Art

This week, we're talking with Kip Strasma and artist Preston Jackson. The MAXAM Building is presenting its Fall Art Show, featuring the work of Central Illinois Artists. Jackson is one of the artists whose work will be on display. They talk about the initial decision to identify a potential art venue in the building, and about its proximity to places like the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Many of the works in this show are designed to encourage interaction between the art (or the artists) and the observer.

Its time to get wild this weekend on Out and About with a pair of events at Wildlife Prairie Park. Today, Jenn talks Doug Dillow, Executive Director of Wildlife Prairie Park to learn about the Art in the Wild photo contest and display, and we'll heat things up with a preview of the next installment of their Wildfire Concert Series.

If You Go

This week, were talking with Kari Schimmel, coordinator of Sculpture Walk Peoria; an with Jaci Willis, one of the sculptors whose work is featured this year.

Schimmel talks about some of the events scheduled to coincide with Sculpture Walk, and how it's grown as it enters its third year. Willis talks about her piece, and what it's like to participate in the event as a featured artist.

Sculpture Walk Peoria kicks off with a ribbon-cutting and inaugural walk, tomorrow morning at 10:00.

Ann Schmitt, from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, is with us this week to talk about "The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion For Art." The exhibit features work of mid-century and contemporary art from the couple's personal personal collection. It includes paintings, sculpture and glass art; and represents four decades of effort by the Peoria couple. Schmitt says the Kottemann's were strategic in their acquisitions, and often sought to meet the artists whose work they collected.

Visitors to Rochelle this weekend will have a chance to see some unusual artwork in a field next to the city’s high school.  It’s an appropriate venue, because the material used is often found in a field.  It’s the first U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition.

Bradley University

The Illinois Women Artists Project has a new administrative home at Bradley University. The project was founded, and previously operated independently by, Channy Lyons. Lyons is also the producer of the Peoria’s Hidden Treasures series on WCBU.

Jim Dwyer / Peoria Riverfront Museum

We're talking with the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Kristan McKinsey, about Peoria artist Nita Sunderland. Last year, Sunderland made a donation of art to the museum, and many of those pieces are featured in the current exhibit, "Figures of Strength." McKinsey recaps Sunderland's career, her history with the museum, and what makes her work distinctive.

"Figures of Strength: Artworks by sculptor Nita Sunderland" is on display through July 10th at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Two murals painted on the exterior of a historic building in Peoria Heights have been uncovered as crews razed another structure to make way for a parking lot.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Kristan McKinsey from the Peoria Riverfront Museum joins us to talk about the exhibit, "Stitched for Pleasure and Purpose: Quilts and Samplers." The quilts are drawn from the museum's permanent collection, and span the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We talk about the history of quilting in America, and its functions -- both practical and social.

"Stitched for Pleasure and Purpose" continues through March 20th at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Caterpillar welders unveil artistic skills

Dec 4, 2015
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Four Caterpillar fabrication teams participated in an employee incentive exercise to produce veritable works of art from scrap metal.

The welding teams had minimal design requirements, limited only to scrap pieces and given five weeks to create their works.

Teachers and administrators are working on new guidelines for art education in Illinois. Some schools have no art programs, while others have limited time to teach it. 

Peoria Riverfront Museum

This week, we have another look at "Making Their Mark by Illinois Women Artists." We also preview the Peoria Riverfront Museum's "Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak," which has beautiful works that include quilts that have never been seen before.

We're talking with Cathi Hawkinson about the Peoria Art Guild's Fine Art Fair. The annual event returns to the Peoria Riverfront Saturday and Sunday, with 150 participating artists. We talk about the reach of the event, which now draws artists from 25 different states, and two from outside the U. S. We also talk about some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into organizing the fair each year, and about the event's economic impact on the Peoria area.

The Fine Art Fair runs Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

For this week’s Hidden Treasures we explore several different artists. The first is Gerda Meyer Bernstein with "Marginalized" at the Hartmann Gallery. Then we go to the Studios on Sheridan to see "ME," an exhibition of self-portraits. Lastly, we talk about "Making Their Mark by Illinois Women Artists from 1940-1960."

We preview two more upcoming art exhibits this week. First, at the Peoria Art Guild, we look at works by Joy Christiansen Erb and Trina Perry Carlson. These works are from the brilliant minds of a photographer and a mixed media artist. Then, we see "Postcards for Barbara" at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

Peoria Fiber Arts Guild

Autumn on the Prairie: This week, we look at two more upcoming exhibits. Works by the Prairie Fiber Guild will be shown at the Peoria Library Art Gallery this October. Then we find ourselves at the Exibit A Gallery in October for "Double Vision: Hiram Torrasson and Rick Melby."

There are several beautiful pieces at the Contemporary Art Center. First we hear about Got Jazz, Fiber Artists Coalition, and  we learn about sculpture by Barbara Cooper. Both can be seen at the Contemporary Art Center September through October.

This week’s Hidden Treasures takes us to the Foster Art Gallery at the First United Methodist Church.  Here we will find works by Sherri Burritt & Florence Gaffney.  Then traveling to the Heuser Gallery we find Painting by Michiko Itatani.

Lizz Barnes / Ear in the Envelope

This week, we're talking with Lizz Barnes, from Ear in the Envelope Studios in Peoria. She's one of the artists participating in Ignite! Peoria on Saturday. Attendees will be able to visit her table in the Creation Station and try their hand at metal-stamping. She talks about the history behind her studio, which has become a venue for showcasing local artists and performers. She talks about last year's Ignite event, and its importance to local artists and creators.

This week, we're talking with Bob Streitmatter, manager of the Luthy Botanical Garden. They're hosting their annual "Rhapsody in Bloom" art festival on August 1st and 2nd. The events features local artists exhibiting their work, live music and food, all in the setting of the venue's outdoor gardens. Streitmatter talks about the origin of the event, and some of the plants in the Garden's collection.

nationalhellenicmuseum.org

 CHICAGO (AP) - An exhibition of art by late actor Anthony Quinn is opening at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. The exhibit, "Transcending Boundaries: The Art of Anthony Quinn," opens Friday at the museum in Chicago's Greektown neighborhood. It features more than 80 of the actor's paintings and sculptures along with a replica of the studio where he worked. The museum says Quinn created art into his 80s after he started drawing and sculpting at age 17. Quinn won an apprenticeship under architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

New phase for Peoria’s East Bluff mural project

Jun 18, 2015
Alex Rusciano

City officials continue to celebrate a new mural on display in Peoria’s East Bluff.  The public art initiative launched last month, featuring large photographs of people who live and work in the East Bluff.  Third District City Councilman Tim Riggenbach says the project will help boost area business interest:

Authorities in northern Illinois are investigating the theft of about $75,000 worth of Grateful Dead prints waiting to be sent to their new owner following an auction last month.

Peoria Park District

This week, we're talking with Alex Larson about the Peoria Park District's inaugural Artist and Comic Expo. The event features many guests and creators with ties to the region -- including voice actor Larry Kenney, who worked on the 1980s animated series "Thundercats." Artists Jenny Frison and Hilary Barta, who currently work in the comic book industry, also grew up in and around Peoria.  The Expo also includes film screenings, panel discussions and activities aimed at children. The Artist and Comic Expo will be held May 9th and 10th at the Bonnie Noble Center.

Peoria Art Guild

Beth Reusch joins us this week, to talk about the Peoria Art Guild's exhibition "Nude Attitude." The event is tonight, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The exhibit includes representations of the human figure, employing a range of techniques media. The event includes live performances, lessons in figure drawing and a live canvas.

Peoria art commission holds first meeting

Jan 16, 2015

Peoria’s new Public Arts Advisory Commission will weigh-in on the final picks for a downtown art walk.  The Sculpture Walk starts this summer and will feature 10 rotating pieces in the Warehouse District.  Commission Chair James Pearce is a furniture artist in the Warehouse District. He says the event will help highlight local talent:

This week, we're talking with Jeff Embry, operator of Studio 825, at 825 SW Adams Street in Peoria's Warehouse District. The studio is celebrating its third anniversary Friday night with an open house. Embry talks about what he hoped to accomplish by opening a studio that includes multiple artists representing an array of media, and about how his ambitions dovetailed with the city's plans for the Warehouse District. The event is being held in conjunction with CIAO's "First Fridays" studio tours, being held at various locations in Peoria tonight.

This week, we're talking with Justin Fenwick (also known as "Donk’e Punch.") Tennis shoes are his medium of choice. Since 2004, he's been making modified sneakers; his customers have included several notable athletes and musicians. He's one of the artists featured in IGNITE! Peoria, taking place August 9th at the Peoria Civic Center.

Peoria celebrates year as All-America City

Jun 26, 2014
Tamie Yost

 

The City of Peoria culminated its year-long All America City celebration with a party at the Riverfront Museum.

Woodruff students launch t-shirt business

Apr 29, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger

Some students at Woodruff Career and Technical Center are learning what it takes to run their own business thanks to community donations. The school was able to purchase a new t-shirt press along with a printer and ink with 15-hundred dollars in private donations. 10 students within Woodruff’s Contemporary Classroom used the press to make two different t-shirt orders for other District 150 Schools. Woodruff teachers involved students from the art, business and science departments for the project.

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