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 brightly colored 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
October 4- Watercolor Flower, starting at 3 with the open forum sharing as we paint. Bring brushes and paper towels. Paint and paper will be supplied.
October 11- Watercolor Flower continued, starting at 3 with the open forum sharing as we paint. Bring brushes and paper towels. Paint and paper will be supplied.
October 18- One-point Perspective Basics
October 25- Two-point Perspective Basics
November 1- Puzzle Piece Ornaments. Bring embellishments for bling like jewelry parts, small snowflake stickers, ribbon, and tacky glue and larger-sized puzzle pieces.
November 8- Continue Puzzle Piece Ornaments. Some will be made to go on a Christmas tree being decorated for the Chatauqua Benefit Auction and participants will be able to make one for themselves.
November 15- Perspective drawing.
IN THE GALLERY
Tom David, artist from Mattoon, fills the Gallery space with oil paintings of figures, landscapes, and farm related articles. Some are prints and silverpoint drawings. A range of art is represented here, the work of his retirement years that he devotes to full-time.
Shelbyville artist. shows his most recent drawings, filling the space with women in various positions of thought. This is a detail of one such creations.
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. Christan Riddle, photographer who lives in Oregon but is the granddaughter of an area resident Louise Shippy Rouse, has recently graduated from her local high school. Twenty-eight matted and framed pieces comprise her show.
A new addition to this large room is the recent creations of Art Talk Tuesday. Stamp art collages and decorated gourds are presently showing and will change as new pieces are finished.
The one-act comedy play, "Just Desserts," was performed on stage Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom stage. Local performers gave participants the theater production and dessert. Out of that interest, "Christian Comedy Players" was formed and will perform on the Scarecrow Daze stage after the Oct. 8 morning parade and until noon. Newcomers are always welcome to join the group at monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30.
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.
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.
Carol has scheduled the Gallery space for Jessica Disbrow starting in November. Studio D is available for a smaller show. Others can be scheduled at any time for a two and a half month period. Please contact her if interested by calling 217-827-5690 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!