BLOOMINGTON — The artists’ studios and galleries in downtown Bloomington are inviting the public to be creative in the new year, starting with a program from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 during First Friday in the downtown area.
The third year of “Hands on Art” will feature opportunities to make personal drawings, jewelry, and other crafts. Artists will have their studios and galleries open with art-making stations complete with all materials needed. The activities are free and all supplies will be provided. Space is limited for some activities so patience is requested.
- Art Vortex Studio, 101 W. Monroe St., Suite 210 (upstairs): Learn the technique of crayon resist by making your own artwork based on Henri Matisse’s painting, “Red Studio.”
- Reality Bites, 414 N. Main St.: Participate in demonstrations of dessert plating by Reality Bites’ chefs
- Joann Goetzinger Gallery, 313 N. Main St., Suite A: Goetzinger will have supplies and give instructions for a make-and-take drawing. Martha Burk will help you construct make-and-take earrings.
- Eaton Gallery, 411 N. Center St.: Elizabeth Graehling will demonstrate various beading processes with the opportunity to participate and make your own beaded jewelry.
- Art Hive, Space 417, 417 N. Main St. (upstairs): This communal art-making space will be open for children, adults, and families to come and create a vision board.
- Three Square Studio, 104 W. Monroe St.: Brian K. Simpson will set up a simple still life and give short instructions in drawing contours and shading.
- Inside Out: Accessible Art, 200 W. Monroe St., Unit 102: Participants will be led in the making of a winter scene of cardinals in the snow, using tracings of their hands and colored paper.
- Main Gallery 404, 404 N. Main St. — Artist Karen Schulthes of Hudson will demonstrate making “Scribble Doodles.”
Other studios and galleries will be open as well for opportunities for the public to view, discuss, and purchase artwork. More information is available at the Downtown Bloomington Artists-Illinois Facebook page.