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Gaslight Art Colony to hold show

MARSHALL -- Gaslight Art Colony welcomes the public to see the artwork of its members. This twice-a-year exhibit showcases the talent in the community.

Gaslight Art Colony is almost eight years old and has over 130 members. Some of these members have chosen their “never-before-seen-at-the-gallery” artwork to be on display Saturday through April 14. The show includes photography, jewelry, metalwork, ceramics, and all forms of paint and drawing.

They will also be having another drawing for a free children’s class. The gallery will be open for a reception for the artists from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. 

Gaslight Art Colony is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to broadening an appreciation of the arts by providing opportunities that promote awareness, participation and understanding through fine arts exhibitions, classes and workshops. The gallery is located at 516 Archer Ave. in Marshall. Contact the gallery through the website, on Facebook: Gaslight Art Colony, by email at or by calling 217-293-1050.

Club to hold watercolor workshop

SULLIVAN -- The Sullivan Art Club will be hosting a watercolor painting workshop led by Mahomet artist and award winner Dee Siegmund from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the St. Columcille Church Hall at the corner of west Jackson and McClellan Streets.

The theme will be landscape with horses. Siegmund is a member of several art guilds including the Portrait Society of America and the Michigan Plein Air Painters. In addition to conducting workshops, she instructs privately and provides art motivational talks for various groups. Two of her landscapes have been used as book covers. Last year she judged the Effingham Art Guild's 2017 show.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own materials and supplies.

This workshop is open to any adult interested in painting regardless of experience. A $50 fee is payable at the door for non-members which will allow the participant to attend two more workshops led by other artists throughout the year at no additional cost.

There will be an hour break for lunch. For more information, contact Ron Bartanen at 217-728-7280.

Pre-registration open for Blake’s Shining Star Race

NEOGA -- Blake’s Shining Star Race, which includes a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run, is scheduled for March 31 at the Neoga Early Learning Center (formerly the Neoga Elementary School).

Registration is from 7:15-8 a.m. The fun run will start at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K will follow. Pre-register by Saturday to receive a shirt.

Pre-registration fee for the 5K is $20, and registration on race day is $25. Pre-registration for the 1-mile fun run is $15 and registration on race day is $20.

Register online at

All proceeds from the race will go to Lincoln Land Hospice of Mattoon. For more information, contact Amy Durdel at 217-259-3590.

Hilltop to hold Easter Extravaganza

CHARLESTON -- The public is invited to join Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for an Easter Extravaganza this Saturday and Sunday.

All children ages 1-9 are welcome. There will be a final drawing on Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m. at Hilltop for the chance for all age groups to win a new bike. Children must attend and collect a ticket at each facility and the final ticket at Hilltop, 910 W. Polk St., will be entered into the drawing.

Times and locations include: 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Villas; 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Arbor Rose; 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Brookstone; 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Heritage Woods; and 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Hilltop.

For more information, contact Hilltop at 217-345-7066 or visit


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