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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 black and white bow is out 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. The elevator can bring you upstairs, or the 25 steps to the right, west.  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
3:30-4:30  Discussion/Practice
Materials supplied unless noted

November 6- Do Your Own Thing with your own supplies with a group that can help with suggestions.  This is a time for regular attendees to work on and hopefully finish projects started at previous Art Talk Tuesday days.

November 13- Do Your Own Thing with your own supplies with a group that can help with suggestions.

November 20- View and Discussion on composition basics from McKinley.  Bring created works to share in the conversation that will follow.

November 27- Create your own quilt pattern art inspired by the quilts in the Gallery by Cheryl Modzelewski.  Bring colored pencils or markers or use those available.

December 4- Make Greeting Cards.  Bring and share supplies or use those available.

December 18- Pass Along Pictures.  Share in the creation that is passed from person to person to see what evolves.



You will need to turn your head to see this beloved quilt by Cheryl Modzelewski, but then all of them are head-turning  as they burst with color.  Cheryl titles her show "Explosion of Color,"  She describes each of the quilts hung on the Gallery walls.  She takes the patterns of others and uses her skills to choose and organize the colors and textures found in fabrics.  She has done piecing for years and creates long-arm quilters as being the artists. But we know that it is those choices of fabric and their placement that is the art within the pattern.


Ron Bartanen, Sullivan, brings his most recent works, paintings in watercolor, acrylic, and oils.  This one is watercolor on Yupo.  Ron is a prolific painter and has shown at Flourishes many times in the past.  After an illness when he could not paint, he is now back on the trail with many of his mostly landscapes.

The new venture in painting by Carol Kessler is palette knife painting.  On display are those done within the year from photographs she has taken or made major changes of someone elses. 


Besides the few works of Carol Kessler, the south end is designated for junior work. And it is full of work from the Shelbyville Public School art program from K-12 as chosen by the art teachers, Bridgette Cole and Caleb Mathis.

The recent creations of Art Talk Tuesday also has a spot so viewers can see the variety of projects done and the versions each artist has within them.  This display will change as new pieces are finished.

This area  floor space has been cleared for DanceLife classes and camps.  The stage contains three photo screens created by Carol Kessler and available for your own photo opportunities as Rembrandt/Mona Lisa, Robert Marshall Root/Woman Model, and a sunflower in Van Gogh's vase of such flowers.


The lower lobby off of the street features 2-D work by Carol Kessler, while the upper lobby houses the permanent exhibit of the ISAA, Rembrandt Society (pieces added each year) and works by Shelbyville artists Jamie Rutherford, Dan Modzelewski, and Carol Kessler.

Other Venues

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. As we have not met much in the last year, please check before coming.

The next  showing in the gallery space is the work of Ben Cohen from Sullivan with paintings. The Library has not been scheduled for the future and is available for a smaller show of approximately 12 average size wall pieces. The Gallery accommodates 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 carolkessler1948@gmail.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 black and white bow.
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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