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Ansel Adams' work takes center stage in Charleston

August 29, 2014

By Tim Cain, Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.

Aug. 29--Many involved in the Central Illinois arts scene are spending early September preparing for Decatur's Arts in Central Park.

The 52nd annual event is the third weekend in September, Friday through Sunday Sept. 19 to 21 this year.

Approximately 80 exhibiting artists from several states provide a variety of artwork for sale including jewelry, pottery, metal sculptures, blown glass, fiber arts, paintings, and more in the juried art show.

The show will be previewed by the Herald & Review in September.

In other arts-related events for September:

TARBLE ARTS CENTER: The Center at Eastern Illinois University opens exhibitions by American master Ansel Adams and by the Eastern Illinois University Art faculty, with special events planned for both exhibitions.

The Ansel Adams exhibition, titled "Masterworks," is on view through Oct. 19. The selection of 49 photographs is from a group that Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life's work. Adams himself felt these photographs were among his best.

Adams' granddaughter, Sarah Adams, will present a lecture on Ansel Adams in conjunction with the "Masterworks" exhibition. The lecture is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Tarble's Atrium. Admission is free but tickets are required and seating is limited. The free tickets are available online at and at the EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center box office (217-581-3110). Tickets will be released on a first-come basis.

The Art Faculty Exhibition will also continue through October 19, and is on view in the west main galleries. Exhibited are paintings, drawings, sculpture, original prints, graphic design, fibers, ceramics, metals, and works in electronic media. Participating are current studio and graphic design faculty and emeritus faculty. This is a joint program of Eastern Illinois University's Department of Art and Tarble Arts Center.

ROCK SPRINGS NATURE CENTER: A pair of exhibits open Sept. 1 and run through Oct. 31. Photographer David Staff will display his images of natural landscapes, flowers, and local wildlife.

Jim Poling will display his paintings of natural landscapes, flowers, and wildlife.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the scheduled presentation is "Discover The Night the Stars Fell: The Greatest Meteor Shower in American History." The 2 p.m. free presentation about history and astronomy features Bill Kemp, librarian of the McLean County Museum of History. He will discuss early Illinois settlers' descriptions and reactions to a fantastic and fearful Nov. 1833 event. No pre-registration is required.

GALLERY 510: The arts center is accepting works for its October Boots and Bras exhibit.

The exhibit and competition, according to the organization, "celebrates cancer survival and brings awareness to the fight against breast, ovarian and cervical cancer."

Entrants' boots ("or any semblance thereof," the release says) and bras may be painted upon, de-constructed, photographed, painted or otherwise used to create something new.

The proceeds from any sales in the open-entry competition will be donated to Come Together, Let's Walk.

For more information, call (217) 422-1509, email or see

PERKINSON ART GALLERY: The gallery in Kirkland Fine Arts Center will showcase the works of sculptor Randy Reid beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Reid predominantly works in the medium of wood and small metals, but utilizes bronze foundry work in many of his commissioned pieces. He is an assistant professor of art and runs the Wood and Metals programs at Illinois State University'sSchool of Art.

DAVID ERLANSON ART GALLERY: The Richland Community College gallery presents artwork by Jessica Bingham from Sept. 1-20. An artist's reception is Wednesday, Sept. 10.

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER & MUSEUM: A solo exhibition by Todd Stokes runs through September in the Paris museum. An artist's reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

KRANNERT ART MUSEUM: Works throughout September include "After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars;" "Goya's War: Los Desastres de la Guerra;" "La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I;" and "With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years."

MILLIKIN BLUE CONNECTION: A display of Erica Melcher's paintings will be featured. An After 5 Live reception with Melcher is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

PARKLAND COLLEGE: The college's Art & Design Faculty Exhibition runs through Sept. 20.|(217) 421-6908


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