Bloomington Center for the Arts

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  • Free parking. Art galleries are free. Theater performances vary from $16-$28.

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  • From I-35W take 98th St exit, travel west on 98th to Logan Ave S, left on Logan, first left into parking lot.

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  • Year round. Office: M-F 10am-5pm. Galleries: M-F 8am-10pm, SA 9am-5pm, SU 1-10pm.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Dynamic Convergence

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8570

    Three artists come together in this compelling exhibition. Megan Bell Honigman’s abstract oil paintings incorporate flowing organic shapes made of rich, soothing colors. Spencer Silver’s acrylic paintings are created by stacking multiple individual panels to create a complete single piece. And sculptor Rory King ties it all together with his bold, colorful fiber board sculptures that mimic solid metal, both in appearance and the way they take command of the space.

    About Megan Bell: Megan Bell is a self-taught oil painter who finds endless inspiration for her work in the colors and forms found in nature. Appreciating the beauty of the smallest of organisms to the grandest of sea life, she often incorporates bits and pieces of this imagery into her abstract paintings. Raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, Megan currently resides in Minneapolis and spends her days making art alongside her two young children at her studio in the historic Northrup King Building.

    About Rory King: Born in Langdon, North Dakota in 1948, Rory King moved to Minnesota in 1962 and graduated from Minneapolis Marshall high school in 1967. Primarily a self-taught artist, Rory developed a curiosity to learn and explore numerous artistic disciplines including drawing, painting, and innovations in screen printing. In 1969 Rory delved into filmmaking and expressionist animation in particular. Later Rory’s interest turned to architectural drafting, woodworking, and commercial furniture and lighting design. To date, 14 of his original designs have been licensed for manufacture. In the last ten years, Rory has expanded his interest to include the creation of award-winning abstract sculpture. Rory describes his sculpture as "a unified compilation of geometric elements that create a kind of architectural origami."

    About Spencer Silver: Spencer Silver is an American chemist who, together with Arthur Fry, invented Post-it™ Notes in 1970. Silver was born in San Antonio, Texas. He obtained a B.S. in chemistry from Arizona State University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado before taking a research position as a Senior Chemist in 3M's Central Research Labs. During his research career at 3M, Spencer was able to develop his longtime interest in painting and the studio arts through night classes at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. These studies were extended through classes at the Split Rock Arts Program (U of M), the Grand Marais Art Colony, and studio classes with artist and teacher, Sally Brown. He presently has a studio at the Casket Arts Building in NE Minneapolis and works primarily in assembled mixed media paintings on canvas panels. Silver is the author on over 40 US patents and scientific publications and has received numerous awards both locally and nationally for his scientific contributions.

    Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  2. Love Potion #10 - The musical

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: 952-563-8575

    The Whiteside Walls
    Love Potion #10 - The Musical

    Listen to the story of a small-town high school in 1964 through a popular local AM radio disc jockey. Michael Patrick "Records" Ryan spins doo-wop, rockabilly and rock'n'roll gold.

    Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

    Adults $29, Seniors $26, 25 and under $22

  3. Next to Normal

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: 952-563-8575

    A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards, this contemporary rock musical explores how one household copes with crisis and mental illness, expanding the scope of subject matter for musicals. An emotional powerhouse that addresses grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life, combined with provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.

    PLEASE NOTE: Contains adult language.

  4. Striking 12

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: 952-563-8575

    Bloomington Civic Theater

    Our annual holiday show returns for a third season! This family-friendly musical will lift your spirits.

    Performances takes place in the Black Box Theater.

    December 5 - 21, 2014
    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
    Sundays, 2 p.m.

    Adults $24, Seniors $22, 25 and under $19

  5. Striking 12

    98th St & Logan Ave S
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: 952-563-8575

    In the quest for ideal holiday entertainment, Striking 12 strikes gold.” –Los Angeles Times

    Striking 12 returns as BCT’s annual holiday show weaving a modern-day New Year’s Eve into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl.” This unique hybrid of musical theater and live concert tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker whose resolve to spend New Year’s Eve alone crumbles when an unexpected visitor brings some much needed cheer. The show springs to life through an eclectic score of new music with roots in classical, musical theater, jazz and rock.

  6. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridge

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: 952-563-8575

    Featuring all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, this fast-paced, witty show is full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.

    Performances takes place in the Black Box Theater.

    September 19 - October 12, 2014
    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
    Sundays, 2 p.m.

    Adults $24, Seniors $22, 25 and under $19

  7. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8881

    A wild comedy born from the improvisation of the original creators, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged deconstructs all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in one evening! Experience the Bard’s plays like never before with Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, the History plays as a football game and more. Filled with pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue and clunky female impersonations, this show is for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. Praised as “Intellectual vaudeville” from The New York Times, “Rollicking, fast-moving and hilarious” from the The Guardian and “Fresh, energetic and funny. A wild and silly frolic” from Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV.

    Talk Back with cast and crew after the performance on Sunday, Sept. 28.

    Sign Language Interpreted performance on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30pm.

    Audio Description performance on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30pm.

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