Resources

Bloomington Resources

There are a plethora of other arts organizations in Bloomington that do amazing work for creators and community members. See some options below.

Local Art Fairs

A Fair of the Arts (cancelled due to COVID)

A Fair of the Arts is an arts and fine crafts fair held at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington, on the second Saturdays of the month from May to October.

Artists may apply to display and sell their original artwork by submitting an application either online or by mail. Criteria for selecting artists for A Fair of the Arts include style of work; quality of work, price of work, and variety & diversity of artists. Works must be original and made by the applicant.

For more information about A Fair of the Arts, or to request an application, call Crystal Ritter at 812.349.3725, email her at ritterc@bloomington.in.gov, or visit their website.

ArtBeat Store

Artisan Alley is partnered with the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington to bring you ArtBeat, a store in Simon Mall featuring the work of local artists. Stop by the store (in the corner between Target and Macy’s) or shop online here.

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Art Show and Sale

A display and sale of local clay, glass, and fiber presented by the three Artisan Guilds of Bloomington: the Bloomington Glass Guild, the Local Clay Potter’s Guild, and the Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild.

For 2020, the show has been moved online. Visit their Facebook page for information.

Arts Fair on the Square

The Bloomington Playwrights Project‘s Arts Fair on the Square celebrates 40 years of bringing visual artists and craftspeople together with the local and regional community. This art show features 100 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the picturesque grounds surrounding the Monroe County Courthouse. The mission of Arts Fair on the Square is to showcase fine art and craft of the highest quality, connect artists with the art-buying community, and promote commitment to the arts through a variety of interactive arts experiences.

It has moved online due to COVID. Visit their website for more information.

Bloomington Fourth Street Festival

The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts is an artist-organized, admission-free, cultural event in the heart of Bloomington, featuring high-caliber artists from all over the world. Complementing the experience is live musical entertainment, hands-on art creation for children and adults, a spoken word stage with “poetry on demand”, interactive installation art, and informative booths presented by local, not-for-profit, arts-oriented organizations.

It has moved online for COVID until December 31. Visit their website for more information.

Bloomington Handmade Market Holiday Market /Summer Fair (Cancelled due to COVID)

Bloomington Handmade Market founders Mia Beach, Sally Harless and Nicole Wolfersberger saw the need for an artistic venue in Bloomington that would enable contemporary, emerging artists and crafters to showcase their wares at an affordable price.  During the summer of 2009, the Bloomington Handmade Market was born and has been going strong ever since!

BHM artists are selected from a pool of applicants, focusing on quality, unusual work of a type that they don’t often see in more traditional craft fairs.

Artists come from both Bloomington and around the midwest to participate, and we are always looking for new artists to apply!  Visit their website to browse & apply.

Bloomington Open Studios Tour

Bloomington Open Studios Tour is an annual, free event where Bloomington visual artists open their studio doors to the public for the weekend. We invite you to come tour studio spaces, have an up-close and personal experience with our artwork, examine the materials and tools that we use to make it, and see demonstrations of how raw materials are transformed into art pieces.

Here’s an opportunity to ask questions about what inspires artists, to find out how your favorite artworks came to be, and a chance to purchase unique artworks.

Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar

For over 55 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church has hosted a holiday-season art celebration with crafts such as jewelry, ceramics, and more. The event is held in December and also includes the opportunity to eat lunch or dinner in the cafe or do holiday shopping from the range of arts and creations available for purchase. All art mediums are welcome.

Due to COVID, the auction has been moved online from November 20-30. Visit their website for more information.

Display Venues

By Hand Gallery

By Hand Gallery is a locally owned, cooperative gallery that currently has 12 artisan members. It has been in the Bloomington community for over 30 years and has a reputation for selling art of good design and quality craftsmanship. There are over 70 additional artists who sell their work through By Hand Gallery. Visit their site for more information and to shop online.

Dimensions Gallery

Artisan Alley’s Dimension’s Gallery is a space for artists to exhibit their work and to participate in a variety of community events, classes, concerts, and retail opportunities. It is located in the center of our 222 W. 2nd Street location and can accommodate roughly 50-70 people.

For more information on the gallery, including how to rent out the space or showcase your work, visit the Dimension’s website.

Monroe County History Society

The mission of the Monroe County History Society (MCHS) is to foster a deeper understanding of Monroe County’s history, culture, and natural environment. To accomplish this purpose and mission, the MCHS collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the genealogy, history, and artifacts of Monroe County. They have five galleries that rotate periodically throughout the year.

For more information, visit their website.

Spectrum Creative Group

The Spectrum Creative Group is a full-service creative firm to help with your Photography, Printing, Design, and Production needs. They continue to explore new technologies and trends while maintaining a high level of quality in every project, from marketing campaigns to artistic creations. From the design phase to printing, Spectrum can take your idea from concept to finished product.

Visit their website.

The Venue Fine Arts & Gift

The Venue’s goal is to provide a venue for the finest in artistic and functional, handcrafted works of art. Visit and see the latest in contemporary styles of local, regional, and national artwork. Oils and watercolors, ceramics, semi-precious stone jewelry, and wood and leather crafts are just a few mediums you will find as you wind your way through The Venue.

Visit their website.

Community Calendars

Bloom Magazine

http://www.magbloom.com/events/

Herald-Times

https://www.hoosiertimes.com/calendar/

Visit Bloomington

https://www.visitbloomington.com/events/

If you’re planning an event in Monroe County, we’d love to share it on the Visit Bloomington calendar. Simply fill out the form and we’ll review your event listing. You can expect to receive notification that your event has been approved or denied within approximately 72 hours of submitting your event.

WFHB

To get an event listed on our Community Calendar, please send the event name, date, time, and complete address of venue to calendars@wfhb.org at least one week in advance.

Performance Spaces

Allison-Jukebox Community Center

The Allison-Jukebox Community Center has two large activity rooms available for hourly rentals (capacity of 50 & 80 students, respectively) with free parking spaces. You can find more information through the City of Bloomington’s website.

Bloomington Playwrights Project

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) strives to be a leading artistic force in the production and encouragement of new plays. The BPP provides opportunities for development, education, and production for promising and established writers and theatre artists in a professional environment. The theater itself is also available to rent for productions and rentals. Visit their website for more information.

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is owned by the City of Bloomington and operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. The Theater presents film screenings, concerts, and community events. The 629-seat Theater is available for rent for all types of performances, events, and presentations. Visit their website for more information.

Hilton Garden Inn Ballrooms

Large and small rooms are available for multiple uses. Rental is $1200 for the Grand Ballroom, $600 for the Monroe and Griffy Ballrooms, and $450 for the Dream and Bluff rooms. Check the full selection on their website.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

In May 2010, Ivy Tech Community College took ownership of the John Waldron Arts Center building and now provides space for 6 galleries, one of which is a virtual gallery, and 2 performance spaces. $25 submission fee, $69.55 – $187.25 gallery fee, 0% commission

Stages Bloomington

A non-profit theater company since 2006, Stages Bloomington offers exceptional year-round theater education and performance opportunities for children and teens in Bloomington. It is the only theater company in the area that offers a two-semester mentoring program for advanced high school and college freshmen actors.

Programming is guided by the belief that good theater is good theater regardless of the age of the performers, and they emphasize a commitment to high quality and meaningful live theater for audiences of all ages. Visit their website for more information.

Wonderlab Museum

WonderLab provides opportunities for people of all ages to explore science through hands-on exhibits that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, and make connections between art, science, and everyday life.

The highlight is First Friday (evening of the first Friday of the month) during which WonderLab combines a gallery of regional artists with hands-on art activities that show how creativity and innovation are required for both art and science. WonderLab also provides weekday and weekend programs on a variety of art-related topics, as well as art exhibitions that are displayed on the gallery walls. Visit their website for more information.

Hand Sculpture Workshop

Want to make your own personalized statue? Metalworker/Moldmaker Adam Nahas is here to help! He will guide you through the entire moldmaking process, and you’ll leave with a plaster cast of your hand. Classes will take place on Fridays from 6-9pm (October 18 and 25) and Saturdays from 1-4pm (October 19 and 26) and tickets are only $150 for all four sessions. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Marble Making Workshop

Want to design your own marbles? Glassblower Eric Brock is here to help! Artisan Alley’s resident artist will guide you one-on-one through the entire flame-working process, and you’ll leave with two of your own beautiful marbles. Classes start on October 1 from 6-9pm and run every Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $150 per class and spots are limited to one person per session, so CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Fall Industrial Arts Workshops

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Artisan Alley will be hosting adult Fall Industrial Workshops in October and November. These classes take place various times on weekdays and weekends depending on the class (see below). 

Each session, students will participate in a variety of art activities including glass marble making, wood burning, mold making and more! Our staff is made up of art educators and professionals from the Bloomington community. An instructor and assistant will lead each session, where the instructor to student ratio will not exceed 1 to 8 to ensure that each student receives individual attention.

Session 1– Glass Marble Workshop
Single Class • Tuesdays and Wednesdays in October • 6-9pm • $150.00

Session 2– Hand Sculpture Workshop
2 Weeks • Friday and Saturday • October 18-October 26 • 6-9pm on Friday, 1-4pm on Saturday • $150.00

To reserve a seat, please click here.

To volunteer as an instructor aid, fill out this application
To donate supplies for our Fall workshops, check out our wishlist.

Community Markets 2019

Artisan Alley is so proud to announce that we are bringing our Community Markets in 2019! There are a few changes taking place, and we are very excited to make this year’s markets bigger, better, and even more fun.

These markets will take place every Second Saturday of the month from 12pm-6pm, starting on April 13, 2019. Our markets include art vendors, food trucks, live music, lawn games, and a fun activity themed to the month we’re having the markets.

April’s activity is titled Easter Art Hunt. On the night of April 12, our team will be hiding Artisan Alley eggs around the building inside and out. At our Easter Art Hunt, adults and children can hunt for eggs and win prizes!

If you’re a maker, artist, farmer, live musician, food vendor, etc and you would like to vend at our markets, please click here!

February Newsletter

Happy February! We have many exciting updates for you. 

GENERAL NEWS
    – Since our consignment shop is no longer functioning, we need artists to come and collect their work. We are actively renovating the space and need to clear everything out as quickly as possible so that we can get our new resources ready. Shoot us an e-mail or stop by our 222 W. 2nd Street location for more information and to pick up your art.

    – You should have all received an e-mail about teaching a summer class. Please read it and apply!

    – Our regular classes, Cookies and Canvas and Sip and Sketch, are happening as scheduled for February, so check our events page online for more information. We hope to see you there!

– Turn your old wine bottle into the perfect art piece for your coffee table at Cardinal Spirits on Saturday, February 23. Recycling and being resourceful has never been so fun!

– Think your house needs more flowers? Stop by the Pourhouse Cafe on Friday, February 15, order a cozy hot chocolate, and learn to decorate your own beautiful plant hanger.

– Our 2nd Art Happy Hour will be taking place on February 22 at the Woodshop, a section of the Upland Brewery. Enjoy a drink and learn to work with wood, nails, and wire.

MADE
– To celebrate Valentine’s Day, MADE will be hosting Cupid’s Romantic Photo Booth from February 9-14. Come take cute photos and drop donations inside Cupid’s Heart Box.

DIMENSIONS
– Our exhibition series this month is called Night Comes On Gently, five artists’ celebration and interpretation of the African American Diaspora expression. Check it out!

BURL & INGOT
– Our Art or Die fundraiser was a smashing success, as we sold every piece we put up for auction and raised well over $100. Thank you for everyone who attended!

TWISTED LOUNGE
– Our new space is up and running! We’ve added computers, lounge areas, and video game consoles, and are in the process of getting a wall TV. Come hang out and relax. 

AMBER ROBINSON

Amber would consider herself more of a creator than an artist. She prides herself in trying to explore her creativity through all kinds of mediums. The pieces she has provided for this month’s feature of the month are collages made with 100% recycled paper from Bloomington’s newspapers and city programs and intricately beaded earrings. If you search within the collages, you will find bits and pieces that are a reflection of Bloomington’s artistic spirit. Through her work and businesses, she hopes to influence others to let down their guard and explore their creative and entrepreneurial abilities. 

Community Craft Class at The Pourhouse Cafe

Artisan Alley is so excited to announce that we are doing another class with the Pourhouse Cafe!

This Macrame Plant Hanger crafting session is going to be held at the Pourhouse Cafe downstairs in their “Couch Room”. We only have 11 spots for this class, so please make sure you purchase your tickets early! We will be drinking delicious coffee, crafting adorable plant hangers, and socializing in a cozy spot.

To reserve your spot, please click here!

Bottle Painting with Cardinal Spirits

On Saturday, February 23, 2019 Artisan Alley will be hosting another Art Happy Hour class! Cardinal Spirits will be hosting this class at 11 am.

In this class, we will be receiving bottles from Cardinal Spirits, and we’re going to paint various designs on them! This class and ticket includes one bottle, one drink, and all the paint supplies. Unleash your inner creativity while learning new things and having delicious drinks with friends! These tickets are $26, to reserve your spot, please click here.

Crafting at the Upland Woodshop

Artisan Alley is so excited to be hosting a class at the Upland Wood Shop where they create their delicious sours. This class is one of our new Art Happy Hour installments and will take place on Thursday, February 21st at 6pm.

This class is crafting a sign out of wood, wire, and nails. In this class, you’ll pick a geometric pattern you’d like to create, hammer nails into your piece of wood to create the design you want, and wrap it with wire. You’ll watch as the design comes to life.

$25 gets you a ticket to the class and one drink courtesy of the Wood Shop. Anything after your one included drink must be put on your own personal tab. There is a tour scheduled at the Wood Shop at 4:30. If you would like to take that tour, the cost is $5 and includes multiple samples for free! You can click here for a link to book a tour at the Wood Shop!