art & society - mar/apr 2010

Space is the Breath of Art

by Jonathan Wright

When NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman visited Peoria last fall, one of his first stops was the large warehouse at the corner of Walnut and Water streets. Roaming its hallways were potters and painters, sculptors and printmakers, photographers and other artists whose working studios have come to define the old industrial building—known widely as the Murray Building, and more recently dubbed the Murray Center for the Arts.

An Orchestra With Heart

by Amy Chovan
Photography by Ken Kiley

Innovative. Collaborative. Spontaneous. Intimate. Festive. Masterful. And not your typical chamber orchestra.

Led Zeppelin To Rock Peoria

by Amy Chovan

Yes, you read that correctly. No, despite persistent rumors, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are not gearing up for a reunion tour.


by Amy Kennard

If you’re artsy, you may have heard of Etsy. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on one of the largest websites for buying and selling handmade items including art, clothing, jewelry and much more!

Event Preview

On March 31, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Partners in Peace Luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center.

Pickin’ On Peoria

by Amy Chovan

For one weekend each year, the Stoney Creek Inn is transformed into a haven for those who celebrate the bluegrass way of life.

Take 10

Originally hailing from Grand Blanc, Michigan, this guitar-wielding singer/songwriter now calls Peoria home.