Posted by: David Vernon | October 15, 2009

A Little Local Flavor

DreamingLooking for local photographic fun? Aren’t we all.

I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but the time has come. A big opening at the Peoria Art Guild tomorrow night. “A Contemporary Look at Lincoln’s Visits to the Peoria Area” plays on the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009 and features the work of numerous local shooters, including David Zalaznik, Doug and Eileen Leunig, and Ann Conver. At the same time, artist Larry Kanfer will present a collection of photographs from his new book, Barns of Illinois. The images document historic and modern structures and chronicle an evolving way of life in communities across Illinois. Alaina Kanfer recounts the stories, which describe the barns’ distinctive imprint on the land and on people’s lives. The shows run October 16 to November 14 with the opening reception tomorrow from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

What I did not mention a few weeks ago was a small sister show, on the main floor at the Art Guild. Local shooter Kevin Morrissey – who – it shocks me – I do not know – has a wonderful little exhibition in the Fleming Gallery on the first floor of the guild. I didn’t mention this a few weeks ago because Morrissey doesn’t appear to have a web site and I wasn’t sure what I was promoting, but after seeing his pieces last night I was impressed. His work is highly panoramic and small – in a way that really draws you into the image. The fifteen or so images are technically excellent and surprisingly intimate – and worth a look – so stop on by the Art Guild – tomorrow – or in the next few weeks.

And the Peoria Flickr group is going to try and sneak outside between the raindrops (the forecast is dry at the moment) this Saturday. The group is meeting – and encouraging you to join them – from 3pm to 5pm this Saturday out at Tanner’s Orchard. And if you are hot for the idea of  getting out and shooting some unique fall stuff, head over to the thread on flickr for all the details.

And thanks to friend of the blog and CIPB contributor Stacy Hanna – who’s been blogging up a storm on her own blog this week – and wrote about a few things I hadn’t gotten to yet. Head over to her place and check out a couple of interesting topics this week. She ROKs or ROCs or ROCKS or something.

And it looks like I’ve got one more Central Illinois post over on the Enjoy Illinois blog today. It should be there by the time a few of you late risers awake so head back over if you don’t find it this morning.

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