February Newsletter

Happy February! We have many exciting updates for you. 

    – 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.

– 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.

– 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!

– 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!

– 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. 

January Newsletter

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

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!

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.

Artisan Alley Newsletter-May


Artisan Alley


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!
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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.

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Instagram: @artisan_alley; @madeofbloomington
Twitter: @_artisanalley



March 2018

Artisan Alley Newsletter

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


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

February 2018

Artisan Alley Newsletter

In this month’s issue, we’ll be discussing our Annual Member Meeting, our 501(c)3 Nonprofit status, our newly remodelled Flexible Venue, the future of the Burl & Ingot Tool Library location, and much more.

The New Flexible Venue

We are proud to announce that we have remodeled and relocated our Dimensions Gallery into a 600 sq. foot space at our 2nd Street location. This space will have new features including a PA system, professional gallery lighting, a hanging system for displaying art, event lighting, a projector, a karaoke system and so much more. We look forward to the community and members using this space for classes, meetings, private events, and Artisan Alley’s own weekly events.

Upcoming Plans for Burl & Ingot

Burl & Ingot was officially moved from our South Rogers location sucessfully into our temporary location at 300 W Hillside. We are looking at relocating the Tool Library to a space on South Walnut Street, just across from the Starbucks and the McDonald, just behind the Big Red Liquor Store at the old Stone Mill. Once we move in to our location on 1840 S. Walnut Street, we will be there for 5 years and we will be offering commercial and industrial resident memberships. If you are looking for a new southern studio or know someone who is, please email us at studios@artisanalley.com.

Recurring Sunday Community Market on B-Line to start on March 18th. Sign up now!

For anyone interested in learning more about the event, or being included in this event, follow this link to fill out an application:

Calling all Artisan Alley Members!!!

On March 11, 2018 at 5 pm, our board will have their annual membership meeting. In this meeting, we will be discussing many issues including the switchover of our board of directors, all of Artisan Alley’s new membership perks, the addition of a mechanics garage at the Burl & Ingot Tool Library, bylaw changes, and an in depth discussion of these Newsletter topics. If you come to the meeting, you will get the chance to speak your mind about our programs, events or bring to light any concerns or ideas you may have. We strongly urge our members to attend the meeting in order to have a say in our decision making as your vote counts!

Meet Abbey

Abbey Frederick, modeling her wedding dress from this past fall,  is the new administrative assistant to our executive director, Adam Nahas. She will be assisting with everything including emails, scheduling, social media, and much more. She has been a member of Artisan Alley since February of 2017 as a ceramicist and has a studio at our hillside location. She is very excited about this opportunity to work with our Non-Profit and she looks forward to helping our members stay in-the-know to all the events that Artisan Alley has to offer.

Attention Artists!

Are you or someone you know interested in having art for display in our Dimensions Gallery for our monthly events?  If so, follow this link to fill out the application:
*If you would like to be considered for the March gallery show, the deadline for the form is February 24, 2018

Are you currently selling at Made?

If you’re currently selling your artwork at Made, we want to put your art on our website! We prefer high resolution images so that we can scale them down to the size we want. Send pictures of your work to media@artisanalley.com or bring in digital files of your work. We would like to have these images by Feb. 26, 2018.


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