Sculpture Walk Peoria

Our guests this week are Michelle Nielsen Ott from Sculpture Walk Peoria, and Sharon Gramm with the Peoria Riverfront Market. The two groups are working together this year: Peoria Riverfront Market begins tomorrow morning; and Sculpture Walk's opening day celebration begins later in the day, just across the street. The idea is to give residents and visitors a double incentive to visit downtown Peoria.

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.

This week, we're talking with sculptor Matt Matheney, His piece "Eternal Flame" is featured in the inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria. He talks about that piece, about his choice to work in stone, and about his experiences as a participant in the event's first year. Next year's Sculpture Walk begins on June 4th.

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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." 

Sculpture Walk Peoria debuts

Jun 5, 2015
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria officially debuts tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 3:00p.m. The event is sponsored by Arts Partners and includes 15 mobile pieces of art in the warehouse district. The pieces will be changed out each year.