Artist Spotlight: Mark Kunoff

Mural by Mark Kunoff at 804 W. Kirkwood Ave

What do you do at Artisan Alley?

I collaborate with Adam and AA artists on special projects, both music and art.

How long have you been doing it?

Almost 40 years (38)

Why do you do it?

The “why” has changed over the years, but generally speaking it gives me a means of expressing thoughts I have on a certain subject. As a youth my motivations were more self centric, but now at age 54, it’s my therapy, my meditation. Making music, painting, drawing, carving – it puts my mind in a peaceful state of awareness where stresses and negative energies fade away.

Was it love at first sight, or did you date around with other mediums?

I get bored quickly, so I experiment a LOT! At the moment I’m concentrating on music again, but I continue to work on my painting and drawing skills. Lately, I’ve really fallen in love with relief printing (linocut), which makes sense for me, since I worked in the printing industry for about 15 years. I would like to share that lately I’ve been avoiding the computer for my work. I create my music initially on dedicated hardware devices before it goes into digital audio software. I worked almost exclusively on the computer during my printing career, but there’s a real feeling of satisfaction when you carve a printing plate by hand.

How were you drawn to your art forms?

It runs the gamut from seeing a piece in a gallery to a youtube video. I’m always exploring.

What other artists inspire you or have motivated you to be a creator?

Jean Giraud (Moebius), Salvador Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh, Joan Miró, Robert Crumb, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Richie Hawtin, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chris Whitley, Robert Babicz

Why did you get involved with Artisan Alley?

I started doing video projection art for one of the music events at the switchyard location before it ended.

How can someone else get involved with what you do?

I’m always down for collaboration! Lets get to know each other first and then see if our work ethics are a good match.

To check out more of his work, click here.

Community Craft Classes

Community Craft Classes with Artisan Alley

Artisan Alley has begun teaming up with local businesses to bring craft classes into the beautiful community of Bloomington, Indiana! We have had classes with Crumble Coffee Co., Two Sticks Bakery, Campus Costume, and the Pourhouse Cafe! We’ve seen amazing turnouts for these events and can’t wait to explore the community even more!

Upcoming Craft Classes

For a full list of all of our upcoming classes and events with the ticket links, please click here.

Doodles at Noodles:
Our next Community Craft Class is a Blind Contour Drawing Class that is going to be hosted at Noodles & Company on East Third Street. It will take place on January 12, 2019 at 6pm. This class is $15 to attend and you can pay for your ticket by clicking here.

 

Past Craft Classes

Fall Wreath Workshop at Pourhouse Cafe:
We had the privilege of going to the Pourhouse Cafe on November 9th at 6pm. In this class, we created beautiful Fall Wreaths made from donated faux flowers. We had an amazing turnout from this class and would like to thank the Pourhouse Cafe for letting us use your space to create something beautiful!

Copper Wire Wrapping at Crumble Coffee Co.:
On October 18th, we hosted a copper wire wrapped pendant class at Crumble Coffee Co.’s downtown location. The coffee was amazing, and so was the crafting!

Special FX Makeup Class at Campus Costume:
On October 11th, Artisan Alley got in touch with our spooky side at a special FX Makeup class hosted at Campus Costume. This class was designed to teach people how to make scars, scabs, cuts, open wounds, etc. We had such a fun time getting gory with everyone that came to the class! To watch a video of our Special FX class made by a wonderful IU student, Click Here.

Promotional photo from our class with Two Sticks Bakery

Macrame Wall Hanging Class with Two Sticks Bakery:
Our very first Community Craft Class took place on September 30th at Two Sticks Bakery. This new bakery is such a cute crafting space and everyone at Artisan Alley felt so grateful to Two Sticks for letting us test out these new classes with them! We crafted macrame wall hangings using donated macrame, dowel rods, and twine. This DIY craft is one that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance!

 

Holiday Market at Artisan Alley

‘Tis The Season For Handmade Art!

*We are no longer taking applicants for vendors for our Holiday Market. Thanks to anyone who signed up.*

Artisan Alley is set to be hosting a Holiday Market on two separate weekends surrounding the Holiday season. Walk through our Winter Wonderland and browse handmade art from local Bloomington artists. Complete with a FREE Santa Clause photo opportunity and a FREE ornament crafting workshop, this Holiday Market is sure to delight!

These markets will take place on November 23rd and 24th from 5pm-9pm and December 14th and 15th from 3pm-9pm. The event is completely free to get into and is located at our 222 W 2nd St. location.

Artist Spotlight: Amie Crites- Health and Wellness

What do you do at Artisan Alley?

I am a member and an artist at Artisan Alley. I offer my wellness products including dietary supplements and colory therapy affirmation cards as well as stones. All of which are designed to positively impact your quality of life.

How long have you been doing it?

Following my inner guidance and my heart I started Speak 2 Your Soul in 2017. Learn more by visiting www.speak2yoursoul.com

Why do you do it?

Love and fullfillment of living from and through my heart impacting my life and those around me.

Was it love at first sight, or did you date around with other mediums?

Yes…42 projects later! I say fail forward into discovering what you love even if that means discovering what you don’t along the way.

How were you drawn to your art form(s)?

Intuition. Following my heart and discovering what felt best or better and then doing more of it!

What other artists inspire you or have motivated you to be a creator?

Music and meditation inspire me in many ways so I would say Deepak Chopra and Lindsey Stirling. Closer to home I would say Joel Washington for the beauty of his art, his heart, and his dedication.

Why did you get involved with Artisan Alley?

I believe in what it stands for. I believe in what Adam has passionately brought together over the years and developed with passion, perseverance, and great delight. I love being a part of the community and Artisan Alley is everything community stands for.

How can someone else get involved with what you do?

Through Made Consignment Shop. My Website | www.speak2yoursoul.com

Contact information

critesamie84@gmail.com

Additional Comments

Thank you for being you and taking the time to learn about me! All my love! XOXO Amie

Artisan Alley Newsletter-May

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Artisan Alley

Newsletter-May

In this month’s issue, we’ll be discussing our monthly classes, sales tax additions, our new location, and more!

Sales Tax Addition
Starting at the end of last month, we have been charging customers in the retail store a 7% sales tax. This tax will only affect the customers and will not affect consigners in any way. If you are volunteering at the store, be sure to add the tax when you sell a product.

New Location
We are so excited to announce that we have officially moved from our spot at 300 W Hillside and into our 804 W Kirkwood space! This space will host a range of artists and mediums including ceramics, glass, woodworking, and so much more! We plan to put another retail store in this space as well. If you’re interested in a studio space at our Kirkwood location, you can fill out this application.

Monthly Events
We have a great line-up of events for May!
Our First Friday Gallery show features local Bloomington photographer Grace Shafstall as she explores representations of feminine beauty through her boudoir photography.

Our Second Saturday Musical Event this month centers around Folk Music! Headlined by Travis Puntarelli with additional performances by Maksut Kesici and Dark Side Tribal, it’s sure to be a night full of culture and great music! Tickets are $5 for non-members, while members receive tickets for $3. If Artisan Alley members bring a plus one, that person will receive the member price.

Our Third Thursday Social Event this month is Cider and Plant! Come have a seat in our Cidery and decorate a unique planter! Also, participate in our plant exchange!

Our Fourth Sunday Creative Kids class this month will follow along with the theme of the Third Thursday class: Cookies and Plant! Kids will be able to snack on delicious cookies while building their own plant holder!

Weekly Community Markets
We are so impressed and delighted at the amount of success of our Sunday Community Markets! We have had a wide variety of very talented artists come out to showcase and sell their works. These markets will continue every Sunday until the end of October, so if you’re interested in having your art at our market, please fill out our application.

Meet Kelvin!

Kelvin Burzon-Gallery Coordinator

Kelvin has joined our team as our Gallery Coordinator! He has been a member since 2017, and has a studio space in our 2nd St. location. As a photographer, his eye for detail makes him an excellent asset to our team! Kelvin is in charge of coordinating and picking artists for our Dimensions Gallery. He is passionate about honoring the artists’ work as best he can and making sure our Gallery looks as beautiful as possible.

Attention Artisan Alley Consigners!
Are you selling artwork on your own personal website? If so, we’d like to ask that you link our website information on your page! We’d like a way for people to get to the Artisan Alley website from your personal page, if you’re comfortable with that.

Put Your Artwork at Made!
Selling art can be difficult. Whether you can’t find a place in a central location with good foot traffic or the comission rates are more than you want to pay, it’s hard to find a good place to put your creations. Fortunately, there’s Made! Made is a consignment shop on 2nd Street that offers 100% commision to their artists. We have been averaging a growth of $400 in sales every month for the last 4 months (does not include cat sculpture sale). If you’re interested in putting your work up at our shop, stop by today and pick up more information about membership!

Follow us on social media!
Instagram: @artisanalley; @madeofbloomington

Twitter: @_artisanalley

Facebook: Made Shop, Artisan Alley, Dimensions Gallery

April 2018

Artisan Alley Newsletter April 2018

In this month’s issue, we’ll be discussing our Artist Spotlight, Community Market, and more!

Flex Space Rental For Classes

Do you have an interest in teaching a class/workshop while also making a large profit? Look into renting our Flex Space!
On March 25th, Artisan Alley member Karen Owens held an hour long acrylic pouring workshop for $15 per person and profited over $250! At $10/hour, our Flex Space is an extremely affordable option for you to earn extra money doing what you love.

Weekly Sunday Community Market

We are so excited to announce that starting April 8th, our Community Market will be up and running every Sunday through October from 11am-4pm! The market will be held at our Made Store location in the parking lot right off the B-Line. This market is a great opportunity to showcase your art, food, dance, music, etc. If you don’t have anything to showcase, you can still come and enjoy the great atmosphere. If you’re interested in being a vendor at our Community Market please fill out our application.

First Friday

As you may or may not know, Artisan Alley has begun hosting events in our newly renovated Dimensions Gallery every First Friday, Second Saturday, Third Thursday, and Fourth Sunday of the month. This month we have some great events coming up!

Our First Friday Gallery Opening is kicking off with husband and wife artists Amy and Adam Dunn. Amy does watercolor paintings and Adam does simple line ink work. They have some amazing work and we hope you stop by! The event is Friday, April 6th at 5pm.

Other Monthly Events

Our Second Saturday Musical Event is a Hip Hop Night! This event takes place on Saturday, April 14th at 6 pm. Some of our featured artists include Stak Daniels and Quincy Royal. You can get more information as well as FAQ’s on our Facebook event page.

Our Third Thursday Social Night Event is Cider and Canvas! This event takes place Thursday, April 19th at 5 pm. We asked our followers on Facebook what events they would be interested in and this was by far the winner. For ticketing information please visit our Facebook event.

And last but not least, our Fourth Sunday Creative Kids Class! This event will take place on Sunday, April 29th at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. We will be doing a Cookies and Canvas! We have decided to make a series with Third Thursday and Fourth Sunday. An adult version and kid version of our Social Night Events. Stay tuned for more information!

Meet Jade

Jade Council has joined our team as our Events Coordinator. She will be creating new and exciting events for us at Artisan Alley! This includes all of our monthly events and weekly Community Markets. Her bubbly personality and passion for people has allowed her to excel in the creation of events, networking, and bringing more people into our evergrowing community of artists.

 

Artist Spotlight

Artisan Alley will be continuing their Artist Spotlight articles every month on their website. This month’s Artist Spotlight is Dorothy Lenard, owner of For The Kids Creations. She makes beautiful jewelry that is sold in our Made retail store. For more information, visit our Artist Spotlight page on our website.
If you’re an Artisan Alley member interested in being featured on our Artist Spotlight page, please fill out this application.

Follow us on Social Media!
Facebook: Artisan Alley, Made-Bloomington, Dimensions Gallery
Instagram: @artisan_alley; @madeofbloomington
Twitter: @_artisanalley

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Dorothy Lenard- Jewelry Maker

What do you do at Artisan Alley?

I make and sell jewelry for adults. This enables me to make other, more kid-oriented jewelry, which I donate to orphanages in the Ukraine.

How long have you been doing it?

I began making beaded jewelry in 2009 as a creative outlet. Shortly thereafter, I was inspired to create some jewelry for a friend to take with her on a trip to visit orphanages in the Ukraine. After honing my skills making jewelry for myself, friends and family, and the kids, I began selling my jewelry in 2016.

Why do you do it?

I enjoy the creative process, from finding beads I love, to designing a piece, to seeing the finished product spring to life. I also get great satisfaction in knowing I am providing a little something extra for kids who don’t have much beauty in their lives.

How were you drawn to your art form(s)?

I was inspired to start making jewelry after a visit to a friend who is also a beader. After that, I was awestruck at the wide variety of beads available. I took one class, and I was hooked!

Why did you get involved with Artisan Alley?

Because I tend to use natural materials that don’t show their true beauty in photographs, I was looking for a sales outlet in which customers could get their hands on my jewelry. I am so happy that I found Artisan Alley. I love interacting with customers and other artisans, and appreciate being part of the effort to grow the Bloomington art community.

How can someone else get involved with what you do?

Come in to MADE and look at my jewelry. If you find something you like, you will have the extra satisfaction of knowing you helped me make something for the kids!

Contact information

shedwells@yahoo.com
(812)325-2058
https://www.facebook.com/For-the-Kids-Creations-662363477279578/

 

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March 2018

Artisan Alley Newsletter
March

In this month’s issue, we’ll be discussing our weekly Sunday get togethers, new partnerships, upcoming classes, and more!

Upcoming Classes

We have some very exciting classes coming up in the near future here at Artisan Alley. On Sunday March 4th, McImagery is hosting an Intro to Wax Painting class where you can learn how to melt wax in order to make vivid paintings. On Sunday March 25th at 5 pm, Karen’s Knock-Out Designs is hosting an acrylic pouring workshop at our 2nd St. location. In addition to these singular workshops, we are continuing our monthly Dimensions Gallery events such as First Friday gallery opening, Second Saturday, Third Thursday social event, and Fourth Sunday.

Weekly Sunday Get-Togethers

For the past few weeks, we have been meeting at our 300 W Hillside location to get the space completely organized. If you’d like to come out we will be meeting every Sunday from 3-6. There will be refreshments and food.

Member Board Meeting

Just another quick reminder that on March 11, 2018 at 5 pm, our board will have their annual membership meeting. We strongly urge our members to attend the meeting in order to have a say in our decision making as your vote counts!

Meet Marc

Marc Tschida started working with Artisan Alley in November of 2015 where he developed Press Puzzles and had a studio at our South Rogers location. He will be joining the Artisan Alley team as our financial and non-profit assistant. His responsibilities include bookeeping, financial guidance, non profit management, and retail store development. We’re very excited to have him on board!

March Gallery Show

 

This month’s Gallery Show is  “Blast of Color” featuring Artisan Alley members! The First Friday gallery show is on Friday March 2nd at 5 pm. Our members participating in the gallery are Ruth Liu, Mark Parmenter, Ashley Salazar, and Mark Beebe. Make sure to fill out this application if you’re interested in having work in our Dimensions Gallery in the future!

New Partnership with Sober Joe Coffee

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Sober Joe Coffee. With Sober Joe, you can drink great coffee and help a great cause. All of their profits go to non profit organizations on the front line battling addiction in Bloomington, IN. Sober Joe coffee is free for members of Artisan Alley and $2.00 for non-members.

Put Your Artwork At Made!

Selling art can be difficult. Whether you can’t find a place in a central location with good foot traffic or the comission rates are more than you want to pay, it’s hard to find a good place to put your creations. Fortunately, there’s Made! Made is a consignment shop on 2nd Street that offers 100% commision to their artists. If you’re interested in putting your work up at our shop, stop by today and pick up more information about mem

bership!

Slime Time and Creative Kids

We’d like to thank everyone who came out for our Slime Time Creative Kids event on Sunday, Feb. 25th. We had over 20 kids and hope it will grow from here. 
In the future, all of our Fourth Sunday classes will be dedicated to Creative Kids events! If you or anyone you know are interested in teaching a Creative Kids class, contact us at theartisanalley@gmail.com

Follow us on social media!
Instagram: @artisanalley; @madeofbloomington
Twitter: @_artisanalley

Facebook: Made Shop, Artisan Alley, Dimensions Gallery