art & society - nov/dec 2011

Let It Shine

by D. Baratta

Local retiree Wally Jaquet has been lighting up the East Peoria Festival of Lights for nearly three decades. Jaquet dusts off a model car, a 1934 Duesenberg, and brings it to the table. “This is how I get most of my ideas,” he says.

The Inner Voice

For the last few months, I have tried—really tried—to live purposely, in the present: paying attention to my instincts, fighting the urge to schedule every spare moment of time. And amazing things have happened.

Puppets with a Purpose

by Kelly Mantick

Peoria can boast of the only puppet troupe in the nation that provides hand puppet shows for K-3 musical education.

Where’s The Beef?

by Jeff Hyde

With healthcare costs on the rise and an emphasis on healthier lifestyles, many people are exploring dietary options for sustained wellness. And while there’s no magic bullet, research suggests that a plant-based diet can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.

Bringing Back the Booth

by Amy Chovan
Photos courtesy of YouShoot PhotoBooths

5…4…3…2…1 Pose and—snap! Change your pose—snap! Change again—snap! One last time—snap!