Out and About

A preview of the upcoming weekend's arts activities in Central Illinois with your host, Jenn Gordon of Arts Partners of Central Illinois.

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Peoria Art Guild

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Alexander Martin, local artist and one of the founders of the newly formed Peoria Guild of Black Artists. Alexander shares how the guild got started and quickly gained momentum, leading to a curated show at the Peoria Art Guild entitled “A New Renaissance”. The show will remain open through October 30. For more information visit the Peoria Art Guild.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

This week on Out and About, Bill Conger joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" takes visitors of all ages on a fascinating and engaging exploration of the art, science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world's most popular instrument! The exhibit features a unique collection of more than 70 instruments - ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative - along with performance video, models and more.

Big Picture

This week on Out and About, Doug and Eileen Leunig (founders of Big Picture) and Trent Miles, join host Jenn Gordon to talk about “Giving Voice” an online magazine featuring articles, videos, and podcasts submitted by youth in our community.  The students will work with a professional writer and mentor to hone their writing skills, and they will be paid for published articles. To find out more about this initiative visit Giving Voice.

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Shannon Cox and Kim Sanders of the Peoria Art Guild join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the 58th Annual Peoria Fine Art Fair. Learn about the cutting edge technology and attention to detail involved with bringing this year’s fair to life. The virtual fair goes live on September 25 at peoriaartguild.org.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Preston Jackson and William Butler join Jenn Gordon to talk about their joint exhibit, Walking the Line, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first art exhibition in the gallery. Preston Jackson is the founder of the Contemporary Art Center, and William Butler serves as the Executive Director.

Dr. Elsburgh Clarke

This week on Out and About, Dr. Elsburgh Clarke joins Jenn Gordon to talk about his photography exhibit on display at the Peoria Art Guild. Dr. Clarke is an Emergency Medical Professional, as well as a skilled photographer. His photography captures the dangerous and intense work that local firefighters experience when responding to a fire.

Brian "Fox" Ellis

On this week’s episode of Out and About, internationally acclaimed storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis joins Jenn Gordon to talk about his stories are reaching new audiences through a weekly podcast series, YouTube Channel, and a collaboration with WTVP’s Remote Channel. Brain’s stories include folklore, ecology, and history.  He also has books and lesson plans to accompany audio and video platforms to help teachers and parents with online/remote learning curriculum. For more details visit Fox Tales International.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, George Stelluto and Mae Gilliland Wright join Jenn Gordon to talk about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s shrewdly innovative approach to moving forward with their 123rd Season which includes access to concerts through an expanding partnership with WTVP. Learn more at Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Arts Partners

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with John and Jeff Heintzman about the 9 new sculptures featured along Washington Street. The Walk is open year round and offers art inspired by music, math, nature an more. In lieu of public tours, John Heintzman narrates a video tours providing an in depth look at the artists and art featured on this year’s Sculpture Walk Peoria. For more information or to take the video tours visit Sculpture Walk Peoria.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Bill Conger joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the current exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Ken Hoffman: 50 Years in Peoria. Hoffman arrived in Peoria in 1969, accepting the position of professor of painting at Bradley University. Beginning with a mural work painted in 1970, this exhibition explores the 50-year artistic journey which has realized these humorous, unmistakable, and often very large-scale paintings of animals in suits.

Peoria Historical Society

This week on Out & About, Beth Johnson of the Peoria Historical Society joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new History Walking Tours being offered throughout the summer. Each tour was designed by one of the several passionate history experts who serve with the Peoria Historical Society. The tours cover a wide variety of aspects of Peoria’s past, including famous people and their homes, the theatre district, and notable landmark buildings and memorials. Tours are limited to 8 people and require advance ticket purchase.

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Lisa Nelson Raabe joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the influences and techniques which inspired “Still Point”, a collection of her work now on display through July 31 at the Peoria Art Guild. Large in scale, yet fine and fragile, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative. Learn more at the Peoria Art Guild.

Morton Chamber of Commerce

This week on Out and About, Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the importance of supporting local businesses and artists. Fourth Friday takes place the Fourth Friday of every month in the heart of downtown Morton and provides an outdoor walk-about environment featuring a variety of artisans, musicians, shopping, and outdoor and online activities.
For more information see the Arts Partners Events Calendar.

   

Five Points Washington

This week on Out and About Jenn Gordon talks with Mike Schulte from Five Points Washington about their outdoor summer concert series, Five Points Fridays. The series runs through October 16th and will include acoustic performances by Pocket Mouse, Neal Bowling, Kick-in & Pickin, Top 4D and Chase Sieting. Tonight's show features Black Velvet. Gates open at 5:30pm and the performance will start at 6pm. Local food and drink will be available for purchase on site.

Sky Art Peoria

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Erin Buczynski and Jaci Musec about Sky Art Peoria. Musec is one of 5 artists whose works were recently selected to be featured on Adams Outdoor Billboards for one year, circulating throughout the tri-county region. For more information on the artists and art work featured in Sky Art Peoria visit https://artspartners.net/skyartpeoria/

Peoria Art Guild

This week on Out and About, host Jenn Gordon talks with Shannon Cox, Director of the Peoria Art Guild about the 2020 Member Show, the incoming works of Morgan Elser, and their plans to welcome back the public into the gallery space. View the 2020 Member Show Virtual Gallery

Soulside Healing Arts

This week on Out and About, Hannah Ramlo, founder and director of Soulside Healing Arts Studio, joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the nonprofit’s mission to mitigate the barriers that exist between people and holistic wellness. Soulside continues to offer classes and instruction through their online wellness offerings at https://www.soulsidehealingarts.com/.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Contemproary Art Center of Peoria Exectuive Director, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the variety of central Illinois artwork on display at the CIAO member show, as well as the power themes of motherhood and creation explored through the works of Janis Mars Wunderlich. Both shows remain on display at the CAC now through June 26. https://peoriacac.org/current-exhibitions/

Capstone Photography Class 2020 - Bradley University

This week on Out and About, Associate Professor of Photograhy, Margaret LeJeune talks with Jenn Gordon about creating “Through Our Eyes” an online exhibition of the capstone photography class at Bradley University. The dedicated and talented students showcased in this exhibition have spent the semester considering individual concepts that include social justice issues, environmental concerns, and investigations of identity. To view the exhibition visit www.bradleyuniversityphoto.com

Peoria Ballet

This week on Out and About, Wendy Thomasson joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Ballet is embracing technology to keep their students on pointe! Learn more at peoriaballet.com

Art Inc

On this week’s episode,  Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Art, Inc.) Nikki Romain joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the organization delivers arts based e-learning options to the community in the midst of the pandemic.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Garry Moore joins Jenn Gordon for a conversation about Peoria Players’ production of “A Raisin in the Sun”. The play is the only drama being produced as part of the Theatres 101st Season. The show runs March 6 through March 15 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m.

On this Week’s Episode of Out and About, Guest Director Ginna Hoben and Performance Major Emma O’Mahoney join Jenn Gordon in the studio for a conversation about Bradley University Theatre Department’s production of “The Wolves”. The play follows the all-female high school soccer team providing the audience with an inside look during their weekly pre-game warm-ups. Written by Sarah DeLappe, the play debuted Off-Broadway in 2016 and since has been performed on college campuses throughout the country.

Courtesy Corn Stock Theater

Our host, Jenn Gordon is joined in the studio by Alexandra Buchko and Zachary Hunter, the stars of the Corn Stock Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet. They discuss their acting careers, the joy of doing Shakespeare, and the importance of community theater.

New Peoria Chamber Choir Set For March 1 Debut

Feb 21, 2020

Our host, Jenn Gordon is joined in the WCBU studio by conductor and professor emeritus at Bradley, Dr. John Jost. He is founder and director of Lumiere - a new chamber choir in Peoria. He talks about creating Lumiere, and delves into some of the pieces the choir will perform on Sunday, March 1st at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. 

Barry Cloyd Facebook

Barry joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to reflect on 20 years of singing, “song-walking”, and performing. You’ll hear the story behind his well known song, “Spirit Dance”, an impromptu performance, and Barry’s drive to invest in the next generation of local singer-songwriters. 

These Boots Were Made for…Broadway

Jan 24, 2020

On this week’s episode, director Deric Kimler, and featured performer Bryan Blanks join Jenn Gordon to talk about the interactive set, adaptive choreography, and the incredible hand-crafted footwear featured in “Kinky Boots” The Musical – opening January 31 at Peoria Players Theatre.

Courtesy Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode, fiber artist Dana Baldwin joins Jenn Gordon to talk about her stunning collection of dresses created out of film strips. The exhibit: Dana Baldwin - Film Dresses, is on display through end of January at the Peoria Art Guild. 

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Celeste Matheson and Rebekah Dentino join Jenn Gordon to talk about “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”, the deliciously clever comedy running Jan 10-12 and 17-19 and the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in Upper Bradley Park. 

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