Aphelion by Gerald Griffin   

Aphelion by Gerald Griffin


The Color of Life


Domenica Bongiovanni, dbongiovan@jconline.com
1:42 p.m. EST December 17, 2015

Whether you need a break from the holiday season stress, are looking for something to do with relatives in town or just need to take a few hours for yourself, you'll find plenty to contemplate this week.

  • "CREATIVE SPIRITS." This exhibit showcases a thoroughly artistic family. Ilana Debikey fashions her colorful, multitextured mixed media paintings using ink, acrylics and gold. George Debikey works with raku, and he makes ceramics that include detail and free design. Their son Oliver Debikey explores fresh designs and colors in his glass works, for which he has mastered and built on traditional glass blowing techniques. (11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Feb. 28. Closed Thursday, Christmas day, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St. Free.)
  • GERALD GRIFFIN. Griffin's paintings in "Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity: A Question of Color," are striking in their tones of color and subject matter that criticizes and seeks out beauty in American life and history, according to his artist statement. In it, Griffin writes that he is influenced by portraiture and identity and that he explores images as part of a larger context. (Through Feb. 28 at the Art Museum. Free.) 


  • The opening reception for the above exhibits is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Art Museum.


  • A BICENTENNIAL LEGACY EXHIBITION: ART SMART: INDIANA. The event will showcase a collection of art from the Art Museum's permanent collection, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, Haan Mansion Museum and others. Art Smart: Indiana helps to educate students on state history through its art. Refreshments and activities for families. (Exhibit through Nov. 27. Kickoff is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Art Museum.)