Weekend of Art

First we want to wish all the Mom’s a very Happy Mother’s Day – fur babies included. We hope your day has been filled with love and joy!In my world there is nothing like a weekend filled with family, friends and art! This weekend has been full of both and a lot of love! Lunch with the children and grandchildren to celebrate Mother’s Day. My oldest treated us to lunch out on Friday and my oldest daughter cooked a beautiful meal Saturday afternoon. Saturday was also art events and date night.We had the pleasure of attending the Fine Arts Fair in Peoria Heights and the Opening Reception for “Everchanging” at the Preston Jackson Gallery at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois.The Fine Art Fair was filled with artwork. We met painters, photographers, jewelers, ceramic artists, sculptors, glass blowers and more. It was a wonderful stroll filled with tents of beautiful pieces and artists excited to share their work.Our evening was spent at CAC for the opening reception of “Everchanging” featuring artwork by Doug and Eileen Leunig and Gene Mialkowski on the second floor. The works complimented each other and are thought provoking.We took our time viewing the work and feeling our stress melt away as we viewed the Everchanging screens of nature caught in motion by the Leunigs. Imagine a screen with trees at sunset, slowly changing as new pieces come into view or the movement of water and all the images you can see as it moves.Gene-o brought relaxing pieces sculpted in metal. The pieces draw to mind the calmness of nature and the flow. The mini flow series created by Gene-o is fabulous. Gene’s home studio is at The Mill and is a great stop on First Friday. He enjoys sharing his work and teaching others how he creates.The third floor featured encaustic work created by Elizabeth Davis. Her work is incredible and shows depth. Elizabeth has a studio at CAC on the third floor and is very open to questions on how she creates such stunning works of art.Kevin and I enjoyed hearing the passion and love in each artist’s voice when speaking about their work. We agree it is important to think about our environment and how our own actions have an effect on the world. The exhibits are fantastic!Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We truly enjoy sharing our world with all of you.Until next time, God Bless.The Happy Mileurs

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