March will Feature ARTIST TRADING CARDS!
What does that mean, you ask? Brian Simpson of Three Square Studio explains: ” An artist card, also known as an ACEO ( Artist Cards Editions and Originals) is a small card, measuring 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 ” upon which an artist can create a quick piece of artwork representative of their larger body of work. Any type of surface can be used, from paper to metal, plexiglass, plastic, or thin wood, and any media can be used – fromcharcoal to oil paint, fabric to photography, and more.”
All cards are signed by the artists. Each will release only a limited number of cards for sale that evening, all priced between $5 and $15.
While perusing the galleries, why not make YOURSELF a work of art?!? Try our retail boutiques or pamper yourself at a salon or day spa, and then TREAT yourself to a great meal of cocktail at our one of a kind restaurants. Here’s what you can expect to see on First Friday:
RED RACCOON – 309 N. Main
Featuring artist Ryn Reid
HAROLD GREGOR GALLERY – 311 N. Main
Featuring the works of Harold and Marlene Gregor
BEHIND THE GLASS STUDIO AND GALLERY – 315 N. Main
Featured artist/illustrator Camron Johnson is a graduate from Illinois State University. He will be bringing his latest works for the entire month of March with a Live Art Demo on the 19th. March First Friday is also going to be a chance to see and collect trading cards from many artists throughout the galleries. We have several of our artists participating this year including Didi Menendez, Jay Menendez, BJ Schaefer, Jef Tonelli, Nicki Griner and Natalie Roseman.
Brian Feldkamp on piano will be our musical guest.
MAIN GALLERY 404 – 404 N. Main
Featuring the works of Lisa Lofgren, Janean Baird, Jeff Bess, LizBeth Ogiela-Scheck, Dawn Maloney, Jackie Brigham, Jenni Bateman, Angela Pierce, Karen Gylling, Sheila Asbell Allen, Martha Burk, Susan Mendenhall, Linday Bryant Smith, Phil Smith, Amy Simpson, Beverly Bronson, Janean Ballard, Will Coates, Hannah Kerrigan and Angel Ambrose.
COFFEE HOUND – 407 N. Main
Hosting “Coffee with a Cop,” a program that brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other. FREE coffee, from 5-7 pm.
MERLOT AND A MASTERPIECE – 412 N. Main
Featuring Artists Mandy Burge, Chris Chapman and Lisa M. Fillipponi
MAIN STREET YOGA – 418 N. Main
Hosting AcroYoga Playtime from 5-8. Stop by and check out the space or even try your hand at flying! No charge, everyone welcome.
BOBZBAY – 419 N. Main. BOGO EVENT; Buy one, get one free $1 DVD’s ( Limit 5),
Buy one get one free $1 books ( Limit 5); 10% off Children and young adult books;10% off jewelry.
WILSON’S CYCLE – 424 N. Main with Meltdown Creative Works & That Dapper Pet
Meltdown Creative Works is taking their screen printing show on the road to the one and only Wilson’s Cycle in Downtown Bloomington. We will feature 4 different black ink screens with logos/designs from Meltdown Creative Works, Wilson’s Cycle, That Dapper Pet Boutique & Grooming Spa, and Grim Reaper Fitness. For $5 you can print any one of the designs on your own shirt, or for an additional $5 you can buy a shirt from MCW to print on.
Drinks and snacks will be provided by Wilson’s Cycle for the event! This will be a CASH ONLY event so please plan accordingly. We can’t wait to party with you all on FIRST FRIDAY at Wilson’s Cycle!
FAT JACK’S – 511 N. Main
Amra Release party from Destihl! Amra on tap and a Firkin w/ Kiwi @ 5 pm, plus
Live music with Captain Marvelous and the Mad Men. Classic folk/rock. 6-8 pm
CROSSROADS HANDCRAFTS OF THE WORLD – 428 N. Main
Enjoy shopping, treats, and complimentary 10 minute chair massages, in collaboration with Eastland Chiropractic and Wellness Center, and Mindful Massage.
ANGEL AMBROSE FINE ART STUDIO – 101 W. Monroe, Suite 201
“Color your own Ambrose” Artist Trading Cards $5
JOANN GOETZINGER STUDIO – 101 W. Monroe, Suite 210
Featuring Joann Goetzinger and Martha Burk
THREE SQUARE STUDIO – 104 W. Monroe
Featuring the works of Amy Wolfe, Vicki Wilken, Brian K. Simpson, Natalie Goken Wetzel and Ashley Talley
INSIDE OUT ACCESSIBLE ART – 200 W. Monroe
Featuring Sue Drummet, Mary Jo Johnson, Cindy Lawson Kester, Jean Hockok, Beth Smith, Leslie Maurer, Laura Bailey, Carrie Finson, Robin Redman, Nora Zaring, Mary Leung and Mike Fitchhorn.
REFINE 309 – 200 W. Monroe
Featuring jeweled Easter Eggs by Nancy MacPhail Lauher, and Edible Trading cards by Pastry Chef Maria Kemp from Beyond Decadence.
J BO’S HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES 216 N. Center
Offering discount “trading cards” for additional in-store savings!
Enjoy Light refreshment – appetizers and festive green punch
SATIO – 306 N. Center
Featuring Seth Gordon, Lori Reid, and Anneke Schweers
SPECS AROUND TOWN – 317 N. Center
Featuring the artwork of Rose Tuttle. Stop in and see our latest in optical art!
EATON GALLERY – 411 N. Center
Eaton Gallery presenting new releases of Herb Eaton and Mary Jo Adams Artist Trading Cards and smaller works for Spring and Easter Basket gifts.
RAMP ARTS GALLERY – 300 E. Grove
Featuring the works of Melanie Hunter, Mike Amis and Amanda Pierce.
More details to come!