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

October 20, 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 20, 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.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 20, 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.

Jason Ackman, Susan Emmerson, Khara Koffel

October 20, 2014 - 08:50PM
Peoria Art Guild at the Foster Art Center
203 Harrison St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-637-2787
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October 11-November 5, 2014

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

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

October 21, 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.

World Explorers!

October 21, 2014 - 09:00AM to 09:45AM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3034
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Ages 3-6

The world around us is a BIG place, especially for our littlest explorers! In this fun four-week class, brave adventurers will don exploration gear and travel to far off lands, with passports in hand, to learn about new cultures through stories, activities, and crafts. In addition to their projects, at the end of the class each student will get to take home a special passport and their very own pith hat and binoculars so they can continue exploring their own big world!
Janea Beakley: MA, Education
 

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

October 21, 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.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 21, 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.

Mask Making

October 21, 2014 - 04:30PM to 05:30PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3034
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Ages 8-12

Mask making is an important aspect of many cultures around the world.  In this special four-week class, students will learn about the historical and cultural significance of masks, and create their own masks out of a variety of materials.
Becky Kraut: BA/Art
 

The Art of Batik

October 21, 2014 - 06:00PM to 07:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3034
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Ages 10 + (adults welcome)

Practiced by a number of cultures, including Nigeria, China, and the Philippines, batik is used to create intricate patterns and designs using the ancient art of wax resist-dyeing. Artists use melted wax to paint or draw on fabric before dyeing. Once the fabric dries, the wax is removed to reveal the pattern beneath. Learn a bit about this beautiful technique from talented instructor, Becky Kraut, while making functional pieces of art! Becky Kraut: BA/Art
 

"Grief Recovery Method® Program – Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Loss"

October 21, 2014 - 06:30PM to 08:30PM
Illinois Central College
5407 N. University St
Peoria, IL
(309) 690-6900
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Illinois Central College's Adult Community Programs will offer an eight-week session on the "Grief Recovery Method® Program – Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Loss" beginning Tuesday, September 30. The class runs Tuesdays from September 30 to November 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University St., Peoria.

This class will address "grief" as defined as any significant emotional loss in life, whether that loss is through death, divorce, moving, career change and retirement, financial loss, loss of physical health and functioning, loss of safety and more. Participants will learn to distinguish between the myths and truth regarding the grieving process and work toward recovery in a safe and supportive environment. Presenter is Wisnu Meier.

Cost is $95. Handbooks and all materials are included. To learn more or to register, visit the ICC Adult Community Programs website at www.icc.edu/acp or call (309) 690-6900.

Trivia Tuesday

October 21, 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.

Jason Ackman, Susan Emmerson, Khara Koffel

October 21, 2014 - 08:50PM
Peoria Art Guild at the Foster Art Center
203 Harrison St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-637-2787
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October 11-November 5, 2014

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

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

October 22, 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.

Prairie Lands Environmental Summit

October 22, 2014 - 09:00AM to 04:30PM
Macomb, IL
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This year’s event offers three tracks, designed to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day, to showcase rural community development practices, and to provide continuing education credits to teachers. The summit highlights activities that strive to improve our region’s quality of life.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Howard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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

October 22, 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.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 22, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
Add to Itinerary

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.

River Creature Feature

October 22, 2014 - 04:30PM to 05:30PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3034
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Ages 6-10

There are some fascinating creatures living in our own backyard! Come explore some of our Illinois River critters; learn about their habitats, their behaviors, and how they interact with each other. Students will practice observational skills, sketching, recording data, identifying species of plants and animals, and so much more!

Wine Down Wednesday

October 22, 2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
Kickapoo Creek Winery, Inc.
6605 N. Smith Road
Edwards, IL 61528
309-495-9463 x3
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Take a mid-week break with KCW in the tasting room for a night of great food and great wine!

Every Wednesday 5:00pm-8:00pm

Drink Specials
Appetizer Menu
Full Bar

Call 309.495.9463 ext.3 for questions

Video Visit with Author Darcie Chan

October 22, 2014 - 07:30PM to 12:00PM
400 Richland Street
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-699-3917
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Darcie Chan, New York Times bestselling author, will discuss her Mill River novels at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014, via Skype video conference at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria. The event is free and open to the public.
Chan sold more than 700,000 eBook originals of her first novel, The Mill River Recluse, set in a fictional locale in Vermont. Chan revisited the themes of family, self-discovery, and forgiveness with her newest novel, The Mill River Redemption, which features character cameos from The Mill River Recluse and was released in August 2014.
Having been named “a rising star in the literary world,” Chan has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S. Senate. She now writes fiction full-time and lives north of New York City with her husband and son.

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