Musical Greetings!

Exciting events are happening at the Arts Center this week! The annual Young Artist Series: Grade School has opened and will be in the gallery through May 9, plus this weekend we will have two performances of a musical and one performance of acoustic music by a young local singer.

The popular musical The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented this Saturday and Sunday. The musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress, using a unique approach: Jamie’s story moves forward from the beginning of the relationship, while Cathy’s begins at the end and moves backward. A recently released film version starred Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Our production is the result of the efforts of three WIU students. Director Robert Hill is pursuing a BA in directing, while Alex Watson (Jamie) and Kellie Nolan (Cathy) are both part of the Musical Theatre BFA program. All three have worked tirelessly between their classes and other shows to bring this production to life for the Arts Center. We are all very grateful to Gil Belles for underwriting the production.  

The Last Five Years will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm. A special performance by LaHarpe native Ashley Olin will precede Sunday’s show at 1:00pm. Ashley is also a Musical Theatre BFA student who will present a program of music titled Bloom Where You Are Planted, assisted by WIU MFA Theatre student Chris Tipp.

Tickets are $10/public; $5/students and will only be sold at the door. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:00pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday.

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant!

Photo of Letter and part of Check from Moline Foundatioin

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant from Moline Foundation

Macomb, Illinois – The West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Square, Macomb, has received a $1200 grant from the Moline Foundation to purchase audio/visual equipment. The equipment will be used during the Flying Monkeys and Flying Squirrels summer arts camps for children and teens, as well as for other arts programming at the Center.

Nan Crossman, Executive Director of the WCIAC, says “We are very grateful to the Moline Foundation for this generous grant. The audio/visual equipment will enhance our current programs and open up new opportunities for us to foster the arts in the region.”

The Moline Foundation (molinefoundation.org), founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations in the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.

The WCI Arts Center (wciarts.org) is a non-profit organization whose goals are to provide a place for artists to gather and share their work, for learning and exploring all the arts and for active participation in arts related activities for all ages.

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The Board of Directors of the WCI Arts Center would like to thank the Moline Foundation for their generous contribution towards our continuing development of a strong artistic community in West Central Illinois.

2014 Light Up the Arts Center!

Trivia Night

Alert all you trivia buffs – artist or not!!! We had such a fun time at last year’s trivia night, we’re doing it again!

Trivia up!

Registration form can be downloaded and dropped off or sent in to the Arts Center. $10 per person registration fee can be dropped off or paid the night of the event. For more information please contact trivia@wciarts.org.

[Download Registration Form PDF]  or  [Submit Online Team Registration]

 

trivia flyer

2014 Registrtion

Minutes from Annual Meeting-2013

As discussed during our Annual Meeting, the WCI Arts Center is in the process of re-vamping our website. As the site stands now there is nowhere for us to publish the minutes from our annual meeting, so I’m posting them here for our members to have access. In the future there will be a member sign-in area where all of this information will be on hand. Thank you for sticking by the WCI Arts Center while we improve our online access!

West Central Illinois Arts Center
Annual Meeting – August 24, 2013

Board members present: Dan Lewis, Peggy West, Kate Mattsey, Rich Egger, Curtis Bisbee, Kymberly Miller, Sue Scott, Linda Lee Blaine, Nancy Crossman.

Interim President Dan Lewis called the meeting to order shortly after 6:30 pm. He asked board members to introduce themselves as they gave reports.

Peggy West presented the gallery report on behalf of Gallery Director Dean Rockwell. 10 exhibits were displayed during the past year and plans are underway for 2014. The gallery hours were expanded during the past year, and different agreements were created for gifts, loans, and consignments,

Kate Mattsey gave the communication director’s report and said she would like to upgrade the website.

Rich Egger gave the recording secretary’s report. Member Anne Vick asked if minutes were available from last year’s annual meeting. Lewis said none were available this evening but we will try to find a record of them.

Curtis Bisbee gave an update on the sign across the front of the building. He’s still hoping to do the project but needs to find someone who can provide him with scaffolding.

Kymberly Miller gave the treasurer’s report and handed out the profit/loss statement. She said rentals have been a huge source of revenue and memberships are also important. The architectural report was a large expense.

Sue Scott said she helps with communications.

Linda Lee Blaine gave the fundraising report. She said a raffle was held last fall and she will keep trying to increase membership. She just learned the WCIAC will receive a $1,000 grant from the Illinois Arts Council to help with operating expenses. She said an art scavenger hunt will soon be held.

Member Missy Lescher suggested the idea of an event related to fiber arts; she said the owner of Hooked on U would be willing to participate. Blaine said she liked the idea of collaborating with a business. Member Gil Belles said artist Joyce Lopez might also be willing to do something related to fiber arts. Belles also said he will be leading a Learning Is Forever (LIFE) class on a tour of sculptures; the tour is called “Art Around Us.”

Nancy Crossman gave the program coordinator’s report. She said she has created a list of everything that has happened at the arts center from August 2012 to present; she will eventually put together a list to cover all five years of WCIAC events in this building.

Crossman also gave the experience works supervisor’s report. She praised the work being done by Marilyn Cox. Cox’s presence in the building has allowed the WCIAC to be open daily. Cox was given a round of applause by the members.

Dan Lewis conducted the board elections. He said the terms of Blaine and Miller had expired. Membership agreed to retain them by acclimation.

Lewis accepted nominations for other board vacancies. Jim West nominated Dave Dorsett, who accepted. Linda Lee Blaine nominated Heather McMeekan, who accepted. Motion to accept Dorsett and McMeekan by acclimation (Sue Zendt, Patti Jones). All approved.

Member Anne Vick said she would like to contribute food for receptions and asked to be contacted for this purpose.

Vick asked about the profit/loss data; she said it was a year old. Miller explained the sheet she handed out includes figures for the past two years for comparison’s sake.

Member Jim West asked about the money market transfer; Miller explained that money pays the taxes on the building.

Vick said she wanted to make sure we have her correct e-mail address.

Member Sue Zendt said she finds the website difficult to read and said it’s not always informative. Mattsey said she has heard similar concerns from others and said the website will be the focus of discussion during the next board meeting; Mattsey expects serious changes to the website in the next month.

Crossman told members they should let the board know if there is something they think the board should spend a meeting focusing on.

Blaine asked members to contribute articles/items for the website.  Zendt said the problem with the website is not just content – it’s the appearance. She said the lettering is too small, making it difficult to read.

Member Patti Jones asked about gift shop sales listed in the treasurer’s report; the “gift shop” is basically the basket of cards for sale in the arts center. Peggy West said the board is looking for input on how it might set up a gift shop. Mattsey said there has been talk about creating an on-line gift shop.

Lescher asked about plans for the building’s second and third floors. Lewis said the plan right now is to have artist studios on the second floor, and have a reception area and performance space on the third floor. Peggy West pointed out the WCIAC will be required to install an elevator as the upper floors are renovated.

Motion to adjourn (Anne Vick, Jim West). Motion approved without dissent.

BCre8ive Arts Crew launch at WCIAC

West Central Illinois Arts Center invites area young people ages 13-18 to become part of the BCre8ive Arts Crew. Participants will have opportunities to share art experiences with peers, to develop collaborative art projects in the community, and to meet and work with artists around the region.

The first meeting of the BCre8ive Arts Crew will be Sunday, March 24th at 5:00pm at the WCI Arts Center, 25 East Side Square. Working as a team, the Crew will create a sculpture using nontraditional supplies and techniques. They will also begin planning future projects which may include creating a mural in the Arts Center, creating art for Earthfest, and creating artwork for the Community Gardens.

BCre8ive Arts Crew is a pilot project of WCIAC’s developing BCre8ive youth art education program. There is no cost to participants. For more information, please contact Chris Busker at CK-Busker@wiu.edu.

Shop Locally

How will you be supporting your local economy and local artists this holiday season? WCI Arts Center is holding its annual Art Martket two Saturdays in December, don’t miss out!

Shop locally at WCI Arts Center
Flyer for your WCI Arts Center 2012 Art Market.

This weekend Macomb is having its Dicken’s on the Square celebration and we’re handing out flyers to garner more interest for our upcoming art market. The vendors are going to have hand made art: jewelry, painting, prints, glass art – including glass hand made ornaments, ceramics and more! Prices for these unique hand made items start as low as $5. We will also be having the Fall Raffle drawing during the Art Market on December 15th at 3 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all Artists!

There are only 45 days until Christmas! In an effort to aid our community in buying locally WCIAC provides an annual Art Market at our building on the square. This year our Art Market dates are December 8 and December 15 from 10am-4pm. The winners for our Fall Raffle will also be drawn during the Art Market on December 15th. If you are or know a local artist that is interested in selling their work please spread the word!

Calling all artists

What are Prints?

First post in a series of five articles on printmaking.

“Print, Prints and More Prints” is currently running at the WCI Art Center until October 13th.

Many people enjoy prints but what exactly is the process to create a print? Why are they so special?

Traditionally there are four main categories of Printmaking; Relief, Intaglio, Planographic, and Stencil (or Serigraphy). An additional type of printmaking, added in the last few decades, is called Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay). In the next couple weeks I will attempt to describe these techniques and imprint some new knowledge on the reader.

The oldest category of print making is relief, the process of taking a protruding surface of the block, or matrix, and applying an ink or coloring. The recessed areas remain unchanged. A substrate, most commonly paper, is then pressed onto the matrix creating the image. Woodcut, or woodblock, linocut, and metalcut are examples of the relief technique.

Originating as early as 5th century China, woodcut is the oldest relief technique used to transfer text, images or patterns onto paper or fabric. European and Japanese woodcuts appeared much later in the 15th Century. The print artist draws the desired image on a plank or block of wood and cuts out the areas that will not receive ink. The surface of the block is then inked and the paper is placed over the block. The block can be used with a printing press, hands, spoon, or a roller to transfer the image to the paper. If the finished piece is in color, there may be several different blocks created for the different colors, or a method reduction printing can be used.

Reduction printing describes the use of one block to create multiple layers of color. More and more of the block is cut away after each color is applied. Typically the artist will create more than one impression because once the next layer is cut into the block no more prints can then be made.

Linocut is similar to woodcut but the matrix relief surface is a sheet of linoleum rather than wood. Using linoleum for a printing technique dates back to the early 1900’s in Germany where it was used in printing wallpaper. This manmade material has no direction to its grain and is easier to cut into than wood, but it will also degrade faster from the pressure of printing. Linoleum can also be used in a reduction technique and was done by art masters Picasso and Matisse who helped bring the use of linocut into more popular favor.

In the next post we’ll delve into Intaglio Printmaking!

by Kate Michael-Mattsey