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Monarch Educational Event
National Prairie Day Celebration 

Join us for our annual National Prairie Day celebration on Saturday, June 1, from 12-3 and hold a caterpillar, observe a chrysalis, make butterfly art, talk to members of the Central Illinois Monarch Task Force, learn what to plant in your yard to attract butterflies, and meet award-winning mosaic butterfly artist Linda Webb.

Butterfly releases 12:15 and 2 (if Mother Nature cooperates.)

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Award-winning, multi-talented artist Fran Moss is known for her beautiful, imaginative, and expressive watercolor paintings. Fran is also a gifted Emmy award-winning actress, singer, storyteller, and puppeteer. Using her many talents, she is a dedicated educator. Fran was recognized with the Tri-County Child Abuse Prevention Council Award for her lifetime commitment to the welfare and development of children. 

Her most recent class was sold out. Keep an eye out for her next class this summer!

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Take home a monarch!

 

Unlike the ones released at our summer releases by the Central Illinois Monarch Butterfly Task Force you can take these unique polymer clay mosaic pieces home. 

Each piece is individually created by award winning artist Linda Webb

Monarch Art

Linda Webb, Creekside Studio

Party with us!

We do parties for all ages

Call 309-232-8886

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We are proud to feature the work of 22 Veteran Artists (22 VA)

Paintings and poetry of John Williamson

Vietnam veteran John Williamson's painting and poetry are haunting, a reflection of the man himself. On his mind are things he can’t seem to shake 55 years after his return like a soldier he had to leave behind on the battlefield that he had been treating. Although he was prepared to provide trauma care, he had to make life-and-death decisions like who would live long enough to get to a field hospital or who would not. He says he still wonders if he did the right things.

 

“What happened to the people I patched up and put on choppers? I tried to find out. When follow-up is not available, it is hard to think about.  A lot of people were in bad shape.”  Williamson said noting a lot of soldiers were left behind. He also thinks of his fellow soldiers who had the job of protecting him as a medic. He feels very thankful to them because in Vietnam the average life span for a medic in the field was six months.

His painting and poetry exhibit is fittingly called Left Behind recalling what Vietnam veterans Left Behind: innocence, youth, faith in humanity, hope, and peace of mind. They returned with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffering from nightmares, loss of concentration, invasive memories, feelings of guilt, irritability, and in some cases, major depression.

 

Williamson is a member of 22 Veteran Artists (22 VA) and like other members of the group uses art therapy to combat PTSD. Unlike other group members. he hadn’t publicly shared his photos, poems, and paintings until last year.

 

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