www.flourishesgalleryandstudios.vpweb.com - View original art of the Shelbyville, Illinois area!
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Flourishes Gallery and Studios-Where art thrives and grows- is focused on promoting  the arts in the Shelbyville, Illinois area.

Other than the scheduled activities you will find within this website, we are open when the black and white bow is out above the planter and by appointment. Look for the big bow next to the door on the south side of E. Main Street across from the Roxy Theater. Because there may be cause to sometimes cancel any activities, please call (217-827-5690)  before planning on coming.
Art Talk Tuesday Schedule
3:00-3:30  Open Forum
3:30-4:30  Discussion/Practice
Materials supplied unless noted

April 25- Drawing shapes and spaces- bring colored ballpoint pens and markers. One or more miscellaneous objects is optional.
May 2- Watercolor improve- bring watercolor supplies.
May 9-  Cardmaking with postage stamps- bring glue stick.
May 16- Artist's Tea- bring 1 or 2 art works you have created. Hats and gloves are encouraged for the ladies.  Registration needed by May 8.
May 30- Experimenting with Wet Set Clay.
June 6- Painting over wax- bring watercolor supplies and pen nd ink.
June 13- Building with flat shapes- bring thin cardboard or thick paper, x-acto knife, and glue.
June 20- Printing with natural objects- bring objects found in nature like leaves, pinecones, sea shells, tree bark. feathers, etc. and acrylic paint.
June 27- Charcoal rubbings
July 4- Creating with warm colors- bring medium of your choice.
July 11- Creating with cool colors- bring medium of your choice.
July 18- Critique time- bring one or more creations for suggestive comments.



Oil paintings by Ben Cohan from Sullivan.  His show, called "Belonging," is numerous tools and toys painted life size in many cases but large in others.  The tools are those that his great-grandfather used in his carpentry shop which Ben now uses as his studio.  The toys are those like this toy hammer that his young children use in play.


"For the Birds" is a collections of birdhouses created by Aaron Cole from Windsor and participants at Art Talk Tuesday as well as a few antique ones.  The show all comes together through the arranging talent of Cheryl Schrock.

Pastels both small and larger sizes portray still life objects, flowers, landscapes and one dog. These are by Carol Kessler.


Besides the works of Carol Kessler, both 2- and 3-dimensional, and the permanent exhibit of the Illinois Student Art Association, Rembrandt Society, the south end is designated for junior work. 

The creations of Shelbyville school students taught art by  Bridgette Cole fill the display space and more.   This showing will be up only a week due to school activities and an early end time and the beginning of summer vacation.

A new addition to this large room is the recent creations of Art Talk Tuesday.  This display will change as new pieces are finished.

This area also houses the photo screen of Leonard da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa and future screens in which people may be photographed with their faces in the spaces provided in order to become someone  or something else.

Other Venues

 "Christian Comedy Players"  welcomes newcomers to join the group at monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30. Skits, reader's theatre, plays, stand-up, improvisation, etc. are all being explored. The purpose of the group is to hone skills and present to the public a family friendly entertainment.

For those interested in sharing knowledge with other writers of the creative written word, Third Thursday Wordsmiths meets on the Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. under the direction of Penny Weaver, editor of the Mattoon Journal-Gazette. All are welcome. We will share writing experiences and share in creative writing activity.

Whenever visiting Flourishes, beside viewing the exhibit in the gallery, you can also take in the art located in the Theme Hall, the Beaux Art Ballroom and the four studios.
Carol Kessler, Dan Modzelewski, and Jamie Rutherford have their art studios open for viewing at this Shelbyville site. In the one studio yet available for rent, you will find works by other area artists that changes on the same schedule as the Gallery. See present Gallery, Studio and Ballroom works within this website under Art by Carol Kessler and others. Owner, Carol Kessler, is alway interested in displaying area art. If you are an area artist who is interested, please contact Flourishes.

One wall at the south end of the ballroom is dedicated to the ISAA, Rembrandt Society.  It shows work purchased at previous Rembrandt Society conventions.  The Rembrandt Society is a state organization for junior and senior high art clubs.  Find their website to learn details about the group, view photos, and much more. 

Local students all exhibit through their art teachers and the shows have been changing with each gallery change. During the school year from about November to April, art teacher Bridgette Cole for the Shelbyville Public Schools grades K-5 fill the rest of the junior area with projects created in her class and show the emphasis of her teaching the students basic art skills.

Mike Delaney from Argenta will show next in the gallery space.  Studio D is available for a smaller show as none has been scheduled as yet.  Others can be scheduled at any time for an approximately two and a half month period. Please contact Carol  if interested by calling 217-827-5690 or by email at dckess@consolidated.net.

We are located in the heart of downtown Shelbyville in an historic building at 140 1/2 East Main. Please contact us to visit or catch us when we are open by seeing the OPEN sign on the door and the big bow  and planter on the left side of the door.
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!
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