H. Ward Miles strongly feels that her work has an important and necessary dual meaning. There is the personal and there is the political. She creates abstract work addressing a variety of topics both comfortable (family, love, relationships, parenthood, nature) and uncomfortable (social injustice, racial inequality, political differences, environmental destruction, war, sexism and fear) and seeks to represent the harsher aspects of life in addition to the complicated, but often universal beauty found in daily life throughout the world. Her paintings, often described as maps of her memories, give her audience a sense of great joy and happiness, but maintain enough of an edge to provide contrast and interest.
Bloomington High School North Students – “The Dog Show”
The Mission of the Bloomington High School North community is to seek knowledge through inquiry, wisdom through understanding, success through achievement, and purpose through service to others. With the help of instructor Stephanie Bruce, a group of artists will be presenting “The Dog Show,” an exhibition that includes the work of a variety of students (and just a few faculty/staff) within multiple art mediums.
Life Design Students – “Bloomington Vantage”
LIFEDesigns is a local non-profit that provides services to individuals with disabilities. A Service that LIFEDesigns currently has is called LECO – Life Enrichment and Community Opportunities Program. It is a community based alternative to a typical day program. The group meets Monday through Friday and has two classes in the morning, lunch, then one class in the afternoon.
The group currently has a photography class that was granted money from The Smithville Foundation to buy digital cameras for the group to use in this class. They have been going to places in Monroe County and taking pictures. The art provided for the gallery show will showcase the groups best prints of photography from this class.
Mining Strata: Interventions on Waste reevaluates resources deemed “waste” and invites the materials back in to a meticulous, loving atmosphere. The artist is interested in assigning new purpose and life to the curated elements, providing them a unique trajectory. The sculptures represent a manifestation of material as a coping mechanism for the artist’s physical existence, a practice in which he can meander in the delicate balance of beauty and ugliness. In a time of resource inefficiency and mass production, Vosel’s art is a meditative means of communication used to navigate his environment of perpetual waste.
Broadcast is a collaborative body of work exploring the idea of mechanical surveillance. The work illustrates what portraiture would look like if made by a machine.
As consumer culture progresses, the demand for cheap and quick photography continues to evolve. Cameras can be found everywhere, even in mobile phones and laptops. The accessibility to create an image is constant.
What if these camera eyes were looking back ?
To quote Friedrich Nietzsche, “….When you stare long into the abyss, The abyss gazes also into you.”
Refuse to Sea is a light reactive exhibition that aims to bring to the foreground environmental concerns. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. In 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice greater, or 10 bags full of plastic per foot of coastline. Area artists have been prompted to create original art works composed of recycled and found materials that might otherwise end in our beautiful oceans.
Artists include Eric Brock, Kelvin Burzon, Jade Council , Tim Lynch and Larissa Danielle Wingate.
Portraits in Color is an evolving body of work that focuses on capturing the color and character of artists and performers in the queer community. Using drag as a vehicle to capture hidden personas, these intimate portraits are a result of collaborative and playful studio sessions involving loud music, constant costume changes and lots of wigs.Together, we create a narrative that brings out the surreal, unique and fantastic characters that lurk beneath the surface of our daily Bloomington lives.
Unmended is an exploration of familial legacy in the aftermath of loss. The pieces in this series, photographs of my deceased grandparents’ farmhouse in the years before and after their passing, represent a home in transition through the stages of grief and acceptance. Unmended merges photographs, textiles, and hand embroidery to express a looming fear of memory loss. In an attempt to hold close the memories associated with this place, photographs are layered and mended together in an effort to repair what is easily forgotten.