Quote of the Day

What happens in all the philanthropies, is that people get involved through different channels—being recruited, wanting to know somebody—and lots of times they do become converted. They realize how important it is. They go to the performance, they see how people are responding, they see how great this is, they see how much better off the world is to have this. They start taking on more noble ideas of what they’re doing, which makes them feel better about themselves. Not a bad thing.” David Patrick Columbia

Quote of the Day

”When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” Neil Postman

September 25th & 26th, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Prairieland Art Tour is a free self-guided tour offering a unique opportunity for the public to meet with local artists and watch the creative process unfold.  Each artist will be present and ready to discuss their art, materials used, influences and inspirations.  Visitors will also have a chance to view and purchase artwork.

  • J. Eric Anderson – watercolors
  • Ellen Bartels – oil & acrylic
  • Linda M. Hoch Auman – photography, drawing, painting, ceramics and textiles
  • Ramon “Jay” Castro – varied media work influenced by nature and history
  • NorthWest Designs Glass Studio – one-of-a-kind glass pieces by a family of artists
  • Carolyn Mastroianni – oil & multi-media
  • Elle Welis – wheel-thrown & hand-built pottery
  • Heidi Thorp – fused glass in wearable, functional & decorative forms
  • Deborah Meyer – multi-media artist
  • Duane Smith – paintings in acrylic & pastel
  • Judi Snyder – mixed media
  • Roger Goodspeed – watercolor & acrylic
  • Phyllis Wendt – watercolor & acrylic
  • Amanda Spielman – jewelry
  • Diane Tepper – multimedia constructions

Brochures and directions can be obtained at the following locations: the Freeport Art Museum (121 N Harlem Ave), the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitor’s Center (4596 Route 20 E), and Frame n’ Art (14 W Stephenson St).

Please bring your friends and take a beautiful early fall drive in the scenic country of Northwest Illinois to 11 destinations offering original art in varied mediums. Meet the artists and learn what inspires them.

Art Market Dubuque

Only TWO markets left this year – don’t miss out!  Stop by ART MARKET this Saturday afternoon, 1-6 PM, andshop for great artwork by local and regional artists. We have jewelry, paintings, clothing, purses, and more.

ART MARKET is located in the Port of Dubuque, along the riverwalk behind the Star Brewery Building.  This is a free, family friendly art event and we would love to see you!

Can’t make it this weekend, or just didn’t get enough art?  No problem, the last weekend of ART MARKET is September 11 and each week features a changing selection of artists!

Rountree Gallery Exhibit

“Friends of Our Gallery Exhibit”
featuring a variety of artwork from current members of Friends of Our Gallery (FOG)

September 4 – October 10, 2010
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reception Sunday, September 26th, 1-3 p.m.
Rountree GAllery
385 E. Main St.
Platteville, WI

Friends of Galena Public Library are once again presenting a challenge for the community’s fine artists: “Bloom Brightly” to create one-of-a-kind terra cotta flowerpots.

How does it work? Upon request, each artist will be presented with an 8-inch terra cotta flowerpot. The artist will have between now and January 15 to use media of their choosing to embellish their pot and make it “Bloom Brightly.”

The creative challenge will be a hand-in-hand complement to the February 6, 2011 Hearts & Art event during which time the “Bloom Brightly” artist pots will be auctioned. Original, artist-rendered cards themed for Valentine’s Day or any occasion are also being requested for donation. All proceeds from the event benefit the Galena Public Library.

Interested artists may contact Linda Lynn at 815-777-6161 or unembellished flower pots can be picked up at the Library front desk. For additional information about the Hearts & Art fundraiser or programs offered at the Galena Public Library, please call 815-777-0200 or visit http://www.galenalibrary.org.