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Call for entries! All artists are invited to participate. The show is sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society in collaboration with Peoria Public Library.
The show opens Wednesday, May 4 and runs through May 27 at Peoria Public Main Library, 107 NE Monroe Street Lower Level 1 Gallery.
Artists may submit oil, watercolor, pen & ink, pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, mixed media, acrylic, photography, pottery, fiber art, print-making, porcelain, or sculpture. Your piece must depict a scene that is within 100 mile radius of the tri-county area. All artwork must be an original completed in the last two years and ready for hanging or for display in the enclosed cases at the library.
Monday, May 2 - Enter Artwork - 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 - Hanging of Artwork
Wednesday, May 4 - Exhibit Opens & Judging
Saturday, May 14 - Artist Reception - 2:00 -4:00 p.m. Lower Level Gallery 1
Tuesday, May 31 - Pick Up Artwork - 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Winners will be notified by phone.
BEST OF SHOW - $300 SECOND PLACE - $ 50
FIRST PLACE - $ 50 THIRD PLACE - $ 50
Honorable mentions will receive ribbons.
Non-refundable entry fee is $15.00 for one entry
$10.00 for each additional piece of art - limit of five pieces.
You may preregister - send your check payable to Peoria Historical Society - 611 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL. 61602 -OR- you may bring your check/cash on the day of entry, May 2nd, 10:30-5:30 pm. Artists entry forms are here. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
The Peoria Public Library will host a Local Author's Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Local Authors are invited to have a table and meet fans as well as sell books just in time for the holidays. The Friends of Peoria Public Library will handle all sales so authors will be free to speak with visitors. Twenty percent of sales will go to support The Friends who in turn support programs at Peoria Public Library. To participate, download the form or call (309) 497-2143.
The 2017 book of choice for the NEA Big Read: Peoria Reads! is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. It’s a heartbreaking tale of one man and his two families. The story takes place in middle-class Atlanta in the 80’s. One daughter knows about his second family and the story asks what happens when the other daughter finds out. Through a chance meeting, the two teenage girls become friends and the truth of the situation starts to unravel. The girls have to find their way through this storm and find that family and friend can bring both joy and pain. The book lends itself to great discussion questions for book clubs and groups who want to talk about the importance of honesty and the value of relationships.
The author of Silver Sparrow was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and educated Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona state. Tayari Jones’ stories all take place in the south and are about African-Americans. Silver Sparrow is her third novel. The novel was also chosen as a NEA Big Read for this year.
Here is a great interview with her talking about Silver Sparrow with NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/19/136466056/silver-sparrow-tayari-joness-tale-of-secret-sisters
Peoria Reads! is happy to have the author, Tayari Jones, come to two events at the Peoria Public Library. Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 at the Peoria Public Library- Lincoln Branch, and Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 at Peoria Public Library- North Branch. Ms. Jones will talk about her book, answer questions, and sign books. The event is free and open to the public.
Check back with the Peoria Reads! for further information and details about this year’s Peoria Reads! pick. www.peoriareads.com
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, please visit www.neabigread.org.
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