Category: Press Release

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.

PRESS RELEASE: “What’s So Good About Good Friday Art Show?”

PRESS RELEASE: “What’s So Good About Good Friday Art Show?”

For Immediate Release
Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal: artcirclebn@gmail.com
Rev. Treighton Haddon (309) 828-6297

Christian artists respond to meaning of Good Friday 
in twelfth annual community art show at Second Presbyterian Church

      BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The twelfth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” community art show presents local and regional artists’ work about Good Friday and their Christian faith. Artists will exhibit their creations that center on the power of Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something impactful and life changing. This exhibit can be viewed online on the Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal Facebook page and in a video that will be shown indoors and outdoors at Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie Street, in downtown Bloomington, Illinois on Friday, April 2.

The art show is organized by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, a faith-based group of artists and creative people, in conjunction with Second Presbyterian Church.

Treighton Haddon, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Second Presbyterian Church, “Living in a world that seems consumed by darkness, confusion, and isolation, we take this time to turn all of our senses to the call which leads to the transformational power of resurrection! With the many voices that seem to clutter our lives and ears, we approach this year’s art show in a way that actively reflects how the power of the cross and resurrection are still relevant and life changing.”

Each year, more than 1,000 people view the work by artists who are professional artists, accomplished amateur artists, and school children. Last year’s online art show included over 65 pieces of art made by artists from six states.

“For the Christ-follower, the cross isn’t the end of the story, it is the beginning of our new story. This show allows artists to shine their artistic light for Christ,” said Angel Ambrose, an artist and one of the Art Circle organizers.

Second Presbyterian’s solemn Good Friday worship service begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 2. The thoughtful service features Bible readings with diminishing light, art, and music until the sanctuary is dark and utterly quiet. All are welcome. COVID-19 precautions are in place and are mandatory. A video of the Good Friday art show will be shown indoors in two viewing rooms beginning at 6:30 p.m. and outdoors until 9 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

Second Presbyterian is committed to helping people deepen their love for Christ and one another. Information about Second Presbyterian Church can be found at http://www.secondpres.com.

 The Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal mission is to foster a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at www.artcirclebn.com.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: “An Artful Protest: Liberty & Justice for All” Online Art Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS: “An Artful Protest: Liberty & Justice for All” Online Art Show

June 13, 2020
For Immediate Release
Compassion Center for the Arts
404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington, IL
Marcie.Taylor@secondpres.com
309-530-1693

An Invitation for Amateur and Professional Artists to Unite and Express on the Topic of Racism and Injustice

Why Art? The Arts allow us to express ourselves in a way that no other platform can. Visual and performance art gives us a way to express our individual passion and release raw emotions. Compassion Center for the Arts, the Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, and Bloomington-Normal NAACP have joined to invite people of every race, age, and denomination
to an online community event called: “An Artful Protest: Liberty and Justice for All”.

Who, What, When, Where? During this online event, we welcome anyone who is passionate about uniting against Racism and Social Injustice to submit their original works of art. This can include any form of art including paintings, sketches, photographs, sculpture, mixed-media, poetry, dramatic works, journal entries, vocal and instrumental music, rap, any form of dance and more. The Facebook event will be active from June 19 (Juneteenth) through July 4. Participation is free and open to everyone regardless of age, race, denomination, and gender. Our organizations do not wish to stifle creative expression. We would like to remind everyone that this event has been created as an outlet for expression, awareness and unification; not further division.

Instructions: Simply post photos or videos of your visual or performance art directly to the Facebook event: “An Artful Protest: Liberty and Justice for All”. Your art post can stand-alone or you may add details such as title,art medium, art size, and an explanation. Posts will go live in the order they are submitted and approved as non-divisive, from June 19 through July 4. While participation in this event is free, donations can be made to the Bloomington-Normal NAACP if you feel led to do so. Each individual artist can decide whether or not their art is for sale. We ask that art sale inquiries occur between the artist and art patron off wall via Facebook Messenger. Artists keep 100% of any art sales. Sponsors are not responsible for art transactions.
EVENT LINK: https://facebook.com/events/s/an-artful-protest-liberty-and-/267445644479613/?ti=ia

About the Sponsors of this Event:
Compassion Center for the Arts is a non-profit aiming to educate, enrich, and mentor our wonderfully diverse community in McLean County through the arts. We are passionate about compassion and want to use creative arts to bring our lives together…appreciating and embracing all of our God-given gifts and differences. To learn more, go to our website: https://marcietaylor.wixsite.com/compassionctrarts

Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at www.artcirclebn.com

The Bloomington-Normal NAACP is our local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the vision to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. The NAACP local chapter’s webpage is www.bnnaacp.org

Artist Reception & Open House @ Broadview Mansion

Artist Reception & Open House @ Broadview Mansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Art Circle Reception and Open House at Broadview Mansion
Members of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal will show their work at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave, in Normal, Illinois. More than 20 pieces of artwork will be on display in this annual exhibit by Art Circle. Some art is available for purchase.
A reception with the artists will be held Tuesday, December 17, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Mansion. The Immanuel Bible Foundation will be holding a Christmas Open House in conjunction that will include music, mansion tours, and dessert. Broadview Mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Parking is available on the street near the mansion and in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center east parking lot.
While the Mansion will be decorated for Christmas, art created by the Art Circle members will be displayed on walls throughout the house. Art Circle members create in many media, which will be reflected in the show, including: watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, charcoal, pen and ink, computer graphics, and bronze sculpture. Last year, nearly 900 people saw artwork by Art Circle members at the Mansion.
Art, musical performances, and premier evening tours will be held on December 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.. Evening tours are held in between performances from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.. Art at the Mansion can also be viewed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. through December 19. Daytime tours of the Mansion are available by appointment on Thursday, December 12 and 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Contact Annette Klinzing at 309-452-6710 to schedule a daytime tour.
Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Connect with Art Circle online: www.artcirclebn.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN and Instagram/Twitter: @artcirclebn.

Dec. 5 Art Circle Reception & Open House

Dec. 5 Art Circle Reception & Open House

Art Circle Reception & Open House, Wed., Dec. 5 from 6-8:15 p.m. at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave., Normal, IL

Art Circle Reception and Open House at Broadview Mansion

Members of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal will show their work at Broadview Mansion, 1301 S. Fell Ave, in Normal, Illinois. More than 20 pieces of artwork will be on display in this annual exhibit by Art Circle. Some art is available for purchase.

An opening reception with the artists for the show will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 – 8:15 p.m. at the Mansion. The Immanuel Bible Foundation will be holding a Christmas Open House in conjunction that will include music, mansion tours and dessert.

While the Mansion will be decorated for Christmas, art created by the Art Circle members will be displayed on walls throughout the house. Art Circle members create in many media, which will be reflected in the show, including: watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, charcoal, pen and ink, computer graphics and needle-felted wool. Last year, nearly 900 people saw artwork by Art Circle members at the Mansion.

Art, musical performances and mansion tours will be held December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 from 6 – 8:15 p.m.. Tours are held in between performances from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.. Art at the Mansion can also be viewed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. beginning Dec. 4 through Dec. 20.

Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts.

Connect with Art Circle online: www.artcirclebn.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN.

Good Friday 2018

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