Sixth Annual Artworks, June 10, 2017!
The sixth annual Mattoon Artworks will be presented from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10 at the new Heritage Park, 17th Street and Broadway Avenue, and at the Mattoon depot. Artworks is a daylong event dedicated to the arts presented by the Mattoon Arts Council.
Vendor applications are still being accepted for local artists and craftspeople. If you would like to have a booth at Artworks to sell your handmade items, please fill out the vendor application form located here before June 1.
Event organizer Janahn Kolden said the arts council is excited to have Heritage Park as a venue this year.
“Heritage Park is the perfect focal point for our activities this year,” Kolden said. “We will offer music and dance performances on the stage throughout the day, art and food vendors will be set up throughout the park and along Broadway Avenue, and there will hands-on art activities offered, too.”
A dedication ceremony for Heritage Park will begin at 1 p.m. Funding for the park was provided by the Lumpkin Family Foundation and the City of Mattoon.
Kolden said she started Artworks six years ago because she wanted to give artists a place to showcase their talents and sell their work. Many artists will be on hand to give demonstrations and sell their wares, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, sketches, photography, graphic design and more. The Mattoon Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH) will give craft beer-brewing demonstrations from 1 to 3 p.m.
“I hope everyone will visit the artist booths and take a look at all of the fantastic art being created by people from our communities,” she said. “It’s a great place to buy a unique gift and support our area talented artists at the same time.”
For the third year, Artworks will include a wine tasting showcasing three vineyards from East Central Illinois: Castle Finn from Marshall, Fox Creek Vineyards from Olney and Niemerg Family Winery from Findlay. The event will be in the Lone Elm Room of the depot from noon to 6 p.m., with live music throughout the day.
Entrance to the wine tasting will be $10 to receive a commemorative wine glass and six tastings (must be age 21 to enter). Kolden thanked K.C. Summers for again sponsoring this year’s wine tasting.
Musicians scheduled to perform during the wine tasting are Ellen Stitt, The Greyhounds, Andy Rueter, Julia, and The Freezelands. On the Heritage Park stage performers will be the Irish Music Circle, Superbad and the Tuesday Ukulele Group. Dancers from Margene’s Dance Studio and the MHS dance teams also will perform.
In addition, a variety of free make-and-take art activities for kids will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a scavenger hunt visiting several Midtown businesses, face painting, T-shirt bags, troll magnets, mural coloring, chalk art and more.
Admission to Artworks is free. Food vendors will be available on site, offering tasty treats such as mini doughnuts, kettle corn, nachos, tacos in a bag, hot dogs, ribeye sandwiches, pizza burgers, fried foods, shaved ice, shake-ups and more.
Artworks has been made possible in part because of generous community donors, including the JG/T-C, Common Links, K.C. Summers, Niemeyer Kubota Sales and Sound Source Music. Activity co-sponsors include the Mattoon Public Library, Girl Scouts, Artsy Chic Boutique, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Mattoon Area Family YMCA.
For more information about Artworks, contact festival organizer Janahn Kolden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-273-8296; or Mattoon Arts Coordinator Julia Degler-Whitmore at email@example.com or 217-258-6286.
Artworks Schedule of Events
10 a.m.-4 p.m., art and food vendors open, Heritage Park
10 a.m.-2 p.m., make-and-take craft activities, Heritage Park
10 a.m., music by Irish Music Circle, Heritage Park stage
11 a.m., music by Superbad, Heritage Park stage
Noon-6 p.m., wine tasting open, Lone Elm Room, depot
Noon, music by Ellen Stitt, Lone Elm Room, depot
1 p.m., Heritage Park dedication, Heritage Park stage
1 p.m., music by The Greyhounds, Lone Elm Room, depot
1-3 p.m., craft beer brewing demonstrations by MASH
1:30 p.m., music by Tuesday Ukulele Group, Heritage Park stage
2 p.m., music by Andy Rueter, Lone Elm Room, depot
2:30 p.m., dance performances by Margene’s Dance Studio and MHS Dancers
3 p.m., music by Julia, Lone Elm Room, depot
4-6 p.m., music by The Freezelands, Lone Elm Room, depot
Painting classes to be offered
Artsy Chic Studio, 1520 Broadway Ave., will offer three painting classes in conjunction with Artworks. Mini sessions for all ages will be offered from 10-11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. At 10 a.m., the theme is “Paint Your Favorite Pokemon.” At 11:30 a.m., participants may freestyle paint or paint “Flip Flops on the Beach." The cost is $10 for an 8-by-10 canvas.
Adults ages 18 and older are welcome to paint “Guitar and Music Notes” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $35 each or $65 for couples. Register online at www.artsychicstudio.com or stop by the studio. Walk-ins will be welcome if space is available.
Artworks - June 11, 2016
The fifth annual Mattoon Artworks was held Saturday, June 11 at Progress Square, 17th Street and Broadway Avenue, and at the Mattoon depot. Artworks is a daylong event dedicated to the arts presented by volunteers with the Mattoon Arts Council. Save the date for next year's festival: June 10, 2017!
Artworks was made possible in part because of generous community donors, including the JG/T-C, Lake Land College, Common Links, K.C. Summers, Niemeyer Kubota Sales, Howell Asphalt, Wave Graphics and Sound Source Music. Activity co-sponsors include the Mattoon Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Mattoon High School Art Club.
Artworks - June 13, 2015, Midtown Mattoon
The Mattoon Arts Council was proud to present Artworks 2015 on June 13 in Midtown Mattoon. It was a beautiful day that was filled with art, music, food, wine and much more. Special thanks to our sponsors, JG/T-C, Lake Land College, Common Links, K.C. Summers, Niemeyer Kubota Sales, Hunan Restaurant, Sound Source Music and Wal-Mart. Activity co-sponsors include the Mattoon Public Library, I Sing the Body Electric, Mattoon High School Art Club, Girl Scouts and Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters. It was a great day, and we look forward to seeing you all again at Artworks 2016! We hope you enjoy the slideshow below.
A selection of photos from the Third Annual Artworks, held June 21, 2014, in Midtown Mattoon, are below. For the complete gallery of photos visit the Mattoon Arts Council Facebook page here.