Downtown Bloomington will host the First Friday Fall Art Walk

Downtown Bloomington will host the First Friday Fall Art Walk

BLOOMINGTON — The 22nd annual Art Walk will be held on First Friday, November 4th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday, November 5th.

Downtown Bloomington artists will host the event. Ten art studios and galleries will participate in the event.

Everything from drawings, paintings, prints, photography, pastels, ceramics, glass and collages to bronze sculptures will be found.

Guests will have the opportunity to speak with artists, see the studios where they work, and view and purchase artwork created by over 65 local artists.

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Participating studios and galleries include Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio, Art Vortex Studio & Gallery, Herb Eaton Gallery Studio, The Hangar Art Co., Inside Out: Accessible Art, Jeff Little Fine Art Studio, Joann Geoetzinger Studio and Gallery, Main Gallery 404, Mandy Rowing Studio and Fine Art Gallery (grand opening) and Threshold to Hope.

Greater Livingston Arts Council Announces November Gallery PONTIAC — The Greater Livingston Arts Council has announced that their November 2022 gallery exhibit will be “Art Therapy Is My Necessity” by Kathy Zehr.

The exhibition will be presented in the Joe Bailey Gallery at the art center, 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac. The exhibition will be open from Friday 4th November to 30th November. An opening reception will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday. The Joe Bailey Gallery is located upstairs in the art center and has an elevator/elevator.

Zehr’s show will feature a variety of mediums, including ceramics, acrylics, wood, leather and glass, that are inspired by photographs and her imagination. Several of her paintings were also inspired by photographers Rita Hoch of Pontiac and Robert McGee of Colorado.

The show can be viewed during regular business hours: 10:00-17:00, Monday through Friday; 10:00-16:00, Saturday; and 12-4 p.m., Sunday. The show is free and open to the public.

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Peoria Riverfront Museum to offer free admission to guild members PEORIA — The Peoria Riverfront Museum will offer free admission Nov. 4-6 to members of the Peoria Art Guild.

This comes as part of a partnership between the Peoria Art Guild and the Peoria Riverfront Museum to provide a free weekend pass to museum members.

The free weekend will be offered once a year to members and their immediate families.

Visit for more information. There is still time to sign up for membership.

Never-before-seen Lincoln letter on display in museum

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened an exhibit Nov. 1 featuring a letter from Lincoln that has never before been seen by the public. Lincoln wrote the letter to his friend Martin Morris of New Salem about his political frustrations.

The letter was generously donated to the museum by Scott Terry of Bellevue, Washington, who is Morris’ great-great-grandson.

Lincoln was 34 years old and newly married when he wrote the letter. He had served four terms in the Illinois legislature and was trying to win a seat in Congress. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1846.

The letter will be displayed in the museum’s treasure gallery alongside other artifacts from the period. The exhibit will include Lincoln’s contract to purchase his Springfield home, the skirt Mary Todd wore when she married Lincoln, an 1844 Lincoln campaign tape and letters between the Lincolns.

The letter reveals that Lincoln did not know how to spell “aristocratic,” “exceptions,” and other words that Morris had misspelled when writing copy.

The items will be on display until May 17.

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