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January 5, 2011

Renew Now and Win!

The arts are for everyone. They inspire, educate, entertain, and energize our creativity, engage us in discussion, stimulate our minds and hearts, deepen our perspective, enable our expression, and give order and meaning to our lives. A vibrant and successful community is one is one in which the arts flourish. Arts programs and events make a difference to Fulton County residents and also attract visitors, bringing business to our community.

Become a member or renew your membership today! Your financial support makes an important difference to the Fulton County Arts Council and the quality of life we all enjoy! The first 30 paid memberships to be received for 2011 will be eligible to win one of three photographic prints by Fulton County Arts Council members. The grand prize will be a framed and matted 8 x 10" print. In addition, two other framed and matted 5 x 7" prints will be awarded. The winners will be drawn at the March 8, 2011 Fulton County Arts Council board meeting.

 

July 1, 2010

Spoon River Creative Writing Competition . . .

The Fulton County Arts Council is sponsoring a creative writing competition in the categories of fiction short stories, non-fiction biographical short stories, and poetry relating to life, past or present, in Fulton County/Spoon River Country.

The competition is open to the public.  Entries are open to Youth-age 18 and under, Adult-age 19 through 64, and Seniors-age 65 and up.  Awards will be given in these categories. 

Entries are due by August 2, 2010.

For more information on entry rules and to download an entry form click here.  For questions regarding the competition contact Joan Johnson at 309-547-3282 or 309-224-3281.

 

March 3, 2010

Arts Council Digital Art Show

Entries for the Fulton County Arts Council’s Digital Art Show will be accepted on March 9, 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., in the lower level atrium space of Graham Hospital.  This show will be on view from March 10 through May 11, 2010.

Digital art is a term used for a range of artistic works produced using digital technology.  Computers and digital cameras have transformed traditional activities such as painting, drawing, design, and photography.  Show entries may include computer generated paintings, drawings, design drawings, or examples of graphic design.  Digital photography or scanned images can also be entered if they have been artistically manipulated by computer software to produce images unattainable through conventional photographic processes.   
 
Fulton County Arts Council shows are open to the public for a fee of $3.00 per entry.  Arts Council members may enter for free.  Entry size, including frame, should not be smaller than 8 x 10 inches or larger than 36 inches in length or width.  There is a limit of two entries per show.  Shows are open to Youth, Student/Amateur, Semi-Professional, and Professional artists.  Awards will be given in these categories.  For more information on entry rules and to download an entry form please visit the new Fulton County Arts Council website located at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com/entry.html.  Membership and show entry forms will also be available at the check-in.

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520, visit our website at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com, or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109.  The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

 

February 23, 2010

Illinois Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum recently hosted the Wildlife Photography Competition and Show.  A total of 31 entries were received and were on display at Dickson Mounds Museum through March 1.  Awards were given in the Amateur and Professional categories. There were no entries in the Youth category this year.   Entries were judged by people’s choice voting through February 22.
 
A total of 147 ballots were cast and the winners were:  Professional Division, Jane Garrison Ward, Lewistown, “Baby Cooper Hawk in Hiding.”; Amateur Division, James Keefe, Little York, IL, “Bald Eagle.”   We congratulate these winners and thank all who participated in this years show. 

For more information about the Fulton County Arts Council contact Kelvin Sampson at (309) 645-7109, ksampson2@winco.net.  For more information about the Mason County Arts Council contact Nancy Glick at the Havana Public Library District (309) 543-4701.  The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Wildlife Photography Contest Winners

 

January 23, 2010

Renew Now and Win!

The arts are for everyone. They inspire, educate, entertain, and energize our creativity, engage us in discussion, stimulate our minds and hearts, deepen our perspective, enable our expression, and give order and meaning to our lives. A vibrant and successful community is one is one in which the arts flourish. Arts programs and events make a difference to Fulton County residents and also attract visitors, bringing business to our community.

Become a member or renew your membership today! Your financial support makes an important difference to the Fulton County Arts Council and the quality of life we all enjoy! The first 30 paid memberships to be received for 2010 will be eligible to win one of three photographic prints by Fulton County Arts Council members Kelvin Sampson, John Loebach, Crystal Hardesty, or Bill Whitehouse.. The grand prize will be a framed and matted 8 x 10" print. In addition, two other framed and matted 5 x 7" prints will be awarded. The winners will be drawn at the March 9, 2010 Fulton County Arts Council board meeting.

A variety of print choices will be offered to the winners from a selection of images that can be viewed on the Fulton County Arts Council website by clicking here.


Press Release - January 19, 2010

Art as Therapy: The Healing of Stephan Love

The Fulton County Arts Council is presently hosting the show, Art as Therapy: The Healing of Stephan Love in the lower level atrium gallery at Graham Hospital.  This year’s featured artist show will be available for viewing until March 9, 2010. 

On September 11, 2004, Canton resident Stephan Love was in a car accident and his life was forever changed. On that day, Stephan suffered a traumatic brain injury and the left side of his brain was severely damaged. Since the injury, Stephan uses art as therapy during the long healing process. With each passing day, month, and year, Stephan’s painting speaks of his healing progress and his dedication to practicing and improving his work.  

The show includes a large selection of paintings that illustrate Stephan’s progress as he paints his way to personal healing. The Fulton County Arts Council curio cabinets are also filled with materials related to Stephan’s art and avid involvement in raising public awareness of traumatic brain injury and recovery.  We thank Stephan for his dedication and willingness to share his work. 

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520, visit our website at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com, or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109.  The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - January 18, 2010

Arts Council Officers and Events for 2010

The Fulton County Arts Council officers for 2010 are: President – Kelvin Sampson of Ellisville, Vice President - Stephan Love of Canton, Secretary – Denise Bankes of Lewistown, and Treasurer – Crystal Hardesty of Canton.  Members of the Board of Directors are Joan Johnson-Blackwell, Steve Endsley, Paula Helle, John Loebach, Robert Gorg, Sharron Harkless, Evelyn Mitchell, and Bill Whitehouse.  We thank these individuals for their dedication and willingness to serve.  

We are looking forward to another good year filled with shows and events in our gallery located in the lower level atrium space of Graham Hospital. We also plan to continue our outreach to the people of Fulton County by co-hosting and sponsoring a number of other events with local organizations. 

We invite you to join us by becoming a member or renewing your membership.  Your continued support is important and appreciated in our efforts to bring the arts to Fulton County. 

Fulton County Arts Council Shows for 2010 are as follows:

Board Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14, and November 9.  FCAC Board Meetings are held in the Graham Hospital first floor conference room.  The membership and the public are invited to attend.   

March 9 through May 11 – Digital Art Show.  Entries may include anything digitally created or manipulated by camera or computer.  Check-in to be held March 9 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

May 11 through July 13 – Fine Art Show.  This show is open to most mediums except for photography.  Three dimensional objects must be small enough to be displayed in the gallery curio cases.  Check-in to be held May 11 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

July 13 through September 14 – Art of Photography Show.  Entries may include prints from digital and traditional film cameras.  Check-in to be held July 13 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

November 9 – January 11, 2011 – Annual Membership Show.  Show for Fulton County Arts Council Membership.  All mediums accepted.  Three dimensional objects must be small enough to be displayed in the gallery curio cases.  Check-in to be held November 9 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership visit www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com or contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520 or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109.  The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
 

Press Release - January 15, 2010

Wildlife Photography Competition

The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum will again be hosting the Wildlife Photography Competition and Show. Entries will be on display in the lobby of Dickson Mounds Museum February 6 through March 1, 2010. The competition consists of awards three categories: Youth (17 and under), Amateur, and Professional. Entries in each category are judged by People's Choice through February 19. Winners and participant list will be posted on February 22.

Entry forms and rules can be picked up at Dickson Mounds Museum, The Havana Public Library, or downloaded from the Fulton County Arts Council website located at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com/events.html. Completed entry forms and entries should be dropped off at the Havana Public Library by no later than January 30, 2 p.m.

The Dickson Mounds Branch of the Illinois State Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309/547-3721 or TDD 217/782-9175 or visit the museum's web site at http://museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/.

For more information about the Mason County Arts Council contact Nancy Glick at the Havana Public Library District (309) 543-4701. For information on the Fulton County Arts Council contact Kelvin Sampson at (309) 645-7109, by email at ksampson2@winco.net, or visit www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com. The Mason County and Fulton County Arts Councils are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

March 5, 2009

Renew Now and Win!

The arts are for everyone. They inspire, educate, entertain, and energize our creativity, engage us in discussion, stimulate our minds and hearts, deepen our perspective, enable our expression, and give order and meaning to our lives. A vibrant and successful community is one is one in which the arts flourish. Arts programs and events make a difference to Fulton County residents and also attract visitors, bringing business to our community.

Become a member or renew your membership today! Your financial support makes an important difference to the Fulton County Arts Council and the quality of life we all enjoy! The first 30 paid memberships to be received for 2009 will be eligible to win one of three photographic prints by Fulton County Arts Council members Kelvin Sampson, John Loebach, Crystal Hardesty, or Bill Whitehouse.. The grand prize will be a framed and matted 8 x 10" print. In addition, two other framed and matted 5 x 7" prints will be awarded. The winners will be drawn at the March 10, 2008 Fulton County Arts Council board meeting.

A variety of print choices will be offered to the winners from a selection of images that can be viewed on the Fulton County Arts Council website by clicking here.

 

March 4, 2009

Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum recently hosted their annual Wildlife Photography Competition and Show. A total of 14 entries were received and displayed in the lobby of Dickson Mounds Museum February 7 through March 1, 2009. The winner of the Professional Division was Bridget Gray, of London Mills with her entry "Rascals Two." John Loebach, of Canton was the winner of the Amateur Division with his entry titled "Squirrel in Tree." We thank all of this years participants and congratulate these winners.

For more information about the Mason County Arts Council contact Nancy Glick at the Havana Public Library District (309) 543-4701. For information on the Fulton County Arts Council contact Kelvin Sampson at (309) 645-7109, by email at ksampson2@winco.net. The Mason County and Fulton County Arts Councils are partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Dickson Mounds Branch of the Illinois State Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. For more information call 309/547-3721 or TDD 217/782-9175 or visit the museum's web site at http://museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/.

 

February 17, 2009

Wildlife Photography Competition

The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum will again be hosting the Wildlife Photography Competition and Show. Entries will be on display in the lobby of Dickson Mounds Museum February 7 through March 1, 2009. The competition consists of awards three categories: Youth (17 and under), Amateur, and Professional. Entries in each category are judged by People's Choice through February 22. Winners and participant list will be posted on February 23.

Entry forms and rules can be picked up at Dickson Mounds Museum, The Havana Public Library, or downloaded from the Fulton County Arts Council website located at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com/events.html. Completed entry forms and entries should be dropped off at the Havana Public Library by no later than January 30.

The Dickson Mounds Branch of the Illinois State Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309/547-3721 or TDD 217/782-9175 or visit the museum's web site at http://museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/.

For more information about the Mason County Arts Council contact Nancy Glick at the Havana Public Library District (309) 543-4701. For information on the Fulton County Arts Council contact Kelvin Sampson at (309) 645-7109, by email at ksampson2@winco.net, or visit www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com. The Mason County and Fulton County Arts Councils

 

Press Release - March 2, 2008

Arts Council Digital Art Show

Entries for the Fulton County Arts Council's Digital Art Show will be accepted on March 11, 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., in the lower level atrium space of Graham Hospital. Entries may include anything digitally created or manipulated by camera or computer. This show will be on view from March 11 through May 13, 2008.

Fulton County Arts Council shows are open for entries from the public for a fee of $3.00 per entry. Arts Council members may enter for free. Entry size, including frame, should not be smaller than 8 x 10 inches or larger than 36 inches in length or width. There is a limit of two entries per show. Shows are open to Student/Amateur, Semi-Professional, and Professional artists. Awards will be given in these three categories. For more information on entry rules and to download an entry form please visit the new Fulton County Arts Council website located at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com/entry.html.

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520, visit our website at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com, or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109. The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - February 19, 2008

Winter Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum hosted the Winter Wildlife Photography Show. Forty-four entries were received and displayed in the lobby of Dickson Mounds Museum through February 17, 2008. The competition consists of awards three categories: Youth (17 and under), Amateur, and Professional. Entries in each category are judged by People's Choice while on display at the museum. The winners for this years show were as follows: Professional - Jim Miller, Cattle Egret; Amateur - Thomas Kirkpatrick, Any Birdy Home; Youth - Kaitlin Pomeroy, Blue Heron.

For more information about the Mason County Arts Council contact Nancy Glick at the Havana Public Library District (309) 543-4701. For information on the Fulton County Arts Council contact Kelvin Sampson at (309) 645-7109, by email at ksampson2@winco.net, or www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com. The Mason County and Fulton County Arts Councils are partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - February 7, 2008

Museum Hosts Wildlife Photography Show

The Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum are hosting the Winter Wildlife Photography Show. Forty-four entries were received this year which will be on display in the lobby of Dickson Mounds Museum through February 17, 2008. The competition consists of awards three categories: Youth (17 and under), Amateur, and Professional. Entries in each category are judged by People's Choice while on display at the museum. Be sure to visit the museum and vote for your favorite entries. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the show.

The Dickson Mounds Branch of the Illinois State Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309/547-3721 or TDD 217/782-9175 or visit the museum's web site at http://museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/.

For more information about the Mason County Arts Council contact Nancy Glick at the Havana Public Library District (309) 543-4701. For information on the Fulton County Arts Council contact Kelvin Sampson at (309) 645-7109, by email at ksampson2@winco.net, or www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com. The Mason County and Fulton County Arts Councils are partially funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - January 20, 2008

Arts Council Officers and Events for 2008

The Fulton County Arts Council officers for 2008 are: President - Kelvin Sampson of Ellisville, Vice President - Stephan Love of Canton, Secretary - Paula Helle of Ellisville, and Treasurer - Steve Endsley of Canton. Members of the Board of Directors are Joan Johnson-Blackwell, Julie Lerczak, John Loebach, Crystal Hardesty, Sharron Harkless, and Bill Whitehouse. Max Latimer continues to serve as advisor. We thank these individuals for their dedication and willingness to serve.

Last year was an excellent year and we are looking forward to another good year filled with shows and events. Plans have been made for this year's shows in our gallery located in the lower level atrium space of Graham Hospital. We also plan to continue our outreach to the people of Fulton County by co-hosting and sponsoring a number of events with local organizations. We invite you to join us this year by becoming a member or renewing your membership. Your continued support is important and appreciated in our efforts to bring the arts to Fulton County.

Fulton County Arts Council Events for 2008 are as follows:

Board Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 11, May 13, July 8, September 9, and November11. FCAC Board Meetings are held in the Graham Hospital first floor conference room. The membership and the public are invited to attend.

March 11 through May 13 - Digital Art Show. Entries may include anything digitally created or manipulated by camera or computer. Check-in to be held March 11 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

May 13 through July 8 - Theme Art Show "Artist's Choice". Entries must adhere to the theme of "Artist's Choice". This show is open to most mediums except for photography. Three dimensional objects must be small enough to be displayed in the gallery curio cases. Check-in to be held May 13 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

July 8 through September 9 - Art of Photography Show. Entries may include prints from digital and traditional film cameras. Check-in to be held September 9 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

September 6 - Art in the Park. A hands on art experience for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Details to be announced.

November 11 - January 13, 2009 - Annual Membership Show. Show for Fulton County Arts Council Membership. All mediums accepted. Three dimensional objects must be small enough to be displayed in the gallery curio cases. Check-in to be held November 11 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership visit www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com or contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520 or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109. The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - January 20, 2008

Mother and Daughter Art Show

The Fulton County Arts Council is presently hosting the show, Tandem Hearts: The Photographic Expressions of a Mother and Daughter in the lower level atrium gallery at Graham Hospital. This year's featured artist show will be available for viewing until March 11, 2008.

It's hard to say if one's interests and pursuits of the aesthetic things in life is an inherent trait or learned behavior, but for Katherine Barr of Macomb, and Julie Lerczak, of Havana, it seems to be a little of both. "For as long as I can remember I think both Kate and I have had strong creative impulses", says Julie. "As a child I seemed to thrill at something as simple as a jumbo box of Crayola Crayons. Perhaps it was the smell of the wax and the rainbow of colors that excited me. I remember memorizing the colors and spending many hours coloring, drawing, and craving creative projects. It was the same for Katie. As a little girl she would crawl up in my lap and ask me to read her the names on crayons and explain things like 'cerulean,' 'sepia,' or 'burnt umber.' Whenever I was creating something, she wanted to be part of it. We seemed to go through a lot of coloring books, crayons, chalk, paints, and paper at our house. To watch how your child evolves in the way they create and express themselves is like watching a seed unfold to become a beautiful flower."

"Sharing a love for art with your child can come back later in life as one of the sweetest blessings. Our hearts continue to grow together as we celebrate the things we love. Exploring those things is great fun. When our paths diverge it is interesting to see where our choices have led us. Kate is uninhibited by technology and quick to read about something, then teach herself a technique. I, on the other hand, like to learn by watching others, then get my feet wet and experiment a little. Eventually, when our paths converge again, we talk about what we've learned, see exhibits together, and teach one another."

Also on exhibit at Graham Hospital is a selection of dolls from the collection of Joan Johnson-Blackwell of Lewistown. These can viewed in the Fulton County Arts Council curio cases located in the atrium gallery and the first floor lobby near the main reception desk.

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520, visit our website at www.fultoncountyartscouncil.com, or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109. The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

News - January 13, 2008

Renew Now and Win!

The arts are for everyone. They inspire, educate, entertain, and energize our creativity, engage us in discussion, stimulate our minds and hearts, deepen our perspective, enable our expression, and give order and meaning to our lives. A vibrant and successful community is one is one in which the arts flourish. Arts programs and events make a difference to Fulton County residents and also attract visitors, bringing business to our community.

Become a member or renew your membership today! Your financial support makes an important difference to the Fulton County Arts Council and the quality of life we all enjoy! The first 25 paid memberships to be received for 2008 will be eligible to win one of three limited edition photographic prints by Fulton County Arts Council President Kelvin Sampson. The grand prize will be a framed and matted 8 x 10" print. In addition, two other framed and matted 5 x 7" prints will be awarded. The winners will be drawn at the March 11, 2008 Fulton County Arts Council board meeting.

A variety of print choices will be offered to the winners from a selection of images that can be viewed on the Fulton County Arts Council website by clicking here.

 

News - January 8, 2008

2007 Fulton County Arts Council Annual Meeting

The Fulton County Arts Council Annual meeting was held on November 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Graham Hospital in Canton. President Kelvin Sampson presented a powerpoint presentation summarizing the status of the Arts Council during fiscal year 2007. Refreshments were served following the presentation. To read a full written report from the 2007 annual meeting click here for text in Microsoft Word format or click here for Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf) file format.

 

Press Release - January 24, 2007

Impressions of Emiquon

Watercolor Paintings and Drawings by Nancy A. Jones

January 24 - March 13, 2007

Featured in the Fulton County Arts Council gallery are watercolor paintings and drawings by Nancy A. Jones, of Macomb, Illinois. Nancy was born and raised in Pittsburg, PA, lived in England for a time, and has been a resident of Macomb since 1968. She is a retired teacher of Philosophy and Sociology, Art and Art History, and English as a Second Language. She has taught at Chester College in England; Robert Morris Jr. College, Spoon River Community College, Monmouth College, and the Western Illinois University Center for International Studies.

In 2005 Nancy was involved with the Emiquon Corps of Discovery Project. Emiquon is the Nature Conservancy's wetland restoration project located near Dickson Mounds Museum and Havana. The Emiquon Corps of Discovery, created in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Illinois Natural History Survey and Dickson Mounds Museum, is a group of 45 volunteers who have engaged with Emiquon in ways that go beyond the scientific documentation of the wetland restoration. They are writers, artists and photographers who commit their time and talents to documenting, in very personal ways, the restoration experience at Emiquon.

The Emiquon Corps of Discovery group met at Dickson Mounds throughout the winter and spring of 2005 where skill-building workshops in nature photography, drawing, watercolor painting, and creative writing were presented. Using these skills and others, members of the Corps of Discovery traveled to aesthetic points and pathways on the Emiquon Preserve and compiled a body of "creative data" such as journal entries, poetry, wood carvings, sketches, paintings, artistically composed photographs, and other collected materials that offer impressions of the landscape from non-scientists.

Emerging from Emiquon Corps of Discovery members is an artistic record of the restoration that is as intimate as it is thorough. Journal entries and essays speak of the hoarse cries of snow geese at twilight and paintings capture the beauty of morning light that turns the still waters of the Illinois River to polished bronze. These are the personal stories of Emiquon told by people who are learning to see themselves connected to the land through their knowledge of its natural rhythms and their experience of its change.

The paintings and drawings here are perspectives of Emiquon created by Nancy Jones. Nancy successfully captures beauty hidden in the seemingly mundane scenes of fields, drainage ditches, trees, and flowering plants. Nancy's work challenges the viewer to look and also see the beauty in all that surrounds us.

Becoming a member of the Emiquon Volunteer Corp was a partial solution to turning a personal interest in environmental restoration into a regional communal endeavor. By recording, through art, patterns of evolving changes in the tapestry of cultivated fields to wetlands, the hope is to create for the viewer a sense of closeness with the land that can be enjoyed now and in the future. Nancy Jones, 2007

Additional paintings by Nancy Jones will be on view at Dickson Mounds Museum in February as part of an exhibit featuring the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon project and the Emiquon Corps of Discovery. For more information contact Dickson Mounds Museum at 309-547-3721. For more information on Nancy Jones contact the Fulton County Arts Council at 309-645-7109. The Fulton County Arts Council is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - January 16, 2007

Arts Council Officers and Events for 2007

The Fulton County Arts Council officers for 2007 are: President - Kelvin Sampson of Ellisville, Vice President - Stephen Love of Canton, Secretary - Paula Helle of Ellisville, and Treasurer - Steve Endsley of Canton. Members of the Board of Directors are Joan Johnson-Blackwell, Dennis Crawford, Marnie Eskridge, Crystal Hardesty, Sharron Harkless, Cynthia Richter, and Bill Whitehouse. Max Latimer continues to serve as advisor. We thank these individuals for their dedication and willingness to serve.

We are happy to report that the Fulton County Arts Council is alive and well and moving forward. Plans are in place to host a full year of shows in our gallery located in the lower level atrium space of Graham Hospital and we are exploring new ideas to further extend our outreach to the people of Fulton County. We look forward to the year ahead and we hope you will continue to support the Arts Council by joining or renewing your membership.

Fulton County Arts Council Events for 2007 are as follows:

Board Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 13, May 8, July 10, September 11, and November13. FCAC Board Meetings are held in the Graham Hospital first floor conference room. The membership and the public are invited to attend.

March 13 through May 8 - Digital Art Show. Entries may include anything digitally created or manipulated by camera or computer. Check-in to be held March 13 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

May 8 through July 10 - Theme Art Show "Bygone Days". Entries must adhere to the theme of "Bygone Days". This show is open to most mediums except for photography. Three dimensional objects must be small enough to be displayed in the gallery curio cases. Check-in to be held May 8 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

July 10 through September 11 - Art of Photography Show. Entries may include prints from digital and traditional film cameras. Check-in to be held September 11 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

September 1 - Art in the Park. A hands on art experience for children ages 5 to 12 years old to be held at Dickson Mounds Museum. Details to be announced.

November 13 - January 8, 2008 - Annual Membership Show. Show for FCAC membership. All mediums accepted. Three dimensional objects must be small enough to be displayed in the gallery curio cases. Check-in to be held November 13 between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital gallery.

For more information on FCAC meetings, events, or membership contact the Fulton County Arts Council at P.O. Box 254, Canton, IL 61520 or contact FCAC President Kelvin Sampson at ksampson2@winco.net or call 309-645-7109. The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

Press Release - January 16, 2007

Arts Council Announces Membership Show Winners

The Fulton County Arts Council's 2006 membership show was held between November 13, 2006 and January 9, 2007 in the gallery located in the lower level atrium space of Graham Hospital. Entries this year consisted of paintings, photographs, digital art, ceramics, and woodcarving. Awards and cash prizes were given in two categories. The winner of the student/amateur division was Amanda Sampson, of Ellisville for her digital artwork titled "Roses". In the semi-professional category, first place went to Canton resident Bill Whitehouse for his woodcarving titled "Emiquon Woody" Second place was awarded to Canton resident Crystal Hardesty for her photograph "Native American". There were no entries in the Professional category this year.

The Fulton County Arts Council congratulates these artists on their awards and extends thanks to those who participated in this years show. The Fulton County Arts Council and its events are partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 

 

Fulton County Arts Council -- P.O. Box 254 -- Canton, IL. 61520

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