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The First Friday art tour is getting spooky for October! You can kickoff the month with a Spooktacular feature from out friends at the Full Circle Nine Gallery.

Mike Meares, organizer for the show, joined us today to show off some of his art and share more about the Halloween-themed group show.

This event is part of the First Friday art tour, and it’s happening 6pm – 9pm on Friday, October 1.

This group show will see member artists expressing their love for the holiday, portraying their favorite parts about it in their art.

“Halloween is a holiday that celebrates us challenging and changing the perception of who we are,” Meares said. “It invites us to embrace our whimsy, our humor, and our darkness. It celebrates the need to escape from daily life. When you think about it, art serves a lot of the same purposes and desires.”

About Mike Meares

Mike Meares is an Illinois native, arriving in Indianapolis via San Francisco in late 2019. He joined Full Circle Nine Gallery in search of artist camaraderie, a few months before the pandemic shut down much of art gatherings and social life in 2020.

“We have a talented group of artists here at the gallery,” Meares said. “When you look around, you see a diverse mix of art, both stylistically and by medium. This show provides us an opportunity to showcase that diversity within a specific genre. Prior to the pandemic, we would typically have one featured group show each year. The last group show was in December of 2019, and there has been some turnover in artists since that time, so we thought it would be fun to bring back that community spirit of doing a group show.”

About the Full Circle Nine Gallery

The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. With over two dozen artists occupying a large, three-room space of the more factory-reminiscent portion of the Circle City Industrial Complex, Full Circle Nine offers a wide variety of art forms, media, and approaches.

The gallery has resumed weekend hours, 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Full Circle Nine Gallery is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202, in the South Studios section of the Circle City Industrial Complex. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit