“Spring Begins” Barn Painting Class

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Paint a beautiful barn in oils!

Nina Stachewicz is from Freeport and teaches art classes locally.

All supplies are included in this one-day class. Stachewicz provides instruction on oil painting techniques. Students will create an oil painting on an 8″ x 10″ canvas of a spring barn scene.

Ages

Participants need to be 12 years old and up.

Class size

The minimum class size is five people, with a maximum of 15 people.

Refunds

Refunds will only be given if the class size minimum number is not met or the participant cancels by May 9. After May 9, no refund will be given.

Registration Form

Students need to register by May 9.

815-285-4924

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Dixon, IL 61021 United States
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Opening reception | The Human Form

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Runs 6-8 p.m. | Awards announced around 7 p.m.
Enjoy a night in downtown Dixon. This evening provides a chance to mingle with the artists, view all the original art, listen to live music and have a beverage or two.

LEARN MORE about this exhibition.

This show’s judge

Debra Cleary is an artist and art educator. She has exhibited her artwork at local galleries and has been a participating artist at fundraisers. She creates abstract paintings that are multilayered, inspired by nature, and incorporate movement, textures, and colors. Debra received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Northern Illinois University and her Master of Art in Art Education from Eastern Illinois University. She has been an art educator in the Amboy, Illinois, school district for the past 26 years, has taught artists ages five to adult, and has been selected to present workshops for fellow art educators at the state and national levels.

Tonight’s entertainment

Mary Woolf Pearson performs this evening’s live music. She began her love of piano before she could barely reach the keys. Taught by her creative mother from age two, Mary was classically trained and finessed her unique interpretive style from there. Mary upholds her own private instruction studio in Byron, IL, and continues as a church music director, both of which she has done for 20+ years. She earned a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Music, and several complimentary music courses in her repertoire.

Sponsored by…

Axiom Wealth Management of Dixon, IL, sponsors the Human Form Art Exhibition. We are grateful for this sponsorship.

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Fused Glass Trinket Tray Workshop

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Create a keepsake

Valerie Butcher, Curator of the Corner Gallery in Sterling, Illinois, has over 20 years of experience in creating fused glass. Learn from her as you design your own trinket tray to cherish.

Students will learn the basics of creating their personal masterpieces. Valerie will fire the projects and return them to TNPS on June 28 for student pick-up.

Tuition is $30 for TNPS members and $35 for non-members.

Ages

Participants need to be 10 years old and up. An adult must accompany students under 13.

Class size

The minimum class size is four people.

Refunds

Refunds will only be given if the class size minimum number is not met or the participant cancels by June 8.

Registration Form

Students need to register by June 8.

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
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815-285-4924

Zentangle Workshop

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Workshop details

The Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves, and orbs. Join instructor Becky Hage as she instructs students on how to learn this wonderfully relaxing technique.

Ages

Participants need to be 13 and up.

What is Zentangle?

Zentangle is an American method for drawing, which not only promotes concentration and creativity but at the same time increases personal well-being. Zentangle was invented by a monk named Rick Roberts and an artist named Maria Thomas. With Zentangle they created a combination of meditation and art. This drawing method is suitable for beginners and passionate hobby artists.

What is so special about Zentangle?
Zentangle – that means there are no given templates. No ready-made solutions. Instead, the zentangle patterns are set with caution. When drawing Zentangles, you can even easily create completely new patterns.

Cost

$20 members | $25 non-members

Registration Form

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

Zentangle Workshop

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Workshop details

The Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves, and orbs. Join instructor Becky Hage as she instructs students on how to learn this wonderfully relaxing technique.

Ages

Participants need to be 13 and up.

What is Zentangle?

Zentangle is an American method for drawing, which not only promotes concentration and creativity but at the same time increases personal well-being. Zentangle was invented by a monk named Rick Roberts and an artist named Maria Thomas. With Zentangle they created a combination of meditation and art. This drawing method is suitable for beginners and passionate hobby artists.

What is so special about Zentangle?
Zentangle – that means there are no given templates. No ready-made solutions. Instead, the zentangle patterns are set with caution. When drawing Zentangles, you can even easily create completely new patterns.

Cost

$20 members | $25 non-members

Registration Form

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

Kids’ Tie Dye Fun

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Be sure to register by June 27

This fun event occurs at John Dixon Park in Dixon (venue information is below) during the “Nuts About Art Show on July 1, 2023.

Have fun in Dixon Park, creating your festive red, white, and blue tie-dyed creation (see image below).

This is the design we are creating!

For kids ages 4 to 18

This creative and fun event is for children ages 4 to 18 years. Any child under 10 years must have adult supervision. The only thing participants need to bring is their pre-washed T-shirt. All other supplies are provided.*

* This program is partially funded by a grant from the United Way.

Cost

This class is only $3 per child. Pre-registration is required. No registrations will be accepted after June 27.

Pick the time that works for you!

This event has three timeslots that are approximately 1 hour each. Choose from 11 a.m., 12 p.m., or 1 p.m. Be sure to check the time you want on the registration form.

Registration Form

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
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815-285-4924

Opening reception | Absolutely Abstract

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Runs 6-8 p.m. | Awards announced around 7 p.m.
Enjoy a night in downtown Dixon. This evening provides a chance to mingle with the artists, view all the original art, listen to live music, and have a beverage or two.

LEARN MORE about this exhibition.

This show’s judge

information to come

Tonight’s entertainment

information to come

Sponsored by…

This show’s sponsors are Ellen and Carl Mumford.

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
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Farms & Barns Exhibition

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

The Next Picture Show (TNPS) presents The Farms & Barn Show—one of the fine arts center’s most popular annual exhibits. The exhibit runs from September 8 through October 19.

This show features work that explores our rich farm region’s culture by highlighting the many old buildings, wide-open pastures, farm equipment, livestock, creeks, and streams that can be recorded in individual artwork styles.

This is an all-media exhibition of both 2-D and 3-D original work.

OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS
Sept. 15, 2023, 6-8 p.m

For Artists

CLICK HERE for an application. The entry deadline is Aug. 26.

Sponsored by

Lee County Farm Bureau is this exhibition’s sponsor.

Guest judge

Carolyn McKee-Freese, of Dixon, is this exhibition’s guest judge.

For 24 years, Carolyn Lee McKee-Freese served the public school system with honor, devotion, and skill. Having the opportunity to teach was a dream come true, as she loves sharing knowledge with others. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Education from North Illinois University in 1969 and becoming a certified teacher in Illinois. The degrees propelled Ms. McKee-Freese to become an art teacher at Simmons Junior High School immediately following graduation, where she stayed for three years. After that, she worked as a substitute teacher at Moose Heart School for a year and as an art teacher at Yorkville District High School for 20 years.

Although Ms. McKee-Freese has since left the public sector, she remains committed to education. She currently uses her background and expertise as a private contractor in the education department of the Chicago Field Museum, where she has been since 2002, and as the visual art curriculum developer for Yorkville District 115, where she has been since 1990. She also holds memberships with the Illinois Art Education Association, the Illinois Artisans Program, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.​ Over the years, Ms. McKee-Freese has found a variety of mediums through which she can express herself in addition to academia. She has published artwork in exhibitions at the Norris Gallery, the Ironwood Gallery of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Sprague Gallery, Aurora University, the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, and the New York State Museum in Albany, among other places. She was also an art contributor to the Life Over Time Exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum and was an art show judge at regional shows and fairs. Further, Ms. McKee-Freese has been published in Nature Magazine, Natural History Magazine, and the British Journal of Paleontology.

She has authored the likes of “A Popular Guide to the Nature and the Environment of the Fossil Vertebrates of New York” and “Papers in Paleontology.” In recognition of her achievements, Ms. McKee-Freese received a variety of accolades. She was named Teacher of the Year by Yorkville High School students in 2006 and 2007, Most Influential Educator for several years between 1996 and 2007, and Educator of the Month by Coco-Cola Co. in 1995. Further, Ms. McKee-Freese was honored to be featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

Farms & Barns Exhibition

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

The Next Picture Show (TNPS) presents The Farms & Barn Show—one of the fine arts center’s most popular annual exhibits. The exhibit runs from September 8 through October 19.

This show features work that explores our rich farm region’s culture by highlighting the many old buildings, wide-open pastures, farm equipment, livestock, creeks, and streams that can be recorded in individual artwork styles.

This is an all-media exhibition of both 2-D and 3-D original work.

OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS
Sept. 15, 2023, 6-8 p.m

For Artists

CLICK HERE for an application. The entry deadline is Aug. 26.

Sponsored by

Lee County Farm Bureau is this exhibition’s sponsor.

Guest judge

Carolyn McKee-Freese, of Dixon, is this exhibition’s guest judge.

For 24 years, Carolyn Lee McKee-Freese served the public school system with honor, devotion, and skill. Having the opportunity to teach was a dream come true, as she loves sharing knowledge with others. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Education from North Illinois University in 1969 and becoming a certified teacher in Illinois. The degrees propelled Ms. McKee-Freese to become an art teacher at Simmons Junior High School immediately following graduation, where she stayed for three years. After that, she worked as a substitute teacher at Moose Heart School for a year and as an art teacher at Yorkville District High School for 20 years.

Although Ms. McKee-Freese has since left the public sector, she remains committed to education. She currently uses her background and expertise as a private contractor in the education department of the Chicago Field Museum, where she has been since 2002, and as the visual art curriculum developer for Yorkville District 115, where she has been since 1990. She also holds memberships with the Illinois Art Education Association, the Illinois Artisans Program, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.​ Over the years, Ms. McKee-Freese has found a variety of mediums through which she can express herself in addition to academia. She has published artwork in exhibitions at the Norris Gallery, the Ironwood Gallery of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Sprague Gallery, Aurora University, the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, and the New York State Museum in Albany, among other places. She was also an art contributor to the Life Over Time Exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum and was an art show judge at regional shows and fairs. Further, Ms. McKee-Freese has been published in Nature Magazine, Natural History Magazine, and the British Journal of Paleontology.

She has authored the likes of “A Popular Guide to the Nature and the Environment of the Fossil Vertebrates of New York” and “Papers in Paleontology.” In recognition of her achievements, Ms. McKee-Freese received a variety of accolades. She was named Teacher of the Year by Yorkville High School students in 2006 and 2007, Most Influential Educator for several years between 1996 and 2007, and Educator of the Month by Coco-Cola Co. in 1995. Further, Ms. McKee-Freese was honored to be featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

Farms & Barns Exhibition

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

The Next Picture Show (TNPS) presents The Farms & Barn Show—one of the fine arts center’s most popular annual exhibits. The exhibit runs from September 8 through October 19.

This show features work that explores our rich farm region’s culture by highlighting the many old buildings, wide-open pastures, farm equipment, livestock, creeks, and streams that can be recorded in individual artwork styles.

This is an all-media exhibition of both 2-D and 3-D original work.

OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS
Sept. 15, 2023, 6-8 p.m

For Artists

CLICK HERE for an application. The entry deadline is Aug. 26.

Sponsored by

Lee County Farm Bureau is this exhibition’s sponsor.

Guest judge

Carolyn McKee-Freese, of Dixon, is this exhibition’s guest judge.

For 24 years, Carolyn Lee McKee-Freese served the public school system with honor, devotion, and skill. Having the opportunity to teach was a dream come true, as she loves sharing knowledge with others. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Education from North Illinois University in 1969 and becoming a certified teacher in Illinois. The degrees propelled Ms. McKee-Freese to become an art teacher at Simmons Junior High School immediately following graduation, where she stayed for three years. After that, she worked as a substitute teacher at Moose Heart School for a year and as an art teacher at Yorkville District High School for 20 years.

Although Ms. McKee-Freese has since left the public sector, she remains committed to education. She currently uses her background and expertise as a private contractor in the education department of the Chicago Field Museum, where she has been since 2002, and as the visual art curriculum developer for Yorkville District 115, where she has been since 1990. She also holds memberships with the Illinois Art Education Association, the Illinois Artisans Program, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.​ Over the years, Ms. McKee-Freese has found a variety of mediums through which she can express herself in addition to academia. She has published artwork in exhibitions at the Norris Gallery, the Ironwood Gallery of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Sprague Gallery, Aurora University, the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, and the New York State Museum in Albany, among other places. She was also an art contributor to the Life Over Time Exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum and was an art show judge at regional shows and fairs. Further, Ms. McKee-Freese has been published in Nature Magazine, Natural History Magazine, and the British Journal of Paleontology.

She has authored the likes of “A Popular Guide to the Nature and the Environment of the Fossil Vertebrates of New York” and “Papers in Paleontology.” In recognition of her achievements, Ms. McKee-Freese received a variety of accolades. She was named Teacher of the Year by Yorkville High School students in 2006 and 2007, Most Influential Educator for several years between 1996 and 2007, and Educator of the Month by Coco-Cola Co. in 1995. Further, Ms. McKee-Freese was honored to be featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

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