A multistory tower created for cats, a bunk bed overflowing with dolls and a headless sculpture was the latest collaboration of five Ball State alumni, another of their string of projects in 20 years after they graduated from Ball State.

“Chris Vorhees and Friends,” hosted Thursday at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co., displayed the art work of alumni Matt Lynch, Steve Lacy, Nathaniel Russell, George Shumar and Chris Vorhees.
The five artists work in a collaborative thread, keeping in touch throughout their years apart and always coming back together to create something new and exciting. Their first exhibit was called “The Sandbox,” where they filled the room wall-to-wall with real people.

“They’re all brilliant,” store co-owner Ginny Gordy, a Ball State grad in ’76, said. “It’s a lot of tongue-and-cheek art work.”

Where: Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. at 224 E. Main St.
When: The exhibit will continue through Nov. 30
Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

The alumni were all once co-workers at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co., a family-based Muncie business.

In this exhibit, “Chris Vorhees and Friends” featured artwork of not only print art, but also sculptures.

Among the pieces being displayed were “Flood Light” by Vorhees that was made of acrylic and LED lights that looked like a clear puddle on the floor, “Cat Condo (Beyond Feline Living)” by Lynch, “Void Flier” by Russell, “Good Vibrations (Honkey Chapeau)” by Lacy and “Hot Weather Quilt” by Shumar.

Lynch, a professor at the University of Cincinnati, was most proud of his piece entitled “Endless Bunk for American Girl Dolls,” a multicolored framed bed made of wood, plywood and foam.

The inspiration for it came from his daughter, who has so many dolls that he was too embarrassed to say the exact number.

“She gets them from her grandparents,” he said.

Lynch’s “Cat Condo (Beyond Feline Living)” was made from plywood, acrylic, carpet and aluminum, and it was a several story, cat-friendly home that caught the eye of many spectators at the art show.

“[They’re] something to be remembered,” Gordy said.