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
Oct. 24- Sculpting with Sculpey- bring small tools for details if you have them.
Oct. 31- Pass along pictures- share in the creation of a piece you start but others continue.
Nov. 7- Watercolor practice- bring watercolor supplies and paper.
Nov. 14- Watercolor practice- bring watercolor supplies and paper.
Nov. 21- Watercolor practice- bring watercolor supplies and paper.
SHOWING NOW UNTIL JANUARY 13
IN THE GALLERY
ANNETTTE RUSSO brings us her exhibit of "Reigning Cats and Dogs" consisting of much more than cats and dogs created in stoneware. You will find an elephant, a mouse, acrylic paintings in abstract and non-objective the walls, and crowns to go on a few of the animals. It is a fun show to view.
A "Tribute to Sue McConnell" shows the 2-dimensional works of Sue who passed on in June but was a big part of the group of artists called The Painted Ladies, Artists with a View. Most were created when the group was together a day each month or the plein air painting times taken once a year .
IN THE MAIN HALL
Religious works varying in size and mediums displayed are by Carol Kessler and done over the past 10 years or less.
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.
A big draw to viewers in this room are the creations by Shelbyville students in Mrs. Cole's art classes. With an explanation of what was introduced, many adaptations were made as shown by each piece that was selected by Mrs. Cole for this exhibit.
"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.
Marie Samuel from Southern Illinois 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 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!