The Venue, located at 114 South Grant Street, will host a preview of its Juried Art Show, The Art & Soul of Bloomington III, at 5 p.m. Friday. The event will formally open for public viewing the next evening.
This year’s gallery show contains art focused on the community, in honor of the bicentennial.
The Venue, partnered with The City of Bloomington for the Bicentennial of The City and Monroe County, challenged artists to submit art that captures the essence of Bloomington, according to a press release from The Venue.
A group of Bloomington-based judges selected 25 pieces for this year’s event. All of the winning art will be available for purchase. Attendants of the preview can also vote for The People’s Choice Award.
In the 2017 Art & Soul of Bloomington contest, Nancy Metz, watercolor artist and previous president of the Bloomington Watercolor Society, won Best of Show.
The City of Bloomington and Monroe County Bicentennial Celebration is also having its own Bicentennial Arts Contest, which has extended its deadline to July 13. The focus of the contest is to showcase minorities and underrepresented people or organizations in the history of Bloomington.
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