A Tribute to James Jenkins – The Man, The Artist

With a heavy heart we share the loss of a great man and great artist, James Jenkins. James passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2020 and has left a great void in the lives of family and friends. We send our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

James always said hello to all he saw out and about and had a smile for everyone. His creative mind was outstanding. He will be missed by many.

Below are pictures of artwork created by James and links to articles about him and his voice in the world of art.

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https://www.pjstar.com/article/20091208/NEWS/312089944

https://www.peoriamagazines.com/as/2010/mar-apr/space-is-breath-art

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this emotional journey.

The Mileurs

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.

Sincerely,

The Mileurs

Female Identified Artists Part 3

We are continuing our celebration of Women Artists, we are highlighting these artists for the month of November into December. We have highlighted events experienced with a few of the artists and now a compiled list of each artist, genre and website.

Jodi Pshebelski multi-media artist. Jodi creates are in miniature and in large format. Her drawings are fantastic as his her personality. Look for her on Facebook.

Julie Dodge is a photographer and her studio is located at Studios on Sheridan. She captures unique shots of nature and structure. View her work, her passion in capturing the ordinary and making it extraordinary, today at https://juliedodgephotography.squarespace.com/.

Debra Johnston is a multi-media artist from Peoria, Illinois. She is a fantastic sculptor and a joy to learn and create side-by-side with her.

Michelle Gulatto artist and artist event organizer of Peoria, Illinois. Michelle does a lot for local artists including establishing, organizing and setting up events. She is also a very talented painter.

Jaci Musec artist of Captured and Reclaimed located at North Art Studios is a joy. Her creations go from paintings to cards to wearable art and more. She has an excellent line of jewelry also. Find her on Facebook at Art by Jaci Musec.

Shannon Cox, Director of the Peoria Art Guild. IN the past year, Shannon has worked miracles, opened doors which have led to more artist opportunities and is continuing to build the Peoria Art Guild. Thank you Shannon for all your work and support of the arts and community! http://www.peoriaartguild.org

Merrill Hickey is a bead artist and creative mind. Her work is outstanding and fantastic! She creates depth, fun, “steampunk” and innovation works with beads. Find her on Facebook.

Judith-Koren Shanahan is Atelier 5835. Her work is surreal, has depth and evokes thought. Judith is a remarkable artist and individual. View her artwork at judithkorenshanahan.com.

Cari Lepper is a unique artist in Peoria, Illinois. Her encaustic work is colorful, vibrant and lovely. Her technique is fabulous and her panels and small pieces bring life to a room.

Kristan McKinsey manages the Illinois Women Artists Project. Kristan supports the arts, empowers female artists and shares her vast knowledge. She is an impressive speaker and dedicated to her passion of the arts. Find Illinois Women Artists Project on Facebook.

Sally Zell is a mulimedia artist, stylist and owner at Sally Zell Services. Sally has incredible artistic talent in sculpting and painting with detail and emotion. She offers a guest artist spot at her salon each month. Find her on Facebook.

Lizz Austin Barnes of Gottagettadeal/Ear in the Envelope is a spectacular silversmith, jeweler and art therapy instructor. Her designs are both dynamic and unique. Check out her work at Gottagettadeal/ Ear in the Envelope on Facebook.

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

Sincerely,

The Mileurs

Female Identified Artists Part 1

This month we are celebrating Women Artists and as promised we are highlighting these artists for the month of November. We have highlighted events experienced with a few of the artists and now a compiled list of each artist, genre and website.

Trish Williams is a fiber artist, a quilter and hand dyes fabrics for her beautiful creations. She creates masterful coats and warrior dolls. https://handworksbytrishwilliams.weebly.com/

Suzette Boulais creates art that is uplifting and inspirational. Paintings, cards, inspirational posts and more. Her sense of humor shows in her new line of cards. Contact her for a peak of what she has to offer. https://www.suzetteboulais.com

Jessica Ball is an artist and painter of Jessica Ball Art located at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois. Jessica’s paintings are bright and cheery. Her creations are both calming and joyful. https://jessicaballart.com/

Duffy Armstrong is a multi media artist and has a studio at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois. She likes “landscapes, the figure and abstract or intuitive images.” Her work is incredible, provokes thought and conversation.  https://www.facebook.com/duffy.armstrong

Beau Hart of Just Beau Studio paints whimsical characters and scenes. Her studio at Studios on Sheridan is a day brighter with all the lovely paintngs she has created. https://www.facebook.com/JustBeauStudio/

Jennifer Short (Wagner) is a jewelry designer and creates fantastic pieces using metal, stone and beads. Her work is available at Studios on Sheridan in Two Arrows Studio and at Northwoods Mall at The Canvas Project. https://www.facebook.com/jennifershortdesigns/

Janet Hill and Bronwyn Hill Parker of Two Arrows Studio at Studios on Sheridan create handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry for any occasion. Janet teaches classes on jewelry making and weaves incredible pieces. Bronwym works in silver, beads and gems with precision and ease. https://www.facebook.com/twoarrowsstudio/

Michelle Steffen-Rouland actress, singer, dancer and entrepreneur. She and her husband Steve Rouland enjoy Escape 60, their new escape rooms at Studios on Sheridan. Up for a challenge or enjoy solving puzzles? Michelle and Steve are your go to, find them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/escape60peoria/

Dana Baldwin of The Sheared Edge at Studios on Sheridan creates luxurious coats, sweaters, texting gloves and more. She is a truly gifted designer and puts her heart into her creations. https://www.facebook.com/TheShearedEdge/

Nikole Cooney is a sculptor now located in Florida. She creates from the heart and produces the most amazing sculptures of nature. Nikole has a way of capturing the spirit and essence of the animals she creates. https://www.facebook.com/NikoleCooneyArt/

Tanya Flesburg Bayer is an artist that creates both depth and whimsy in her drawings. Tanya creates from her heart and soul and brings these thoughts to life on her canvas. Her studio is located at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Cathie Crawford of Printing Prism is an artist and print maker that creates color reduction woodcuts. Cathie has been working in this genre for over 30 years. Her work is incredible and welcoming. https://www.cathiecrawford.com.

We will share a compiled list of artists throughout the rest of November and hope you stay tuned to learn more about female identified artists in our area.

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

Sincerely,

The Mileurs