Old Friends Talk Art: Martha Smith

Are you ready for spring? How about your garden? Join us in the BCA gallery 10am Wednesday, April 10, for Martha Smith’s presentation on “Ages and Stages of Gardening.” Smith is a Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension. She will talk about what we all face as we age and the stages of our gardening years as well as share tips on how to garden wiser with less impact on our bodies. This event is free and open to the public. See you in the gallery!


Join us in the BCA gallery for Old Friends Talk Art 10am Wednesday, July 11 to hear readings from the latest publication of “SITREP: Veterans Perspectives in Combat and Peace”. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Excerpt credit: Bill Bailey

Art Presenter Program at OFTA

The Buchanan Center for the Arts is celebrating the 45th anniversary of our Art Presenter Program. Please join us in the gallery for Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA) at 10am Wednesday, March 14, to hear from the program’s founders and the current program coordinators, as well as view the wonderful collection of history and artwork. Coffee and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Old Friends Talk The Art of Magic

Join us in the BCA gallery 10am Wednesday, February 14 for Stuart Yager’s “The Art of Magic” on the colorful history of magic and illusion. Get a sneak peak of the upcoming Great Nicola Magic Festival on April 21 at the Warren County History Museum featuring magic shows, classes, and a special Nicola exhibit. 

Yager is a longtime educator in Illinois and Iowa having held positions as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He currently teaches at Western Illinois University in Educational Leadership. As a principal, he started doing magic in the school lunchroom and from there began performing for corporate parties.

Arcimboldo's Edible Art!

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of edible objects like  fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. That is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.

Pictured above are Lincoln School first grade students displaying the self portraits they created with some of their favorite treats!



OFTA: Ramer's Holiday Cheer!

Old Friends Talk Art

Wednesday, December 13



Leo Ramer and his choir of joyful elves join us in the BCA gallery to spread their holiday cheer! Their voices—and our hot coffee—will warm your heart! This event is free and open to the public. See you in the gallery!

OFTA: A Death at Tippitt Pond

Old Friends Talk Art
Susan Van Kirk
A Death at Tippitt Pond
10am Wednesday, November 8
BCA Gallery


In 1971, a murder occurred in the small town of Sweet Iron, and that death changed everything. Join us in the gallery for a literary reading of Van Kirk’s latest novel, A Death at Tippitt Pond.

OFTA: Our Community

The Cultural Fabric of Our Community

Togo, Senegal, Vietnam, and Morocco — countries that are thousands of miles from Monmouth and are shaping our Midwest community. Buchanan Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with Smithfield Foods to share the stories that have transformed the cultural fabric of our local community. Join in the BCA gallery at 10am Wednesday, October 11 for this very unique OFTA program.


Old Friends Talk Art: SITREP

Professors Barb Lawhorn & Jacqueline Wilson, WIU Department of English, along with WIU graduate student Jared Worley, presented SITREP: Veteran Perspectives on Combat & Peace July 12 in the gallery. If you missed the gallery talk and reading, you can stop by the BCA and pick up a copy of the magazine or read more about the project by visiting sitrep-vv.org.

Read more: Old Friends Talk Art: SITREP

Old Friends Talk Art: Susan Partain

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, June 14
Join us in the BCA gallery to hear this year's Art from the HeARTland juror, Susan Partain, discuss the exhibition as well as her own artistic journey, “The Path Not Taken”. Partain studied at Florida College and the University of Montana. She is inspired by color, sunlight, and shadow, and she describes herself as a realism painter.


Old Friends Talk Art: Robin Weis

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, April 12

Join us in the BCA gallery to meet this year's Town & Country juror, Robin Weis. Weis, sophomore at Monmouth College, will discuss this year's exhibition, the importance of arts education, and his current work. See you in the gallery!


Old Friends Talk Art: Miriam McAuley

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, March 8
"Connecting Through Art in Africa"

Join us in the BCA gallery to hear Miriam McAuley present Connecting Through Art in Africa. McAuley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Studio Arts from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. She grew up and worked in East Africa, and during her time there, she had the privilege of observing many cultures. Through the pages of her sketchbook, she sought to learn about the places she lived and visited including Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. McAuley captured the beauty around her through her photography and sketches. Her artistic practices and processes brought her joy and challenged her to be observant. McAuley shared, “Sketching can be a wonderful conversation starter.” Affirming the traditional art forms of the cultures she lived in was also important to her. Over two years living among the Samburu people in Kenya, she learned a lot about communication through cultural art forms. McAuley will share some of what she learned about traditional Samburu arts, and how she was able to use her own art and artistic talents in that community, as well as her artist residency in Morocco.

Old Friends Talk Art: Road Trip!

Old Friends Talk Art 
10am Wednesday, January 11
Road Trip

Ever wonder what inspires someone to create a collection? Join us as Old Friends Talk Art visits the home of Mike Luna, 112 N. 14th Street, Monmouth. Luna will host a short tour and share his passion, knowledge, and history of creating and developing his collection that includes 18th century furniture, rugs, lighting, as well as 2D and 3D artwork.


Old Friends Talk Art: Peggy West

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, November 9
"A New Enlightenment: Lessons from Botanical Illustration and Printmaking"

Peggy West, certified botanical illustrator and print maker, will share her insights and inspirations from the beautiful world of botanical illustration and printmaking. Illustrated herbals and field guides were among the first printed texts to come off the newly invented printing press in the 15th century. In the 600 years since, detailed plant illustrations have augmented the science and discovery of botany and have left a lasting impression on both art and science. Join us as we journey through this rich and beautiful history in the BCA gallery.

Old Friends Talk Art: Planning

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, October 12

The year is passing by so quickly. Once again, it is time to plan for next year's OFTA program schedule. Join us in the BCA gallery to review the past year and explore opportunities for the coming year. Everyone is welcome! See you in the gallery.

Old Friends Talk Art: SOfIA

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, September 14
Painting & Printmaking

Join us in the BCA gallery at 10am on Wednesday, September 14. Professor Brian Baugh and students Hannah Weis and McKenzie Devilder will discuss the work they created during the Monmouth College SOfIA (Summer Opportunity for Intellectual Activity) workshop. The students worked on paintings and etchings for three weeks and will share the ideas and techniques they learned in the workshop. See you at OFTA! (The attached image is artwork created by Hannah Weis.)


Old Friends Talk Art: Dawn Wohlford-Metallo

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, August 10
Visual Art Director

Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA) is pleased to have Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Visual Arts Director for Quad City Arts, as our guest speaker in the BCA gallery. As Visual Arts Director, she oversees the art gallery at the Quad City International Airport, as well as a gallery in Rock Island. Both galleries change feature exhibitions every two months, and the Rock Island Gallery also features a Gift Store, showcasing original work by over 75 regional artists and craftsmen. Additionally, she facilitates a public sculpture leasing program for cities and businesses. See you at OFTA!

Old Friends Talk Art: Kellen Hinrichsen

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, July 13
Warren County History Museum

Join us in the BCA gallery to hear Kellen Hinrichsen, Pattee Executive Director, Warren County History Museum. Over the past eight years, Hinrichsen has held roles as curator, museum manager, and intern instructor. He is passionate about museums and advocates for their increased role in communities.

Hear Kellen Hinrichsen speak about his experiences as a museum professional as well as the goals that he has for the Warren County History Museum. He will discuss what is currently being done at the museum as well as new initiatives that will be coming in the future. There will be time for discussion after the presentation, allowing you to ask questions and be involved in the discussion of where the museum will go and how it will get there. See you at OFTA!

Old Friends Talk Art: Road Trip

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, June 8
Road Trip

That's not the name of our OFTA gallery talk for June - it's what we are doing! Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA) is taking a road trip on to Linda Sickmon's studio, Smith Creek Pottery, 10 miles west of Monmouth on Route 164, the first house past (west of) the junction of Rt. 164 & Rt. 94. Linda will have a sign by the entry to the driveway. (If you've reached the river--you've gone too far.) Join us as Linda Sickmon hosts our June OFTA at her studio, Smith Creek Pottery. Please arrive by 10am and remember to bring a lawn chair! Linda will discuss her work and her artistic processes while we enjoy a wonderful summer day outdoors!
See you at Smith Creek Pottery!

Old Friends Talk Art: Dream Big, Dream Often

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, May 11
"Dream Big, Dream Often"

Join author, speaker, Autism advocate, and self-defense expert Aaron Wayne-Duke as he presents "Dream Big, Dream Often". Hear this former award winning radio personality and small business owner as he shares the story about how his first book, "You Cannot Lick Your Elbow" and his second book "Daily Affirmations - Growing the Garden of Your Mind" were inspired.