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 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. There is a scheduled delivery date of June 29 of elevator parts to be constructed onsite, so you may see a lot of sidewalk traffic in and out of the rental property below. There is excitement for better access once the elevator is in, the rest of the construction completed and the inspection. In the meantime, stair access as has been available will still be. Normal open hours are usually on Tuesdays 10-5 and Thursdays and Saturdays 10-noon as well as whenever the bow and open sign is out. Also open by appointment. 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
June 5- Cubism Revisited- bring color supplies to work on piece already started or start a new one.
June 19- Continue with Cubism.
June 26- Coil Basketry- bring scrap yarns or use what is available.
July 3- Coil Basketry continues.
July 10, 17, 24,31- Creating in Picasso Style with your own medium.
SHOWING NOW UNTIL August 25
IN THE GALLERY
Landscapes by area artists in paint and fibers fill the Gallery space. A variety of media and techniques are represented. Shown here is the work of Jamie Hostetler. Other artists represented are: Ron Bartanen, Jane Rood, Sharon Slaughter, Carol Kessler, Samantha Cotner, Shirley Buescher, Bobbie Dimock, and Diane Singler. LIBRARY
"Catch Me If You Can" is an exhibit of vintage flycatchers and flyswatters showing the inventiveness of people in the past. It is from the collection of Cheryl Schrock.
IN THE THEME HALL
Landscapes again is the theme to coordinated with work in the Gallery. Carol Kessler exhibits pastel landscapes, many done plein air or from photos she has taken. There is one that is done with oil paint sticks. Can you pick it out?
IN THE BEAUX ARTS BALLROOM
Besides the works of Carol Kessler and the permanent exhibit of the Illinois Student Art Association, Rembrandt Society, the south end is designated for junior work. Having none during the summer and before creations after school starts again, the screen has Bicentinial items created around Shelbyville and a photo screen of Robert Marshall Root painting one of his portraits. You can use it to become pictured as Root or the lady being painted.
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 floor space has been cleared for DanceLife classes and camps this summer. The stage will be cleared soon for Main Street Opry featuring Missy Dunaway and Just Country, the Opry will give their first performance here on July 14.
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 Library.
Dan Modzelewski and Jamie Rutherford will again have their art for viewing at this Shelbyville site, but their studios have been illuminated due to the elevator construction and new lobby space. 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.
The next showing in the gallery space is being considered with this update. The Library is available for a smaller show and the Gallery for up to 26 pieces of size. 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!