: "October Bounty" art exhibition
WHERE: Stutz Art Space Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110 (Enter from 10th Street via alley)
WHEN: Opening reception on Friday, Oct. 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibition is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment through Oct. 24
COST: Free
INFO: (317) 503-6420
MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Schmits Thomas, Jen Thomas PR, Inc., (317) 441-2487, jen [at] jenthomaspr.com

Forrest Formsma

With a BFA and an MFA from Miami University, Formsma is a full-time artist. His expressionistic style ranges from degrees of realism to abstraction. Relying on intuition and emotion, he uses rich color and texture to capture the energy in his oil paintings.


A member of the Hoosier Salon, one of his paintings recently earned the prize for Best Work, First Time Exhibitor, in the Hoosier Salon's current show at the Indiana State Museum. His work is in such public collections as the Indiana Governor's Residence, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center and the University of Indianapolis.

Diane Lyon

Diane Lyon paints exclusively in oil in an impressionistic style. Her subject matter includes figurative, landscape, still life, and portraiture. She brings scenes from around the world home to Indiana in her paintings, most recently from travels in Spain and Portugal, many of which are represented in the show.


With a master's degree in dramatic arts, she has found painting to be a wonderful medium to express the drama she sees throughout the world.

She has been nationally recognized in the American Impressionist Society, with an award of excellence in 2007, and in the prestigious Oil Painters of America National Juried show in 2008. She currently paints and teaches at her studio at the Stutz. Her work is available at Masterpiece Gallery in Indianapolis, Colby Antiques in Broadripple, Hilligoss Gallery in Chicago, and Polonaise Art Gallery in Woodstock, Vermont.

John Reynolds

Reynolds has been painting, drawing and teaching for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he has taught at the Stutz Art Space, Indianapolis Art Center, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts and The Masters Study. His subject matter of choice for the last few years has been the domesticated farm animal. His work is available at Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Magdelena Gallery of Art in Carmel, and I. Pickney Simons Galleries in Beaufort and Columbia, South Carolina.

Rita Spalding

Spalding's approach to painting is fairly traditional, but not purely representational. She combines realistic elements with an abstracted, somewhat softened view of reality. While sometimes dramatic, she strives for a peaceful, calming beauty in her work. Her

work has been in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museum, and can be found in such collections as the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Central Library, Theodore Guerin Catholic High School, Tri-Kappa Service Sorority, and Franklin College.


Spalding is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Indiana State Fair Fine Arts Professional Division, and the prestigious Hoosier Salon. She is a member of the Stutz Artists Association, The Oil Painters of America, The Hoosier Salon, The American Impressionist Society, and Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.