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

Judy Page Debuts with Peoria Symphony Orchestra

“Unforgettable” both the title of Judy Page’s debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the memory of this incredible evening! George Stelluto is a fantastic conductor that breathes life and energy into the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Stelluto is brilliant as is the orchestra he leads. The evening began with the Orchestra engaging the crowd in classical music that reminded me of my childhood. My Dad now and always has enjoyed classical music. He played his records while my sister and I danced and hummed to the music Dad so enjoyed. You brought my childhood memories to life, dancing before my eyes as I listened. Kevin and I enjoyed the music and the commentary between each piece. Conductor Stelluto shared the story behind each piece and inspired us to feel the music. The concert was a perfect blend with classical and jazz married in harmony.

Intermission came quickly and was abuzz with excitement. We were excited to hear the spectacular voice of Judy Page. My husband and I were thrilled to be a part of the evening. Our first time experiencing the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in support of our friend Judy Page. Her voice is a gift and we are thankful she shares this gift with many. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is vibrant and energetic, breathing life into any auditorium.

The time arrives, as the lights went down, Conductor Stelluto introduced Judy Page and her debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Judy entered stage right. She was stunning! Her voice filled the auditorium, enveloped us and carried our hearts with her through the evening. The choice of songs for the evening simply magnificent. My husband and I were overjoyed to be present for this unforgettable experience. Each piece drawing us further in to the magic of the evening. I have to say Judy and the Orchestra touched my heart strings. Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” is one of my Grandma’s favorite songs. Again, the evening brings fond childhood memories back to me and brings tears to my eyes. Afternoons at Grandma’s house listening to her record player as she dances with us and spins us with Nat King Cole playing in the background. My cousins and I laughing and dancing with each other.

A heartfelt thank you to Conductor George Stelluto, The Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Judy Page and the team that works together to create such magical evenings. Kevin and I look forward to sharing another evening with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. You are all truly gifted and appreciated.

Until next time, keep creating and working toward 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