Arts & Culture News

Dec 2010

Holiday cheer and Art partner up with December's Second Saturdays night

Web_and_Poster_DECsmallDIXON – Grab your holiday cheer and head out for a winter wonderland of festive art and music for December’s Second Saturdays Art Happenings on Saturday, December 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at locations on 1st Street between Peoria and Hennepin Avenues.  Five venues feature a variety of visual and holiday musical happenings by area artists from Rock Falls, Sterling, and Dixon.

Your December trek is neatly compacted on First Street between Peoria and Hennepin Avenues making for an easy winter walk to venues.  Waterfront Gifts features Silverware Jewelry by Sterling artist, Jill Weber.


Oct 2010

11th "Second Saturdays" event coming October 9

a-leavesDIXON – A Midwest harvest of creative talent, October beckons with a bountiful showcase of visual artists, an exquisite song writer, and a brand new business joining in for Second Saturday's eighth monthly Art Happenings, Saturday, October 9, 6 – 8 p.m. at locations between 1st and 3rd Streets and Peoria and Galena Avenues.

We have an new venue!
First time venue, Butcher Block Antiques, showcases the work of several artists painting in the Rock River Valley. Featuring Nancy Rice Early, Alice Conrad, Jan Harvey, Tom Linden, Cindy Winterfield and Barb Lundeen, some will be onsite to discuss their work displayed in the front window of the store.


Sep 2010

Variety Show plans are heating up!

dixtheaterThe countdown is on and the acts are heating up.

At 7:30 p.m., on October 22nd & 23rd 2010, the Historic Dixon Theatre will be filled with local talent across the Sauk Valley Area. The list of talent includes; over a dozen vocalists, three bands, piano solos, comedy routines and yoyo skills, just to name a few.

The Variety Show is being put on by the newly formed Sauk Valley Arts and Culture Commission. This event will serve as a fund raiser for the commission, but more importantly, it will showcase the talent that we have right here in Dixon Illinois and the Sauk Valley Area.



Sep 2010

10th "Second Saturdays" coming September 11


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14 Venues this month!
DIXON – Creatively exercise your eyes, ears, and body!  September sets off with sizzling dance moves and sound grooves for Second Saturday's seventh monthly Art Happenings, Saturday, September 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at locations between 1st and 3rd Streets and Peoria and Galena Avenues.  Artists display an array of creative acts from the Latin rhythms of Zumba dancercise to the technology age of computer manipulated photography.

Kick off your Second Saturday experience up on Third Street, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church where in addition to the historic church being open you can wander down the steps and see a new photography exhibition by Hope Greene in the lower gallery.  Hope's managed to put up a new show in between giving birth to the latest addition to the Greene family, daughter, Miriam.


Jul 2010

9th "Second Saturdays" art walk coming August 14

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DIXON – The Crystal Cork Art Quarterly presents its nineth quarterly show including it's first installation artwork, "Attitudes- Feeling the Breeze", a series of handmade paper sculptures by sculptor, Dawn Wohlford-Metallo. Opening reception is Saturday, August 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe, 219 West First Street, Dixon, IL, Free. 815-285-3496. The show runs August 7, 2010 – October 31, 2010.

Sculptural paper artist Dawn Wohlford-Metallo has created a special installation for the quarterly designed for and installed on the ceiling of The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe. She visited the gallery over a year ago to get a feel for what she could design for the space.


May 2010

3rd "Second Saturdays" event being held May 8


DIXON – Downtown Dixon organizations will host the 3rd Second Saturdays Art Happenings.  Second Saturdays in April was even bigger than the first.  In April, Distinctive Gardens sponsored a community photography contest, “Second Saturdays Snap-a-Thon” in which people were invited to snap shots of April’s Second Saturdays festivities and upload their favorite to the Second Saturdays Facebook page.  The public voted for People’s Choice using Facebook’s “like” button.   April’s Second Saturdays “Snap-a-Thon” winner was Patricia Barrile of Dixon who won a gift certificate to Distinctive Gardens after she snapped a shot of John DeLong during a quick break from his painting demonstration.   

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Mar 2010

Phidian Art Club seeks entries for annual Art Show

DIXON – Preparations are under way for the 63rd annual Phidian Art Show, set for April 13 in Dixon.

The show will start with viewing at 6 p.m. at the Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. Critique and presentation of awards will start at 7 p.m. The show and reception are open to the public.

The club is offering a two-class entry system, with Class I open to everyone. Previous Phidian award-winning artists must enter in Class I. Class II is limited to artists who have not previously won a Phidian award, but those artists also may enter Class I.

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Feb 2010

"Second Saturdays" Gallery Walks starting in Dixon

ccaqDIXON  – Several downtown Dixon organizations have teamed up to offer a monthly gallery hop called, “Second Saturdays Art Happenings”.  Each second Saturday various businesses will showcase art, music, and/or theater events.  The goal is to enliven the downtown and get people out walking to see what’s going on in their cultural community.

The Second Saturdays idea was sparked after a coincidence of opening nights with The Crystal Cork Art Quarterly and The Next Picture Show.   An impromptu “gallery walk” ensued and both venues were packed.  Afterwards, a lively Internet Facebook discussion between Rick Munson, photographer, and Lisa Higby LeFevre, artist and owner of Distinctive Gardens, got the idea rolling. 


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