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Art blooms with three weekend events

June 1, 2014

By Marci Creps, Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.

June 01--Bloomington always offers many options when it comes to arts-related events, but three separate events this weekend will give residents a chance to learn more about art, artists and the works they create.

Gallery Walk

From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 downtown galleries will again open to visitors for Gallery Walk. Feel free to roam the downtown galleries, enjoy a snack or two and in many cases, meet the artists.

Lauren Kniss, gallery director at Pictura Gallery, loves the atmosphere created with the event.

"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 Bloomington, artwork by Janet Barnette will be on display Friday and Saturday.

Barnette is a real estate broker living in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Bedford High School and Anderson University. She earned her bachelor's degree in art and business administration and always had painting as her passion.

In 2004, she studied in Greece with Charles Gruppe. On that trip, she learned using the color red not only adds excitement to a photo but also boats sell paintings. Gruppe would also encourage the use of birds in paintings.

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 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tivoli Fashions, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., No. 106.

2014 Bloomington Open Studios Tour

This is the third year for the Bloomington Open Studios, slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

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 Lafayette, Terre Haute, Columbus and Indianapolis.

"This allowed us to feature our sponsors from the community who are interested in supporting and promoting visual artists in Bloomington," said Sarah Pearce, a participating artist and event manager for the tour.

Maps and brochures can be found at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2855 N. Walnut St., and 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.; Blue Line Gallery, 224 N. College Ave.; By Hand Gallery, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Suite 109; Gallery 406, 116 W. Sixth St., Suite 110; Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St.; Pictura Gallery, 122 W. Sixth St.; and the Venue Fine Art & Gifts, 114 S. Grant St.

For those who can't get their hands on the guidebook, printable maps are available online at

For those who may have gone on last year's tour, there are 14 new artists this year including Michal Ann Carley, Meg Lagodski, Christy Wiesenhahn and Bonnie Gordon-Lucas.

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.

Contact Marci Creps at

If you go

For more information about Gallery Walk, go online to

For maps and more information on the artists in the 2014 Bloomington Open Studios Tour, go to


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