Local artists help celebrate Illinois Arts Week

Local artists help celebrate Illinois Arts Week


To celebrate Illinois Arts Week, October 6 – 12, three local artists have been invited to show and demonstrate their work at the first Illinois interstate visitors center south of the Illinois line, Turtle Creek. Sallie Clarke, Pecatonica; Jeannette Fay and Cora Hutchinson, Winnebago, all members of the Art Guild of Rockford, plan to be at the Turtle Creek between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on various days during Illinois Arts Week demonstrating aspects of photography, watercolor painting, pencil and charcoal drawing. The three artists are well known and exhibit widely in the region.

Clarke is a professional photographer currently working on a project, “Luminous Women,” photographs and biographies of women 70 or older.

Fay teaches watercolor classes and currently is teaching a drawing class for the Learning in Retirement group, sponsored by Rock Valley College.

Hutchinson is president of the Art Guild of Rockford and last year was a winner in New American Theater’s design contest for the front of its programs and advertising.

The Illinois Arts Week theme “the arts are all around us” is a reminder that the arts are intrinsic to our lives and that they reach each of us in some way every day.

The Illinois Arts Council has posted activities scheduled throughout the state during Arts Week on its web site: www.state.il.us/agency/iac.

Committed to the cultural, educational, and economic growth of the people of Illinois through support and encouragement of artists and the arts, the Council invites people to participate in Arts Week in scheduled activities as well as creating their own arts activities.

For further information, contact Sallie Clarke, 5454 Ahrens Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063-9130; Phone: 815/239-1202.

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