art & society - jan/feb 2012

by Amy Chovan

Rachel Kress’ search for the perfect wedding dress started in central Illinois, but it didn’t end there. Having come up empty-handed locally, she traveled to Chicago and St. Louis before finding a classic, ivory Amsale gown at a trunk show in the Windy City. This experience eventually led her to open her own bridal boutique right here in Peoria.

What’s Your New Beginning?

It’s a new year once again, and lo and behold, the underlying theme I am seeing is that of new beginnings. How fitting for this first issue of 2012.

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Touted as the “canvas of the future,” Moving Murals consist of high-definition graphics streamed to a framed LED panel, showcasing imagery ranging from landscapes and waterfalls to urban areas and abstract textures.

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Tracey Frugoli has more paintings in her mind than she'll ever be able to paint. When she sets a blank canvas on the easel, she has already sifted through reminders and images she likes and decided which one she feels excited about starting today.

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When i first heard there was a nationally-known author and historian living here in town, i made it my business to meet him.

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Doug & Eileen Leunig

Doug and Eileen Leunig are photographic artists living and working in Peoria.

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A percussive, rhythmic dance known for its many turns and structured format, salsa can be traced back to African roots.

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Sky Harbor is well known for its sizzling steaks and cozy atmosphere, but of equal note are its nights of live entertainment.

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