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Inside Out Accessible Art announces class offerings

BLOOMINGTON — Classes at Inside Out Accessible Art Gallery and Cooperative, 200 W. Monroe St., Suite 102, Bloomington, have been announced.

Classes offered include:

  • Build Your Pride (2 private classes); UV resin jewelry; 12-1pm, 13 August, 12-17 or 1.30-2.30pm, 3 August, 18+; Ceramic tiles with alcohol ink; 12-1pm, September 10, ages 12-17 or 1:30-2:30pm, September 10, ages 18+.
  • Tree of Life; 4″ wire ring, assorted beads and charms; 11am-4pm Aug. 27; 16+; $20 or $18 for members.
  • Acrylic casting: Serpentine; unwinding strips of feathers 18″ x 20″; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 3; 18+; $30 or $27 for members.
  • Introduction to Alcohol Ink (2 hours); ceramic tiles, necklace, cup; 3:30-4:30 p.m., September 10; youth 6 years; $10 or $9 for members; ceramic tiles, necklace, scarf; 5-6:30 p.m., September 10; 12+; $15 or $13 for members.
  • Pen and ink drawing; calligraphy and drawing pens 9″ x 12″; 5:30-7:30 p.m., September 15; 10+; $12 or $10.80 for members.
  • Autumn acrylic landscape; impressionist style 11″ x 14″ canvas; 5:30-7:30 p.m., September 22; 10+; $12 or $10.80 for members.
  • Portrait in the style of Picasso; cubist style 11″ x 14″ canvas; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 1; 8+; $12 or $10.80 for members.

Those interested can sign up at

There are also two IOAA classes offered through Bloomington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

  • Adult/child weaving; 8″ x 8″ wove paper, embellishments; 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 24; ages 5-8 with adults; $12.
  • Tye Dry t-shirt and hat; fabric spray paint heater kit – two projects; 1:30-3:00 p.m., September 25; age 8+; $25.

To register, visit and see more class offerings. Registration for Bloomington residents begins August 25th and nonresident registration begins September 1st.

Inside Out Accessible Art will host an annual art fair

BLOOMINGTON — Inside Out Accessible Art Gallery and Cooperative will host its annual Art Fair at Sugar Grove Nature Center on Saturday, August 20.

The event will be held from 10am to 2pm and will be filled with a variety of free activities for families. Attendees are asked to park in the area as you enter Sugar Grove. A shuttle will transport guests to and from the event. Attendees may wish to bring a chair.

Activities for the event will include blacksmithing demonstrations and sales, bubble making, hula hoop fun, a painting station, fairy houses in the Imagination Grove, drumming, sidewalk chalk, mosaic decorations, acrylic flow, permanent marker tiles, foam rockets, air dry buttons, pointillism painting, airbrush painting, crayon etching, stencil boxes, hand painting and henna tattoos.

The event will also feature several community booths, each of which will have a free art activity and information about their services. Booths will include Bloom Community School, Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, Casey’s Garden Shop, Central Illinois Beekeepers, Children’s Discovery Museum, ExtraOrdinary Woman Project BN, Illinois Art Station, McLean County Master Gardeners and McLean County Art Center.

There will also be live music from the Irish Music Jam and Ukulele Band. There will also be a food truck and artist vendors including Art by D. Ella, Artsy Anisha, Jyoti Anant, Laura Bailey and Mary Leung.

Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove is located at 4532 N. 725 East Road, McLean.

The IOAA is also looking for volunteers for this event and to help with the market Saturdays. Anyone interested contact [email protected] Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Heartland Theater announces directors for 2022-23 season

NORMAL — Heartland Theater Co., 1110 Douglas St., One Normal Plaza in Normal, has announced directors for its upcoming 2022-23 season opening in September.

Four directors for Heartland’s main stage dramas were selected from online applications.

Tom Mitchell will direct Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer, which runs September 1-17.

Sanhawich Meateanuwat will direct “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson, which runs from November 3 to 19.

Tom Dzurison will direct Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell’s The Lifespan of a Fact, which runs February 2-18.

Don Lacasse will direct Water by the Spoonful by Chiara Alegría Hudes, which will run from March 30th to April 15th.

Darkebe Lloyd and Rich Tinaglia will direct “10-Minute Play Festival: The Waiting Room,” which runs June 1-24.

Season ticket sales began on August 1. Discounted Flex Pass offers are mailed to those on Heartland’s waiting list. Email [email protected] to get on the mailing list or have a package sent to you.

Heartland Theater presents five full-length dramas, a 10-minute play festival and a Midwest One-Act Festival, a reading of a new full-length play, along with senior actor showcases each season. Heartland is a non-profit organization serving the community since 1986.

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