Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Arts, Artists and Music -- Blooming in Bloomington
The Spring Bloom Arts Festival will be blooming in Bloomington this Saturday, when the McLean County Arts Center brings more than a hundred artists in the categories of jewelry, painting, ceramics, sculpture, glass and more to the Bloomington Sale Barn at 2027 S. Main Street. Organizers expect attendance in the neighborhood of 1600 people.
This is a juried show of fine art and fine craft, with exhibitors from across the nation. Last year's Best of Show winner was graphic artist Paul Dominguez from Watertown, Wisconsin, and he is back on the list of expected artists this year, too. Painter Tracey Frugoli and sculptor Sandy James, who took first place in the Fine Arts and Fine Crafts categories, will also be back. Gayla Betts, who makes and sells jewelry here in Normal, has also won a spot to show her work this year. Other local artists include Brock Eddleman, Thomas Elston, Ron Frazier, Amanda Pierce Gahramani, Philip and Glenda Gangler, Sandra Holt, Joe Landon, John Madison, Michael James McNeil, Marcia Nagy, Susan Palmer, Gina Perillo and Angela Pierce.
Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Members of the McLean County Arts Center pay only $3. If a customer is not a member of the Arts Center, they can join and have free entrance to this event. Good deal!
In addition to artists and their works, there will be information booths staffed by representatives from local arts organizations. This is a handy way to find out more about the theater, dance, music, and art spaces around you here in Bloomington-Normal. And I will be sitting at the Heartland Theatre table from noon to two, so feel free to stop by and say hello.
For more information on this event, you can check out the Spring Bloom page here.