Saturday, June 02, 2007

Amateur Artists Featured at June 13th OFTA

The 4th annual Amateur Artist Competition is sponsored by the Midwest Bank of Western Illinois. Terri Ryner and Cynthia Gillen, employees of the bank, look over some of the entries.

Judge Cherry Simmons talked to the guests at the opening reception for the exhibit.

Two of the category winners, Lyle Welch in Three Dimensional, and Rene Burton in Photography, pose in front of their works.

Midwest Bank President, Chris Gavin, enjoys refreshments at the opening with Lila Blum and Terri Ryner, both of whom are members of the Buchanan Center Board of Directors.

For the past three years OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) has supported the Amateur Artist competition by inviting entrants to appear at their June meeting and talk about the ideas in their work and how they got interested in art.

This year's OFTA program will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday,June 13th at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth, IL. Two of the main prize winners, Rene Burton and Lyle Welch (pictured above) have already committed to appear and this year's judge, Cherry Simmons (pictured above), will also be on hand.

The fourth annual Amateur Artist Exhibition can be seen through June 23rd at the Buchanan Center for the Arts during their normal opening hours of 9-5 Mon-Fri and 10-2 on Saturdays. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted.

OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) programs art related presentations on the second Wednesday of each month. There is no admission charge and complimentary refreshments are offered. OFTA is partially supported by grants from the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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