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.


Old Friends Talk Art: Sacrificial Art

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, April 13
"Sacrificial Art"

Chris Dokolasa will focus on Sacrificial Art in the BCA gallery.
After retiring from a 34-year career of teaching art in the Galesburg School District, Chris quickly started plans to build her studio primarily for clay work. Although Chris has left her teaching career behind, occasionally she shares her studio with small classes in ceramics. As a full time artist, stoneware clay is the main media for both functional and sculptural works. Chris also loves to create two dimensional drawings and paintings using a variety of media. Pen and ink, colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic paints are some of the media used to create with.

Old Friends Talk Art: Pollination

Old Friends Talk Art 
10am Wednesday, March 9

Pollination is THE crucial event in a plant’s life - essential for production of seed and future generations. Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, will talk about the different types of pollinators and strategies to attract them. She will introduce you to both native and non-native plants that serve as larval food and nectar sources, and offer garden design tips. Participants will learn about excellent resources available to help them design their own pollinator garden. See you at OFTA!



Old Friends Talk Art: Planning

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, December 9

December's OFTA will be planning session. We will meet in the gallery to evaluate the past year's programming and plan for future gallery talks. See you there!



Old Friends Talk Art: Judi Minor

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, October 14
Artistic processes and evolution

Join us in the BCA gallery for Old Friends Talk Art. Judi Minor, fused glass artist, will speak about her artistic processes and the evolution of her work as influenced by her travels throughout the US and Murano, Italy.
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Old Friends Talk Art: Frank Saliani

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, September 9
64 Arts juror

September's OFTA will feature a gallery talk by Frank Saliani, ceramic artist and this year's 64 Arts juror. Join us in our gallery to meet and listen to Frank's thoughts and selection process on creating this nationally recognized exhibition. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Old Friends Talk Art: Warped Weavers

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, August 12

What is Tromp-As-Writ? Did you know this group of fiber artists meets weekly at the Buchanan Center for the Arts? Join us for Tromp-As-Writ Presents the Warped Weavers.
Weaving is one of the oldest art forms. Our local Tromp-As-Writ group will present an interactive demonstration and lively conversation on this beautiful art form. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Old Friends Talk Art: Doug Rankin

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, July 8, 2015
"George Washington Slept Here"

You're invited to join us in the BCA Gallery to hear Professor Doug Rankin, Monmouth College Theatre Department, present his creative processes for designing and building the scenery for "George Washington Slept Here" a First Street Armoury production at the Fusion Theatre.

Old Friends Talk Art: Michael Godsil

Old Friends Talk Art
10am Wednesday, June 10
“A Southwest Desert Photography Retrospective”

A Photo Talk by Michael Godsil, Photography Instructor at Knox College
At the OFTA meeting, Knox College Photography Instructor Michael Godsil will present a photo talk about his more than 30 years of photographing Anasazi Indian ruins and desert landscapes in the Four Corners area of the American desert southwest. His most recent trip to that area was in mid-March of this year, when he led a group of eight Knox College photography students on an 8-day trip for a SW Desert Photo Workshop course during the college spring break.

His photo talk will include a retrospective selection of his images with commentary about the various ruins sites. There will be some desert landscape images and discussion of how using stitched, digital panorama images is a solution to capturing and better conveying the wide expanses of the desert landscape. In addition, he will offer some hints for improving your photographic composition. The talk will be suitable for all levels of photography enthusiasts, or those who just enjoy seeing photographs from the beautiful American Southwest.
Looking forward to seeing you at OFTA!

Old Friends Talk Art: Tim Pahel

Old Friends Talk Art 
10am Wednesday, May 13
"Choirs, Collaborations, and the Verdi Requiem"

Join us at the BCA to hear Tim Pahel, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities, present "Choirs, Collaborations, and the Verdi Requiem." He will discuss the Verdi Requiem, the choirs at Monmouth College, and their collaborative efforts.
Additionally, mark your calendars and plan to attend the performance of the Requiem at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 2 at Central Congregational Church in Galesburg.

Old Friends Talk Art: Kari Houle

Old Friends Talk Art 
10am Wednesday, April 8
"Crazy About Container Gardening"

Kari Houle, Extension Educator - Horticulture
With nicer weather in the forecast, it looks like springtime weather is finally here - although with Illinois weather you never know! Kari will present ways to shape a lovely garden and suggestions for beautiful containers to enjoy all summer.