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Common Grounds Art Exhibit
Artwork by Marcia Boroughs of Charleston is on display at Common Grounds during August and September. Click here for more information.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Kids, make your plans for the most awesome pumpkin decorating contest ever! MAC is having a "boo-tiful" pumpkin contest in October for Mattoon school-aged kids K-12. There will be prizes for the best decorated pumpkins, so put on your creative thinking caps! (Please - no carved pumpkins - they won't last through the contest.) Print out the flier here for the official rules and entry form. Entries are accepted at our office in the depot Oct. 12-14 and will be on display in the Lone Elm Room throughout the contest. Ready... set... decorate!
MAC member Wilkerson honored
Julie Wilkerson was honored recently for her support of arts and cultural activities in the City of Mattoon. Wilkerson was a member of the Mattoon Arts Council board for nine years and recently served as secretary. During an arts council meeting on Sept. 2, Wilkerson was awarded a plaque in honor of her volunteerism and dedication.
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NOTICE: The next Mattoon Arts Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Mattoon Tourism & Arts Office, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938.
MAC's Theater on Broadway and CAT present "Dracula"
The Charleston Alley Theatre is bringing "Dracula" to the Lone Elm Room in the Mattoon Train Depot Oct. 16-19. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the show, click here.
Make sure to check out the specials offered by Bidwell's Bistro and Brian's Place! Friday and Saturday evening, Bidwell's is offering "Dinner and a Show." Then, after the show, head on down to Brian's Place, where they will be having themed drink specials each night. See these great specials here. Date night plans simplified!
Entries sought for 'Signs of Spring' quilt show in January
The Mattoon Arts Council is seeking quilt entries for the 2016 quilt show, “Signs of Spring.” Quilts, wall hangings, table runners, and garments are eligible for exhibition. This is not a juried quilt show and all ages of quilters are accepted. The MAC wishes to showcase the talents of area artists and quilters alike. For more information on the show and to sign up to participate, click here.
Pastel Workshop Offered
On November 6 & 7, Kari Rajkumar will be teaching a pastel workshop in the Lone Elm Room at the depot. In this two-day workshop, students will learn step-by-step how to create their very own pastel painting from start to finish. Demonstrations on a variety of techniques will be given by award-winning artist, Kari Rajkumar, in addition to individualized instruction for each student. Both pastel paper and a wide selection of pastels will be available for the duration of the workshop. Great for both beginning and intermediate level artists!
Space is limited, so call early to reserve your seat! To register, call 217-463-2697. For more information, visit the News page of Kari's website, karirajkumar.com.
MAC's Little Library at the Depot
Have you ever been waiting somewhere and really wish you had a book to help pass the time? We are collecting books for our "Little Library" for Amtrak passengers who may have this same issue! The Arts Council office is located in the Mattoon Train Depot, just behind the elevator. Bring your books, any genre, and we will make sure they are put to good use. Can't make it to the Arts Council office before 5 p.m. and have books to donate? No problem! Just stack them by the office door and we will pick them up the next morning. Amtrak passengers and the council appreciate your generosity!