PRESS RELEASE: 6th Release of Artist Cards by Downtown Artists on March 4

PRESS RELEASE: 6th Release of Artist Cards by Downtown Artists on March 4

2022 First Friday from 5-8pm in downtown Bloomington, IL

Artist Card Press Release

Contact: Brian K Simpson, info@brianksimpson.com, 309-828-7471.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — During March First Friday over 50 Downtown Bloomington artists will release a series of small format, affordably priced Artist’s Cards. The event is from 5pm to 8pm on March 4. This will be the sixth release of Artist Cards for Downtown artists. The cards feature original, signed art and will be available throughout the Downtown at participating studios and galleries. The March Artist Card release is part of “Celebrating Female Entrepeneurs” First Friday.

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 the artists 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, thin wood and any media can be used from charcoal to oil paint to fabric to photography and more. Cards can be framed or placed in album pages and stored in a binder. All cards are signed by the artist.

Each artist will release only a limited number of cards for sale that evening. Artists hope these cards will promote connoisseurship among the next generation of collectors. For some art patrons these cards are the first piece of original art they purchase and for others it is a chance to buy art from someone they admire but can’t afford a larger piece.  

Most of the artist’s cards will be priced from $5 to $15 but some more elaborate or framed cards can be priced higher.

This is an annual event and another release won’t be for another year. The following studios and galleries are participating:

Main Gallery 404, 404 N Main St., will have over 10 artists contributing cards in many media including enamel on copper, paper cutout, and traditional media.

Joann Goetzinger Gallery, 313 N. Main St., will have a selection of her cards available.

WEBA Gallery, 415 N Main St. (upper), will have cards from several artists available.

Eaton Gallery, 411 N Center St., will be promoting “Start yours or someone’s Art Collection” with original, local art for $20-$100. Exhibiting and selling a limited number of artist’s trading cards and affordable inks and drawings.  

The Hangar Art Co., 105 W. Jefferson St., will have a number of cards from artists represented by the gallery.

Inside Out: Accessible Art, 200 W. Monroe St., will have artist cards from a variety of members including supporting members who don’t regularly exhibit their work.

Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio, 101 W Monroe St, Suite 201, will have several of her artist cards for sale.

Art Vortex Studio & Gallery, 101 W Monroe St., Suite 210 (2nd floor), Closing Reception for Mandy Roeing’s art show, Mandy will be painting on site during the event and the artists of Art Circle will have a variety of artist cards available for sale.

Threshold to Hope, Inc., 107 E Chestnut St. (the Creativity Center, directly North of the BCPA, enter from Locust street, plenty of parking), artist trading cards from their various artists and a station set up for people to try their hand at making their own artist trading card.

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