Joe LaMantia Creates Community Art With Volunteers, Using Found Objects

BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY Collaboration and inclusivity just might be Joe LaMantia’s most important art supplies. The 70-year-old artist has worked on community art installations in Bloomington and beyond for more than 20 years. “When I approach working with a school or community organization, I listen to what people have to say about what they’re looking for or what they’d like to have,” LaMantia says. “Then I take all those ideas and synthesize them.” LaMantia has long seen value and possibility in everyday castoffs. “As a kid I used to roam the streets, picking up things that were just beautiful. Things that were crushed. Metal things. Plastic things. I just enjoyed looking at them,” he says. Decades later, he routinely […]

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10th Annual Wedding Guide: Make It Your Own

BY JULIE GRAY AND CARMEN SIERING Whether the proposal was a complete surprise or expected, as soon as the decision was made, the planning began on the four weddings featured in our 10th Annual Wedding Guide. The couples made sure their weddings reflected who they are and what they value. Aubrey Wathen and Jordan Hulls’ traditional ceremony was followed by a reception appropriately held in Indiana University’s Henke Hall of Champions. For Megan Tippmann and Ryan Kemp, it was most important that their friends and family have a relaxed, wonderful time. Alexis Fuson and Stefan Coonan live in Chicago, but the IU alums went all-out Hoosier for their big day. Michal Adut and DeJohn Rose had a beautiful, traditional Jewish wedding held in an unorthodox setting […]

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Textillery Weavers Now Selling Furniture at Bargain Prices

BY PAMELA KEECH Some of that furniture you may have been admiring in shelter magazines is now available in Bloomington, at or below wholesale prices. Textillery Weavers, the maker of luxury throws in Bloomington, is now selling leftovers from the big furniture markets like High Point in North Carolina, factory samples, and various short runs from manufacturers like Arhaus, Swaim, Bernhardt, Somerset Bay, and Modern History. There are no frills at the Textillery showroom, just sofas, tables, chairs, cabinets, beds, lamps, and desks piled cheek by jowl into a couple of huge rooms in the Textillery factory basement located off State Road 45/46 Bypass behind the Quality Inn. Much of the furniture is large scale. There are leather sofas and […]

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