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!
Artisan Alley is looking for volunteers to help out during our Summer classes in June and July! These volunteers will need to like working with children and teens and will need to be available on weekdays during the day.
When We Need You
If you’re interested in volunteering for our summer camps, you will need to be available Monday through Friday from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. These times and dates are non-negotiable. This will ensure that you are there from the Drop off time to the Pick up time of the students. These classes are split into three sessions as follows: June 3-14 June 24-July 5 July 15-26
What You Will Be Doing
These classes are split into three different age groups as follows: 5-8 years 9-12 years 13-16 years
In these classes, you will be expected to help with set up and tear down, assisting the instructors during classes, and making sure the children’s needs are taken care of during the classes.
How To Get Involved
If you’re interested in volunteering for these summer camps, please fill out our Camp Volunteer Application. Note: This is not a paid position. If you would like to teach a class and be paid, please follow the link below. You WILL be background checked.
If you’re interested in becoming a PAID instructor for these summer classes, you can fill out our Instructor Application. Note: With this position, we will be looking for individuals who have instructing experience and experience working with children. You WILL receive a background check.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
On January 11 of 2019, we will be hosting a fundraiser at our Burl & Ingot Workshops in order to pay for more tools, resources, and materials for our classes and organization.
Art or Die is an event in which we’ll be displaying abandoned and unloved art and putting it up for auction. Once the piece of art is purchased, the buyer decides whether to keep the art, or destroy it! The buyer can pick a tool of their choice from Burl & Ingot to destroy the artwork with, if they so choose.
This event is completely free, but we ask that you bring cash to make donations with. Parking is on site at 1305 1/2 W 11th St. or at the Pentecostal church next to the property.
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.