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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - An art exhibit featuring works by central Illinois veterans is set to open in East Peoria. 

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The northern Illinois community of Belvidere has unveiled a new mural honoring a local resident who played in the 1933 World Series. The Rockford Register Star reports the Boone County Arts Council unveiled the mural downtown Belvidere on Saturday. It honors Fred Schulte, who played with the Washington Senators. He hit a 3-run home run to tie Game 5 against the New York Giants. The Giants went on to win the series. 

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A 31-foot tall bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was crane lifted from the back of a semi onto a concrete base, behind the Peoria Riverfront Museum, on Tues. A variety of spectators gathered on the museum terrace overlooking Water St. to watch the installation. 

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If you’ve traversed Peoria’s sidewalks lately, you might’ve stumbled across a patch of pavement, decked out with a hand-painted design. It’s part of a student-led public art project that highlights water conservation. 

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Patrons of several Peoria establishments this month might encounter a brightly-colored cardboard box, accompanied by a small paper replica of a church.


This week, we're speaking with two local artists and preservationists who are turning a historic Peoria church into an international art destination. 

Natalia Villanueva and Earl Power Murphy purchased the aging Hale Memorial Church on High St., with hopes of converting it into an interactive art space and destination for artists around the world to do residencies. Their non-profit Yaku, which means "water" in Quechua, aims to serve as a bridge that connects people of different cultures through art. 

City Unveils Murals to Spur Investment, Curiosity

Aug 29, 2016
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A vacant building on Peoria’s South Side got a splash of color that the city hopes will spur more economic investment in the area. The City unveiled two vinyl murals Mon., as part of the Community Development Center’s first contest for an ongoing public art initiative.

The first installations are two vinyl murals, draped along the sides of a large warehouse at 3560 SW Adams St.

The City of Peoria is a finalist in a national competition that aims to transform vacant lots into recreational spaces. 

The City announced Wed. it was selected among 1,000 entries in the Play Everywhere Challenge. The competition awards $1 million to fund ideas for play areas.

Peoria’s submission called “Lots of Fun!” would repurpose vacant lots on the South Side into interactive spaces with features including art installations and whimsical landscaping, the City said.

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PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - Pekin could soon be getting a lot more colorful. The city council for the central Illinois community will consider an ordinance next week that would allow mounted vinyl murals featuring the work of local artists to be placed on buildings around town.

Supporters say the ordinance would help artists because they'd be paid by the building owners and because the murals would give them a lot of exposure.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Peoria sculptor Nita Sunderland has donated part of her personal artwork collection to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The donation includes 18 pieces of Sunderland's work including sculptures, drawings and a painting. It also includes eleven works by other artists.

 Museum curator Kristan McKinsey calls Sunderland a trailblazer. She says the artist made the donation in November, "anything I thought would help fill out our collection at the Riverfront Museum." 

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A stretch of West Main Street in Peoria just got a splash of color. The owner of the Fifth Avenue Fashions hired a local artist to paint a side of the building that faces traffic. The mural tells a story about the building’s tenants and the neighborhood.

Shopkeeper Ziad Madanat owns the strip on the corner of Main and Garfield.

His son Michael says the family wanted to bring new life to this corner of West Main Street, an area that sometimes gets a bad rap: