Category: Arts & Entertainment

Artist Dixie Ferrer: Inspired by Nature

In her 40-year career, longtime Brown County resident Dixie Ferrer has been a textile and ceramic artist and a painter. She has created quilts, silkscreens, batiks, tiles, oil paintings, water-based-paint collages with homemade papers, drawings, and photographs.

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New Visitor Center for Guests at T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Summer visitors to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site will be greeted by a whole new experience. Singing Winds Visitor Center, a 4,600-square-foot structure, is the largest and most noticeable of the changes. It features indoor restrooms, programming space, a gift shop, and a video introduction to the site’s history, among other amenities.

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‘Birch Bayh: Making a Difference’

In his new book about Birch Bayh, Indiana’s Democratic U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981, author Bob Blaemire shows his hand up front, writing, “This biography was a labor of love.” And the book couldn’t be more timely. Sadly, Bayh died on March 14 at the age of 91.

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Players Pub Lives on in Mural at I Fell Event

While The Players Pub may be closed, a piece of it lives on. The mural that graced the back stage of Bloomington’s iconic music venue will be the centerpiece of a jazz-themed exhibit at the I Fell building during its June 7 First Friday @ the Fell, 415 W. 4th. St.

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FAR Center Tango Event Is Dance with Photographs

Part of the stated mission of the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts is to “nurture community within the arts by means of collaboration between diverse art forms and other disciplines.” On May 31 and June 1, “Black + White,” to be held at FAR’s 505 Theater, is an event that puts that aspiration into action.

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Jerome Harste: Artist of Many Genres

It wasn’t until he retired from Indiana University that Jerome Harste began creating art for public consumption. The author of scholarly and children’s books and a distinguished professor of literacy, culture, and language, Harste, 77, was IU’s first Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair of Teacher Education. But when he retired in 2006, the teacher became the student.

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Musician Travis Puntarelli Is Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy

Flexibility is a running theme in Travis Puntarelli’s life and career. He plays multiple instruments (his website lists everything from guitar and accordion to whistles and ukulele), is restless and widely traveled, and performs eclectic music in diverse venues.

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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.

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The Life of Bob Hammel In a Movie and a Memoir

The subject of the upcoming WTIU and Naptown Media documentary Bob Hammel & Bloomington: A 50-Year Love Affair prefers asking questions to answering them. “I was the guy watching things happen, not the guy doing them,” says Bob Hammel, former sports editor of Bloomington’s daily newspaper, The Herald-Times.

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