art & society - jul/aug 2010

Hot Rods & Cool Cruisin’

by Michael Wojtas
Photography by Sabrina Ullom, Jerry Gray & courtesy of Central Illinois Cruisers

With fond memories of the golden evenings he spent cruising Peoria’s Main Street in the late ‘60s, Chuck McCarty felt a community-wide void that afflicted his fellow car lovers and decided to do something about it by putting together the Central Illinois Cruisers.

Galleries Rise & Revitalize

by Sara Browning

New art galleries are popping up across central Illinois, giving everyone from promising students to creative veterans a chance to showcase their talents.

State of Wonder

by Jonathan Wright
Photography courtesy of Illinois Office of Tourism, Bahá’í Int'l Community & Alton Regional CVB

Several years ago, the Illinois Office of Tourism sponsored a statewide contest to designate the Seven Wonders of Illinois. The eclectic mix of winning wonders may surprise you.

Weaving Tales for Young Readers

by Amy Chovan

Central Illinois is home to creative artists of all callings. Among those who work with the pen are several who have devoted themselves to engaging young readers with poetry, prose and illustrations.

Family Fun at Didley’s

by Amy Chovan

If you’re looking for a fun, affordable place to take the family, you may want to check out one of central Illinois’ lesser-known gems, Didley’s Place in Metamora.

Take 10

If you like reading, dogs and a good glass of wine, you have a lot in common with Mary Beth Nebel, owner of I Know You Like a Book in Peoria Heights.