DATE: 20 October 2014
CONTACT: Michael Watts, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, 217-581-2787, email@example.com
Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois Winners Announced at Tarble Arts Center Reception
CHARLESTON, ILL—The award winners for the 20th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois exhibition will be announced at a public reception on Sunday, October 26 at the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The reception is 2pm to 4pm, with the awards presentation to begin at 2:30pm. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The award winners to be announced are for the Newton E. Tarble Memorial Best-Of-Show Purchase Award, Ronchetti Art Acquisition Fund Purchase Award, Barbara Bishop Werden Memorial Best Traditional Watercolor Merit Award, and merit awards sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council, the EIU Alumni Association, Roc’s Blackfront, What’s Cookin’, Tarble Arts Center membership contributions, and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment Fund. The Best-Of-Show and Ronchetti purchase award winners will be added to the Tarble Arts Center permanent collection. The awards total $4,750.
The 20th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois exhibition begins October 25 and continues through January 11 in the Tarble’s main galleries.
This competitive exhibition was open to works on paper created in the last two years using water-based painting media, drawing media, collage, or any combination by artists living in Illinois. The majority of works are representational landscapes, cityscapes, figure studies, and still lifes. Also included are works in a wide variety of concepts, imagery, and approaches, including abstract and non-objective styles.
A total of 121 works by 52 artists was entered by artists from around the state – from Macomb to Newton and Belle Rive to Chicago. The juror was noted Chicago-based abstract painter and educator William Conger. He selected 43 works by 30 artists to make up the exhibition. He also designated the award winners to be announced at the reception.
Conger is professor emeritus of art theory and practice at Northwestern University. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) and an MFA from the University of Chicago. His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including the major retrospective exhibitions William Conger: Paintings 1958-2008 at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2009, and William Conger: Career Overview at the Cedarhurst Museum (Mt. Vernon, Illinois) in 2012. Conger’s works are in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art/Chicago, Georgia Museum of Art, and Portland Museum (OR), among others. His art has been written about and reviewed in Art in America, ArtNews, Artforum, Arts Magazine, Art Papers, and many other publications.
This program is funded by the award sponsors, Tarble Arts Center membership contributions, and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment of the EIU Foundation. Open hours are 10am-5pm Tues. – Fri., noon-4pm Sat., and 1-4pm Sun; closed Mondays, November 27-28, and December 21 – January 1. The Tarble is located at 2010 9th Street, Charleston. For information: 217-581-ARTS (-2787) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact:
Phyllis Bayles at 217-345-1332
Book launch from local authors to include stage show
Charleston, IL – - – Past-Forward, a local memoir-writing group based out of Charleston, IL, will host a book launch and signing at 1:30 P.M. on Nov. 2 at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library to celebrate the publication of their second book The Memory Pool: Reflections of Past-Forward.
The launch will feature a stage show “Stories From Life as Told in the Anthology: The Memory Pool.” The production will showcase the variety of subjects contained within the pages of the book.
The stories are very personal and include subject matter related to growing up in small town America, having cancer, love and disappointment and immigrating to America. There are some interesting stories are about the Charleston Square, a dark day in Charleston’s history and a very embarrassing experience at the First Presbyterian Church. The authors write about taking chances, a white child who experienced racial prejudice and a particularly hair raising experience. And then there’s the Will Rogers Theatre.
The Memory Pool, published by Cantraip Press and available for purchase at amazon.com and will be on sale at the event. Many of the authors will be there to autograph copies of the book.
The authors will bring their voices and the spirit of days gone by to the event that promises to offer an old-fashioned family atmosphere.
A theatrical character, “The Antique Dealer,” will be featured in the show when he takes the stage to appraise various antiques mentioned in the stories. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the stage show. The Charleston Carnegie Public Library is handicapped accessible.
The cast will include local authors: Phyllis Bayles, Bob Clapp, Hannah Eads, Jane Gilbert, Mary Dwiggins, Gaye Harrison, Amy Lynch, Julie Rea and publisher Mary Maddox of the Cantraip Press. Rachel Anderson and Tom Mac Mullen, actors from the Charleston Alley Theatre will also participate. Gina Helland from the Charleston Alley Theatre will supply technical assistance. Duke Bagger will direct the production written by Phyllis Bayles.
The books authors are Phyllis Bayles, Bob Clapp, Lois Dickenson, Mary Dwiggins, Hannah Eads, Marty Gabriel, Jane Gilbert, Gaye Harrison, Dorothy Helland, Bill Heyduck, Madeline Ignazito, Helen Krehbiel-Reed, Amy Lynch, Janet Messenger, Johnni Olds, Peggy Perkins, David Pollard, Julia Hartman Rea, Denise Shumaker, Kimberly Sweeney, Luz Whittenbarger and Jacqui Worden.
Past-Forward is sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council. Go to www.colescountyartscouncil.org for more details.
EAG has been invited to hang a group show at the new Artisan’s Depot the month of November, starting Nov. 6th. There is room for one painting per artist. Drop off at THE ARTISAN DEPOT on Nov. 6th at 10a.m. Please let Jan VonBokel know if you plan to hang. If you need to drop off earlier you can bring it to Jan’s house. Call 217-821-3135 with questions.