Grand Detour artists in search of old artwork

GRAND DETOUR, Ill.—John Thomas Nolf, Frederick J. Garner, Mattie Lietz, Agnes Ferguson and Charles Kested were prominent artists living and working in Grand Detour during the early 20th century.

The Heirloom Artists Project is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Freeport Arts Center. The Community Arts Access Grant was awarded to Colleen Logsdon to document the lives and collected work of these artists.

The finished Heirloom Artists Project will be made available on DVD for use by schools, libraries, historical societies and other interested community groups around the state.

Anyone in the area with works by these artists or stories about them is requested to contact Logsdon. She will arrange to photograph the art and record the stories for incorporation into the project.

This very important project deserves the support and assistance of the many local collectors, historians and friends of the artists. It is important to share their art and insight with the next generation, and to keep alive the art heritage of the area and Grand Detour.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Logsdon by e-mail at or phone at (815) 652-4847.

from the July 18-24, 2007, issue

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