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 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.

The Art of Wandering in Decorah

My Aunt Julie and I practiced the art of wandering this past weekend. We chose a quaint town in Northern Iowa. The two of us checked into our hotel and set out to wander the shops downtown. If you haven’t been to Decorah, Iowa you are missing a quaint town with shops, eateries, hotels and art. Most business in this town are “Mom and Pop” shops, same with the restaurants. No chains located here.

Our first stop was Ruby’s a cafe and catering business. The aromas of fresh baked bread, homemade foods and an atmosphere that feels like home drew us in doors. We found ourselves in a small cafe with residents of the town bringing in family to meet the waitress and the cook. Our waitress greeted us like family and spoke to us throughout our meal about her thoughts, her life and listened when we spoke. We dined on homemade chicken pot pie and brought home a loaf of fresh back chocolate chip zucchini bread.

We then decided to wander through the shops and walk off that scrumptious chicken pot pie. Agora Arts was filled with jewelry, paintings, decorative towels, cards, watercolors and more. My Aunt and I enjoyed the watercolor paintings with poetry and sayings. The jewelry sparkled and was well made. Purses in the window with wire handles wrapped in plastic tubing. The leather-work was masterful.

Sparrows Candles & Gifts was amazing! The scent of fall candles greeted us as we entered the quaint shop. The owner behind the counter with a smile welcoming us in and to feel free to look at and touch the items in the store. Being a tactile person I appreciate being able to touch items before purchase. There were up-cycled purses, candles, scarves and so many items we were surprised each time we looked a new spot in the store.

We wandered and viewed the art on the business walls. The art in the park area. We ended our wander at Blue Herron Knittery. So much yarn! We were in yarn Heaven! The two of us love to crochet and try different yarns with our creations. I believe we could have stayed here happily for days. The owner was friendly and told us about Thursday evening crochet with the ladies from town. Currently, they are working on an afghan.

The downtown area is filled with a plethora of shops and eateries. Driving around town we saw the most beautiful Victorian homes and Bed and breakfast establishments. We were amazed and the 40 some odd places to visit while in Decorah from arts to hiking, kayaking, bookstores, pottery….the list continues.

We enjoyed our afternoon of practicing the wander. There is nothing like time to wander and see what there is to see and experience along the journey.

Until next time, enjoy the journey, create and laugh more than you breathe.

Sincerely,

The Mileurs