3 Friday / March 3, 2017

Sandy Taylor: Paintings from the Well

10:00 am to 05:30 pm on Apr 8
By Hand Gallery
http://www.byhandgallery.com

Sandy Taylor (1937—2016) was an important, ever-present participant in the evolution of Bloomington’s art scene for many decades. As a professional flutist, she was a lauded performer, teacher, and composer. As a visual artist, Sandy at first worked two-dimensionally with multiple paint media and collage and later had a successful career designing and fabricating jewelry of simple geometric constructions embellished with rich patination. As an arts advocate and organizer, the she was deeply involved with a number of organizations, most particularly the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and the Unitarian Universalist Holiday Bazaar, serving on the steering committees for many years. Sandy Taylor passed away after an accident last year and this exhibition of a selection of her paintings, representing a recent return to the media, is a tribute to her unquenchable search for beauty and her profoundly generous spirit and gifts to the arts in our community.

When already a professional flutist and composer, Sandy began an exploration in paint and mark-making as another means of expression in the 1960s. She was inspired by the lyrical brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline and the gestural marks constrained by a formal elegance in the work of Helen Frankenthaler. Taylor created large canvases of sonorous arranged, broadly painted, expressive fields of color counter-balanced with hard, abruptly edged shapes sparring for control.

After forty years of a rich interdisciplinary focus, Sandy’s abstractions congealed into a style that seemed to synthesize the automatic gesture, layered and textured fields of subtle color, and pictographic emblems. The symbols were culled randomly from various cultures, eschewing any precise reference, but were suggestive of that which is elemental or archetypal, in keeping with Taylor’s life-long study of Jungian theory. The paint’s texture exposes impasto layers of color and mark, revealing partially hidden scripts beneath the surface displaying a different sort of patination. The compositions were often broken down geometrically divided by a band suggestive of an architectural frieze and scribed or extracted through sgraffito, unreadable texts or glyphs of fish and animal or human figures.

Exhibits

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

Noon Concert: Anisha Srinivasan

12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
IU Eskenazi Museum of Art
http://artmuseum.indiana.edu

Join us for a free Noon Concert feautring classical vocalist Anisha Srinivasan, from the IU Jacobs School of Music. A free light lunch will be provided after the performance. Our Noon Concert series is brought to you through a partnership with the Office of International Services.

Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Exhibits / Live Music

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

Interpreting the Queer Past

04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
http://www.mathers.indiana.edu

In the United States, mainstream discussion of the history of same-sex love and desire is still relatively uncommon, although that fact is rapidly changing. Spurred on by growing social acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and the federal government’s nationwide LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, more and more museums and historic sites are introducing queer topics into their programming and exhibitions. This presentation by Susan Ferentinos, author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (winner of the 2016 book award from the National Council on Public History) will offer an overview of recent efforts in this area, as well as considering some ongoing challenges for bringing the queer past to a wide audience. Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant, specializing in inclusive interpretation and project management for historical organizations. Her clients include the American Association for State and Local History, the National Council on Public History, and the National Park Service. The lecture will be free and open to the public.

Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University C and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

An access ramp is located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.

Civic Affairs / Education / LGBT / Speakers

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

Sandy Taylor: Paintings from the Well

05:00 pm to 08:00 pm on Feb 3
By Hand Gallery
http://www.byhandgallery.com

Sandy Taylor (1937—2016) was an important, ever-present participant in the evolution of Bloomington’s art scene for many decades. As a professional flutist, she was a lauded performer, teacher, and composer. As a visual artist, Sandy at first worked two-dimensionally with multiple paint media and collage and later had a successful career designing and fabricating jewelry of simple geometric constructions embellished with rich patination. As an arts advocate and organizer, the she was deeply involved with a number of organizations, most particularly the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and the Unitarian Universalist Holiday Bazaar, serving on the steering committees for many years. Sandy Taylor passed away after an accident last year and this exhibition of a selection of her paintings, representing a recent return to the media, is a tribute to her unquenchable search for beauty and her profoundly generous spirit and gifts to the arts in our community.

When already a professional flutist and composer, Sandy began an exploration in paint and mark-making as another means of expression in the 1960s. She was inspired by the lyrical brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline and the gestural marks constrained by a formal elegance in the work of Helen Frankenthaler. Taylor created large canvases of sonorous arranged, broadly painted, expressive fields of color counter-balanced with hard, abruptly edged shapes sparring for control.

After forty years of a rich interdisciplinary focus, Sandy’s abstractions congealed into a style that seemed to synthesize the automatic gesture, layered and textured fields of subtle color, and pictographic emblems. The symbols were culled randomly from various cultures, eschewing any precise reference, but were suggestive of that which is elemental or archetypal, in keeping with Taylor’s life-long study of Jungian theory. The paint’s texture exposes impasto layers of color and mark, revealing partially hidden scripts beneath the surface displaying a different sort of patination. The compositions were often broken down geometrically divided by a band suggestive of an architectural frieze and scribed or extracted through sgraffito, unreadable texts or glyphs of fish and animal or human figures.

Exhibits

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walk

05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

Friday March 3rd 2017

5pm-8pm

Hi Gallery Walkers! March is here and it’s warmer than ever. What a good time to ask, what’s going on for First Friday? Here’s the scoop.

Remember that we have a new gallery! Soma Coffee House on Kirkwood has added a gallery to their space.

Come downtown to the Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District for a look at what is new and different in our community. Artwork, refreshments and live music will be available for your viewing pleasure.

Come to these locations and experience something new:

-Blueline Gallery

-By Hand Gallery

-gallery 406

-Gallery Group

-Gather: handmade Shoppe & Co.

-Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

-Monroe Convention Center Art Gallery

-Pictura Gallery

-Royale Hair Parlor Gallery

-Soma Coffee House on Kirkwood

-The Venue Fine Art & Gifts

Visit gallerywalkbloomington.com for show details, a map, and suggestions for parking downtown, and don’t forget to support local art.

Exhibits

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

Opening for Gallery Walk : From Mongolia to Indiana, Paintings by Butedma Gonso

05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
The Venue Fine Art & Gifts
http://www.thevenuebloomington.com

On Friday, March 3rd, beginning at 5:00p.m. for Gallery walk and as our feature show for March,The Venue will host a show of oil paintings by Butedma Gonso, covering a wide range of subject matter, from traditional Mongolian motifs to Owen County Farmscapes. What they have in common, besides the Artist, is the display of abundant technical skills and a vivid and dynamic color palate. Butedma met her American husband in Mongolia, and they have lived for the last 10 years in a pristine rural setting in Owen County. “I am enthralled with movement, story telling, and capturing mood. My work reflects my life, whether that is my dreams, my past, present, or future”.
As is our custom for gallery walk The Venue will serve gourmet soup. For this special opening, we will have live Mongolian music performers and dance, and perhaps some Mongolian food. Our complete array of other gifts and art will also be on display for purchase.
Join us.

Entertainment / Exhibits

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

First Fridays @ The Fell: SPRIAL by Amy Burrell and J Jones

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
The I Fell Building
https://ifellbloomington.wordpress.com/

First Friday @ The Fell: SPIRAL

Visit the I Fell Gallery to celebrate the opening of “Spiral.” Artists Amy Burrell and J Jones have transformed the gallery into an immersive, interactive art experience. The show’s imagery was originally created during travels to ancient sites in Ireland in 2014. Burrell and Jones have reinterpreted that journey using photos, video, projections and textiles. The show features guest artist Valeria Castro. The show on Friday March 3rd will be the first in a series of three shows during 2017. Visitors are invited to interact with the installations and projections. More information about the show is available on the I Fell Gallery’s Facebook page at IFELLBLOOMINGTON.

Friday, March 3rd, 6:00-9:00 pm

The I Fell Building

415 West 4th St

Bloomington, IN

Exhibit hangs March 3rd – 31st

Gallery hours: Wed: 2-7pm ,Fri: 2-7pm, and Sat: 12-2pm

Exhibits

3 Friday / March 3, 2017

The Tempest

07:30 pm
Ruth N. Halls Theatre
http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/productions/2016-17/tempest.shtml

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Henry Woronicz.

Prospero and his daughter Miranda are stranded on an island by his jealous brother Antonio, but their new home is inhabited by spirits. The Tempest offers the best of both drama and comedy in Shakespeare’s enchanting tale of shipwrecks and romance, masters and servants, betrayal and forgiveness. And wondrous magic.

Production dates:
February 24, 25, 28 – March 3, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
March 4 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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