Current Exhibition

 

Malaysia | The Multi-Ethnic Gem of Asia

Watercolors by Siraj Hull

Show Statement

This watercolor art exhibition explores a variety of settings of rural Malaysia. In her paintings, Siraj introduces to her audience some of the local flowers, main crops, such as rice fields, and rubber plantation. Malaysia’s rainforest is very dear to Siraj, and it pains her to see so much destruction of the rainforest to replace them with palm trees and other cash crops. She manages to depict parts of the rainforest with its habitats in several of her paintings. In this show, Siraj has chosen to portray only rural settings, and flowers of Malaysia in various styles of watercolor.
 

Opening Reception | July 5th 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Exhibit runs from July 5th – August 23, 2019.

 

Artist Biography

Siraj Hull grew up on an island  northwest of Malaysia, called Penang.  She spent her childhood and teenage years there before immigrating to the United States to pursue her education in Psychology.  Siraj graduated from Northern Illinois University, with a degree in psychology.  She then obtained her masters and specialist degrees in School Psychology at Western Illinois University.  Siraj worked at Four Rivers Special Education Cooperative in Jacksonville, Illinois and later at Taipei American school in Taiwan before retiring. 
 
Although Siraj has worked as a psychologist, art has been a constant pursuit and a lifelong quest.  Whether it is cooking, gardening, or any other field, Siraj has found ways to incorporate art in a variety of settings.
 
Her childhood experiences play an important role, and have influenced her artwork. Malaysia’s exciting, colorful fruits, vegetables, vibrant market scenes, beautiful beaches and people of all walks of life bring about a multitude of visual experiences for her to draw upon.   Siraj’s curiosity and eagerness to learn and experiment with new ideas often give birth to unusual and exciting pieces of artwork.   She has also pursued basket weaving and pottery before venturing into painting.
 
In early 2009, while spending the winter in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, she saw a Swedish artist painting in a cabin adjacent to her.  That sparked her interest and got her started painting.  The Swedish artist encouraged her and before long, Siraj could not put her paint brushes down.  She began with oil painting and dabbled with acrylic before discovering watercolor.
 
Siraj Hull is a member of :
 
Madison Watercolor Society 
 
Dane County Plein Air
 
Macomb Plein Air Painters

Sponsored by
JBS Beardstown
8295 Arenzville Rd, 
Beardstown, IL 62618
217) 323-6200
https://jbssa.com/

Past Exhibitions

Show Statement

Arts Kuba is a collection of works created by Kuba artist Albert Bope and his ancestors. The Kuba Kingdom is in Central Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the people of Kuba, art plays a significant role. Carved wooden masks, sculptures and weavings are used to represent an individual’s status and to remember former rulers. These pieces are often produced using various parts of palm trees and are adorned with cowrie shells and animal hair. The Kuba people are also master weavers. Their textiles are made from palm fiber and many feature strong, geometric compositions.

Opening Reception | May 4th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Show runs from May 4 – June 27, 2019.

Sponsored by
Carolyn Wright | State Farm Insurance
1 Charles St
Rushville, IL 62681
(217) 322-4228
https://www.carolynwrightinsurance.com/

Artist Statement

I have been drawing as long as I can remember. Growing up on the farm made it easy to be drawn to livestock and farm settings to become art in the most simple ways in the eyes of a young person.

As I matured so too did my skill level.  I can clearly credit my education and especially the years in art class with Mel Casper as the true catalyst that brought my art to a level that even I can admit did not know was attainable.

My lifelong interest and love of horses and the hours spent on and around them has translated into a keen understanding of the form and shape of these majestic animals. Art class trained us in so many ways to bring art alive thru pencil, watercolors, and oils.

What elevated my art after school was the marriage of all disciplines. Although I have done many inanimate subjects going back to my love of the horse was the single best form that I understood.

I found the the horse the best subject to show the power of shading and the precision of the stroke of a simple pencil to bring life to a sheet of art paper.  My first four subjects that went to print were horses, the first was Jedask the Sire for the Arabian Foals we raised for a time.

This piece was a quantum change in my previous work as I applied an intensity to this work that would be applied to other subsequent work displayed here.

My journey as an artist continues by volunteering as a set artist for the performing arts, primarily for two plays each year at SID5.  My personal work will continue when I am motivated to print-worthy subjects but at this time the work with the school is very important to me and it is my hope to support and inspire in any way possible the performing arts and those young artists just waiting to breakout in their own way.  Art has been very challenging and rewarding in my life and I give a lot of credit to any success I have had to our tradition of excellence in the arts and it is my hope that it continues.

Show runs from March 1 – April 25, 2019.

Artist Biography

Lynn Trone is a native of Schuyler County Illinois and a long time art specialist in several mediums. Pencil is a favorite while painting has been of interest lately.  Lynn’s art pieces that have been donated and sold are hanging across the country. Attending Rushville High School and honing her skill in pencil shading, water colors and acrylics with Art Instructor Mel Casper was a positive influence.  Lynn gives much credit to her early involvement with art in public school.

She is a farmer by trade and enjoys time at her farm where her steads are mostly used for therapeutic riding. She is married with two grown children Ryan and Glenna.  When she is not drawing, sketching or painting you can find Lynn caring for horses, poultry, dogs and cats on her hobby farm. She also is known to mow a few acres of grass in summer time and generally meandering around.

Rozanna Wooldridge
Judy Dupoy
Judy Logsdon

Wikipedia defines quilt as a multi-layered textile, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together.

It is our hope to give examples of a variety of designs and techniques from our quilting experiences.  As quilts can be for purposes including home décor for the wall, tables, and furniture, along with the traditional “blanket” for beds of all sizes, our exhibit has a wide variety of sizes. These quilts show examples of English paper piecing, embroidery, prairie points, crystal embellishment, hand and machine quilting, using specialty fabrics, traditional pieced blocks and hand and machine applique. We also hope to give a glimpse into the process of making a quilted piece: selecting pattern and fabric, assembling the top, layering the quilt, sewing the layers together, binding the edges, and finally labeling the quilt and attaching a hanging sleeve, if desired. Although the process of making a quilt can be relatively quick (10-15 hours), often it takes much longer.  Of course, it depends on many factors: size of the quilt, experience of the maker, complexity of the pattern, method of construction, etc.  If you ask how long it takes me to make a quilt, I would not have an exact answer. My journal usually records a start date and a finish date; the quick projects (usually smaller) have been 1-2 months and long projects have taken 1-2 years or longer. I have never actually counted the hours from start to finish; I work on each step, enjoying the process until I have a finished quilt.

Quilting Demonstrations
January 11 6:00 – 8:00 pm | January 22 1:00 – 4:00 pm | January 24 3:15 – 5:00 pm
February 2 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | February 12 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Show runs from January 11 to February 21, 2019.

Artist Biography

Rozanna Wooldridge

I have been quilting since about 1991. I learned to sew as a child taking sewing in 4-H, but didn’t start quilting until I decided to make a quilt for a niece, and then another for my first child.  My first instruction was Learning to Quilt: A Beginner’s Guide  (a Leisure Arts Publication that I have since lost). The first quilts I made had many “mistakes” according to what I have learned since then, but I didn’t know any different. Once I became interested in quilting, I watched as many ”how to” programs about quilting as I could find on PBS and HGTV.  Alex Anderson’s Simply Quilts was one of my favorites and I learned a lot by watching. I found my first quilting group on the Spoon River Drive in Ipava, IL.  The quilters of the First Christian Church in Ipava taught me how to hand quilt.

In the early 2000’s I joined the “Nifty Needlers.” Our leader was Frances Ross; we met at the Schuyler County Home Extension Office.  We shared our love and knowledge of quilting with each other, even working on some projects together. I also joined the Meredosia Quilt Guild about this time; I still belong to this group.  I worked at the Quilt Shop, Country in the Attic, on the Rushville square from 2006-2008. While there, I made many shop samples and taught some quilting classes.  When the shop closed in 2008, several local quilters did not want to give up meeting together regularly for quilting, so “Quilter’s Therapy” was formed.  We have been meeting at the First Christian Church in Rushville on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month since then. I have a wonderful quilt studio at my house with lots of room for creating, and I continue to learn new techniques and tricks. I love sharing this passion with anyone who wants to learn.

Judy Dupoy

My sewing experience began at 8 years old with a 4-H project.  I continued to sew clothing until I was given a UFO. A UFO is an unfinished object, in this case a grandmother’s flower garden quilt. That happened in 1975. So, for more than 40 years I have been learning the jargon, techniques and joy that come from quilting.

I enjoy quilting for a purpose – either  a new baby, a school project, the humane society, or any other worthy cause. My collection of quilts is bursting at the seams, so I try to quilt now only for others.

Sponsored by
Moreland & Devitt Pharmacy
124 North Congress Street
Rushville, IL 62681
(217) 322-3333
https://www.morelandanddevitt.com/