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.

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 4

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.

Mae Gilliland Wright is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She fulfills this role fantastically and is an eloquent writer. Mae has introduced talent to the community that we may not have experienced without her gift.

Leslie Pugh Schenkel of Twisted Chicken creates marvelous beads and jewelry. She also knits! Check out Leslie’s work at Twisted Chicken Beads on Facebook.

Eileen Leunig artist, support for the arts and artists and more. Eileen is aphotographic artists that works collaboratively with her husband Doug. Their collaborative work is amazing! Check out Big Picture Peoria, Purpose Driven Art and Backyardian.

Erin Duvall Dykstra is a painter extraordinaire. She paints glass and scarves plus more. Erin was previously located at Studios on Sheridan and now works independently from her home.

Brandie Fislar is an artist glass blower at J Draper Glass. Her work is outstanding. Check them out at J Draper Glass, take a class, meet the artists, shop their gift shop.

Kelly Rowden painter extraordinaire. She creates from the heart and the beauty is astounding.

Jeremie Draper of J Draper Glass is a fantastic artist glass blower. She is living her passion and shares this passion through classes, exhibits and gift shop. J Draper Glass is located at Studios on Sheridan.

Debbie Tucker Gaught practices the art of bringing the community together to help Veterans. She is the Co-Founder of Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing. Sign up to receive emails for opportunities to volunteer in your community and help others.

Erin Buczynski is the Director of Galleries at Bradley University. She organizes exhibits and brings art to a new level. Visit the galleries and see what Erin and Bradley University have to share with you!

Ashley Kennedy of La Vie Cosplay is a costume designer. Her talents are both inspiring and endless. She travels the world and is at the top of the Cosplay List for costume design.

Rebecca Draland Doyle is a visual artist at StudioDoyle.com. She creates incredible artwork and is a sweet soul. Check out her work at StudioDoyle.com.

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

Recognition

We want to recognize everyone in the world of art here in our community. Thank you for sharing your passion with us and allowing us the privelege to experience your artwork. Next month is National Women Artists Month and we will be highlighting female artists throughout the month of November. Our hats off to all of you!

Doug and Eileen Leunig thank you for your support of the art community. “Big Picture Film Festival” was amazing and brought the community together. You two are selfless in your work to promote artists and art. We all appreciate you greatly and are proud to know you. Your love for each other and those around you shines. Thank you.

Alecia Collins your play about your life “Don’t Judge Me I’m Only Human” was amazing. My sister, a friend and I attended your play and we were involved and felt many emotions during your performance. You have come a long way and are brave to share your story. Thank you for allowing us to see your journey on stage. You are blessed to know your purpose through your relationship with God. We look forward to what you will do next.

Peoria Public Library contains a bright and lovely gallery on Lower Level 1. The artwork this month is composed of several unique artists of different genres. We found the work both intriguing and brilliant. It is a gift to be able to visit and experience the work in a quiet space. I found myself lost in several pieces wondering about the artists inspiration and technique. Thank you Alexander Martin for the invitation to such a unique exhibit.

Tuesday night “Jazz Night” at Broken Tree is always a hit. We thoroughly enjoyed the live music and the beverages. The group is like family. We enjoy seeing everyone, visiting and listening to the music. Thank you to everyone for a night full of life, laughter and sounds that give you goosebumps.

Next month we will share Women Artists from the Peoria Area in celebration of National Women Artist Month.

Until next time keep creating and dreaming.

Blessings,

The Mileurs