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Monday, April 14, 2008

History, Autos and Art Converge in Bloomington

Categories: press releases

April 16, 2008

Media Contacts:Traffic Jam Car Show- Courthouse Paint Out-
Jill Lesh, Monroe County History Center
812-332-2517 or director@monroehistory.org

Courthouse Paint Out-
Ed Vande Sande, BAAC
812-334-3100 or ed@artlives.org

History, Autos and Art Converge in Bloomington, Indiana

Vintage car show and courthouse paint out events make April 26th
a great day for visitors to be in Bloomington!

Bloomington – The city of Bloomington will welcome visitors and residents alike to town for two special events taking place in the downtown area on April 26. The year-long Monroe County Courthouse Centennial Celebration continues with an informal paint out event on the courthouse lawn, while just one block east will feature a Traffic Jam that visitors will actually enjoy in the form of a vintage car show and open house at the Monroe County History Center.

Monroe County Courthouse Paint Out

An informal, self-directed event for artists of all ages will take place on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn in the heart of downtown Bloomington. As part of the year-long courthouse centennial celebration, artists are encouraged to set up on the courthouse lawn and produce images of the courthouse in any 2-D medium for possible inclusion in the May 19-Sept. 20 exhibit in the Monroe Bank gallery in downtown Bloomington. More information for artists can be obtained through the Bloomington Area Arts Council at 812-334-3100.

For visitors to the downtown area, this event will provide a wonderful opportunity to see artists in action and experience the creative process. The BAAC’s Ed Vande Sande says “The paint out is a fun way for artists of all ages and skill levels to enjoy a nice spring day and revel in the true beauty of the Monroe County Courthouse. This is a positive way to help celebrate the 100th birthday of this historic Bloomington landmark.”

Traffic Jam on 6th Street

Just one block east, members of the Crusin’ Classics Car Club and the Model A Car Club will display a variety of vintage automobiles on Sixth Street in downtown Bloomington. A section of the street north of the Monroe County History Center, between Washington and Lincoln Streets, will be closed to traffic for this special event from 1 to 4 pm. The car show and the simultaneous museum open house will celebrate the newest addition to the History Center’s permanent gallery – the historic Curry License Plate Collection. Cary Curry has donated the collection of 100 license plates that were collected by his father Richard Curry.

The family-friendly event will include refreshments, children’s activities and an exhibit detailing Bloomington’s automotive heritage. Museum admission will be waived for the event. The Monroe County History Center is located in the historic Carnegie Library building at the corner of Washington and 6th Streets in downtown Bloomington. For more information about the Traffic Jam, contact the History Center at 812-332-2517.

Both events are open to the public and provide a great opportunity for visitors to explore the vibrant downtown area. Local shops and restaurants will help to round out the experience. “This is a terrific combination of activities that provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to discover two of downtown Bloomington’s most treasured attractions,” says Rob DeCleene, Director of Tourism at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Downtown Bloomington offers so much for visitors to see, do and experience that you may want to make an entire weekend of it and explore other attractions in the area. There are a variety of attractions and recreation opportunities in the Bloomington area, including museums and art galleries, local wineries and brewpubs, the state’s largest lake, musical performances and world class dining! To find out more, go to www.visitbloomington.com or call the Bloomington Visitors Center at 800-800-0037.

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