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Since the launch of our digital magazine just over two years ago, we’ve been throwing around ideas about what a print edition of Limestone Post would look like. And now, we’re happy to say, it’s almost here!
We’ve spent this winter hunkered down working on our first print issue, a commemorative art magazine for Bloomington’s and Monroe County’s bicentennials. Due to come out later this spring, Limestone Post’s A Sense of Place: Calling Bloomington Home for 200 Years will showcase Bloomington’s creative talent while paying tribute to its history. A Sense of Place will be a patchwork of our community, featuring long-form articles paired with illustrations, photography, recipes, creative writing, and other artwork reflecting on how Bloomington has grown and changed over the years, as well as what it means to be connected to a specific place.
We are so excited to bring our readers something tactile, something that not only showcases different perspectives about this place we call home but is also a work of art in itself. We’ve long considered some kind of print version to complement our in-depth online content, to design something just as beautiful and clean as our site (big shout out to our digital design team, Jordan Warner and Jenny El-Shamy!), to show off our photographers’ work, and to give our readers something to hold on to. And the bicentennial gave us the perfect reason.
Even though so many of us glean the majority of our information from various online sources and perhaps spend most of our waking hours in front of a screen of some sort, people still want and appreciate publications made to last. At least for me, there’s something to be said for feeling the grain of the paper and for the thrill of turning the page and, of course, for the bittersweet satisfaction of coming to the close and setting your reading to rest — but it’s all in the balance of things. Publishing articles online on Limestone Post can be far more accessible for many readers and it greatly reduces our environmental impact. Keeping Mother Nature in mind, our art magazine will be printed locally, and we are working with another local company to render the magazine carbon neutral.
Our print issue is designed here in Bloomington by AJ O’Reilly of Felt Creative and will be printed by World Arts Printing just down State Road 46 in Spencer. To talk some shop, Limestone Post’s A Sense of Place will be a 100-page, perfect-bound, full-color, non-glossy art magazine. We’ve also set aside a smattering of space for advertising, as Limestone Post is made possible by ad revenue. So in the print edition, much like on our site, you’ll recognize some local establishments along the way — maybe your favorite coffee spot or that new boutique you’ve been meaning to check out. We are ever thankful for the community support for, and generosity of, local businesses and what they do to make Bloomington feel like home.
I’ve just hit my one year anniversary at Limestone Post, and it’s been so exciting to be a part of something that’s looking at local journalism differently. Bloomington may be a small town, but there is so much going on here and so much to learn. Our community seems to be at a turning point, with more and more folks engaging in conversations about who we are as a community and who we want to be. This all ties in to the idea of a sense of place. It’s an honor to know that Limestone Post is providing a meaningful space for stories that might not otherwise be told. Of course, none of this would be possible without the plethora of talent in the area — our amazing contributors are continually bringing fresh ideas to the table and are helping to create a more informed and inclusive community.
So, while Limestone Post is a digital publication, we believe that the occasional print issue on a specific theme will offer keepsakes for those who live here, for the new arrivals we welcome each year, and for the many who have passed through and still hold Bloomington in their hearts. Keep an eye out for Limestone Post’s A Sense of Place later this spring, available for a small sum on our website, as well as for sale at local businesses and at various events and pop-ups throughout the year.
And finally, nothing would be possible without our readers — so save the date! We invite the community to join us for a release party and art exhibit at the I Fell Building during Gallery Walk the evening of June 1. Artwork published in the magazine will be on display and some of our photography will be on sale, as will copies of our print edition. Say hi to Limestone Post contributors and staff, and enjoy some local food and drink. If the weather is nice, the garage door leading into the gallery will be open, letting locals come together to celebrate this place we call home, to reflect on where we’ve been, and to share our inspirations and ideas for where we’re going.
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