Samuel Welsch Sveen is a Bloomington transplant via New York, born and raised in South Dakota. With a B.A. in English from Cornell University, Sveen oversaw an NYC art-news website as editor-in-chief and has written for several publications. He first connected with the culture and community of Bloomington through Uel Zing Coffee, his former venture. Sveen now spends his time freelance writing, riding motorcycles, and being a dad. His family lives happily near the park with a fresh daughter, dog Hildegaard, and a collection of yellow vintage mopeds.
New spaces — Delinquent Gallery & Tattoo KAIJU and Artisan Alley’s Twisted — offer “lowbrow” and boundary-pushing art in Bloomington, says writer Samuel Welsch Sveen. Comics, video-game-themed artwork, cult movies, and tattoos can be found at one; artist studios, a healing shaman, and a retail store for edgier artwork at the other. Click here to read the full story.
What do you think of when you hear “Bloomington art gallery”? Many traditional galleries might come to mind, but a new scene is emerging that offers “hip alternatives to the institutions,” says Lindsay Welsch Sveen. With photos by Samuel Welsch Sveen, she shows us several places that are redefining “gallery.” Click here to read the full story.
In parts one and two of her “Farm to Yarn” series, Lindsay Welsch Sveen procured yarn from its source and learned how to dye it. In this finale, she finds help with knitting “magical creations” — socks! Click here to read the full story.
After living in American and European cities with robust bicycling cultures, Scot Wright brings his cycle-centric lifestyle to B-town. His bicycle-refurbishing business, Evren Kent Cycles, and showroom in the I Fell building, called Re:Cycle, helps bikers like Lindsay Welsch keep their beloved spokes spinning. Click here to read the full story.
The Gadabout Film Festival launches its 13th annual world tour this Friday the 13th in Bloomington. Samuel Sveen describes the traveling film festival as a DIY punk band and shows how one goal of creator and co-producer Eric Ayotte is to make an alternative to commercial film festivals. And to make it fun. Click here to read the full story.
Supporting local artists just got easier. During First Friday on November 6 in Bloomington, a new nonprofit, CSA Bloomington, hosts its inaugural “pop-up” art show. In his article, Samuel Sveen describes how the concept of “Community Supported Art” connects local artists with buyers and collectors. Click here to read the full story.
Lindsay Welsch returns to Marble Hill Farm for the second article in her three-part series on procuring yarn from its source. Stage two comprises the many steps in dyeing wool and the hands-on relationship that develops with color as it’s drawn out of indigo, goldenrod, marigold, and onion skins and affixed to the animal fiber. Click here to read the full story.