Don't forget to stop by our gift shop on Saturday, November 28th, 10am - 2pm for Small Business Saturday. Our BCA gift shop features one-of-a-kind artwork from local and regional artists. Support our local economy, the arts, and give a unique gift this holiday season. See you Saturday at the BCA!
Opening reception: Friday, November 6th 5-7pm
Nelson's work is very postmodern, mixing minimalism with portraiture without constraints to traditional formats. Most of his paintings are acrylic on linen with several layers of thinned out paint and layered images; many times using several panels to create one piece. His paintings explore issues of style, perception, and narrative. Nelson explains, "I am usually interested in comparing 'this to that'. The impulse is to always have one thing with another - an attempt to have a minimalist composition coexist with subject matter." What comes together is a compelling and mysterious bridge between human form and geometric landscapes.
John Nelson graduated with an MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and has been working as an artist and living in Quincy for the past 20 years. He came to Quincy with his wife Julie who retired as Executive Art Director of the Quincy Art Center. Both have made a huge difference in the presence and strength of the visual arts in Quincy.
His work will be on exhibit November 3 - December 19, 2015.
Thank you to everyone who supported our sold out, annual holiday production of The Nutcracker. We are fortunate to have a great partnership with Monmouth College and so many talented people in our community. Looking forward to the spring play in 2016!
If you would like to receive notice of upcoming auditions or future programming at the BCA, please sign up for our email list through our website. Thank you again for your continued support of the arts in our community.
December’s OFTA will be a planning session. We will meet in the gallery on Wednesday, December 9th at 10 a.m. to evaluate the past year’s programming and plan for future gallery talks. See you at OFTA!
The Buchanan Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce we are accepting applications for the 2016 Community Arts Access grant program. The goal of Community Arts Access is to support programming that enriches lives and promotes enjoyment of the arts in the Warren County region. Nonprofit organizations, individual artists, and K-12 schools are invited to apply. Applications are due by Friday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m. All art forms are eligible. For specific guidelines, an application, or further questions, please contact the BCA office at 309-734-3033.
The Buchanan Center for the Arts is grateful for the continued funding of this program through our annual Taste of the Arts fundraiser and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.