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
Materials supplied unless noted
September 5- Half-a-face drawing- bring a colored photo of a person's face that is mostly a frontal view. This will be continued the next week, adding color.
September 12- Half-a-face color- bring photo and drawing from last week and colored pencils.
September 26- Passalong Picture- bring colored pencil, markers, crayons or use ones available.
October 3- Cardmaking with Jane, experiencing a new method to achieve a cardmaking idea.
October 10- Theme and Variation- bring 6 of the same object to alter and materials to add color and cutting materials if needed.
SHOWING NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 14
IN THE GALLERY
Watercolor paintings in a variety of subject mater by Decatur artist Michael Delany is on display. Mike is a member of Gallery 510 in Decatur as well as other groups and has exhibited in a number of areas.
The permanent collection of Shelbyville Artists is on display. These are mostly purchased pieces by artists who lived in Shelbyville at the time of creation.
IN THE MAIN HALL
Pastels both small and larger sizes portray flowers as individual, groups of flowers or flowers in the landscape. These are by Carol Kessler.
IN THE BEAUX ARTS BALLROOM
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.
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 screens of Leonard da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa and van Gogh's Sunflowers in which people may be photographed with their faces in the spaces provided in order to become someone or something else.
"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. 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 always 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.
Annette Russo from Decatur 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 email@example.com.
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!