VISUAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
Artisan Alley provides space, a gallery, and a retail shop and create programs that develop network opportunities, community projects, educational programs and resources, all designed to nurture artistic expression and broaden participation in the arts. We are all about creating opportunities for you to participate, make, play and produce your own work. You will find others who are happy to give you their time, experience and knowledge because the one thing we all have in common is that we believe we are stronger and more creative when we work together. We are Creators: painters, sculptors, tinkerers, stone-workers, glass-blowers, photographers, welders, writers, dancers, musicians, designers... artists of all kinds! We came together as a group to support each other, simply because something great happens when people cooperate to share their skills. Feel free to learn more online, call or come in to see how we can help you. email
Artisan Guilds of Bloomington
Since 2014, over 75 artists from Bloomington's favorite guilds—Local Clay Potters' Guild, Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild, and Indiana Glass Guild—unite for an annual show the first Friday and Saturday each November at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. This show combines functional, decorative, and sculptural works of art along with demonstrations and exhibits for adults and children. Find locally made works of art, meet the artists, watch demonstrations, and discover great gifts for the holidays and special occasions.
Bloomington Photography Club
The Bloomington Photography Club explores the connection between the eye, the camera, and the spirit, by fostering and encouraging growth of artistic vision and technical knowledge. The Club provides an informal, friendly, and supportive environment for photographers at all levels of ability and with interests in all types of photographic imagery. The Club offers a means for members to share ideas and knowledge with each other and to promote an interest in photography throughout the community, through exhibitions and public events.
Bloomington Watercolor Society
The Bloomington Watercolor Society is a group of artists and art teachers who focus on watercolor as their medium. We meet monthly to learn from each other as well as from guest speakers about techniques for producing, reproducing, exhibiting and enjoying art using watercolor paints. Email
The Endwright Center provides a safe and supportive environment where active older adults are encouraged to discover their creativity and to enhance their well being through very affordable creative arts programming. Located just 10 miles west of downtown Bloomington, the Endwright Center offers a variety of fine arts and crafts classes, workshops and performances on the Patsy Earles’ Performing Arts Stage. Art classes are open to any adult 18 years of age or older.
I Fell Building
Located at 415 West Fourth Street, the I Fell Building houses a community of working artists and small businesses. Fifteen separate rental spaces are available as studio, exhibition, and retail space.
Indiana Limestone Symposium
The Indiana Limestone Symposium was founded in 1996 by two master stone sculptors, Amy Brier and Frank Young. It is based on the Greek model of coming together for discussion and celebration, and continues the tradition of sculpture symposia that have proliferated in Europe and Asia. Symposium instructors believe that anyone with the desire to carve can learn how. The atmosphere is relaxed, congenial, and non-judgmental. Instructors are available at all times to guide participants through the process of carving from start to finish.
Lawrence County Art Association
Lawrence County Art Association Over 50 years of artistic service in Lawrence County. An organization supporting artists with exhibits, venues to display and sell works of art, classes and friendships. Since 1911 we have a gallery and meeting place at the Wiley Art Center in Bedford. Painting sessions every Thursday afternoon are open to anyone who wishes to bring their supplies and join us. email
Local Clay Potter's Guild
The Local Clay Potter's Guild is a cooperative organization that promotes individual artistic growth and promotes the artistic standing of Local Clay as a whole and contributes to the growth of interest in ceramic arts in Indiana. The Guild is comprised of 22 professional artists living and working in South Central Indiana. The potters make functional pieces from stoneware and porcelain clays. Visit the Local Clay website, where each artist displays their individual style on a personal gallery.
Owen County Art Guild
The Owen County Art Guild is a fifty year old organization formed to promote the arts and provide educational opportunities to the community. They strive to promote individual artists by providing a venue for their work. They offer a gallery, gift shop, working studio, and classes.
Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum
Founded in 2002, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum has grown to proudly display over 100 large-scale sculptures by artists from around the world. Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum is located deep in the woods among the rolling hills of Solsberry, Indiana. The Museum's Mission is to bring Outdoor Sculpture and Art Education to the community through various hands-on sculpture workshops, services and programs.