Art galleries are adapting to ever-changing conditions during the pandemic. Photographer Paige Strobel visited several local galleries to find out how they are welcoming visitors — in-person, online, or both. “While the world looks different and extra precautions are in place,” she writes, “one can still experience the incredible artists and artistry this town offers.” Click here for Paige’s story and photos.
Held on the first Friday of each month, Gallery Walk is an iconic, one-of-a-kind event in Bloomington — a chance for friends and family to meet downtown, take in some of the area’s best art, and enjoy one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in the Midwest. Talking with the artists in any of the 12 galleries, no one walks away from Gallery Walk without exploring what’s fresh and new in the local art scene. Click here to read about all the galleries in Gallery Walk.
After January’s polar vortex gives way to February’s cold, gray weather, it might seem like spring will never arrive. But don’t let cabin fever set in. LP’s Editorial Director Lynae Sowinski has compiled a list of expos, games, concerts, films, and other February activities all across our community that will “get you out of the house.” Click here to read the full story.
Gather : handmade shoppe & Co.: is hosting special pop-up events during the holidays to showcase the work of a variety of makers and give customers the opportunity to engage with artists firsthand. “There are so many talented people in Bloomington and the state, but it can be hard for them to get their products to market,” says owner Talia Halliday. “I want to help them be successful and help build a supportive community.” Makers from Tactile Melodies, Virtuous Bee, and 407 Botanicals all speak to how Halliday has done just that. Click here to read more about how Gather brings makers, artists, and shoppers together.
Block parties, summer fairs, art shows, theater, music, comedy, and festivals galore — these define a Bloomington summer. And that’s just the first weekend! Writer Benjamin Beane gets us going with a sampling of the events and activities on the first weekend in June. Click here to read the full story.
Feeling idle in the post-holiday lull? Writer and LP editor Dason Anderson has compiled a list of 12 happenings to get you out and about this winter season. Indoors, outdoors, alone or with friends, there’s something to do for everyone until spring comes again. Click here to read the full story.
Writer Ann Georgescu reviews Driftless magazine, calling it a “collaborative work of art in ink and paper.” Working out of Bloomington and Chicago, the magazine’s three-member publishing team curates the photography, feature stories, illustrations, guides, recipes, and other content that captures all that is poetic and beautiful about the Midwest. Click here to read the full story.