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DECATUR – Artists from all over the country, from California to New Jersey, have submitted their work for this years' October National. Presented by Gallery 510, the annual exhibit is a juried art show featuring the work of 31 artists in a variety of media and styles.

The artwork will be displayed and judged during the First Friday Walk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today, at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St.

Although the competition is extensive, artists as well as the audience should have a good time. “I generally want everyone to have a positive experience,” said Edwin Walker, associate professor of art at Millikin University. “Being involved in an art exhibit should be fun.”

Walker will be the juror assessing the artwork during tonight's event. He will also speak at 6 p.m. about the art and his choices.

He will focus his attention to the craftsmanship, “because craftsmanship is indicative of commitment to the medium as well as time effort for creating the artwork,” Walker said.

He then looks for evidence of creativity, thoughtfulness and passion. “I finally look for the general aesthetic appeal,” he said. “A good test would be 'Is this a work of art that I would be proud to have in my own home'."

Artists Talks will also be presented by Dan Modzelewski at 6:30 p.m. at Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. and Millikin University art students at 6 p.m. at the Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St.. Throughout the evening guests will be served hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Live music will also be provided.

A special exhibit in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be displayed throughout the month.

For this category, some of the artists choose to create their work in recognition of a family member or friend. “The artist may be representing a spouse or maybe their own experience,” said Sue Powell, gallery director for the Decatur Area Arts Council.

For special recognition, a 2-by-3-foot painting was created from the Come Together Let's Walk runners and walkers during the Breast Cancer Awareness event in June. Participants were encouraged to leave their mark on the painting, such as initials, names of important people, thumb prints or even a dog print. “I tried to unify it a little to bring it together,” said Jamie Rutherford, Gallery 510 executive director. “And it will be donated to Come Together Let's Walk.”

The Breast Cancer Awareness pieces will be part of the overall October National exhibit. The special addition fits into the concept of the competition. “There should be a social aspect to the experience as well,” said Walker. “We learn about ourselves by looking at the work of other artists.”

October Art Exhibits

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER. The Paris art center will display the 61st Annual Fall Juried Exhibition beginning Oct. 9 through Nov. 13. An open reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

BLUE CONNECTION. Millikin University's retail art gallery will display the artwork of Millikin students this month. The exhibit will also be displayed in the Madden Arts Center.

DECATUR AIRPORT GALLERY. Jane Eckles will display her paintings and drawings at the Airport Gallery.

FLOURISHES GALLERY AND STUDIOS. Starting Oct. 12, the Sullivan Art Club will display their favorite pieces.

GALLERY 510. Dan Modzelewski will be the featured artist at the downtown gallery. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today during the First Friday Walk. Modzelewski's work has sports-related themes. He will give an artist's talk at 6:30 p.m.

GIERTZ GALLERY. The Parkland College will feature the “Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti” until Nov. 7. The two artists create various pieces using birds as their images fused with human connections. For more information, visit www.artgallery.parkland.edu.

KRANNERT ART MUSEUM. University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum will begin the fall exhibits with the permanent exhibit “Attachment” in the East Gallery. The works of local and nationals artists will be displayed until Dec. 12.

In the Contemporary Gallery, the exhibit “Nkata: An Installation by Nnenna Okore” will display the works of Okore using natural and broken down materials.

“Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography” will feature the works of various artists in lithography in the Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery.

Throughout the museum, the School of Art and Design Faculty will display the works of the university's art instructors. All of the exhibits will be displayed until Dec. 23 unless otherwise noted.

LINCOLN ART INSTITUTE. Jason Hoffman's solo show is on display at the Institute, at 112 S. McLean St., Lincoln. An Artist Talk will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Hoffman's work includes multimedia pieces in two and three dimensions.

PERKINSON ART GALLERY. The Millikin University gallery, located in the Kirkland Fine Arts center, will feature the Alphonso Iannelli Exhibition until Oct. 24. The exhibit will feature drawings, blue prints, photographs and other objects related to his industrial metal artwork.

ROCK SPRINGS NATURE CENTER. Rock Springs Nature Center's north wing art gallery will feature the photography of Curt Knapp.

David Staff photography will also be exhibited in the south gallery of the nature center. Both exhibits are on display until the end of October.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER. Eastern Illinois University art gallery will display “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist” until Nov. 1 in the main galleries. The Brainard Gallery will feature the exhibit “Thomas Lyon Mills: The Catacombs” until Oct. 25. Tours are available by appointment only. To schedule a tour, call (217) 581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

UPSTAIRS GALLERY. The Macon County 4H winners and their selected work will be shown in the Decatur Public Library’s second floor gallery during October.

WILDFLOUR ARTISAN BAKERY & CAFE. The Wildflour Cafe will feature the works of Shirley Buescher.

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