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

November 23, 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.

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

November 23, 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

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

November 23, 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.

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

November 23, 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.

Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?

November 23, 2014 - Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on November 16 and 23, when the show starts at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 17.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
(309) 694-5136
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The Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents nine performances of the tense drama When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? between November 14 and 23 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria Campus. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on November 16 and 23, when the show starts at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 17.

In this intense drama that explores the true nature of people, the casual setting of an all-night diner in a sleepy southwestern town on an early Sunday morning is disrupted when a gunman takes over and forces the patrons to take a closer look at themselves.

The play is rated R for adult situations and language.

Cast members include Nathan Apodaca of Brimfield, Hannah Bruce of Bartonville, Hannah Gidcumb of Tremont, Ryan Groves of Carlock, Nick McCumber of Peoria Heights, Tannen Skriver of Washington, Jake Sleva of Laura and Rebekah Waters of Minonk.

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? was written by Mark Medoff. The ICC production is directed by Alan Walker.

The show is presented through special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Tickets for the performance are . To purchase tickets or for more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center box office at (309) 694-5136.

It's an Old Fashioned Christmas

November 23, 2014 - Evening Performances Doors Open 6:00 P.M. Buffet 6:30 - 7:30 P.M. Show Starts 8:00 P.M. Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon Buffet 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Show Starts 1:30 P.M.
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
(309) 965-2545
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We're journeying back to the good old days in an all-new edition of our annual revue of holiday music, comedy and hilarious audience participation that will send your holiday spirit soaring, get your toes tapping and your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly. Our multi-talented cast will make your spirit bright throughout the whole season! This year's edition takes us "down home" for an old-fashioned and hilarious country Christmas and then takes us back to the WWII era with a USA show for the troops. Our most popular show of the year, seats always fill up quickly, so book early for this perfect outing for family, friends and company parties! A guaranteed good time for all!  Wednesday evenings are added during December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or  Christmas Day.
November 6-December 31, 2014

44th Annual Peoria Turkey Trot

November 23, 2014 - 01:00PM to 12:00PM

Join us rain, shine or snow for Peoria’s oldest running race, a 4-mile run through Detweiller Park. The top two finishers in each division receive a trophy and a turkey, compliments of Kroger. All entrants receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt. A 1/2 mile youth fun-run will take place immediately before the start of the run. Register at the Noble Center. Questions? Call Matt at 681-2866 or email msuellentrop@peoriaparks.org.

Santa's Woodland Workshop at Camp Wokanda

November 23, 2014 - 01:00PM to 03:30PM
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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The Peoria Park District’s Camp Wokanda will host two Santa’s Woodland Workshops for kids before Christmas: November 23 and December 14, 1-3:30 p.m.
Drop off your children at Camp Wokanda’s Santa’s Woodland Workshop while you shop on Sunday, November 23. They will get to enjoy hot cocoa and make three quality gifts that will be wrapped and sent home ready to put under the tree. If they come on Sunday, December 14, they can make three completely NEW gifts to bring home! The fee is $7 per child.
Pre-registration is required for both dates. To register, or for more information, call Camp Wokanda, (309) 579-2157. Camp Wokanda is located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe.

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

November 24, 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”

November 24, 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.

Contain the Gain

November 24, 2014 - ondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
600 NE Water Street
Peoria, IL
309-282-1543
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Worried about gaining weight during the upcoming holiday season? Join us October 27-January 7 for Contain the Gain at the Peoria RiverPlex! This 10-week weight management program consists of weekly workouts led by RiverPlex Certified Personal Trainers, cooking demonstrations with OSF Registered Dietitians, online discussion boards, and weekly health tips and recipes.
Each week, participants weigh in and log progress online for points. Extra points are earned for interacting on the online discussion board and participating in the cooking demonstrations.
The three participants with the most points at the end of the program will win their choice of a gift card from Amazon.com, Best Buy, Kroger, or a local gas station. The first place participant will receive a $150 gift card; second place will receive a $100 gift card; and third place will receive a $50 gift card.
Contain the Gain training will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (There will be no workouts on 12/24 or 12/31.)
Cost for members: $99 for 1 workout/week; $160 for 2 workouts/week
Cost for nonmembers: $125 for 1 workout/week; $215 for 2 workouts/week
 

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY LEN DAVIS

November 24, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

A second exhibit features collages by Len Davis and will be on display from November 19 through January 9 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. Davis grew up in the inner city of West Philadelphia next to Upper Darby, Penn. He was inspired to create his own art after a field trip in high school to see an exhibit by Marc Chagall. Davis attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he majored in communication and minored in art. He now exhibits, lectures and conducts workshops across the country. He has rented and sold his work to TV shows such as Parks and Rec, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Six Feet Under. He was also selected as one of the Artist Series for GAP Product (Red). One of his pieces is in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art permanent collection.

            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY SETH FAIRWEATHER

November 24, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

Developed Asceticism, an exhibit of drawings and sculpture by Seth Fairweather, will be on display from November 19 through December 10 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Fairweather was introduced to glass at Tulane University in 2001. He transferred to Alfred University, where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and three-dimensional studies. Fairweather earned his master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He has worked across the country, both fabricating for other people and developing his own artistic work. He has taught at private studios, public access studios, and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He is currently researching alternative energy usage in glass art in the Arizona desert.            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

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

November 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.

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

November 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.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY LEN DAVIS

November 25, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

A second exhibit features collages by Len Davis and will be on display from November 19 through January 9 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. Davis grew up in the inner city of West Philadelphia next to Upper Darby, Penn. He was inspired to create his own art after a field trip in high school to see an exhibit by Marc Chagall. Davis attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he majored in communication and minored in art. He now exhibits, lectures and conducts workshops across the country. He has rented and sold his work to TV shows such as Parks and Rec, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Six Feet Under. He was also selected as one of the Artist Series for GAP Product (Red). One of his pieces is in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art permanent collection.

            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY SETH FAIRWEATHER

November 25, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

Developed Asceticism, an exhibit of drawings and sculpture by Seth Fairweather, will be on display from November 19 through December 10 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Fairweather was introduced to glass at Tulane University in 2001. He transferred to Alfred University, where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and three-dimensional studies. Fairweather earned his master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He has worked across the country, both fabricating for other people and developing his own artistic work. He has taught at private studios, public access studios, and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He is currently researching alternative energy usage in glass art in the Arizona desert.            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

Trivia Tuesday

November 25, 2014 - doors open at 6
Kickapoo Creek Winery, Inc.
6605 N. Smith Road
Edwards, IL 61528
309-495-9463 x3
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TRIVIA TIIIIME!!! Party starts at 6:30 EVERY TUESDAY and ends when it ends (typically 8:30-9). Grab a team of 2 or more and get here. Of course we have food available and Central Illinois' best wine.

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

November 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”

November 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
Add to Itinerary

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.

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