Photographs by Joe Ethridge of Charleston are on display at Common Grounds, 1612 Charleston Ave., during August and September.
A reception to meet the artist was planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
The show features photos of various personal projects, interests and travels, and “whatever caught by eye,” Ethridge said.
Ethridge worked as a truck driver for 25 years and as a photographer for 23 years, the last 12 in a professional capacity.
“Sometimes photography is three parts journey and three parts communication,” Ethridge said. “The journey consists of light, space and time. The communication process involves the subject, the photographer and the viewer. Time and space (location) always have a hand in making a photograph, and without light there is no photograph.
“Whenever I can be at the right place at the right time with an interesting subject and light, with luck, I can create an interesting image,” he said. “And if it interests me, perhaps it will interest others, thus completing the communication trilogy. In any case I mostly enjoy the journey, which never ends.”
Ethridge previously taught digital photography classes at Lake Land College and works as a professional photographer, digital photography workshop instructor and one-on-one photography tutor. Ethridge says he is enjoying part-time retirement with his wife, Karen.
Artwork by students from the Lake Land College Art Club will be on display at Common Grounds, 1612 Charleston Ave., during April and May.
This exhibit features a number of original works that showcase the individual talents and interests of our members in a variety of media. Included in the exhibit are explorations of printmaking, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media.
This collection of works displays the creativity of Lake Land's young, driven artists, both in and out of the classroom environment.
The artists are the students of teacher Ben Cohan.
The exhibit is sponsored by Common Grounds, the Mattoon Arts Council, and West and Co.
Artwork by students from Riddle and Williams elementary schools was on display at Common Grounds during February and March.
The show will include a variety of media and subjects, including landscape drawings with pastels, crayon and watercolor; collage compositions; colored pencil drawings; and two-dimensional grid drawings.
Fifth-grade students from Riddle school created projects depicting a variety of animals, superheroes and pop culture stars.
The artists are the students of teachers Joyce Jackson and Rob Niemerg.
Artwork by Kim Hanley of Mattoon was on display during December and January. Hanley is an artist and a member of The Vault Arts Collective in Tuscola. “My painting style tends toward abstraction with some representational and recognizable elements as well. I paint from life and immerse myself in the relationships between line and color, real and unreal, control and uncontrolled.”
Artwork by painter Clyde W. Sims Jr. of Charleston was on display at Common Grounds during October and November. Sims said his paintings are derived from three main sources: the natural world, music and literature. “The primary source for the majority of my works is nature in its myriad forms; enticing landscapes, atmospheric conditions and seascapes all provide a starting point for my works,” he said. Sims has been drawing since he was very young, inspired by his father, who was an aspiring cartoonist. He continues to paint and draw, working in oil, acrylic and watercolor. He earned a bachelor’s of education degree in art and a master’s degree in art, both from Eastern Illinois University, and works as an advertising layout artist and salesman.
Artwork by students from Lake Land College’s Art Club was on display at Common Grounds, 1612 Charleston Ave., during April and May. These works showcase the individual talents and interests of club members in a variety of media. Included in the exhibit are explorations of printmaking, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media.
A reception to honor the artists was held Friday, May 6.
Artwork by Gena Bunch-Epperson was on display at Common Grounds, 1612 Charleston Ave., during December and January. An opening reception was held Dec. 16. The exhibit included several types of media, including graphite portraiture, watercolor paintings, photos, artisan jewelry, digital art, multi-media and artist trading cards.
Artwork by Mattoon Middle School students was on display during October and November. The students featured in the exhibit participated in after-school drawing workshops in the spring, sponsored by the arts council. The students created their own manga/anime drawings under the direction of EIU art student John Ward. Several examples of their drawings were part of the display.
Artwork by Marcia Boroughs of Charleston was on display at Common Grounds during August and September.
"Choosing a subject for painting may be simply that a light, shape, color, or a combination of these caught my attention and cried, 'Paint me!'" Boroughs said. "Many of my paintings are of favorite places we have visited on our summer trips, mostly the American west. Also, I love painting the faces of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
Boroughs and her husband, Lowell, moved to the Charleston area in 1990 to be near family. She is a member of the art guilds in Mattoon, Paris, Effingham, Sullivan and Palestine, and is a member of the Coles County Arts Council. Other interests include spinning, weaving, knitting and natural dyeing.
Artwork by Jacqui Worden of Charleston was on display during June and July. Worden has worked as a naturalist, illustrator, art instructor and reference librarian. Since 1988 she has owned her own business, Earthstar Creations. She makes and sells porcelain and stoneware jewelry, sculpture and functional ware at art fairs and galleries.
Worden has completed many workshops, conference and courses in various types of media; however, she says clay is her preferred medium.
"I can draw, paint, print, create textures on it and make functional ware, jewelry or sculpture," she said. "Making things makes me happy, so I am constantly exploring other media and trying new processes. I like sharing what I see and what I am learning."
A Danville native, Worden has lived in Charleston for 30 years. She is active with the Coles County Arts Council and enjoys traveling, pets and writing, among many other hobbies.