Contemporary Art Center

Our guest this week is William Butler, Exectuive Director of the Contemporary Art Center. Their new exhibit features the work of Detroit artist Steve Prince. His work includes prints and drawings in black and white, often inpsired by historical and religious themes.

Tonight, Prince and CAC artist Preston will be collaborating on a drawing. Later this weekend, Prince will also offer a monoprint workshop on Saturday, and a gallery talk on Sunday.

The exhibit goes on display tonight, with an opening reception tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This week, we're talking with Bob Kessler, a Chicago-based harmonica player, and one of the three musicians featured in the Third Annual Harmonica Invitational at the Contemporary Art Center. He talks about what initially drew him to that instrument, about what to expect from the invitational event, and about his recent collaborations on opera and theatre productions.

The Third Annual Harmonica Invitational takes place tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Contemporary Art Center, at 305 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria.

This week, we're joined by Lyndsay Byers, from Dramatic Crossroads. The concert presents what the group calls "a new spin on what you think of as opera." The program blends opera and classical music, with musical theatre, and contemporary music performed in an operatic style. The intent is to show the parallels between opera and musical genres, and to make opera more accessible to concert-goers.

"Hip-hOpera" will be presented Saturday night at 6:30 at t

he Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria.

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Nathan Irwin talks by phone John Wright, founder of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra. The band is playing tonight at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria - part of the CAC's weekly "Live at the Five Spot" concert series. Wright talks a little bit about the style of music the band plays, which grew out of the myriad interests and influences of the band members. He also talks about the band's busy touring schedule and output of new CDs.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra performs tonight at 5:30 at the Contemporary Art Center, 305 Water Street in Peoria.

We're talking with sculptor Nikole Cooney, and with the Contemporary Art Center's William Butler. An exhibit of Conney's work is on display through June 24. Cooney talks about some of the pieces in the exhibit, about the process of creating her work, and the stories she envisions behind each of her creations.

This week, we talk with Dennis 'Boz' Bosley and Danny Meyers, the founding members of the Rooster Alley Band. First formed in 1992, the band has been playing their original, rock-infused style of blues in central Illinois for almost twenty-five years. Bosley and Meyers talk about the origins of the band, their approach to writing music, and about playing upwards of 100 gigs each year -- in venues large and small. The Rooster Alley Band is performing tonight at 5:30 at the Contemporary Art Center, at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria.

Contemporary Art Center

This week, we're talking with the Contemporary Art Center's William Butler, and with artist Larry Jon Davis. Davis is one of two artists featured in the exhibit "Inspired by Nature." Davis' works have been described as "earthscapes" -- abstract, impressionistic images inspired by the natural world. In this exhibit, his work is paired with sculptures by Dwight Crane. Butler talks about the process of selecting artists in the CAC's exhibits, and finding the best way to display their work in the Center's gallery space.

There are several beautiful pieces at the Contemporary Art Center. First we hear about Got Jazz, Fiber Artists Coalition, and  we learn about sculpture by Barbara Cooper. Both can be seen at the Contemporary Art Center September through October.

Randy Witte

This week, we're talking with Randy Witte about "The Monkey Project," a multi-year effort to collect drawings, paintings and sketches of monkeys. Participants have included celebrities like Betty White and Jack Black; artists and filmmakers; and notable Peoria residents. An exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center features 30 works drawn from his collection of more than 900. It runs through February 7th.

We look at the last set of art galleries participating in the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists. The Liz Pearce Gallery in Dunlap features the work of five artists, exploring small, intimate spaces. Four Morton artists have works on display at the Jefferson Street Gallery. Finally, two events held in conjunction with the celebrations examine the business of art, and a panel of women artists talking about their experiences.

Today, we’re looking at works on display in downtown Peoria, all participating in the city’s Celebration of Women Artists. The Contemporary Art Center features works by Chicago artist Christie Rojek and members of the Prairie Fiber Arts Guild. Around the corner, the Peoria Art Guild displays a sculpture by Ashley Morgan, and photographs by Barb Hoffman.

This week, we talk with William Butler from the Contemporary Art Center. They're hosting their annual Fine Art Auction Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The event includes both a silent and a live auction, along with musical entertainment. Butler talks about some of the works featured in the auction, how it's designed to benefit both the Center and the participating artists, and some of the other ongoing activities at the CAC.

Peoria's Hidden Treasures: The Art of Water Street

Feb 13, 2013
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This week on Peoria's Hidden Treasures, we’re looking at works of art on Water Street in downtown Peoria.On the wall above the Water Street Café is a mural depicting New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parade. Revelers include a court jester, a centaur and a bull and a mermaid. A few blocks away is a sculpture called “Peoria Portal.” Consisting of a column of raw granite, a column of bronze, and a modern arch, the piece encapsulates a history of architectural ideas. Across from Contemporary Art Center stands a sculpture, “Flight of the Cakewalkers,” by Peoria’s Preston Jackson.