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Jim Durkin and WIlliam Petersen at the Illinois House chamber
Doug Johnson

Two Bloomington arts programs are among the dozens statewide which are hoping to cash in on a one-time windfall of state funding.

Maggie Morton and huge pencils
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The rising artists of Illinois have an abiding sense of humor and are not afraid to use it.

backlit branches with shadows on a wall.
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Many people will be flying for the holidays. Here's a story about airplanes, the way they used to be, taken from a recent Next To Normal Story Slam held at the McLean County Arts Center and produced by Devon Lovell.

Kathy Davis is a former flight attendant. She's writing a book about her 35-year career called "Coffee, Tea, or Peas."

Creating encaustic art
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The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is trying something new in conjunction with its annual Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale.

A studio picture of storyteller Brenda Huber
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The Fourth of July holiday is all about mom and apple pie, as well as the nation's founding. Here is a different story of motherhood.

Three people posed in an art gallery
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Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

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The wild emotions of childhood and the fragile world around us figure prominently in two shows currently up at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

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Those who highlight the work of the artists of central Illinois are now taking their turn in the public eye.

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Artist Cynthia Kukla has not put her feet up since retiring from teaching in the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts.  Instead, she's put on her traveling shoes and found inspiration on a far shore.

Baylee Steelman

District 87 schools Superintendent Barry Reilly said he could not be more proud of the success stories from Bloomington High School students. 

Scott Rankin

Photographer Scott Rankin has for years been pursuing the mercurial beauty of the sky, snapping tens of thousands of still images.  A select group of those photos, plus video, are currently on display a the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

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Dick Folse ventures into imaginary worlds when he sets out to paint a landscape.  His latest works are currently on display in the show Abstracted Landscapes at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

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The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is currently showcasing the artwork of MFA students from around the state.

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A high school art teacher searching for a way to break down barriers between herself and her students has found a way to better understand the teenagers she teaches, and also give the students a unique way to express themselves. The resulting works are currently on display in downtown Bloomington.

*Bloomington High School teacher Monica Estabrook wanted to get to know her students better, so she took a black and white portrait of each student and then asked them to embellish the photos any way they liked, using any media they wanted.

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You know that old chair or rusty lawnmower by the side of the road that you  passed by?  Well, you may have missed the potential that artist Doug DeWitt thrives on.  DeWitt uses found objects to create original sculptural compositions, and his work is currently on display at the McLean County Arts Center.

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The McLean County Arts Center is spotlighting selections from its permanent collection in a new show opening soon.  Laura Kennedy has more in this edition of the GLT Datebook.