Wednesday, March 26, 2014

calling all Sherwood Oaks artists

“Art Right Up Your Alley” is a community-based art exhibit sponsored by the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) in partnership with the City of Bloomington Arts Commission celebrating the neighborhoods of Bloomington. The exhibition will run June 1—30, 2014 in the City Hall Atrium. The opening celebra- tion will be Saturday, June 7 10:00 a.m.—noon coinciding with HAND's Blooming Neighborhood Celebration.

This exhibit will feature work that showcases neighborhoods of Bloomington—their architecture, environment, people and activities. Any media and neighborhood-related subject matter suitable for hanging in a public space will be eligible for submission, Submitted work must be original to artists.
Questions: Contact Miah Michaelsen at or 812.349-3534

Artist Eligibility
Resident of Bloomington Ages 18 and older
Submission Information
Email Miah Michaelsen at by May 1st and provide the following:
a JPG of the artwork (file size not to exceed 2MB)
Artwork Dimensions Artist name Contact Information 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring 2014 Update

Hi neighbors,
Happy spring!  The Sherwood Oaks Neighbors exec committee met last night to plan for the upcoming neighborhood wide spring meeting.  The meeting will be Saturday, April 26, 10AM in room R361 of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. [You will need to enter door #3 and go up the stairs.] Since that's a month away there are a few things everyone can do in the meantime:

1) If you would like to be on the SON executive committee please write  We lost one member to a move last year and we have at least on other member who cannot continue on the committee. So, we definitely need more folks to help plan, brainstorm and do other behind the scenes stuff. It's fun and informal. Please consider putting your name in if you are interested.  We will vote to confirm new committee members at the next meeting.  As per our by-laws, exec committee positions are for 2 years. 

2) Another item on our spring agenda is our bid for a grant through Monroe County Public Library/Duke Energy for  a Little Free Library. If we don't get this particular grant we can apply for a city grant to fund this. For more info see  Basically, this is a very small library on a pole (like a birdhouse) that everyone can use.  It will need to be in someone's yard. 

3) Here's a random question for ya: does anyone have a maypole?  At the last meeting folks expressed interest in a spring or summer social event. Since school summer break is now only 8 weeks we are thinking that summer may not be a good time to plan, since many families will have a lot to cram into the shortened vacation. We were thinking a good alternative might be May Day.  There are many May Day traditions we could start. A maypole dance is one option...but, of course we need a maypole. Another simple idea we could do is leave flowers on our neighbors' doors. Another idea is a parade down jackson creek trail or a simple picnic at the park.  Please send in your ideas.   

4) The exec committee also discussed ongoing ways we can promote community in our neighborhood, such as walking groups, bicycling groups, placement of a bulletin board at the park (b-board would need to be funded through a grant and would need to be approved by Parks & Rec, of course)....please send in any ideas you might have. Thanks!