Attention: Call to Artist:
To all area artist, we at Happy Mileurs, are starting on-line galleries for local artist to show and share their work during these trying times, with all First Firdays events cancelled, we are offering the opportunity for local area artists to show and share their works to the public. We wish to share the talents of our artists to help brighten these days

We will continue our featured artist of the month and our weekly blog, and we wish to feature artist work thru each week. We ask that artist contact us at, and present photos of their work, so that we may add them to our galleries. We wish to share with all of our friends and families, and ask that each of you to do the same. Thru trying times, we must each support each other. May God bless you and keep you safe during this troubling time.

If you have any questions please contact us at, or you can message us here on facebook

Combined Opening Reception CAC/CIAO

This year over 50 artists exhibit together in the CAC/CIAO Exhibition. Last night was the Combined Opening Reception held on the 2nd Floor at the Contemporary Art Center in the Preston Jackson Gallery! On the 3rd floor Janis Mars Wunderlich has her remarkable work on exhibit. The crowd was smaller than normal but all artists celebrated the collaboration of work on display through the month of April.

The room was filled with excitement as we walked through viewing the workd of art on display. Family, friends and artists visiting and sharing in the marvel of more than 50 artists coming together in one elaborate exhibit.

Live music performed by John Miller and Preston Jackson filled the room.

Many genres of art are on display in the gallery. Our group mingled and shared each other’s work, each artist supporting the next. A positive environment filled with energy. We were able to view current works of Preston Jackson which is always a thrill. Three of us crossed the threshold together into his space, his working studio. One stated, “This is where the magic happens, feel the energy.”

Back to the gallery we wandered in small groups through the exhibit sharing our thoughts and feelings regarding the artwork. A unique moment each time we are together. The community comes to share in the moment which adds yet another layer of excitement and conversation. We are all thankful for this gift, our work being shared with our world. Each wall is covered in works of art.

Janis Mars Wonderlich is remarkable, her work is innovative and fantastic for lack of a better word. We had the opportunity to listen to Janis speak of her work, thoughts and emotions behind each piece and to experience her elaborate exhibit!

Contemporary Art Center is open to the public and welcomes the community to share in the love of art! Come see what CAC/CIAO and Janis Mars Wunderlich have on display through the month of April.

Until next time, keep creating and working toward your dreams. Dreams really do come true. We are living ours.


The Mileurs

First Friday in March

It is hard to believe we have already experienced First Friday in March. This month was “Girls Night” for my sister, our mutual friend and myself. We decided to take a relaxed pace for the evening.

Our first stop was Atelier 5835 to experience Judith Koren-Shanahan’s artwork. Judith is a very talented artist and a sweetheart. She welcomed us in, we signed her guest book and toured her studio. Her creations are vast, each tells a story and are thought provoking. The guest artists filled the second room with beautiful and unique creations. Each artist sharing stories about her work. Exhilarating!

Our next stop was the Peoria Art Guild. Shannon welcomed us when we stepped in from the wind. The artwork drew us in, the colors, texture and liveliness of each piece. This months exhibit is “My Midwest: A Closer Look” with Steph Van Doren. Steph your work is amazing! Thank you for an awesome exhibit!

We moved on to the Contemporary Art Center and visited several artists. It was good to see everyone and share current work. A casual experience with fantastic artists and works of art. Tanya has a new series that is fantastic! Duffy showed us her finished piece we viewed while in progress last month. Kagan is hard to work on her series of women in light bulbs! Gorgeous pieces ladies!

Our last stop, which has become a tradition, was Casa de Arte. We love this place! The owners are fabulous, the food, the drinks, the art….LOVE! Hattie Lee is the March artist. She creates unique pieces that are calming and colorful. We had the opportunity to be there when she sold her first piece of the night and watched her sign. The moment, happiness on her face and the collector’s was priceless. Thank you for such a great moment!

If you haven’t had a chance to experience First Friday in Peoria, Illinois give it a try. Check out ArtsPartners online or simply Google “First Friday Peoria Illinois”. It is worth the trip! Stop by Casa de Arte and try the tacos and a margarita.

Until next time, keep creating and working towards your dreams.


The Mileurs

The Business of Art

Arts Partners and America’s SBDC Illinois hosted The Business of Art on February 8, 2020. The roster of speakers and instructors was outstanding! We entered Bradley University with a sense of excitement and eagerness to learn how to turn our passion into our career. The number of attendees was remarkable.

Each of us checked in, received our badge, a goodie bag and went through the doors to embrace where we are in our dream. tables were set up for each of us to learn a little more about SBDC, IAL, Children’s Theater, The Peoria Art Guild., The Nest, CAC and more. We networked and shared our goals and status with those surrounding us in the main room. It was comforting to see familiar faces and to meet new. Here we are sharing a moment of “oneness”. Oneness is greater than what we think we are. It is amazing to share a moment with a group of like minded individuals working toward a common goal.

This year marked the fifth year of the convention and we all look forward to attending next year. The sessions were informative and relaxed. We were able to choose from a list of sessions and attend three. Personally, I wanted to attend all the sessions.

Dick Blick sponsored our lunch which was lovely. We all networked while we shared a meal. We friended each other on social media and clicked follow. The best thing we can do for each other is support each other, share each other’s posts, and be present. A wickedly fabulous learning day for all of us.

At the end of the day the speakers drew names and awarded prizes. We began the day putting our name in a bucket basically and names were drawn at the end of the sessions. Our large group came together one last time to mingle, network and share where we are on our path. Many thanks to the organizers, contributors, supporters, instructors, speakers and attendees.

Until next time, keep creating and working toward your goals.


The Mileurs

First Friday Fun

First Friday was fabulous! We met several new artists and the conversations were titillating, thank you too all that made our night a truly wonderful evening. Our journey began at North Art Studios where we met Sherri Burnett and experienced her beautiful paintings. She shared with us her love of art and that she loves how artists share experiences and information with each other. We visited Ruth Inman and she told us the story of her sunflowers painted on her garage wall. By the way, her sunflowers are incredible! Our last stop at North Art Studios was to Pumpkin Glass a beading paradise. They offer classes, have a spectacular inventory of beads and stones and are very friendly and helpful.

We then met my sister at Studios on Sheridan and visited with the artists and Steve Rouland. The music was perfect for the evening, the wine chilled and the gallery full of art lovers. We always enjoy visiting the Studios and the artists. It is a special place for Kevin and I, where we met, fell in love and celebrated our wedding reception.

CAC was full of familiar faces and fabulous art. The first spot where I learned relief and figurative sculpture under the guidance of Preston Jackson. Nikki Freeman Griner gifted me with my first Guest Artist spot in her studio. So may fond memories in these studios and galleries. The artists were welcoming as always and we were able to visit with Richard, Tanya and Kagan for several minutes before moving to out last stop of the evening.

Our last stop has now become a First Friday tradition…Casa de Arte. The environment is sublime, the artwork spectacular like the staff, food and drinks. We enjoy meeting the artists on exhibit, viewing their work and an adult beverage with our food. Shaun V Photography was in the house with her beautiful photography. She is very sweet and talented. Never disappointed and always ready to come back again and enjoy the life of the establishment. Thank you for making your stop a tradition where we like to stay awhile to share time with friends and family.

We hope you have enjoyed our First Friday experience. Until next time, keep creating and working towards your dreams.


The Mileurs