BY BRIDGETT HENWOOD
Regional artists will once again have their time to shine at the Local Artists Showcase, presented this February by Bloom Magazine and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.
“The Showcase offers an opportunity for artists in Monroe County and the surrounding counties to display their work at a very reasonable booth rate in a non-juried show,” explains Malcolm Abrams, editor and publisher of Bloom. Last year, more than 70 local artists gathered at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center to display their creations, including paintings, sculptures, textile work, jewelry, drawings, photographs, and ceramics.
Margie Van Auken, an illustrator and painter, participated in 2012 and will show her work again this year. “This was a very strong, fun community art show,” she says of last year’s event. “I loved the fact that it was all local folks.”
John Whikehart, chancellor of Ivy Tech-Bloomington, agrees. “There are popular Bloomington venues for artists, but not many for local artists only,” he says. “The opportunity to showcase local artists in a venue designed exclusively for them is one that Ivy Tech is happy to partner with Bloom to produce.”
In 2012, more than 1,000 people attended the Showcase to view and purchase art. “The show offers an opportunity for local art lovers to see sixty-plus artists in one location on one day,” says Abrams. “Prices for the art start at just a few dollars, so there is something for every pocketbook. Plus, it’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Great art, good food, and you get to meet and chat with the artists. It is all very laid-back.”
The Local Artists Showcase takes place Sunday, February 24, from noon to 5:30 pm at the convention center. Admission is $2, with proceeds going to the convention center to purchase local art.
See below for photos from last year’s event.