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.







Photo Narratives

Learn how some of the region’s best photographers view west central Illinois by visiting the exhibit Photo Narratives from West Central Illinois at the West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb.

An opening reception for this juried exhibit will be held Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The juror is regionally renowned photographer Jerry Granaman. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the photo Granaman considers “Best in Show,” and two photographers will receive $50 each as honorable mention awards. More than one dozen photographers submitted work for the show, which will remain on display through November 24.

Granaman is based in Fort Madison, Iowa. He began his career in the mid 1970s, and in recent years he has focused on photographing New Orleans life and culture. Granaman has made the transition from film to digital photography and states that he is “thrilled, fulfilled, and amazed with the new skills and new boundaries to explore.” His work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books.

Many of the photographers who submitted work for Photo Narratives from West Central Illinois will be on hand during the October 19 opening reception. The reception is free and open to the public and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The West Central Illinois Arts Center is located at 25 East Side Square on the historic courthouse square in Macomb. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information, e-mail: contact@wciarts.org or call (309) 836-2782. You can visit the West Central Illinois Arts Center online at www.wciarts.org.