Main Gallery 404 will hold open portfolio reviews | Arts and theater

Portfolio reviews open to the public at the main gallery 404

BLOOMINGTON — The 404 Main Gallery, 404 N. Main St., in downtown Bloomington, will host an evening of portfolio reviews on Wednesday, February 16 from 5-8 p.m.

Artists can tour the gallery with up to 10 examples of recent work for discussion and curatorial commentary to help them achieve a level of self-assessment and direction. Revisions will last approximately 15 minutes.

Dates are encouraged, but performers can drop by that night if there are still available slots. Appointments can be made by emailing the gallery at [email protected] or by calling during business hours, 12pm to 5pm Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, at 309-590-6779.

The event is open to artists of all levels and from all media. Artists should be prepared to give curators a brief explanation of their process, method of practice, goals and desires in order to start the conversation. Curators will provide advice and guidance after a short discussion. Knowing the struggles of finding meaningful conversations when creating artwork in isolation, this is a rare opportunity for artists to find thoughtful and encouraging criticism.

The curators of Main Gallery 404 are Brian K. Simpson and Jarey Lacy. Simpson has a BFA from IWU and an MA from ISU and has emphasized regular drawing practice as a way to improve as an artist. Lacy holds a BS in Education from EIU and has extensive graduate work in Studio Art/Art Ed at ISU. He was an art teacher for 38 years while continuing his studio work as a mixed media painter.

Email [email protected] or call 309-828-7471 for more information.

Peoria Riverfront Museum announces first endowment fund to support elementary students

PEORIA — The Peoria Riverfront Museum announced the first endowment fund created to support elementary school students.

The announcement comes on the anniversary of the birthday of longtime museum volunteer Mary Jean Bowman (February 4). Bowman’s son, Andrew Wayne Bowman and his wife Dana Marie, along with Mary’s estate, have committed $70,000 to the Peoria Riverfront Museum for the establishment of an educational endowment fund in honor of his late mother.

The Mary Jean Bowman Student Endowment Fund will support Peoria Lincoln Public School K-8’s participation in the museum’s Every Student Initiative program.

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Lincoln Libraries to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday and promote reading

SPRINGFIELD – Two Lincoln Libraries are teaming up to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s love of reading with a unique read marathon and book drive on his birthday.

Special guests will read stories for children in person and online on February 12. The public can donate new books to students participating in the Compass for kids after-school program.

The Feb. 12 event is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln Library, the public library for the city of Springfield. The event is called Lincolns4Lincoln Read-a-Thon and Book Drive.

The Read-a-Thon will be held at the ALPLM at 212 N. Sixth St. from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free that day in honor of Lincoln’s 213th birthday. The read-a-thon will also be streamed live on ALPLM’s Facebook and Youtube pages.

Guests scheduled to participate in the read-a-thon include:

  • State Senator Doris Turner, reading I think I can
  • Stacey Skrysak, WICS TV presenter, Thank you Omu
  • Bea Bonner, host of NPR Illinois, wolfie the bunny
  • Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker Dragons love tacos
  • Joe Crain, ALPLM Programming Director, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

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