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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 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
3:30-4:30  Discussion/Practice
Materials supplied unless noted

November 29 - Principles of Design in 2- and 3-dimensional art.  Bring one or two pieces of your own work.
December 27- Open for sharing and discussion for the 3- 4:30 time.  Bring art for constructive critique and supplies to make only changes needed.
January 3- Getting ready for the Shelby County Art Show with choosing work, matting, framing, etc.
January 10- Watercolor techniques- gradation, sphere, clouds.  Bring your own watercolor supplies and two pieces of watercolor paper 12 X 16.
January 17-  Watercolor techniques- salt, splattering, details.  Bring your own watercolor supplies and two pieces of watercolor paper 12 X 16.
January 24-  Following Michelangelo with charcoal or conte crayon.


Jessica Disbrow with watercolors


Art by students from Sacred Heart School, Pana


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 fall creations of Shelbyville school students from K-5 grades and the art students of Bridgette Cole fill the display space.  Come and learn about color and composition just by viewing these art works.  A new addition to this large room is the recent creations of Art Talk Tuesday.  Decorated gourds, origami and watercolor flower paintings are presently showing and will change as new pieces are finished.

Other Venues

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 the Retropective works of Carol Kessler starting in late January with the reception on Sunday, January 29 from 1-4. Ben Cohan from Sullivan will follow with his show starting in late April.   Studio D is available for a smaller show.  Art from the Shelbyville General Dacey Trail and Sunken Garden and a show with a garden/birdhouse theme will follow the current show. Others can be scheduled at any time for an approximately two and a half month period. Please contact her 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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