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Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

October 25, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

Women's Lifestyle Show

October 25, 2014 - 10:00AM
Peoria Civic Center
(309) 680-3500
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We are the LARGEST WOMEN’S SHOW IN ILLINOIS, and we are still the #1 all women’s event in Central Illinois. Our show is the one event that everyone looks forward to attending, and this year it will blow you away with some inviting changes and exciting surprises.  With over 300 vendors and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space to explore, you’ll discover new interactive pavilions that will indulge, exhilarate, and excite all of your senses.  Just imagine the possibilities!

 

For information on where to obtain booths, please visithttp://www.wlspeoria.com/exhibitor-info/

Prices: Tickets will be available in advance at all Kroger stores during the month of September. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show for $10 each.

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 25, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Fall Festival Costume Parade

October 25, 2014 - 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
1203 E. Kingman
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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All ages. Prize for Best Costumes. Registration begins Oct. 1 at Leaves and Beans.

Parade begins at 11:00 am. Refreshments following Parade at Peoria Heights Flowers

Orange & Black Sale 25th - 31st  Participating Merchants. 25% to 50% off. Shops Open Until 6pm Halloween Night. 

Proctor Youth Basektball Camp

October 25, 2014 - Times will vary according to age groups: 4-6 year olds, 10:00-10:45 am; and 7-9 year olds, 11:00-11:45 am
309 S. DuSable
Peoria, IL 61605
309-673-9183
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Proctor Recreation Center will hold the "I Got Game" Basketball Camp for boys and girls who love to play basketball and are not quite old enough to be part of a league. The co-ed camp, which teaches fundamental skills such as passing, shooting and dribbling, is for ages 4-9 and will be held on Saturdays, October 11 through November 1. Times will vary according to age groups: 4-6 year olds, 10:00-10:45 am; and 7-9 year olds, 11:00-11:45 am.

In addition to teaching the game of basketball, the camp will emphasize sportsmanship and the importance of teamwork. The camp is taught by Jonelle Polk McCloud, former professional player and college basketball coach. All participants will receive a t-shirt.

The Fox on the Fairway

October 25, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 25, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
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Regular Luthy Botanical Garden Hours & Admission - All Ages Welcome

Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color, and maybe even spot the “Jack!” Packed with hundreds of mums, this event makes a great escape from the fall chill in the air and offers a peaceful respite before the holiday season begins. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down and available for purchase.

Josh Thompson

October 25, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00PM | Show 8:00PM
German-American Central Society
8102 N. University
Peoria, IL
309-693-1234
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Josh Thompson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Collectors Weekend

October 25, 2014 - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm
Bishop Hill Arts Council
103 North Bishop Hill Road
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
309 927 3899
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For one weekend only at the Steeple Building museum, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes and topics will be displayed by area residents. The Steeple Building museum is located at 103 North Bishop Hill Road in Bishop Hill, IL. For Collectors Weekend, the museum will be open on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

Harvesting Hope

October 25, 2014 - Doors open at 6pm
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
1306 N. Berkeley Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
309.624.9595
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Please save the date for our 20th annual fundraising event in support of the PEDIATRIC RESOURCE CENTER and the valuable services it provides for abused and neglected children

DOORS OPEN - 6:00 P.M.

LIVE MUSIC - 3 1/2 MEN, HEAVY HORS D’OEUVRES, OPEN BAR

LIVE AUCTION, SILENT AUCTION, COCKTAIL ATTIRE

TABLE RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE

 

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

October 25, 2014 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

DaxFest

October 25, 2014 - 02:12PM

DaxFest is a community-wide event allowing families to make memories while trick-or-treating with Washington's local businesses along the trail in the Washington Park. 

Spider Hill Haunted Attractions

October 25, 2014 - 07:00PM to 11:00PM
17201 N. Route 29
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-8837
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The biggest haunted house festival in Central Illinois features three haunted attractions.

The Massacre Mansion haunted house, the Trail of Terror walking trail and the Haunted Express wagon ride - plus the family-friendly Boo Barn.

Fri. & Sat. nights in October.

The Princeton Coffeehouse Presents The Honey Dewdrops in Concert

October 25, 2014 - Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
The Princeton Coffeehouse
25 E. Marion St.
Princeton , IL 61356
815-875-4555
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The Honey Dewdrops will appear at The Princeton Coffeehouse on October 25th. Their down-to-earth, real-life approach to music has brought them to high profile stages such as A Prairie Home Companion and gained them Folk Radio notoriety with two #1 albums. Their most recent studio album, Silver Lining, "perfectly captures the spirit of the Blue Ridge foothills, feeling like a collection of tunes delivered late at night on someone's front porch" - Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley

Beethoven Triple

October 25, 2014 - 07:30PM to 12:00PM
Five Points Washington
360 North Wilmor Road
Washington, IL 61571
309-444-8222
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Soloists: Michael Brown, piano, Elena Urioste, violin, Nick Canellakis, cello 

Our Beethoven Cycle continues with the picturesque Pastoral Symphony. Our soloists for the Triple Concerto are a new American trio winning acclaim for "stunning performances". 

Beethoven - Creatures of Prometheus Overture 
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" 
Beethoven - Triple Concerto in C Major 

Community Partner To Be Announced

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

October 26, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

October 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 02:00PM
WeaverRidge Golf Club
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-3344
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WeaverRidge Golf Club is open to the public. The Brunch features: Champagne, Mimosas, Made to order Omelettes, Belgian Waffles, Carving Station, full array of Breakfast items, Salad Bar, Lunch Entrees, Seafood Display, and a assortment of mouth watering Desserts. Served 10:00am-2:00pm. For reservations call 309-691-3344 x 3

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 26, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
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Regular Luthy Botanical Garden Hours & Admission - All Ages Welcome

Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color, and maybe even spot the “Jack!” Packed with hundreds of mums, this event makes a great escape from the fall chill in the air and offers a peaceful respite before the holiday season begins. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down and available for purchase.

The Fox on the Fairway

October 26, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
Add to Itinerary

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

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