Downtown Bloomington will host the First Friday Autumn Art Walk

Downtown Bloomington will host the First Friday Autumn Art Walk

BLOOMINGTON – The 22nd Annual Art Walk will be held on the first Friday, November 4 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 5.

Artists from downtown Bloomington will host the event. Ten workshops and art galleries will take part in the event.

Everything from drawings, paintings, typography, photography, pastels, ceramics, glass and collage, to bronze sculptures will be found.

Guests will have the opportunity to speak with artists, gain insight into the studios where they work, and view and purchase artwork created by over 65 local artists.

Visit “Art Scene in McLean County” on Facebook to get involved in the local art scene.

Participating studios and galleries include Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio, Art Vortex Studio & Gallery, Herb Eaton Gallery Studio, The Hangar Art Co., Inside Out: Accessible Art, Jeff Little Fine Art Studio, Joann Geoetzinger Studio and Gallery, Main Gallery 404 , Mandy Roeing Fine Art Studio and Gallery (Opening) and Threshold to Hope.

Greater Livingston Arts Council announces November gallery exhibitionPONTIAC — The Greater Livingston Arts Council has announced that its November 2022 gallery exhibition will be “Art Therapy is My Necessity” by Kathy Zehr.

The exhibition will be presented at the Joe Bailey Gallery at the Art Center, 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac. The exhibition will be open from Friday November 4 to November 30. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. The Joe Bailey Gallery is located upstairs from the Art Center and an elevator is available.

Zehr’s exhibition will feature various mediums, including ceramic, acrylic, wood, leather and glass, which were inspired by photographs and his imagination. Many of his paintings were also inspired by photographers Rita Hoch from Pontiac and Robert McGee from Colorado.

The show can be viewed during normal business hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10am-4pm, Saturday; and 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. The show is free and open to the public.

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Peoria Riverfront Museum to Offer Free Admission to Guild MembersPEORIA — The Peoria Riverfront Museum will offer free admission Nov. 4-6 to members of the Peoria Art Guild.

This is part of a partnership between the Peoria Art Guild and the Peoria Riverfront Museum to provide a free weekend pass to museum members.

The free weekend will be offered once a year to members and their immediate family.

Visit for more information. There is still time to sign up for a membership.

An unpublished letter from Lincoln on display at the museum

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened an exhibit Nov. 1 featuring a letter from Lincoln that has never been seen by the public before. Lincoln wrote the letter to his friend Martin Morris of New Salem regarding his political frustrations.

The letter was generously donated to the museum by Scott Terry of Bellevue, Washington, who is Morris’ great-great-grandson.

Lincoln was 34 and had just married when he wrote the letter. He had served four terms in the Illinois legislature and was trying to land a congressional seat. He was elected to the United States House in 1846.

The letter will be displayed in the museum’s treasure gallery along with other artifacts from this period. The exhibit will include Lincoln’s contract for the purchase of her Springfield home, the skirt Mary Todd wore when she married Lincoln, a campaign ribbon for Lincoln in 1844, and letters between the Lincolns.

The letter reveals that Lincoln doesn’t know how to spell “aristocratic”, “exceptions”, and other words that Morris misspelled when he wrote a copy.

The objects will be on display until May 17.

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