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Two women turn art play dates into new exhibit

Gather.Lori Leaumont. Ceramic Animal Planter3

Indianapolis Mother-Artists Vanessa Monfreda and Lori Leaumont will be celebrating the coming of spring and warmer weather with their show entitled Flores y Colores on May 4 at Gather located in Bloomington. Featured work will be on display and for sale in the southeast corner of Gather.  Courtesy Photo

Craft night creations by artists Lori Leaumont and Vanessa Monfreda will be displayed at Gather, a Bloomington art gallery and gift shop, from May 4 through the end of the month.

The exhibit, titled “Flores y colores” — "flowers and colors" in English — is a celebration of spring, Gather owner Talia Halliday said in an email sent to the Indiana Daily Student.

Collage artist Monfreda was born in Chile but lived in Ecuador for several years. Ceramic artist Leaumont, on the other hand, is a New Orleans native. The duo’s backgrounds inspired the bright colors and flowers in their work, Halliday said in the email.

When they don't have work and their children are at school, Leaumont and Monfreda meet up to make art. They call these meetings their art play dates.

"They inspire each other and listen to each others’ life and family stories," Halliday said in the email. "They drink coffee and love to eat pastry, cupcakes or donuts."

The work in the exhibit is the result of the two women's art play dates.

Attendees will be able to meet the artists while creating and buying art at the gallery opening from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4 at Gather, which is located at 116 N. Walnut St.

Leaumont will offer face painting at the opening, while Monfreda will offer collage craft-making sessions.

"Come join us for a very special gallery exhibition meets trunk show meets craft night meets animal carnival," Halliday said in the email.

Christine Fernando

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