Visual Artists

Haran Kim, BloomingSongs artistic director, was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. In 1997, she completed an MFA in printmaking at Indiana University. There she met Ya, her cat. That year, she took Ya back to Korea with her and taught children’s classes in printmaking, water color, painting, bookmaking and drawing. She’s returned to Bloomington to study digital art. Haran is a skilled paper-folder, book maker, print maker, digital artist and animator. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world, including Korea, Poland, Germany, United States, Australia, and Malaysia. She’s assisted artists Rudy Pazotti, Wendy Calman, and Ed Bernstein. She’s received prizes for her hand-crafting books from the Korean Book Art Association. Kim has served as Artist-in-residence at Emmanuel College, Kimmel Harking Nelson Center for the Arts, and Creighton University. “I create works to describe my nostalgia for my childhood memories and I am looking for a way for capturing the moments when my childhood memories become so clear my current daily life. My works could be a ticket for me to go to imaginary places I never been but I have been longing for.”
University Elementary School Students work with a variety of mediums in their art classes with Gladys Newsom. Through the "Symphony of Color Project," Myra Pettit created her visual interpretation of jazz, as seen in Herzig's "My Name is Jazz." When creating art for "What Do You Hear, Chiquilla?" Julia Fenzel talked with classmates about the various components of the song: birds, clouds, the sun, and stars.

Boys and Girls Club offers violin lessons to its members. Led by Nicole Moody, these children listened to Bernard Woma's piece, "Nebuor Dang Nye Naamwin-The Butterfly," and came up with visual interpretations. When singing Raymond Wise's piece, "It Takes a Village," the young artists drew pictures of people and animals that have helped get them where they are today. They drew pictures of mothers, fathers, friends, teachers, dogs and cats.

Monroe County Public Library Artists represented different Bloomington families and friends at our public library. Like the children at the Boys and Girls Club, we asked children and their families and friends to draw meaningful people in their lives. All of the drawings were compiled into the collage chosen to illustrate, "It Takes a Village."
Amanda Duba,singer in Que Siri Siri and I Swing U Swing, is currently a sophomore at Bloomington High School South. He is a member of Sounds of South, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and the Bloomington South Lacrosse Team. Additionally, he studies voice with Dr. Thomas King. In his free time, he enjoys singing, sailing, volunteering and being involved in the Bloomington community.