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March exhibits 2018

Cynthia Hayes stands next to one of her paintings to be featured in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center during March.

DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council has invited artist Cynthia Hayes to be part of the March exhibition in the Anne Lloyd Gallery.

Hayes has been an art instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 20 years. She has painted still life subjects throughout her life. Her most recent work, which will be displayed at the Decatur gallery, has focused on Grisaille, a Renaissance painting technique in which the artist applies thin layers of paint to create images reminiscent of three-dimensional sculptures.

“I'm limiting colors to brown, grays and whites to capture the stone colors,” Hayes said. “It is about light and shadow.”

The canvas for her paintings are Kalamkari hand-blocked fabrics from India. Hayes' work has been shown throughout the world, including Kolkata, India. It was before an exhibition in India that Hayes found an easier way to transport beautiful works of art.

“The large-scale paintings were expensive to ship” she said. “I needed a method that would be portable.”

March exhibits 2018

"Dancing Devi" painting by Cynthia Hayes

Hayes found the Indian textiles had many interesting and surprising patterns. The colors would inspire a unique color pallet for the artist, providing the contrast between mass and matter. “And the fabric could roll up,” she said.

Hayes has been working with the Decatur Area Arts Council since July 2016 to create the upcoming local exhibit.

“She is a contemporary Western artist. Her work is extremely unique,” said Sue Powell, gallery director. “East meets West, and ancient meets contemporary through Hayes’ paintings.”

Hayes will be available to discuss her artwork at a free reception during the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Madden Arts Center. The artist will speak at 6 p.m. and the event will have live music.

March exhibits 2018

Cynthia Hayes painting "Ardhanarishvara" depicts a lord who is half male and half female.

March Art Exhibits

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER. The Paris art center display is the Annual Town and Country Amateur Art Exhibition and Blackhawk Park Exhibition will be featured until March 16.

Beginning March 20, the gallery will exhibit the Annual Edgar County Student Art Show.

BLUE CONNECTION. The Millikin University's student-run art gallery will feature the large-scale mythological and fantasy drawings of Millikin student Francisco Gama. He will speak during the First Friday Gallery Walk at 6 p.m.

DECATUR AIRPORT GALLERY. The artwork of Jessica Disbrow will be displayed again at the Airport Gallery throughout March.

FLOURISHES GALLERY AND STUDIOS. The downtown Shelbyville gallery will feature the late Carol Thompson's collections of fabric postcards and photographs in Studio D.

In the gallery, the works of Kim Hanley will be featured including “16 on 16,” paintings inspired from Route 16.

The recent artwork of Carol Kessler will be in the main hall. The Beaux Arts Ballroom will have the artwork from Shelbyville elementary students.

For an appointment, call (217) 827-5690.

GALLERY 510. Artwork from Pam Marty will be featured at the Gallery 510 throughout March. She will be featured during First Friday Gallery Walk, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. An artist's talk will be at 6:30 p.m.

GIERTZ GALLERY. Parkland College Gallery will feature the Illustration Invitational. The exhibit will be displayed until March 27.

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HISTORY ROOM. Decatur Public Library's local history room will feature historical pictures and memorabilia on local subjects, including Black History Month and a look at some local residents from our past, vintage Herald & Review advertisements, Caring Black Men of Decatur, Mr. Marty Watkins: Chauffeur to the Star, and forgotten saloons and taverns.

KRANNERT ART MUSEUM. The University of Illinois art museum will display the main level Contemporary Gallery the exhibit “Allan Desouza: Through the Black Country.”

The display will be open until July 14.

The east gallery will feature the exhibit “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” until March 24.

The exhibit “Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And Yet My Mask is Powerful” will be featured throughout the main level's west gallery. The exhibit will be displayed until July 14.

LINCOLN ART INSTITUTE. Logan County Arts members will feature the artwork of Bloomington artist Dale Evans. His pieces focus on watercolor and acrylic. The artist show will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Call (217) 651-8355 for an appointment.

PERKINSON ART GALLERY. Kirkland Fine Arts Center's art gallery will feature the original artifacts and memorabilia from the Japan's Imperial Hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

ROCK SPRINGS NATURE CENTER. Rock Springs Nature Center's north wing art gallery will display the Sharon Blazer photography.

Tracey Maras Art Exhibit will be featured in the south gallery of the nature center.

Both exhibits will be on display until the end of the March.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER. Eastern Illinois University will feature the exhibits by 2018 Undergraduate All Student Show in the main gallery. The exhibit will be displayed until March 18.

Other exhibits include “On View: The Way We Were” in the Brainard Gallery until May 20.

Tours are available by appointment only. To schedule a tour, call (217) 581-2787 or email

UNIVERSITY GALLERIES. Illinois State University art gallery will feature three new exhibits. Terttu Uibopuu's “E.S.E.”; Rana Young's “The Rug's Topography”; and Ebony G. Patterson's multimedia sculptures will be displayed until April 1.

UPSTAIRS GALLERY. Artwork of Barbara Dove will be displayed at the Decatur Public Library’s second floor gallery throughout March.

WILDFLOUR ARTISAN BAKERY & CAFE. Annette Russo's artwork will be featured again at the artisan cafe throughout the month.


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