January Newsletter

Welcome to the new year! We have many exciting announcements for 2019.

OUR STORES
Due to our new nonprofit tax status, we are no longer able to have consignment shops. With that being the case, we have updated two of our facilities:

  • – Made, the shop in our Dimensions Gallery, is being turned into a classroom. It will be available for rent early in the new year and will cost $10/hour for members and $20/hour for nonmembers.
  • – Twisted, our retail store, is closing and will be turned into an art lounge that can be used for everything from hanging out and making art to hosting events and meeting with clients.

Despite the changes, we will continue to display local artwork at these locations, so please submit your pieces!

Upcoming Events

  • – We are having a fundraiser on January 11 at Burl & Ingot. Come bid on art and decide if you want to keep it or take a tool from the rental supply and destroy it!
  • – See how much you trust your brain and come to our Blind Contour Drawing at the 3rd street Noodles & Co on January 12. Entry is free, but eating pasta makes it more fun.
  • – This summer, we will be hosting an art summer camp for kids aged 5-17. There will be three 2-week sessions starting in June, and we are looking for more teachers. Apply now!
  • – Starting April 13, we will be hosting a monthly community market with live music and DJ’s, food trucks, and most importantly, local artists selling their work. Support our local talent!

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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