"We love the fact that we have friendly relationships with all the other galleries in town, so it may cause more people to come," she said.
The event also serves as an opening reception for new exhibits that typically run for two months. Some galleries, including Pictura, will also host artist talks while the exhibit is on display.
'Red, without boats or birds'
At Tivoli Fashions in downtown
Barnette is a real estate broker living in
In 2004, she studied in
Barnette didn't take so much to the birds and boats, but she did gravitate to the use of red.
"Red is my 'go-to' color. When a painting becomes frustrating, a dash of red gets me re-energized," Barnette said via email.
While she likes using the color, Barnette said people who see who work more often will point out their favorite color when looking at her art.
Like many artists, Barnette has found a happy balance with her career and passion.
"While I thrive on the success of a happy customer, my world would not be complete without my creativity," she said.
Barnette's work can be seen
2014 Bloomington Open Studios Tour
This is the third year for the
If you've ever been interested in learning an artist's creative process or just been curious to see where they create their work, this is the event for you.
During the event, a map will lead you to 40 different artists working in various styles and media. You can choose who you'd like to visit -- and it's free!
To help promote the event, the guidebook was distributed to surrounding communities including
"This allowed us to feature our sponsors from the community who are interested in supporting and promoting visual artists in
Maps and brochures can be found at the
For those who can't get their hands on the guidebook, printable maps are available online at www.bloomingtonopenstudiostour.com.
For those who may have gone on last year's tour, there are 14 new artists this year including
While many artists open up their work spaces, others collaborate in one space, such as the I Fell building, which will house nine artists for the event.
"The building is becoming a great location for the tour with a lot to offer both the weekend and throughout the year," Pearce said.
With many of this weekend's art events happening in the downtown area, it will be easy to attend all three of these events.
"Come to Gallery Walk on Friday night and stay over to see artists on the tour on Saturday and Sunday," Pearce said.
If you go
For more information about Gallery Walk, go online to www.gallerywalkbloomington.com.
For maps and more information on the artists in the 2014 Bloomington Open Studios Tour, go to www.bloomingtonopenstudiostour.com.
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