In honor of our benefactor, the Buchanan Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit the collective work of Grace Buchanan. Her paintings reflect a love for nature and the changing seasons of our region. Grace deeply believed that arts, music, dance, and theater should be open to all. She knew that these aspects enhance our capacity to see and hear the beauty in our lives; that they help to deepen the understanding of the human response to the world. The exhibition will end February 28, 2015.
Join us for Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA)
Wednesday, March 11th at 10:00 a.m.
Penn Stewart's debut novel Fertile Ground
"Riveting Mystery" set during WW II
Knox Robinson Publishing author, Penn Stewart, spent over six years researching and composing his debut novel, Fertile Ground. Stewart holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis and a doctorate in English from the University of Nebraska. His research for the novel included an in-depth investigation of closed congressional hearings held in 1938; J. Edgar Hoover made the case for a threat assessment of east coast German social clubs known as bunds and was granted authorization to conduct covert surveillance and infiltrate the clubs. Stewart conducted extensive research and traveled to several locations to examine archived material detailing the arrest, transportation, and internment of German nationals and American citizens of German descent in the early stages of the war. Prisoners were held in numerous camps located across the United States, including Fort Lincoln, which is located just south of Bismarck, North Dakota and is where a portion of the novel takes place.
The Art Presenter Collection consists of two and three dimensional art pieces, both originals and reproductions, presented to children each month.
The Art Presenter Program, founded in 1973 by the Monmouth branch of the American Association of University Women, is a volunteer program in visual art appreciation which is conducted in area schools, K-6, throughout the school year from October through May.
The Arts Presenter Program serves as a model for community involvement in the schools through the participation of volunteers who include parents, grandparents, retired teachers, college students, and other friends of children.
Since the programs inception in 1973 the Arts Presenters Program has received financial support from parent/teacher and community organizations. Partial funding has been provided by the Art$ Dollar$ Re-grant fund of the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, a state regency.