Name That Painting! For Gallery Walk of January
In the art gallery business, in Bloomington, for some obvious and some not-so-obvious reasons, January is our least active month. It begins with the annual University holiday exit and this year is exacerbated by post-holiday consumption fatigue (thank you for your patronage for a banner year) and Sports PTSD.
In order to break this historic and current experience of January doldrums, we at The Venue have decided to initiate an annual “Name the Painting Contest”. This year, and for every succeeding year, we will invite a local artist to create an unusual, untitled painting, and beginning with Gallery Walk (awkwardly the second Friday of this month and this coming Friday) invite you, our public, to come to The Venue, see the painting, and submit a name for the Painting. The winner will receive great recognition and a $25.00 Gift Certificate.
This year we invited local artist Charles Culp to create a painting of an Opossum. Why an Opossum you ask? Well, we just don’t feel that Opossums receive an appropriate amount of respect. They are everywhere in Bloomington, our most ubiquitous marsupial, and are usually only noticed as road kill. Charles has created a truly unique, uplifting painting, which brings a smile to ones face, and honors the species. All we need is a great name, to match a great painting. Come in and share your creativity.
As is our custom for Gallery Walk, we will serve gourmet soup by Chef Dave, and other taste treats. Our regular collection of fine art and gifts will also be on display for viewing and purchase.
Jody Hemphill Smith
On Friday, November 1st, and for the entire month of November, The Venue Fine Art & Gifts is pleased to host and feature the Paintings of Jody Hemphill Smith, a leading artist in the Midwest and co-owner and co-curator of The Castle Gallery of Fort Wayne, a leading art Gallery in the Mid-west.
Jody has had, and continues to have a long and distinguished career as art educator, art dealer, and producing artist. As educator Jody taught art at the elementary, high school and college levels for 17 years. She was a painting professor at Delgado University, in New Orleans. In 1980, Jody Hemphill Smith became the first chairwoman of the art department at Valparaiso University. She holds a Masters in Art Education Degree from Indiana University.
As art dealer, Jody co-founded and has operated The Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, for over 24 years. A premier gallery, The Castle shows, and has shown many of Indiana’s and the nation’s most prominent artists. Lodged in its magnificent building in Fort Wayne, The Castle Gallery is itself a work of Jody’s art.
As a producing artist, Jody is known for her passionate florals and brilliant landscapes which reflect her love of nature and all its colorful glory. Her style is distinctive and bold. Her color palette is brilliant, and her paintings are dynamic. Jody is a master of capturing nature’s beauty on canvas.
For Gallery Walk of September, Join us for the latest exhibition of glass and resin on canvas works by Jean Dayton of Lakeside Artglass! Jean uses the chaos of broken glass to creative narratives and expressions inspired by her travels abroad, as well as the natural beauty of her surrounds here in Bloomington.
Her exhibition begins 1st Friday of September and continues throughout the month. We look forward to hosting you!
It's time for the Gallery Walk of October with Gallery Walk Bloomington, and The Venue is pleased to host our annual group exhibition of artwork for Ekphrasis IV! Webster's dictionary defines Ekphrasis as "a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art". Here at The Venue, we have paired local artist with local poets, who have engaged in the process.
Poetry readings will be held Sunday the 6th and 20th of October at 6:00pm, but this evening you can visit with the artwork, dine on gourmet refreshments, and create your own impressions!
We look forward to hosting you!
The Art of Daniel Lager
For the Gallery Walk of August, We are thrilled to host an new exhibition of art from Daniel Lager.
Daniel has developed an original style of painting with enamel pigments on the reverse side of acrylic, creating images, both abstract and representational, that are truly beautiful, and absolutely unique. Dan is a full-time professional artist who did not miss his calling.
Join us for this exhibition of truly unique paintings in a style that is unlike anything available in our area!
A. "Support Local Music" by Don Geyra, B. "The Golden Meadow" by Cheryl Ann Gregg, C. Clair by Deborah Rush, D. B-town Authors by Candice Baily. Visit with us and see them all!
For Gallery Walk of July, join us for our annual juried art event, The Art & Soul of Bloomington, an exhibition of works set to the theme of how our community inspires creativity.
We have narrowed our selection down from 76 submissions to a show that will stimulate your senses through painting, photography, sculpture and more. This exhibition includes both familiar names, and newcomers to the Bloomington Art Community.
Best in Show and Silver Best in Show will be announced at the end of the month, BUT THERE IS A ROLE FOR YOU! Visit with us and cast your vote for the People's Choice. Participants can vote once a day between now and the end of the month. Vote often!
We look forward to hosting you Friday July 12th, as well as later in the month for our awards ceremony, date and time TBD. Join us!
Linda Lorton Spier
For Gallery Walk June 7th and the month of June The Venue will welcome back to the Bloomington art community, Linda Lorton Spier. A former mainstay of Blooomington’s Gallery North, Linda moved her primary Gallery outlet to Nashville, Indiana, and then on to her present studio in Carmel, Indiana. With this show at The Venue Fine Art & Gifts, Linda’s artistic journey has come full circle.
Throughout her journey Linda has consistently created the finest of hand graphics using stone lithography, woodcut, and more producing relief monoprints featuring threatened birds. Her most recent monoprints include torn paper collage, and capture the beauty of western land and skyscapes.
A graduate of DePauw University, Linda’s art has recently been featured in The Will Vawter Invitational, The Swope Gallery, and The Hoosier Salon. Her art is included in many public and private collections around the country, from Texas and New Mexico to Spencer, Indiana.
For those who know and remember Linda and her art, this is a welcome homecoming. For those who are new to Linda and her art, be ready to be impressed!
As is our custom for Gallery Walk we will serve gourmet soup and other taste treats. Our regular collection will also be on display for viewing and purchase.
For Gallery Walk and the Month of May, The Venue is pleased to feature “Skyward”, an exhibition of paintings by award winning artist Gerard Erley.
A native of Illinois now living in South Carolina, Erley’s work has been accepted into over 200 juried exhibition which has garnered awards and recognition, notably from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Carmel International Art Fair, and Penrod.
Gerard paints in oil, and his creation stem from his mind’s eye, not reference photography. He sites inspiration and influence from 19th century American and European painters like George Inness, Corot, and Turner.
For Gallery Walk Friday evening, 5pm-8pm The Venue will host the artist as well as gourmet refreshments in the usual manner. Erley’s work will be featured for the month of May, stop in and see us! We look forward to hosting you.
Movement in Color
An Exhibition of "pour and more" paintings by Anabel Hopkins. Non representational abstraction at it's finest, these works offer vivid colors and lots of texture! Anabel’s painting background covers the range from impressionist landscapes to non-objective abstracts. She is recognized as one of the foremost abstract Artists in the mid-west, having had her works juried into the Hoosier Salon and National Abstract Show. She has won numerous awards for her impressionist paintings. She is a juried member of the Indiana Artisan Project, a program to support and promote the best artists and artisans in Indiana. As an active leader in the Brown County arts community, she has spearheaded numerous public art projects, film festivals, art workshops, conferences and the Fourth Friday Village Art Walk. This exhibition runs the Month of April!
Reflections of Emotion
For Gallery Walk and for the month of March, The Venue is pleased to feature the exhibition of paintings by Evalyn VerHey.
After a full career as a graphic designer, an art educator, and an artist, Evalyn Verhay is now able to devote her full time efforts to the development of her own art, and the results are spectacular. Her award winning paintings might be called expressionistic impressionism, or impressionistic expressionism. They are all vivid in color and suggest images, but also evoke emotion.
Evalyn now divides her time between Michigan and Florida, and visiting family in Indiana, and painting everywhere she goes.
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The Venue is pleased to host an exhibition of artwork that exemplifies the versatility of his artistic ability. You might already know that Dr. Wrenn is an accomplished photographer, but did you know he is a wood worker as well?
For Gallery Walk of February, join us and experience an exhibition of his photographs of nature, as well as a display of hand crafted keep sake boxes, made from conflict free local woods, naturally fallen in his own front yard.
We look forward to hosting you for Gallery Walk and the month of February!
Visions Of Nature
Photography and Wood workings by Bob Wrenn
We are pleased to host the latest exhibition of paintings from award winning Indiana Artisan Patricia Rhoden Bartels. This exhibition feature both traditional impressionist oil paintings on canvas, as well as a collection of her impasto paintings on gold and silver leaf. Visit with us during the month of January to experience these fantastic works!
Sparkle, Shine & Wine
An Exhibition from Jean Dayton of Lakeside Artglass
The Venue is pleased to host the second exhibition of work from Jean Dayton Lakeside Artglass. For the Holiday season, Jean has created a fresh selection of narratives in glass that have helped create a name for herself in the local art scene.
Jean combines everyday glass objects and natural elements, breaks them down into pieces and reassembles them into visual narratives that are near and dear to her heart.Wine, nature, wine, abstraction, wine and wine.
Visit with us for Gallery walk and through the month of December to see her latest gift giving ideas. We look forward to hosting you!
An exhibition of Artwork from Amani Hanson
The Venue is pleased to host an exhibition of the latest paintings, drawings and pencil works by Megan Amani Hanson.
Having spent the majority of here life in Tanzania, Amani draws inspiration from the natural wildlife of her African surroundings. Visit with us for Gallery Walk of November and experience what is new, colorful and different from this creative young talent!
Wildlife of Africa
Paintings of Ray Perigo and the Metal Sculpture of
Beginning Friday, October 5th, at 5:00p.m. for Gallery Walk and the month of October, The Venue will host the showing and sale of surrealistic paintings by Ray Perigo and metal sculptures by Upbeat Art.
Surrealism began in the 1920's and represented an artistic break with reality, and unleashing or the subconscious, using realistic techniques but combining familiar objects in ways that they never occur in nature. Homage to a non-rational world. It's primary proponents were Breton, Dali, Ernst and Magritte.
You will not find melted clocks in Ray Perigo's paintings, but you will find vividly colored oils with floating objects and geometrical islands. In Upbeat Art, the work of The Fulcher's, you will find metal flowers, growing out of rock. These objects de arte prove that artistic creativity can never truly be contained, not even by mother nature.
For Gallery Walk and the Month of September, join us for our annual Ekphrasis Exhibition! A group showing of local painters that will be paired with local poets, who will create written works of art, inspired by their visual counterparts. Join us September 16th and September 23rd, 5pm each day, for the public readings and descriptions of inspiration from both painter and poet. We look forward to hosting you!
The World Around Me
For the month of August, The Venue is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings by Cheryl Duckworth. The World Around Me is a collection of oil paintings, inspired by the natural and scenic beauty that encompasses the artist's life. Visit with us and experience this vivid and dynamic show!
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The Art & Soul of Bloomington
A Group Exhibition
For Gallery Walk of July, The Venue is pleased to host its 3rd annual Art & Soul of Bloomington, a collection of works of art inspired by Bloomington Indiana, and all that makes it great! Visit with us and experience a range of medium including Prints, jewelry, creative writing, ceramic and more, each piece expressing the artists inspiration and influence of our community.
AND VOTE! A component of this event is the People's Choice award. As a member of the public, you can visit the gallery, select your favorite piece and cast a vote. At the end of the month we will tally and acknowledge the People's Choice winner with a cash prize. You can vote once a day from now until the last weekend in July. Join us and experience this truly unique to Bloomington event!
Down on the Farm
For Gallery Walk, The Venue is pleased to host the latest exhibition of paintings from local artists Monique Cagle. Monique has brought forth a collection of works focused on the animal wildlife and local scenery that surrounds and inspires her. This collection is an advancement in Monique’s ability to reflect the natural surroundings of Southern Indiana, in a way that is both captivating and affordable! This exhibition runs through the month of June. We look forward to hosting you!
Foreign & Domestic
FFor Gallery Walk of May, The Venue is pleased host a joint exhibition of fantastic new artwork!
Our Foreign contributor is a Danish artist named Sven Froekjaer-Jensen. Sven is a historian and artist with over 40 years of experience creating and exhibiting artwork. He has participated in over 100 exhibitions and exhibited in cities throughout Poland, Denmark, and Germany, as well as several US cities including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and now Bloomington Indiana! Sven will be visiting Bloomingto in the Month of May, and we are honored to represent his unique style during his time in our area.
For our Domestic contributor to Gallery Walk, we are pleased to host a selection of recent works from local, award winning artists Daniel Alexander. An active member of the Bloomington Art Scene, Dan is known for his versatility in both style and medium, and was recently honored with Best in Show for the Brown County Art Guild Patron Exhibition for his painting Scrapper. This piece and other award winning works from Dan will be on display in the month of May.
Paris, Degas & Dancers
PARIS, DEGAS, DANCERS is inspired by my recent trips to Stuttgart and Paris. In Stuttgart I had a chance to draw dancers during Stuttgart Ballet rehearsals - I felt like Degas....more than hundred years ago! Coincidentally or not, at the same I had a chance to go to Paris and see an exhibit at Musée d’Orsay, dedicated to Degas and his dancers, and the process of his work, reflected in famous book by Paul Valéry.
I am so excited to share with you my love for dance and amazing city that always inspires me, in any weather.
Recent Works by Wyatt LeGrand
The Venue is pleased to host the latest collection of charcoal on paper and oil on canvas works by Wyatt LeGrand, for the month of March. These works display Wyatt's talent for capturing likeness in the human form, as well as the landscapes and subject matter of scenic Southern Indiana. Visit with us and see just what is making Wyatt a known name in the Indiana art Scene.
Hello fellow art appreciators, circumstances relating to renovations and improvements of our space dictate that we not be open this Friday February 7th, but don't let that stop you from coming down and enjoying Gallery Walk.
We will keep you updated on the progress of our space, and look forward to reopening by the end of the month, if not before.