Saturday, July 07, 2007

Buchanan Center for the Arts opens Photo Show

Above-Landcape blue ribbon winner Linda Lee Blaine poses next to her shot of the harbor at Bergen, Norway.

Below-A group of guests enjoy the opening.

Judges John Vellenga and John Van Kirk present an award to a prize winner.

Jim Vugteveen, a local pharmacist, won two awards.

Almost two hundred photos, double the number of last year, graced the walls of the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL last night (July 6, 2007) as the Security Savings Amateur Photography Exhibit opened to the public for its month long run. Categories range from Landscapes and Children to Animals and Flowers. Rene Burton, who captured Best of Show honor, was not in attendance at the opening, but a number of the other award winners were there to receive their ribbons as the pictures above will attest.

You may visit the exhibit Mon-Fri from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-2. It is open free of charge to members of the Center. Non-members are encouraged to make a donation.

Should you wish to combine your attendance with a chance to hear from two local artists, you can come to OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) on Wednesday, July 11th at 10:00 AM. Linda Sickmon and Carol Tenold will display some of their ceramic creations and give a talk titled "The Soul of the Potter." There is no admission charge to attend OFTA programs and free refreshments are also available.

OFTA is partially supported by grants from the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Ilinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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