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Bloomington Parks, BEAD, Watercolor Society Partner for “We Paint...Parks!” Exhibit

September 27, 2010

Bloomington, IN - The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) and the Bloomington Watercolor Society have partnered on a unique new community project.

During the next calendar year, participating members of the Bloomington Watercolor Society will create paintings of each of 45 different city parks and facilities, which members were assigned via a lottery-style drawing. Artists have a full year to paint their selected site, and are encouraged to journal their experiences as they paint in the parks.

The cooperative project culminates with the annual Bloomington Watercolor Society Membership Show, which will be held in November 2011 in the atrium of City Hall. The top three paintings will be featured in a 2012 Bloomington Parks and Recreation program guide. The paintings will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.

The mission of the Bloomington Watercolor Society is to provide opportunities for the promotion and exhibition of watercolor media in the community. BWS currently has 82 members from throughout the region. More information on BWS programs and activities can be found at

The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District seeks to bring the business and creative sectors together to advance commerce and culture, build community and spur economic development. Go to for information about the district, businesses and attractions.