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

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