Kathy Barton - Plein Aire watercolor artist, and fine arts photographer
Influenced by Grandma Moses and Matisee and trained by Jeanne Iler and Jeanne Dutton, Kathy loves capturing the "spirit of place" by painting on location outdoors.
Shes uses her photography to capture detail or context for developing detail in my watercolor work. In the past, she has exhibited at the Venue Bloomington, IN and at Gallery North, when it was in Bloomington. She is a co-owner of Barton Images where they have been creating images for over 15 years. They sell photographic images direct to individuals as well as wholesale some images in bulk.
"Move your spirit, energize your soul, and bend your mind with this unique display of original art."
Barb Bonchek’s works merge art and geometry together in black and white mind warping patterns, creating the illusion of movement. Her work can be seen at Venue Gallery in Bloomington and at Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville.
Richelle’s creations symbolize a range of emotions conveyed through the use of textures, strokes, colors, and mediums. She enjoys working with various mediums to form artwork that is affective, particularly the ‘bright side of the dark side’ or the ‘dark side of the bright side.’ Her inspiration comes from life’s adventures, experiences, and encounters. She is a counselor, educator, and artist that values diversity.
"I am very interested in human relationships and emotions. Large canvas and acrylic paintings with bold lines, vivid colors, and defined shapes are the hallmark of my style. My rich and diverse cultural background is a constant source of inspiration, from my early experiences in Brazil, to the enchantment of circus life."
Juliana was born & raised in South America until I was 17 years old. After completing multiple degrees at Indiana University, she joined a professional circus troupe as an aerialist and toured nationally for 4 years. After touring, she returned to Indiana and began work as an Artist and Art Educator.
Elizabeth Busey - Fine Art Printmaker
Elizabeth creates original linoleum relief prints that celebrate the patterns of the natural world. From microscopic plant stems to the celestial spirals of the universe, her prints bring a blend of serenity and energy to any setting. Elizabeth writes about her work and the world of printmaking at TheWorldinRelief.
Angela Caldwell - Jewelry
Angela crafts each piece of her delicate jewelry in a tiny studio in the company of other artists in the I Fell Building. After abandoning her training in painting from Indiana University, she followed her passion to create her own line of distinctive jewelry. Fondly remembering her grandma’s vintage pieces, she strives to take a look back, as well as being inspired by the modern and contemporary.
James' mixed media wall sculptures/paintings explore the shifting landscape of thought, memory and expectation through cartographic references, texture and color. Using his background in graphic design, these works allow James to get beyond the constraints of the page and beyond our usual frames of reference. "After all, nature isn't square--it doesn't fit in a window frame."
Michal Ann Carley
Fire, pressure and rhythm coax metal and glass into malleable substances that once transformed are shaped into objects that reflect and seem to emerge from nature. I cut, forge, melt, and weld the materials for them to take their form. This process is at times delicate but with temperatures above 2000 degrees and powerful mechanical blows it can also be aggressively irregular. I create sculptures, jewelry, architectural elements, and utilitarian objects that are all inspired by the organic curvilinear and asymmetric movements of the natural world as well as the primary forces of wind, fire, light, and synthesis.
Martina makes dimensional weavings in fiber and natural materials . . . images of beautiful places and natural things. They evoke warm happy memories of places she’s been, people she’s met, and experiences that she cherishes.
Carol’s artwork is a journey through abstract expressionism, contemporary impressionism, and cubism, in oil on canvas and watercolor on paper. Her work has a strong focus on light and depth, and is fused by a tough of mystery and joy. She has painted professionally under the pseudonym NORTHWOOD since 1990. Please visit HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, in beautiful downtown Nashville, where she has a full time gallery representation.
Painter, arts educator and arts advocate, Pat also teaches studio art (painting and drawing) and art history. She has recently served residencies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Patricia C. Coleman
Patricia enjoys creating original arts in a variety of media including water-media, art dolls and quilts, non-toxic surface design, mask-making, storytelling, book arts, collage, paper folding tessellations and upcycling with botanical dyes. Patricia is owner of Patricia’s Wellness Arts Café where she presents a variety of local and international artist as well as her own works. She offers a variety of arts related classes and workshops for persons of varying abilities. She facilitates Arts on Vacation and Arts Jam.
Leanne works with stoneware and porcelain clay to create figurative, vegetable and animal like forms. The surface glaze is the natural ash from her wood-fired kiln.
Jacki works in both watercolor and oil. She is a signature member of Bloomington Watercolor Society, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and the Indiana Artist Club. She teaches painting classes at Ivy Tech - John Waldron Art Center in Bloomington. She has been painting since 1980 and enjoys country and city scenes.
Amy Greely - Handcrafted artisan jewelry
Sterling silver, gold, and copper are hand fabricated, hand textured, and hand colored with an array of patina choices. Further additions of 22k gold, using an ancient Korean technique called Keum-boo or 18k gold/silver bi-metal add another layer of contrasts, resulting in a fresh approach to traditional processes.
Talia Halliday - Local book artist, mama, and arts advocate
With undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Education, Talia has always been emotionally attached to books of all forms. Conduit Press began as a creative outlet and a method to further Talia's book-binding skills and soon became so much more. Conduit Press now specializes in creating keepsake leather work from journals to bags as well as rescuing once -loved books and turning them into pieces of art and keepsakes.
Talia's most recent endeavor has been to open her own handmade shop: Gathering. Gathering features the work of handmade artists around the midwest and beyond.
Sally Harless - Illustrator
Sally creates animal illustrations using ink and watercolor, turning these into art prints, shadow boxes, and an annual themed calendar. Her drawings are reminiscent of children’s book illustrations and are a mixture of reverie and autobiography. She loves simplicity, muted colors and inserting elements of subtle humor into her drawings. She is also a founder and co-organizer of the Bloomington Handmade Market. Sally's studio is at the historic I Fell Building .
Sublime Design Studio
I cut paper and make one of a kind designs. I seal all designs with a functional, durable epoxy finish. I make tables, wall art, light switch plates, lamps, candle votives, vases, boxes and more.
Jingo Illo - Illustrator & Character Art
Based in Indiana, Jingo has worked with a wide range of clients from small businesses, to global companies such as Penguin-Random House and Duncan Toys.
Barb Lund - Functional Potter
Barbara makes wheel-thrown functional pottery of white stoneware, dinnerware, yarn bowls and especially earring holders in a variety of glazes.
Ellen Starr Lyon - Fine Art Oil Paintings & Drawings
“I love how color, light, and pattern transform objects and the space they inhabit with such nuanced beauty. It is not the object that entices me but the spaces in between.”
I want to bring an intimate, mysterious power to still life using the subtle moments that exist in and between everyday objects. I want to create portraits of these objects that tell a story.
Ed McEndarfer - Studio potter
Ed creates functional stoneware with birds and animals sculpted and brush- drawn with colored slip and glaze.
Thomas Maher is a contemporary folk artist that specializes in drawing and painting. When asked to describe his work, he replied, “My paintings are stories. I ask the viewer to solve the visual puzzle. My art is fun... and magical.” He is a member of the Owen County Art Guild and his studio is located in Southwestern Owen County.
Charlene Marsh - Oil painting
Charlene is an artist creating oil paintings on panels both "en plein air" and in the studio using palette knives. Backpacking deep into the woods to paint on location in all four seasons, she captures the beauty of the forest, creeks, and flowers. She opened the Charlene Marsh Studio and Gallery in 2010 in Brown County, Indiana and hosts regular Open Houses. She exhibits and sells her paintings at top ranked, juried art festivals throughout the USA.
Kip May - photography
Kip May is a the owner of Kip May Photography studio, a photo studio for families, children, babies, and high school seniors. Kip May Photogrpahy also provides photography training and workshops to photographers of all levels at Southern Indiana's Photographic Training Center located at 114 East Smith Ave. Bloomington, IN. They offer full day, intensive, hands on photography workshops. They also offer one to one tutorials for photographers wishing to learn posing, lighting and/or Photoshop.
Sara Steffey McQueen - Original watermedia, abstracts, collages, & mixed media.
"My work represents my love and appreciation of the rural landscapes of southern Indiana. Trained as a printmaker, I create images using a variety of printing techniques as well as watercolors and collage. I love papers, so I incorporate hand made papers into many of the abstracts and collages."
Sara is a signature member of the Bloomington Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Indiana. Her works are in many private collections and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Purchase Award). Prints, cards and originals are found in Bloomington at the By Hand Gallery and in New Harmony, IN at the Womens' Institute and Gallery. email
Kendal R. Miller - Frames, Phrases, and Photography by Kendal, LLC
Kendal R. Miller is an award-winning photographer and owner/operator of Frames, Phrases, and Photography by Kendal, LLC. Her photography is part of the Indiana Artisan program. Kendal is a 2014 Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann Women Artist Award Winner, having also won in 2012 when Becky Skillman was Lt. Governor.
Ron and Brenda Miller
Ron and Brenda Miller are both fine artists and members of the Owen County Art Guild. Brenda specializes in photography, textile paint, quilt making and is a board member of the Art Guild. Ron specializes in oil painting and the art of taxidermy.
Carmel Montoya - Bookbinding
Carmel Montoya owns Baba Press, a bookbinding studio dedicated to creating one of a kind personalized journals, sketchbooks, photo albums, and other hand bound books including artist's books. They also repair books, and specialize in teaching bookbinding and book arts. At Baba you can find decorated papers, hand printed cards, and other hand made artistic treasures. Baba is located in the IFell building on 4th street and Rogers, next to the Rainbow Bakery. Email Carmel
Finely turned wooden items are my specialty. Bowls, pepper/salt grinders, scoops, and pens are spun on my lathe in southwestern Monroe County. All wood has been locally harvested from storm-damaged trees or taken from my firewood pile. Items made for food use have been finished with food-safe finishes, and are easily renewable. email
Wendy Myers - Inspired Artisan Jewelry
I am a jewelry metalsmith by degree as well as an enamelist. All of my work is made by my own hand and is done with quality materials, including fine silver, sterling silver, copper, brass and kiln-fired enamels. All designs are my own and original.
Adam Nahas work ranges from 2D work including unique portraits, graphic design, prints, sketchings, comic illustrations fantasies to 3D work including kinetic sculpture, Fired Earthenware, bronze memorial/monuments, robotic prototypes, and other various mediums.
“My goal for modeling is to breathe life into clay and bronze. For me, a portrait is more than a likeness; it should capture the spirit and essence of the character. I am confident that I have the means to shape different mediums around me, and by doing so, I can turn anything into visually beautiful artwork or something that serves a good purpose. I do what I do because it feels natural and right for me.”
Marcy Neiditz - Ceramic Art
Marcy makes sculptural forms that are abstracted representations of plant life and the microscopic world, and decorative functional vessels with surface designs and paintings that reference nature and biology. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from California State University-Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University. She currently works as a professional artist and teaches ceramics at Ivy Tech/Waldron Art Center in Bloomington.
Leslie A Nieves
At Tamarack Stoneware, I offer unique and decorative pieces that are designed to function well. My work includes serving pieces, tableware, bakeware, mugs, yarn bowls, and liturgical vessels. My goal is to create well designed, graceful and durable forms, which I prefer to decorate with textured surfaces and runny glazes.
Sarah paints natural structures formed by ecological niches. In them, she observes the complex interaction between plants, animals, and the planet’s energy systems.
Leslie Ruth Rogers
I'm a textile and multi-media artist. My focus is on stitchery, patch and scrap work, doll making, and embellishing tattered antique cloth dolls. I work rather quietly in the loft of our home in the forest. My online shop, opening in time, will be named Shmata Boro, shmata being the Yiddish word for rags or scraps of cloth, and boro being the Japanese term for the same.
In 1978, Walt moved his pottery to the hills of southern Indiana. Since then, it has grown to include a blacksmith shop and a weaving studio for his wife, Betty Westhues. The studios are always changing so check out what's new! Pottery created at the Hickory Tree Studios consists of functional, daily-use stoneware for the home, as well as bird feeders and wren houses for the yard, artistic vases, fish for the wall, bathroom sinks and accessories, and even mousetraps!
Joanne paints watercolors and bamboo brush on rice paper. Specializing in birds and vegetation, she also does gesture drawing of musicians during live performances. Joanne welcomes commissions.
Juliet Anna Shapiro
Juliet is a multimedia artist currently focusing on oil painting, but she also has a passion for ceramic and metal sculpture. Her work explores human connection and draw inspiration from her study of anatomy and buddhist philosophy. She loves to create ambiguity between representation and abstract, and be surprised by what people see in her work. She is available for commissions, including portraits and interior murals.
Julie creates custom jewelry and rustic home decor at Simply Spain Designs. Her jewelry varies from hand wrapped pearls to hand stamped sterling silver.
Sweany Artworks is dedicated to the legacies of Paul and Margaret Sweany, two of Indiana's finest latter 20th Century artists. It is their intention to honor their artwork and memory as well as to promote the extended Sweany family of contemporary artists. Sweany Artworks also supports several other fine artists who carry on the tradition of artistic excellence.
Sycamore Tile Works is a joint venture in tile setting and mosaic design. The company began primarily as a standard tile setting business (installing showers, fireplaces, backsplashes, countertops, floors, walls, etc.) and has gradually shifted to include custom designed and hand crafted mosaic work, including hanging art pieces, tables, and architectural installations.
I create one-of-a-kind sterling silver and gold jewelry using precious and semi-precious stones, many a result of my own lapidary artistry. All of my designs, real or imagined, are influenced by nature or the interconnection between man and nature.
Textillery Weavers is committed to the traditions of craftsmanship coupled with using the best of new technology to produce handwoven items that we are proud to say are Made in the United States. As more and more factories and mills are shutting their doors, we continue to take pride in the fact that we can compete on a global scale while producing all our products in the United States. We could not do this without the support and encouragement of our customers, our employees, and our Bloomington Indiana community.
Marc Tschida specializes in hand crafting Bloomington themed wooden jigsaw puzzles under the name Press Puzzles.
Tricia Heiser Wente - Portraits
Tricia specializes in portraiture in oils, acrylics and pastels, having created hundreds of commissioned paintings over the course of her career. Her works grace numerous private, public and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and overseas. Tricia is also a signature member of the Bloomington Watercolor Society.
All the art work I produce begins with my relationship with nature. As I hike through the woods, look out the window of my car or spy a plant when I am walking through town, I see shapes, colors and contrasts between dark and light. I use color to define objects, create depth and shadow. I further define the depth and shadow of objects with ink lines. As a hiker, camper and lover of nature this is how I share my art with others. I create art that can be displayed on walls or be a part of one’s everyday life.
Lisa Renee Wilson - Awareness Artist
Practicing the art of contemplation+creativity in daily life, from mixed media, encaustic, and photographic art, to dinner and play time with her children, no area of exploration is off limits. She teaches a variety of mindfulness and art courses online, and offers art and insight on her website.
Bob Wolanin - Print art, Sculpture, Character design
Bob works in digital mediums. His 2D & 3D art reflect his experience as a professional set and lighting designer and his love of manipulating light, color and reality.
Bob is also a professional character and puppet creator. His design ideas stem from a background in art, animation, cartooning, sculpture, and his own unique imagination. His puppets are making their way around the world and are enjoying many adventures in media, theater and just plain fun.
Other Visual Artists
Sarah Jackson Moore
David Derkacy Photography, video