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Artist’s Day in the Garden Returns to the Whiteside Garden

CHARLESTON, IL --- The Wesley Whiteside Botanical Garden will play
host to the 2013 Artist’s Day in the Garden from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
June 29.

Sponsored by the Illinois Coles County Arts Council (CCAC), this
annual outdoor fundraiser provides area residents and artists of all
abilities with the opportunity to create and be inspired in the open
air of the Whiteside Garden.

This five-acre private garden, located just east of Charleston, IL on
the corner of Illinois Route 16 and County Road 1820E, is the
handiwork of Dr. Wesley Whiteside, a retired Eastern Illinois
University botany professor. It includes two water lily ponds, a
specialized carnivorous plant bed, hundreds of daylily varieties,
hostas, roses, native bamboo, orchids, prairie plants, and a wide
assortment of shade trees.

Photographers, painters, poets, gardeners, nature enthusiasts, and
even the occasional acoustic musicians, are known to frequent the
event, but many attend simply to walk the grounds to enjoy the
landscaping artistry of Whiteside.

Over the years many artists have reported using the photographs
they’ve taken at the event for inspiration and study for drawings and
paintings created later in their studios.

All ages are invited to participate. Paper, crayons, and watercolor
sets will be made available, but those in attendance may want to bring
lawn chairs, easels, and whatever else their choice of medium

Recommended donations for entry are $3 for CCAC members and full-time
students, and $5 for the general public. Entry is free for children 12
years of age or younger when accompanied by a participating adult.

For more information contact Jacqui Worden at 217-348-1538 or

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