New Exhibition at Galesburg Civic Art Center

Works by Bloomington artists Herb Eaton and Brian Simpson are now on display in the Blick Gallery through Saturday, March 31. The exhibition is in cooperation with the Eaton Gallery in Bloomington and features sculpture by Eaton and drawings by Simpson. The Blick Gallery is located behind the One12 Gift Shop at 112 East Main Street and is also connected to the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s main gallery. The Blick Gallery is open during regular Art Center hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Galesburg Civic Art Center at 114 E. Main St., Galesburg, (309) 342-7415 or e-mail at

Social Security Auditions Announced

Auditions for Prairie Players Civic Theatre’s production of Andrew Bergman’s “Social Security” have been announced by director, Mel Agar ’93. Auditions will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20 at the Prairie Players theatre, 160 South Seminary Street. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
“Social Security” is a fun-filled show about a married couple who are art dealers and whose domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s goody goody nerd of a sister and her uptight CPA husband. They drop off her archetypal Jewish mother for an undetermined stay, and the comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist who is also the art dealers’ best client.
Production dates are: May 17-20, 2012, at the Sandburg Mall Theatre.
The cast requires 3 men and 3 women. If you have questions or audition conflicts, contact director Mel Agar via email at or by calling the PPCT theatre at 309-343-7728.

GALEX 46 Opens March 10 at Galesburg Art Center

The Galesburg Civic Art Center announces the opening of the national juried GALEX 46 Exhibition and Competition. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 10, and runs through Saturday, April 7. There will be an Opening Reception in the Art Center Gallery on Saturday, March 10, from 6-8 p.m. which is free and open to the public. Many of the artists will be in attendance. GALEX is one of the longest running juried exhibitions in the country. It began in 1966 and has been an annual event at the Art Center ever since. Sixty-two artists from Illinois and other states have been selected to participate in this show. A variety of media will be represented including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography, fiber and sculpture.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Rod Buffington, a Past Executive Director of the Springfield Art Association, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Gallery Director at Eastern Illinois University and a public school secondary art teacher.
The Galesburg Civic Art Center is located at 114 E. Main Street. For more information, contact the Art Center at (309) 342-7415.

Galva Coffeehouse to feature Celtic sounds of Exorna, March 10

The Galva Arts Council coffeehouse will present a special St. Patrick’s Day Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 10 featuring Exorna, a well-known Irish pub band.  For the past ten years, Exorna has been entertaining audiences with music transported directly from the pubs and parlors of frontman Victor McMullan’s native Northern Ireland, with a music style that is delivered in an underpolished and authentic way that’s both lighthearted and heartfelt. Doors open at 7 p.m., with performance at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided, with donations requested for this special event. No open mic session is planned for this special performance.

The Galva Arts Council coffeehouse is located in the arts council Galva. (note to out-of-town visitors: the building is just north of the tracks on U.S. Route 34/Illinois Route 17.)

Muelder to Give Talk at Galesburg Public Library, Feb. 28

On Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, will host a talk on his book, Theodore Dwight Weld and the American Anti-Slavery Society, in conjunction with Black History Month. The talk will be held at the Galesburg Public Library and will be followed by a book signing.

CD Release Party Celebrates 175th, Feb. 25

CD Release Party! On Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. come to First Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Prairie St., (corner of Prairie and Ferris streets) for the release of the church band’s first CD with vocals by Knox’s own Sandra Mehl featured. No admission is required. CD’s will debut and be on sale for $10. Proceeds from the CD will go to the Missions of FPC. There will be live bands, refreshments, door prizes (including concert tickets), and more! Don’t miss this awesome night as part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of Knox College, First Presbyterian Church, and the Galesburg community.

Pubcrawl Fundraiser for Community Kitchen, Feb. 25

On Saturday Feb. 25, there will be a Mardi Gras Pubcrawl to raise money for the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen. The pubcrawl begins at 6 p.m. at Cherry Street, then travel at 7p.m. to Buddes Bar, then at 8 p.m. to The Seminary Street Pub and then at 9 p.m. at McGillacuddy’s. Each location will donate a percentage of the sales to the KPCK. There will be guest bartenders at some locations, various prizes, chances at 50/50 drawings, musical guests, and fantastic costumes along the way.  Costumes are optional but encouraged and will be judged silently throughout the evening with overall winners announced and awarded at McGillacudy’s. All proceeds go to the KPCK in support of their Mission: to serve nutritious food with dignity, respect, and compassion to our neighbors regardless of situation, background, or ability to pay. We seek to strengthen our community by sharing meals with our neighbors and engaging in outreach and educational activities related to hunger, food insecurity, and food policy.  For more info contact John Hunigan at (309) 342-3005

KGS Celebrates 60th Anniversary

February 25:
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) will feature seventeen-year- Maury Cohn, son of Knox professors, Nancy Eberhardt and Steve Cohn, at its 60th Anniversary concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of Bruce Polay (music) will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastorale,” Opus 68 and Gallagher’s “A Quiet Musicke,” a KGS International Call for Scores selection. Cohn will perform Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, Opus 33.
Cohn, a senior at Galesburg High School, began cello studies with KGS principal cellist Carolyn Suda at age four. He began performing with the KGS Music Memories educational outreach program at age fourteen, and is now in his third season performing as a KGS section cellist. Cohn has also performed with the Illinois All-State Orchestra, the Galesburg Community Chorus, and is principal cellist of the Monmouth Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets, which range from $8-$18, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (309-342-2299), 250 East Main St., Galesburg or at the door concert Saturday. Knox students free with I.D. Knox faculty and staff receive 20% discount.

United Way Fundraiser, March 10

The United Way of Knox County will host a 2nd Chance Prom at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 8 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday, March 10. This fundraising event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and feature music from Thrillsville. And just think…….you could portentially wind up as Prom King or Prom Queen! Find a fun outfit to wear (anywhere from semi-formal to completely decked out for the 80’s) for an evening of good times and great memories. You can get your prom pictures taken to boot! Tickets for this fun event are on sale now. Tickets in advance are $8, at the door are $10. Call the United Way office at 309-343-4434 if you would like to order tickets by phone (credit cards accepted). Or, stop by the United Way Office on the 5th floor of the Bondi Building. Tickets are also available from Kraig Boynton at City Hall or Annette Pickrel at the Main St. F&M Bank.