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 5

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.

Jaci Willis instructor at Bradley University and metal sculptor. Have you ever been on the Peoria Sculpture Walk? If so, you have seen Jaci’s magnificent metal sculpture work.

Natasha Greene and the art of music. Check out Peoria Drum Circle, Grand Prairie Music Studio, Bradley Community Chorus and Uke Jam Peoria.

Cathy Engberg of Cathy Engberg Fine Art is a painter. She creates marvelous works with her brush strokes.

Angie Walker is a graphic artist and supports local artists. She and her husband own and manage Urban Artifacts. Check out Studios on Sheridan.

Jessica Peterson is a multimedia artist and illustrator. Find her work via Art Pop, at Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Home and Jessica Peterson Art.

Patricia Whalen Keck artist, sculptor. She creates whimsical, beautiful and realistic sculptures. Learn from what she creates and enjoy the journey.

Hollye Green-Cox is an author/writer and Author and Poet.

Janet Keturi artist of J Keturi Art is a multimedia artist with masterful skill.

Amy Villanueva is a painter. She paints both rocks and canvas. Amy has a great sense of humor and creates whimsical pieces.

Nicki Freeman Griner is a multimedia artist. She creates dolls, paintings, cards and more.

Ana Fleming artist, painter. Ana creates dynamic works of art. View her worked at anavfleming.com.

JoAnn Wheeler owner of Coastal Magpie. JoAnn is a sculptor, painter and creator of fantastic works of art. View her work and learn more about her at joann-wheeler.artistwebsites.com and coastalmagpie.com.

We hope you have enjoyed our recognition of Female Identified Artists.

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

Sincerely,

The Mileurs

Female Identified Artists Part 2

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.

Kagan Masters is an artist, painter and creative mind located at the Contemporary Art Center. Kagan’s work is created with coffee, don’t worry it is instant decaf. Her creativity is brilliant. Check out her work at http://www.kaganmasters.com.

Cyndi Merrill of Glazed and Confused Pottery is a master of pottery. She creates unbelievable ceramics, teaches classes and offers consignment space to artists. View Cyndi’s work at cyndimerrill.com.

Kaye Berry is a multi-media artist at Vintage Creations and psychic consultant. She creates beautiful paintings and wearable art. Check her out on Facebook.

Natalie Jackson O’Neal photographer extraordinaire. Her work can be viewed in person at Contemporary Art Center in the Side View Gallery and several other locations. She is a gifted photographer and captures the movements n history, empowers those around her and shares her gift of sight. View her incredible work at http://www.nataliejacksononeal.com.

Julie K.W. Harkless artist that creates paintings, drawings and brings nature in to you.

Barbie Perry a multi-media artist, photography and printmaking. Her creations are from the heart and raise thought and awareness. She is a part of the Illinois Art League and provides artists opportunities. Look for her on Facebook.

Tracey McAllister, your webgirl, is a website designer and multi-media artist. She is a gypsy at heart, travelling from coast to coast to create. Look for her on Facebook.

Robin Albright is a multi-media artist and manages Zinger Zanger Visual Coaching. She is a joy to be around and creates whimsical artwork. Find her at Zinger Zanger Visual Coaching on Facebook.

Chris Heine is an artist, painter, figurative drawing and manages Ideas + Logic. Chris is a fantastic artist and friend. She creates masterful paintings and helps to empower business owners with her ideas and logic. Find her today at http://www.ideaspluslogic.com.

Laura Burdess creates beautiful wearable art from items found in nature, fiber and more. She has a collection of costumes that is unreal. Her energy and creative nature abound. Look for her today on Facebook.

Connie Andrews is an artist, sculptor, painter, teacher, creator located at Studios on Sheridan. Her skill set is remarkable, visit her on First Fridays, take a class or both. Find her on Facebook.

Billie Howd multi media artist at Studios on Sheridan. She creates abstract pieces that will take your breath away and cause you to pause to absorb her work. Billie is very talented and you can find her work on Facebook at Billie Howd Art.

Jeri Shull, Miter Maid and artist. jeri creates custom panels for artists, easels, sculpture stands and more. She is always smiling and thinking of new creations. Find her work at Miter Maid on Facebook.