Adam Nahas, Executive Director of Artisan Alley, is Featured in Big Mike’s B-town Limestone Post

Limestone Post - Bloomington, Indiana

We are excited to have been mentioned in the August 6th post on Big Mike’s B-Town, a section of the Limestone Post magazine. Please click through and read about the hard work that has gone into the journey of building an arts organization and transforming it into a 501(c)3 non-profit that benefits the local Bloomington, Indiana community.

Michael G. Glab has been an independent writer since 1983 when he wrote his first article for the Chicago Reader about professional wrestlers. His in-depth personality profiles became a staple in the Reader over the next two decades. Today, he hosts a WFHB radio interview feature called “Big Talk” and is the brain behind the blog, The Electron PencilWFIU’s David Brent Johnson has described Big Mike as “a hip town crier” who writes “in a colorful, intelligent working class vernacular.”

Adam Nahas Shares Burl & Ingot and His Unique Journey on PBS

Recently, Adam Nahas, sat down with Saddam Abbas to discuss his unique journey transitioning from an Indiana University student to the White River Foundry and then finally founding Cyclops Studios & Artisan Alley.

Get an inside look at Artisan Alley’s Burl & Ingot tool library & community workspaces. Adam gives Saddam a tour of the spaces & shows him the work being done at Cyclops Studios.

Cyclops Studios Sets Course With Janeway Collective on ‘Star Trek’ Public Art Installation in Bloomington, Indiana

Captain Janeway Collective - Bronze Bust Mockup

Sean Starowitz, assistant director of the arts for the City of Bloomington, recently referred Adam Nahas, owner of Cyclops Studios, to Peter Kaczmarczyk, a Hoosier of almost 30 years. Peter grew up watching reruns of the original in the 70s and fell back in love with the series after taking a Trek-themed cruise with his wife a couple of years ago. 

After speaking with Peter, Cyclops Studios determined that this was a project that would be a lot of fun and worthwhile for the Bloomington community. This project will add an attraction that will draw people from all over to come see it.

Initially, $20,000 was budgeted for hiring a single artist to work on the sculpture. While we will still be including the work from this artist, Cyclops Studios suggested partitioning the various steps amongst local professionals to get the most competitive pricing.

Adam has refined the original sculpture design and suggested improvements along the way. He has consulted with the Janeway Collective and is on track to have the sculpture installed and commemorated on May 20th, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana right along the B-Line trail.

For more information about this project, please visit:

https://janewaycollective.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/JanewayCollective/

About the Captain Janeway Collective

The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective is raising money to install a celebratory memorial to the Star Trek: Voyager character, and her connection to Bloomington, IN, her future birthplace.

BIG Talk on WFHB

WFHB Big Talk
http://wfhb.org/news/artisan-alley-founder-adam-nahas/
Thursday, May 14, 2019 http://wfhb.org/news/artisan-alley-founder-adam-nahas/

After Adam Nahas and his art school friends graduated from Indiana University they found themselves without the school’s physical resources and human network. So he and a few other artists started up a shared work space — akin to a clubhouse — for creative types here in Bloomington. Their seminal locus has evolved into a support and education resource, social center, tool repository, and all-around one-stop shop for our town’s artists and those who aspire to become one. It’s called Artisan Alley; it now has three locations and offers classes, computer labs, studio space, galleries and much more.

Custom Hardware Brass Drawer Pull

Nancy Hiller was in need for a quality drawer pull for a custom piece of furniture on a fast approaching deadline (2 weeks!). We worked together to design and construct a custom brass drawer pull and it exceeded our expectations.