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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 black and white bow on the OPEN sign 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 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

January 8- Do Your Own Thing. Work on a project already started or start something new with input from other participants.
January 29- Basic Portrait Drawing from the frontal view.
February 5- Draw a partner from the frontal view.
February 12-Fine Paper Cutting.  Bring scissors for cutting paper.
February 19- Basic Portrait Drawing from the profile view.
February 26- Draw a partner from the profile view.
March 5- Paint a floor cloth.  Bring exterior house paint that you have.
March 12- Make Trading Cards. Bring supplies you would like to use or use what is available.
March 19- Basic Portrait Drawing from the 3/4 view.
March 26- Draw a partner from the 3/4 view.



BEN COHAN, Sullivan, displays tiny works that he has created in an Altoids tin.  Shown here is one painting of a feather in the lid and his palette in the base.  Also see how he enhances each through his selection of framing.


JOYCE WOLFER BISHOP, Litchfield, is a watercolorist and quilter.  Wall hangings and table runners fill the intimate space of the Library while two of her watercolor paintings can be found in the Upper Lobby.  Her subject matter is what she seeing around her on a daily basis or through her travels.


The new venture in painting by Carol Kessler is palette knife painting with acrylic paint.  On display are those done within the month of December 2018 from photographs she has taken during a trip ending in early November to Australia. She has concentrated on the Outback with the warm colors of the soil and rock formations.  The exception are two larger pastel pieces and a koala.


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 photo screens created by Carol Kessler and available for your own photo opportunities as Rembrandt/Mona Lisa, Robert Marshall Root/Woman Model (presently at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center through Jan. 29), 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 in the way of pastels with a theme of travel locations, 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, Joyce Wolfer Bishop 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 fiber works of Alma Petry from southern Illinois. 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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