Those everyday items that have a story to tell are the focus of a new Springfield Art Association exhibit called "Hidden In Plain Sight: The Material World of Early Springfield." It will explore the art, architecture and decorative arts of antebellum Springfield.
It opens August 31 and runs through October 5. The public is invited to the opening and to visit the gallery at 700 North 4th Street during normal business hours.
A free lecture series each Thursday at 7 p.m. in September.
'Sacrosanct: A Collaborative Soul Signature' features the art of Amanda Grieve and Thom Whalen. The area artists say they usually show their work out of town - but they've come together to locally feature artwork based on their relationships with family and religion. Both were raised by artists and in the Catholic faith. Whalen and Grieve recently joined us in the studio to tell us more about their exhibit and their backgrounds:
A local elementary school is teaching students about growing their own food with a hands-on project. Rachel Otwell recently visited the community garden across from McClernand Elementary School and spoke with instructors and students as they planted and tended to plots. She brings us this story: