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May 15, 2014

Creative Kids: Artwork on yearlong tour through Illinois to stop at Carnegie Library in Paris through May 31

The traveling exhibition Cultivating Creativity 2013-2014: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibit continues its year-long tour throughout Illinois with a stop at Carnegie Public Library, 207 S. Main St., Paris. The exhibit will be on view through May 31.

Cultivating Creativity showcases some of the outstanding art produced through east-central Illinois school art programs. Presented is art by 47 students, each representing a different school. The art was created during the 2012-13 school year.

Representing schools in the Paris area are Drew Walker, Crestwood School; Samantha McClain, St. Mary’s School; Brandon Brinkley, Chrisman High School; Samantha Harper, Chrisman Grade School; and Michael Jones, Kansas School.

Brinkley’s watercolor painting, “Surreal Nightmare,” was created in the ninth grade at Chrisman High School under the instruction of Chelsea Vineyard. Fifth-grader Harper at Chrisman Grade School also under the instruction of Vineyard created “Wonderful Weaving.” At Kansas School with the assistance of Barb Markewitz, Michael Jones made “Calm Waters” with oil pastels in the eighth grade. First-grader McClain created “Lemon Lady” using oil pastel at St. Mary’s School with instruction from Christi McClain. Walker’s “Starry Night” with wool felt was made at Crestwood School in the eighth grade with assistance from Mary H. St. Clair.

Cultivating Creativity is sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The Tarble Arts Center teams with Consolidated Communications in this annual program to showcase some of the outstanding art by area students and to help raise awareness of the importance of including the arts as part of the regular school curriculum.  

Area districts and schools participating this year include: Casey-Westfield Junior High and High schools; Chrisman Grade and High schools; Crestwood C.U. District #4, Paris; Kansas Community School; and St. Mary’s School, Paris.

The exhibit is comprised of artworks in a wide variety of media and styles. Included are paintings in watercolor, oil, tempera and acrylic; and drawings in ink, colored pencil, graphite, crayon, marker, oil pastels and charcoal. Other media represented are scratchboard, collages, textiles, digital photography, prints, graphic design, tissue, cast plaster, and mixed media.

Cultivating Creativity is a community engagement program of the Tarble Arts Center. The Tarble also offers a variety of other educational programs for area schools, including a tour/workshop Enrichment Program that is open to area fifth grade and to junior/senior high art students, a month-long artist-in-the-schools residency, guided tours, and teacher workshops.  Most programs are presented free of charge to the participating schools and are supported through Tarble membership contributions and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation.

For more information about the Cultivating Creativity exhibit or other programs contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-2787 or

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