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August 19, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Rebecca Lowery Throws Pots at The Venue, a Demonstration at the Venue

On Tuesday, August 26th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. the Venue Fine Art & Gifts will host a demonstration of ceramic technique by Rebecca Lowery.

Rebecca received her BA in Art and spent four years in the ceramics apprenticeship program at Berea College. After graduation, she spent several years in Lexington, Kentucky and then Baltimore, Maryland, where she taught and worked to refine her craft.

Rebecca’s studio is now in Bloomington, where she creates whimsical handmade pottery and sculpture, displayed at art shows and festivals and at The Venue throughout the year. She has taught at The Waldron and also offers private lessons to students and web consulting for other artists.

Rebecca will actually set up her wheel at The Venue, inside or outside, depending on the weather, and actually throw pots. She will explain her technique and let you get your fingers. Her presentation will be great introduction for adults and children. It will be interactive and fun.

Refreshments will be provided and our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will also be on display for purchase. Free parking may be available in the lot at 4th and Grant.

 

Contact for Gallery: Gabriel Colman, David Colman

Contact information:

Telephone 812-339-4200<tel:812-339-4200>

email: Venue.Colman@gmail.com<mailto:Venue.Colman@gmail.com>

Gallery Address: 114 S. Grant, Bloomington Indiana 47408

Gallery Hours: 11am-7pm Tuesday-Sat, 12pm-5 Sun pm, CLOSED Monday

Gallery Telephone: 812-339-4200<tel:812-339-4200>

Gallery Website: The Venue Bloomington.com

August 19, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Expressions of Nature by Donna Whittsitt, at The Venue.

On Friday, August 22nd, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Venue Fine Art & Gifts will host an exhibition and sale of the creations of Artist Donna Whittsitt, from her Expressions of Nature series.

As an artist, hiker, camper, and lover of nature, Donna uses her artistic talent to express her profound relationship with nature, with watercolor, pen and ink, and acrylic on paper.

While most remain paintings, in this series Donna has also used portions of her paintings to create bookmarks and magnets. With the assistance of her daughter, Kathryn Heath, who makes her artwork shine, portions of her original paintings are also transformed into pendants, bracelets, and earrings. By these applications, Donna is able to allow you to bring her original and unique “Expressions of Nature” into your life, all at a very reasonable price.

Come and meet Donna at The Venue this Friday eve. Refreshments will be served, and our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will be on display for purchase. Free parking may be available in the lot at 4th and Grant. This show will run at The Veue until August 28th

 

Contact for Gallery: Gabriel Colman, David Colman

Contact information:

Telephone 812-339-4200<tel:812-339-4200>

email: Venue.Colman@gmail.com<mailto:Venue.Colman@gmail.com>

Gallery Address: 114 S. Grant, Bloomington Indiana 47408

Gallery Hours: 11am-7pm Tuesday-Sat, 12pm-5 Sun pm, CLOSED Monday

Gallery Telephone: 812-339-4200<tel:812-339-4200>

Gallery Website: The Venue Bloomington.com

 

August 19, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Artist of the Week: Marilyn Greenwood

In the weeks leading up to the 4th Street Festival of Arts and Crafts, BEAD will feature a few artists whose work you’ll find at this year’s festival, August 30 and 31st on 4th and Grant Streets. Nature’s palette provides the paint for Marilyn’s jewelry designs. Each unique piece is handmade in a very personal response to these fossils and gemstones.  Marilyn is  inspired by the the interplay of energies created by combinations of Diamonds, Opals, Druses, and unusual gemstones, as well as the familiar, such as Lapis, Amethyst, and Tourmalines. Her bond with the earth’s treasures began when sh merged geology with East Asian religious studies at Indiana University. Further studies, including intensive coursework in jewelry at Penland Art School, have increased my technical knowledge of silver and goldsmithing Her portfolio includes: one-of-a-kind and custom pieces; popular styles in limited editions; custom designed earrings; bracelets; pendants; and rings. Check out page 9 of Homes and Lifestyles magazine to see a feature on Marilyn’s jewelry. To see other Festival artists, check out the artist slide show here.

August 13, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

1 day Outdoor Weaving Workshop

All ages will engage in simple outdoor weaving in the natural beauty of the woods. We will construct warp tree looms, and weave using traditional fibers as well as natural materials found on location. Students can complete individual or team/group operations as they choose. Students will learn basic weaving, tying, and some basic tapestry.

This ONE DAY workshop is only $75, open to all ages and fun for the whole family or a group of friends.

 

Click here to register 

August 12, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Six Good Habits to Develop Today to Stay Safe Online, A Presentation at The Venue.

As big data breaches like Target last year and the billion item Russian hack only last week become more common, it is tempting to hope and believe that identity theft and fraud won’t happen to you. But last year, 1 in 3 victims of hacked financial records became a victim of identity fraud. In 2010, this was only 1 in 9, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

You undoubtedly learned some good financial techniques and habits early in life. A penny saved is a penny earned, right? But the digital age requires acquiring new skills to stay safe. online. Fortunately, there are some simple habits you can develop now, which will serve you well in the future.

On Tuesday evening, August 19th, beginning at 5:30pm, The Venue will host Lesa Huber from the School of Public Health and Roberto Hoyle from the School of Informatics and Computing Science, who will talk about online risk, walk you through six habits to stay safe online, and answer any questions you may have about keeping saved pennies safe, in the digital age.

Refreshments will be provided and our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will also be on display for purchase.  Free parking is sometimes available in the lot at 4th and Grant.

August 12, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Tibetan Art and Culture at The Venue, a Special Event.

On Friday, August 15th, beginning at 6:00 p.m., The Venue will host a veritable Tibetan cultural panorama, performed by Tibetan Monks from Sera Je, a Tibetan Monastery in exile in Southern India.

The Monks are guests of The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center of Bloomington, the Center affiliated with the Dalai Lama. Their mission is to tour the United States to inform the public of the culture of Tibet, and spread its message of wisdom and compassion.

The Sera Monks will chant a prayer Chandren Tresol (asking of blessings and giving offerings), perform a Tibetan village dance called Tashi Sholpa.  and treat all those attending to a traditional Sweet Rice Dish (drisol). The Monks will also offer for sale, objects de art created by Tibetan refugees. All profits from their sales will go to support the Sera Je Secondary School, a school which provides tuition-free education in both Buddhist philosophy and in Western studies.

As always at The Venue, this tremendous cultural event is free. However, our fine selection of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and artistic gifts will also be on display for purchase.  Free parking is available, sometimes, in the lot at 4th and Grant.

Come early.

 

August 11, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Arts Commission invites Indiana high schools to participate in 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it will coordinate the tenth annual Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Finals competition on February 21, 2015 in Indianapolis. Indiana high schools are encouraged to participate in this annual poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The 2015 event marks the tenth anniversary for Poetry Out Loud both in Indiana and nationally.

 

Registration is currently open for the 2015 competition. Schools must register in advance to take part in the Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information on how to register for Poetry Out Loud, contact Sarah Fronczek, at sfronczek@iac.in.gov or call 317-232-1274. For more information about Poetry Out Loud registration, visit: www.in.gov/arts/2422.htm. Registration for schools is open until November 21, 2014, and information on local winners is due by January 23, 2015.

 

Initial competitions are held at the high school level to determine one student to represent the school in state competition. There are no registration costs for high schools interested in participating in the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition, and all resource materials will be provided. Preliminary school competitions should be completed by January 15, 2015. Home schooled students may also participate through a nearby registered school or by developing a separate competition. All local contests must be judged by the same criteria used in the state and national events.

 

The winner of the state championship will represent Indiana at the 2014/2015 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. in late April. Emma Libersky, Plymouth High School, Plymouth, was the 2013/2014 Indiana State Champion, and the first person to earn that title in successive years.

 

A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion.

 

The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The state champion’s school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

 

The National Poetry Out Loud competition began in 2006. The program is designed to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which helps students master public speaking skills, build self-esteem, and internalize an appreciation for American literary heritage.

 

The IAC wishes to thank the Indiana Department of Education and our State Poet Laureate George Kalamaras for their support of Indiana Poetry Out Loud.

 

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.

 

 

 

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