art & society - jan/feb 2018

by Mary Jo Papich


Photography by Troy Phillips

Its rhythms are thrilling and alluring, the grooves infectious and sophisticated, and few sounds could be more romantic. When Latin fusion meets the symphony, you can be sure that Cupid’s arrow will fly!

Welcome to Sunday Dinner

by Mae Gilliland Wright

For David Stotz, each meal is a time capsule, capturing the tastes and preferences of cultures and people from centuries past. 

Olympic Excitement on the Rise

by Sandra Rossetti Mitchell

The U.S. will send approximately 245 athletes, and Americans everywhere will be cheering them on. Here in the Peoria area, several organizations and individuals may cheer a little louder than most!

Get Into the Fold

by Beth Weimer

Local origami artist Kathy Knapp has shared the joy of paper folding for nearly 30 years.

Fat Biking (And More) at Wildlife

by Jonathan Wright

Summer may be the most popular time to visit, but the park is open year-round—and seeing it throughout the different seasons is truly a feast for the senses.

Fields of Ice

by Jonathan Wright
Photos courtesy of Peoria Public Library Local History Collection

Will it snow this winter? Will the river freeze over? These questions once had serious implications for some Peoria-area laborers.

100 Days... In Print

In November, 100 Days of Peoria: The Book was officially unveiled at The Nest, the coworking space Chelsie Tamms calls home.

Just Add Ice!

Ice racing enthusiasts can witness all the excitement firsthand when the X-treme International Ice Racing (XiiR) event returns to Peoria .

Art in the Woods

An old potting shed has found new life as Potting Shed Art Studio, transformed into a charming workspace offering classes and activities for adults and children.

Dreams in Action

Outside of Peoria Architectural Salvage, Quinton Thomas is dressing up a shipping container with a colorful mural.