Visual Meditations


Tom Duffy

Tom has always been fascinated by the rich and diverse character of our earth. His goal is to share his perception and visualization of this. Of course he cannot capture reality; rather, as with any artist, he seeks to reveal his perception and understanding of the environment in a way that will stimulate the imagination and emotions of the viewer. The beauty of morning and especially evening light and the resulting shadows are an important component in representing that perception.

Of course, people and their artifacts are an important part of our environment. Indeed, while continuing with his nature photography, his two current projects focus on the interaction between man and environment.

“Nurturing the Heartland” was an 18 month project in which Tom photographed two farmers who were committed to sustainable pasture farming. His goal was to tell, in photographs as well as words, the story of life on a small family farm where the goal was to improve the health of the land as well as the people who eat their food.

The second project, which is ongoing, is “Harvesting Limestone.” It focuses on the workers in the limestone quarries that are part of Indiana Limestone Company.

In this show, Tom focuses on nature photography but include samples from these two projects.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7th, 5-8 PM

On Display: October 7th – November 21st

In conjunction with Gallery Walk, the Fountain Square Poetry Series will be hosting their October event in the Fountian Square Mall atrium from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Presented by Writers Guild at Bloomington
Co-Sponsored by By Hand Gallery and Gather : handmade shoppe & Co:
Featuring poets Cole Hardman, Adam Henze, Anni Liu, and Nancy Chen Long with musical guest Brandon Pfeiffer

Cole Hardman is a local writer from Mitchell who seeks to capture the voices of rural Indiana in his work while attempting to blur the line between fine arts and the sciences, with an emphasis on interpersonal communication. He is a member of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and two-time winner of the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

Adam Henze has been a poet and organizer in the slam community for more than a decade. His poetry has been featured on PBS’ Mainstreet and NPR’s Marketplace. His first book of verse, Written in the Dish Pit, is available on Chatterhouse Press. Adam just completed his third year of a PhD residency at Indiana University, and hopes to earn a doctorate in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. He has lectured and performed at educational institutions in over 30 different states, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, and Ireland. Adam lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he is the director of Slam Camp–a summer academy for young poetry writers. He is an instructor in the English Department as well as the Student Academic Center at Indiana University.

Anni Liu is a MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University. She was raised in the Midwest of the US and China, and has worked as a church pianist, farm hand, and cat-sitter. She is the only member of her biological family living in the western hemisphere.

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (forthcoming, University of Tampa Press, 2017) and the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, Superstition Review, DIAGRAM, the Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. She lives in south-central Indiana and works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies Division.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and an open journal, Brandon Pfeiffer builds accessible ballads oscillating between the earnest and the tongue-in-cheek. His introspection reveals a continual coming of age and lyrics reflect invitations to hope. Fine-tuned vocal melodies trace his contemporary airs, creating space for listeners to simply observe Pfeiffer’s personal work in progress or pack their belongings and move into their own. As one fan described, “You don’t attend a Brandon Pfeiffer show; it attends you.”