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Artist Karen Holtzclaw: Bright Works Reveal Dark Themes

Wielding vibrant oil paints, artist Karen Holtzclaw conjures creatures who have a lot to tell us about the state of our world. Her newest collection, entitled “Ponderings,” recently exhibited in the Bellevue Gallery at the Farmer House Museum, 529 N. College, is one such example.

A Decade of Growth: Bailey & Weiler Design/Build

Craig Bailey and Don Weiler may seem like the proverbial odd couple, and the owners of Bailey & Weiler Design/Build do have very different skill sets. Bailey, 53, takes on the creative work; Weiler, 52, focuses on the business side. “He can’t do what I do, and I can’t do what he does,” Bailey says.

Better Angels: Bringing Red and Blue Together

On a Saturday morning in December, Republicans and Democrats came together in a Monroe County Public Library meeting room, hoping to learn to better communicate with one another. After drawing up name tags with the appropriate red or blue markers, the 19 participants shared stories of heated holiday dinner table arguments and friendships lost in the wake of the 2016 election.

Stone Belt: Serving People With Disabilities for 60 Years

Today, Stone Belt is a $21 million nonprofit agency that supports 1,300 people with disabilities in three counties. Sixty years ago, Stone Belt was located in a church basement operating as a school for children with disabilities. Funds were raised through chili suppers and yard sales.

Lotus Blossoms Outreach Program Brings the World To Bloomington

If you had to summarize the Lotus Blossoms outreach program in one phrase, it might be: “Make the world a smaller place.” By bringing global storytellers, dancers, and musicians to the area each spring, Lotus Blossoms strives to connect local kids with cultures from across the world.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

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  • Fashion & Shopping
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  • Food & Drink
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A Decade of Growth: Bailey & Weiler Design/Build

Craig Bailey and Don Weiler may seem like the proverbial odd couple, and the owners of Bailey & Weiler Design/Build do have very different skill sets. Bailey, 53, takes on the creative work; Weiler, 52, focuses on the business side. “He can’t do what I do, and I can’t do what he does,” Bailey says.

Community Foundation Grants Make Innovative Efforts Possible

“We want Bloomington to be a place where everyone succeeds,” says Tina Peterson, president and CFO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County. In December, the Foundation awarded $326,700 in Community Impact Grants to 13 area nonprofit organizations working in the arts, youth development, health, self-sufficiency, and other areas.

Bloomington’s Black Leaders of Tomorrow

To choose Bloomington’s black leaders of tomorrow, Bloom was looking for students who are outstanding in scholarship, the arts, or other fields; who are involved in the community through volunteerism and activism; who show a generosity of spirit; and who demonstrate a commitment to improving their own lives and the lives of others.

Silly Wines & Sexist Labels

In the October 30 edition of The Wall Street Journal, wine columnist Lettie Teague asks “Do Women Really Want Wine That’s Sweet, Pink and Silly?” expressing her outrage at wines that pander to women with their sexist labels.

Stone Belt: Serving People With Disabilities for 60 Years

Today, Stone Belt is a $21 million nonprofit agency that supports 1,300 people with disabilities in three counties. Sixty years ago, Stone Belt was located in a church basement operating as a school for children with disabilities. Funds were raised through chili suppers and yard sales.

John Taylor, CEO: Association of College Unions International

Many people know that a student union is a building set aside for the recreational, social, and governmental activities of students, but even people involved in higher education might not know that running a student union is a professional field.

Street Named in Honor of Toby Strout (PHOTO GALLERY)

On Friday, March 8, the portion of South Washington Street that runs in front of properties owned by Middle Way House, was named to honor the legacy of Toby Strout, who served as executive director of the nonprofit agency for 30 years.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

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