SHELBYVILLE -- Flourishes Gallery and Studios announces the changes in exhibits to open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at 140 1/2 East Main with a reception in the artist’s honor.
Focusing on area artists, Kim Hanley will show her 16 paintings inspired by Illinois Route 16 in the gallery; Friends of Carol Thompson will show her postal cards and photography in the library; Carol Kessler displays works in mostly black and white in the Main Hall; and the Shelbyville Elementary art students of Mrs. Cole will be in the Beaux Art Ballroom.
Hanley of Mattoon has done 16 paintings depicting Shelbyville. The idea for this project of multiple paintings came to her while making frequent trips along Route 16 and was completed during 2016-17 after traveling the entire route and taking photos and making sketches. Her goal was to document portions for its historical and geographical significance.
Her painting style tends to be abstract but since these paintings are dedicated to specific places, she tried to include representational elements to make them recognizable. Along the 175 miles, you will encounter local history and diversity of landscape and architecture. The origin of the Little Wabash River, Eastern Illinois University, diners, bookstores, a museum, murals, bridges, dams, and cemeteries are all part of the scenes to view along the route. She chose 16 of her images including two from Shelbyville included in one painting and containing the courthouse and the dam, using artistic license to merge both into the painting.
Other sites she immortalized are located at Paris, Ashmore, Kansas, Tower Hill, Charleston, Mattoon, Nokomis, Litchfield, Rosamond, Ashmore, Pana, Ohlman, Witt, Fieldon, and Hardin. If you are one that travels Route 16 often, sites will be recognizable to you. The Mattoon Arts Council supported Kim in this project and it now comes to Shelbyville for further viewing.
Carol Thompson, deceased Pana resident, is known for her photography and handmade postcards, of which she mailed and received internationally. Art lovers will have a chance to see the artistic talent of not only Carol, but those that corresponded with her in kind with stitched and pasted postcards.
Kessler’s mostly black and white creations are rubbings of objects found along Shelbyville’s streetscape downtown, which will be changing in some areas within the year. Patterns found embedded in the sidewalk utility coverings and more recent Lincoln signage and mini-park all add to her exhibit.
Cole’s young Shelbyville art students, handpicked by her to represent the best of projects created in her classroom, will show the exercises in the study of elements and principles of design, color, and perspective.
Come and enjoy the diversity shown within these shows that will run through May 26.
For more information, call 217-827-5690.