Town & Country


Each year hundreds of students in the Tri-County area submit their artwork to our annual Town & Country Art Show. In its 51st year, Town & Country Art Show displays a wonderful collection of artwork from talented, young artists. The Buchanan Center for the Arts is honored to exhibit their artwork and we invite you join us in the BCA gallery for two special events—OFTA Gallery Talk 10am Wednesday, March 13, and 2-4pm Saturday, March 16, for the Opening Reception with awards presented at 3pm. Artist credit: Elise Fippinger Implode 2018 Town & Country Best of Show. Click on the link below for the list of 2019 award winners.

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Primarily Pinhole

Primarily Pinhole
Handmade Photography in the Digital Age
Closing Reception 5-7pm Friday, March 1
We kick-off our 30th anniversary of the arts with our 2019 exhibition season featuring the photography of Spiffy Tumbleweed January 15 - March 1, in the BCA gallery. OFTA gallery talk is 10am Wednesday, January 16. This exhibit spotlights the process of merging historic pinhole photography with new digital technology. Working under the name Spiffy Tumbleweed, the artist lives and works in South Austin, Texas, and is active with a variety of photographic processes. He had a primary interest in pinhole photography for many years and worked with a variety of different formats and materials. Tumbleweed spends most Sunday afternoons in an old school wet darkroom, and while he enjoys experimenting with a variety of alternative photographic processes, and works in both digital and film, he has a decided preference for black and white film.
Tumbleweed enjoys pinhole photography because he likes to take the gear out of the equation. The image that he makes with pinhole photography is a creation of his eye, his mind, and his understanding of the light and the materials he is using, not his equipment. He likes the surreal look that he can sometimes achieve with pinhole and his most satisfying recent work results more in representation than reality.

He designs and builds his own cameras because he can, and because it brings him great satisfaction to create an image from a device he's also created. Pinhole photography forces him to be deliberate, and to be very much in the moment when he visualizes and then exposes an image. He uses film, paper, and Polaroid, and the material he is shooting strongly influences what and how he shoots, and vice-versa.

Artwork: Night Bloom



Women of Warren County

Call for Submissions!
Women of Warren County
The Buchanan Center for the Arts and The Stewart House are partnering to create Women of Warren County.This Pop Up museum is an opportunity to join in a dialogue about our community’s past and will underscore the influence and commemorate the contributions of women in the Warren County region. If you or someone you know would like to share stories and artifacts, please contact the BCA or click on the link below for a submission form. Submissions are due by Friday, January 4, 2019. Exhibitors will be contacted by the Buchanan Center for the Arts to make delivery arrangements of artifacts. Questions—call the Buchanan Center for the Arts at 734-3033 or The Stewart House at 734-5154. The Pop Up will be on display Saturday, January 19 - Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Image: Anna Willits Pattee

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Moon River Art Contest

Buchanan Center for the Arts is pleased to present Moon River Student Art Contest, a new arts opportunity for area students! Students K-12th grade will exhibit artwork in any medium based upon the inspiration of Johnny Mercer’s and Henry Mancini’s 1962 Grammy Award winning song Moon River.

Reception is 12-2pm Saturday, November 3, with awards presented at 1pm. The public is invited to attend and support our youth in the arts! Refreshments will be served. Artwork will be on display in the BCA classroom through November 30. Click "read more" for award winners!

Artist credit: Melaina Blunt

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Harlow Blum Retrospective

Harlow Blum has responded to the beauty of nature throughout his career as an artist. This response is incorporated into many continuing and wide-ranging themes in his works which are on display at the Buchanan Center for the Arts October 30, 2018 - January 4, 2019. 

Join us for an opening reception 5-7pm Friday, November 2, as we celebrate over 60 years of creativity. Blum will also join us for Old Friends Talk Art 10am Wednesday, November 14. 

Blum is also the FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH for November.

Blum has responded to the beauty of Nature throughout my career as an artist. This response has been incorporated into many continuing and wide-ranging themes in his work which include the effects of global warming, the cycles of nature in volcano eruptions and lava flows, the majestic forms of mountains and canyons, and the serene calm of Japanese landscapes and gardens. His travel to Asia and my research of Asian art and culture have had a profound impact on his work over a period of many years. Blum uses a wide variety of textural materials in my acrylic collage paintings, including sand, resins, bird gravel, papers, particularly Japanese handmade papers, Japanese cedar boards, and rusted metals. Another important material is expandable foam which is used in many of the “Fire and Ice” works. 

Ideas for a new work are often sparked by “found” items or materials that have the potential of being transformed into an art form, sometimes as the subject or as one of the elements which contributes to the whole. Blum's “Rust” works series is an example of giving new life to otherwise discarded materials. After several decades, he continues the search for new materials while he revisits old themes and discover new ones. Blum’s artwork is on display at the BCA through January 4, 2019, and is available purchase.

Security Savings Bank Photography Show

Buchanan Center for the Arts proudly presents the Security Savings Bank 37th Annual Photography Show July 24 – August 31. Opening reception is 5–7pm Friday, July 27. Our 2018 juror, Scott Page, will present awards at 6pm. The evening will also feature the music of King Neptune. There is no fee to enter this show. Entries for submission are due Tuesday, July 17. Click "read more" for this year's winners. 

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Art from the HeARTland

Thank you artists, friends, and members for attending our Art from the HeARTland opening reception. A special thanks to our juror, Janis Mars Wunderlich! For a list of this year's award winners, please click on "read more" below.

Join us in the BCA gallery 5-7pm Friday, June 8, for the 15th-annual Art from the HeARTland featuring the artwork of 36 local and regional artists. The evening will also include the music of John Heasly, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres and libations. Awards will be presented at 6pm by this year's juror, Janis Mars Wunderlich.

Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA)
10am Wednesday, June 13
Janis Mars Wunderlich invites you to join her in the BCA gallery to discuss the artwork of 36 local and regional artists featured in this year's 15th-annual Art from the HeARTland exhibition.

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Media Mix

Media Mix Opening Reception
5-7pm Friday, April 20 BCA gallery
A transforming blend of ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, digital impressionism, and works on paper, Media Mix features the latest work of Chris Dokolasa, Lori Reed, Mary Schuytema, and Linda Sickmon. You won't want to miss this show. Mark your calendars for an evening of incredible artwork, live music, libations, and hors d'oeuvres. See you in the gallery!
Old Friends Talk Art
Join us in the BCA gallery 10am Wednesday, April 11, for a gallery talk and preview of the exhibition, Media Mix, featuring the latest works of Chris Dokolasa, Lori Reed, Mary Schuytema, and Linda Sickmon.

50th Town & Country Art Show

50th Town & Country Art Show

February 27 - April 7, 2018

Opening Reception 2-4pm Saturday, March 3

3pm Awards Presentation   

Each year the BCA is pleased to partner with our area art instructors and schools to showcase the hard work and talent of students from Henderson, Mercer, and Warren Counties. The work on display is inspiring, colorful, and full of imagination and promise. This event is free and open to the public. Thank you Illinois Arts Council Agency, Blick Art Materials, and AAUW for sponsoring this year’s art show.  See you in the gallery to celebrate the talent and future of the arts in our region! 

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With & Against the Grain

With & Against the Grain

January 9 - February 17, 2018

OFTA Gallery Talk 10am Wednesday, January 10 

Opening Reception 5-7pm Friday, January 12

Artists Workshops

10-11:30am & 11:30am-1pm Saturday, January 13 

Doc, Dr. Lawrence A. Wiedman, PhD is a landlocked Midwesterner who grew up to be a marine paleo-ecologist. For the past 25 years, he has taught Geology and Biology while directing the Environmental Science Programs at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to that, he was the chair of the Department of Geology at Monmouth College. His 35-year research interests center on the world’s third largest barrier reef complex off Andros, an island in the Bahamas. Wiedman focuses on assessing the health of coral reefs. A self-taught wood carver since 1980, he has developed his folk art style depicting a unique perspective on nature and strives to show motion and emotion in each of his pieces.

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Ellison-Merging Leibach-Clean Cut

Chad Ellison

Merging Many Moons

Greg Leibach

Clean Cut: Papercuts and Wood Blocks

November 28 - December 28

Join us in the BCA gallery 5-7pm Friday, December 1 for the opening reception of Ellison & Leibach as they round out the 2017 BCA exhibition calendar featuring a cooperative exhibit of recent works. Ellison is an award-winning artist best known for his work in ceramics. With this latest exhibit, he demonstrates equal depth and talent in drawing and painting. His work can be found in multiple collections throughout the Midwest. Leibach’s work is inspired by architecture and patterns often with the use of hard edges. His work has been accepted in national juried exhibitions and he has completed several private commissions. Both Ellison and Leibach have backgrounds in public art works and are fulltime art instructors in the region. 

James Walker Henry Exhibition

When Worlds Collide

October 17 - November 18

An American surrealist painter living in the state of Iowa, Henry’s work addresses social and political issues, documenting events and ideas through paint and brush. His work has been featured in art publications such Manhattan Arts, Surreal Magazine, and New Art Examiner. He has exhibited throughout the country with works in permanent collections of major corporations and private collections around the world including Ireland, France, England, Brazil, South Korea, and Holland.

Opening reception 5-7pm Friday, October 20. See you in the gallery!


Security Savings Bank Photography Show

Buchanan Center for the Arts proudly presents Security Savings Bank 36th Annual Photography Show July 18 – August 19. Opening reception 5–7pm Friday, July 21. Our 2017 juror, Tim Schroll, will present awards at 6pm. Exhibition will include a retrospective from the collection of James Keefe. Click on the link below for categories and more details.

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Sean Culver: Ground Wave

April 25 - May 27, 2017
Opening reception 5-7pm Friday, April 28
Old Friends Talk Art 10am Wednesday, May 10

GROUND WAVE: A mid-career exhibition of recent artwork by Sean Culver.
Ground wave: A radio wave propagated along the surface of the Earth.


For his first major exhibition in the region where he was born and raised, artist Sean Culver presents GROUND WAVE. This collection of recent work includes watercolor, ink, acrylic paintings, intaglio prints, daguerreotypes,  architectural sculpture, an optical installation, and a sound installation.

A representational experience of the artist's studio will also be featured, including his actual studio walls, a bookcase full of the artists personal art books, the kitchen table from his grandparent’s former Lake Bracken home, chairs, and the artist himself. Come and have a sit-down with the artist to read, draw, write, or talk about art. Culver will be in the gallery to work with guests the weeks of April 25-29, May 9-13, May 20, and May 23-27 during regular gallery hours.

Art from the HeARTland

June 6 - July 8, 2017

We have a few surprises waiting for you at our annual Art from the HeARTland opening reception 5-7pm Friday, June 9. This exhibition is sponsored by Aerial Applications. See you in the BCA gallery! 

Artist credit: Douglas Rutzen

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49th Annual Town & Country

March 7 - April 13, 2017

The BCA gallery is filled with hundreds of pieces of artwork from our talented K-12th grade students in the Tri-County region. This art show is a wonderful partnership with our local schools. Opening reception is 2-4pm on Saturday, March 11 and awards will be presented at 3pm. See you in the gallery!

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A Peace of My Mind: American Stories

January 14 - February 8, 2017
OFTA: 10am Wednesday, February 8
GALLERY TALK: 7pm Wednesday, February 8

A Peace of My Mind American Stories

John Noltner is an award-winning photographer and author based in Minnesota. For more than 20 years, he has told stories with images and words for national magazines, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. Noltner will share his experience of driving 40,000 miles across the United States exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time. This exhibition is in partnership with Monmouth College's Peace, Ethics, and Social Justice Program. See you in the BCA gallery! 

Abstracted Paintings in Oil & Cold Wax

January 24 - February 25, 2017
Larry Davis: Abstracted Paintings in Oil & Cold Wax 

Join us in the BCA gallery for an opening reception is 5-7pm on Friday, January 27 to meet artist, Larry Davis. Davis, a native Iowan, grew up along the Mississippi River. After attaining a BA in Fine Art at the University of Iowa he completed a four-year tour with the USAF in England before returning to the Midwest to begin his professional arts career. In 1986, Davis moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he took a position at what is now Florida State College at Jacksonville, serving as both a full time Professor of Art, and for many years, as art department coordinator. During this time he finished his Masters Degree studies at Jacksonville University while also pursuing an active artistic output and exhibition schedule. Davis’ undergraduate art experience in the 1960s at the University of Iowa, as well as his graduate studies, left him with an appreciation for both realistic and abstracted art. While he still uses both approaches, the bulk of his current production is in oil/cold wax and focuses on the abstract.

Thomas Foley: Research

January 13, 2017
Please join us from 5-7pm on Friday January 13, 2017, in the BCA gallery for a closing reception of Thomas Foley's Research exhibition. 

Thomas Foley is a sixty-two year old photographer, living in his hometown of Galesburg, Illinois. In 2001, he opened Foley Photo Studio in downtown Galesburg.  His dad, Bill Foley, gave him his first camera and photo lesson in 1964. An avid photographer, Bill Foley opened Midwest Photo Service in 1946. Thomas, like his other seven siblings, worked sweeping the camera store floors when he was still in grade school and worked at becoming a serious photographer from a young age. He earned a BA degree in English from Coe College. He always carries at least one camera with him, not counting his iPhone. The Pentax digital SLR K-3 is his prime camera. Foley still prints black and white photographs in his basement darkroom from film taken with a variety of medium format cameras. The exhibit is dedicated to a departed friend, David Horowitz, a fantastic blues photographer, 1946-2015.

Lessons from Art & Nature

November 8 - December 3, 2016

"A New Enlightenment: Lessons from Art & Nature"
Part of being an artist is recognizing when you need to stop, step back, and let yourself learn. When you make a commitment to learning, you let go of everything you think you already know about yourself and your art. You become vulnerable. You make mistakes. You experiment. You have setbacks. And in the midst of it, you become enlightened. Creativity grows. New directions are discovered. The artist, and the art, matures and becomes stronger. Please join us in the BCA gallery on Friday, November 18th, 5-7pm for the opening reception and meet the artists, Peggy West and Elizabeth Bailey, and discuss their processes. The evening will also feature the music of Brad Shryack.