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Remembrance 9/11 
-the photography of Bennett Johnson

Open Patriots’ Day Monday, September 11, 2023, special hours 4-6

and Tuesday-Friday 11-4 and Saturday 12-4 through October 3

Artist reception Saturday, September 16, 6-8

Photographer Bennett Johnson's images capture those efforts to honor and remember the victims of one of three attacks on September 11, 2001: New York City. 

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New item! Come see:
Glass bead decorative wands

They really decorate the spot so put them in a pot, put them in a vase in the hall, or put one on the wall! Get one of these amazing decorative art pieces with multiple media Dunlap artist, Jane Sieck.

 

New arrivals last week to replace the first group which pretty much sold out the first week!

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Penguins
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Monarch Art

Linda Webb, Creekside Studio

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Take home a monarch!

 

Unlike the ones released here on National Prairie Day 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

Caturday!

Adopt, shop, and make cat art with award-winning polymer clay artist Linda Webb
 

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Upcoming classes and events

Pokemon painting-plasma cut metal art

More details coming soon!

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Reserve your spot with Linda 12:00, 1:30 or 3:00

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Ado

Stab Bindng
Checkerboard
Stephen Wilson

LEFT BEHIND

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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