Phidian Musicale coming to TNPS

For the first time at TNPS

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon presents Kevin Brown, jazz and classical guitarist, at its annual Musicale concert on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 in the afternoon at The Next Picture Show gallery, 113 W. First. The concert is free and open to the public.

It’s a special day for a special person.

This year’s Musicale is dedicated to the memory of member Mary Ann Ferolo, who, in her life, shared her musical gifts for the healing and benefit of others.

This program of classical guitar music will consist of works by Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, The Beatles, and more.

Meet Kevin Brown

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kevin Brown is a busy free-lance musician who holds teaching positions at Wheaton College Community School for the Arts and Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL, a Chicago suburb. He serves as director for the Institute for Jazz Studies at Bellas Artes School of Music and is also the director for the Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s in guitar performance from Wheaton College and a MM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University.

Kevin regularly plays as a solo performer and in small chamber groups.  He has shared the stage with such jazz icons as Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, and others. His primary guitar mentors have been Peter Ulrich, Willie Wiebe, David Letkemann, Larry Roy, Steve Ramsdell, and Bob Palmieri. Kevin lives with his wife and five children in Joliet, IL.

It will be a grand afternoon.

Mark your calendars for Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. Remember, all this wonderful music at no cost!

Philip Atilano takes over as Executive Director in 2022

“I love The Next Picture Show. It is an amazing community resource with so much potential, much of which is untapped.”

The new year ushers in a change in leadership at The Next Picture Show (TNPS)  fine arts center in Dixon, IL. Outgoing executive director Michael Glenn announced his upcoming retirement at the November board of directors meeting. 

Philip Atilano takes over for Glenn as of Jan. 1, 2022. A former Dixon native and 1999 Dixon High School graduate, Atilano attended Sauk Valley Community College, and received a BFA from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2005. After living in Milwaukee for 16 years, Atilano and his family decided to move back to the area in 2018. He and his wife Julia, along with their two sons, now reside in Sterling, IL.

After college, Philip began working with Spolar Studio in Milwaukee as lead artist and project manager. After eight years with Spolar Studio, Atilano accepted the position of exhibit designer with The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum of Milwaukee, where he collaborated with a team and designed spaces and exhibits for the museum–some of which traveled the country and world. 

For the past seven years, Atilano has traveled extensively across the country and abroad with Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, WI as a foreman and lead artist performing restoration and conservation in some of the nation’s most beautiful architectural gems. Several of the buildings include the University of Notre Dame, the Minnesota State Capitol, the South Dakota State Capitol, the Paramount Theatre, and numerous cathedrals, basilicas, and churches across the nation. 

Previously, Atilano had personal ties with The Next Picture Show as an exhibiting artist, an exhibition judge, and performed and assisted in community art projects affiliated with the gallery. “I love The Next Picture Show. It is an amazing community resource with so much potential, much of which is untapped,” said Atilano. “The timing is perfect. I am at the point in my career where I am confident in my artistic abilities and visions and am ready for the new challenge.”

Atilano welcomes anyone to stop into the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to visit, discuss art, or bring their ideas about what they would like to see at the Dixon art center in the future. He plans to bring his almost twenty years of experience to The Next Picture Show, offering fresh exhibits, new classes offered to the public, and incorporating much of what he has learned and seen in his travels.

TNPS launches new website

It was time.

The Next Picture Show needed a website that told the story about us. It’s dynamic, colorful, and hopefully, useful to anyone wanting to find out about our events and programs.

The calendar is pretty cool.

When logging on to the new site at www.nextpictureshow.org, the first item you see is the current ongoing event. Scrolling down, the next three events are highlighted. By clicking into any of these items, you are taken to that event’s details.

Near the top of the page is the main navigation menu. When clicking on “Events & Tickets,” you are taken to the calendar in a list mode. Would you rather see the whole month at one time? You can easily change it from “list” to “monthly.”

We are blogging too!

As you can tell, TNPS has a blog. Come here to find out who won awards at the latest art reception, or find out about the next artist deadlines that are looming. Whenever we publish a new blog article, it will be shared on our social media channels.

Still a work in progress

We are working on adding more content regarding sponsorships, donations, online purchases and payments, etc. As each new feature is implemented, we’ll share it with all of you.

So, go ahead and click around the site and get familiar with it. We hope you love it.

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