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4/4/2014 11:36:00 AM
Two art exhibition openings planned tonight

American Idol contestants autographed John Kettman's sketches of them.Submitted photo
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American Idol contestants autographed John Kettman's sketches of them.
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NewsTribune photos/Katlyn RumboldPrinceton Public Library programming and marketing director Ron McCutchan along with the library director Julie Wayland learn about the various farm families that have barn quilts throughout Bureau County. To date, there are 24 locations in the county displaying barn quilts.
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Princeton Public Library programming and marketing director Ron McCutchan along with the library director Julie Wayland learn about the various farm families that have barn quilts throughout Bureau County. To date, there are 24 locations in the county displaying barn quilts.
See how John Kettman sees pop culture
An opening reception for an exhibition by La Salle pop artist John Kettman will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Music Suite 408’s PaintBox Gallery the west wing of the Westclox Building.

Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

John was born in Streator and named John Paul after two members of the Beatles. After working on his art skills in grade school and high school in Streator and with Dana Collins at Illinois Valley Community College, he worked as a machinist for 24 years. In 2005 and with the loss of his wife, his art interest resurrected with full force.

In 2006, he and his daughter Kayla attended the American Idol concert in Bloomington. He decided to paint the top 10 finalists and brought his painting to see what reaction he would get from other people. The security guard took it back stage and got all 10 idol finalists to sign it.

In his words, his “greatest achievement so far is building the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper display life sized out of wood, hand painting every detail and giving it a 3D effect. It took five months to make and my efforts were greatly rewarded. I was able to compete in four different events and was awarded Best in Show and first place in each of the four events winning a total of five ribbons.”

Katlyn Rumbold
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — Princeton Public Library’s Connecting Threads Community Art Show has started and will run through April 19. The exhibit is open during library hours and features quilts, barn quilts and many other local artists’ projects.

This is the fifth year for the show. In years past, the shows have been centered around various forms of art, including architecture and the transition of art over time. This year’s show challenged artists and artisans to create an artistic statement through the use of textiles and dimensional art.

Thirty artists submitted 80 pieces in media ranging from needle arts, including embroidery, embroidery cross-stitch, needlepoint, crochet, quilting, and rework; rug making and rug hooking to mixed-media with textile and paper; furniture; blown glass; jewelry; and wire art. The show also recognizes the many creative connections between the community and the library as many crafting-related groups use the library as a general meeting place to discuss and share their knowledge of textile arts.

“I’ve learned so much of what people have dedicated their hobbies to,” said the library show curator, Margaret Martinkus. “It’s very unlike something I’d expect to see. Of the 30 artists participating, 28 have never been in our show before so we’re really happy to have a lot of new people sharing their talents.”

To learn how some of these pieces were created, feel free to take advantage of the special programming that is scheduled throughout the month at the library: 

* Fiber Arts Presentation — The Creative Crafters will present four presentations of four different fiber crafts, including penny rugs, needlepoint on wool, rug hooking, and hardanger embroidery at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3. 

* Grandma’s Wonderful Quilts of the ‘30s — Mary Serfini will talk on the histroy and caare of vintage quilts along with show of the presenter’s collection at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Attendees are encouraged to bring a quilt to share. 

* Weaving — Laura Durgo will discuss a brief history of weaving, including types of looms and cloth that art can be produced from at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

* What If — Janet Moreland will describe how the question “What If” moved her to add quilts to her painting and how that question has kept her art fresh and continually changing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. A showing of quilts and other painted creations will illustrate how evolutionary this question can be.

*Barn Quilts of Bureau County — The Barn Quilters of Bureau County will discuss how the barn quilt public art movement has developed throughout the county as well as the U.S. at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

Connecting Threads

Art Show Opening Reception
6:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 4
Or, see the exhibit when the library is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

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