Area Artists

Geraniums in View-Oil

This Park That Park-Oil

Mrs. Lucas' Garden-Oil

Jillie Swanson

As a contemporary impressionistic artist, Jillie makes her canvasses come alive with brilliant colors of light and joy. Her paintings sing out the beauty of her visions of beautiful floral romantic scenes from Europe and the Americas. You will find beautiful and haunting scenes that are drawn entirely of the artist's fertile imagination.

Jillie can be found on the web at You may also reach Jillie by e-mail:

Sharon with woven wall hanging

Woven table cover

Woven rug

Sharon Wilson

Just before Sharon retired from 22 years of teaching pre-school in 1989, she thought about taking up weaving, something she had always wanted to do. She got a hold of an old table loom that was given to her sister and was in bad shape and very hard to use, but she discovered that she really wanted to weave. She has been weaving ever since, making scarves, shawls, tapestries and lately she has been making lots of rugs. She now has four looms, occasionally spinning some of her own yarn on a spinning wheel. She is "hooked" on weaving!
Sharon can be reached by phone at (309)344-4440 or e-mail:

Do you see Sandburg-Acrylic

Forest of my Youth-Acrylic


April Jackson

April Jackson is an abstract painter originally from Chicago and currently residing in Galesburg. She draws upon impressions of the five senses and memory to create large, heavily textured and colorful works. Her online gallery may be viewed at You may also reach April via e-mail at or by phone (309)299-1609. April's studio is located in the Bondi Building at 311 East Main Street Suite 204-B and is open by appointment.

Firmament-Acrylic Collage on Canvas

Fly Away Home-Acrylic Collage on Canvas

Rumple- Madoff-Acrylic Collage on Canvas

Judith Koren Shanahan

Judith creates mixed media acrylic paintings, 3-D mixed media, artist trading cards and more. She offers classes and workshops in her studio. Judith's studio is open on First Friday each month from 5 to 9 PM and by appointment. Copies of the workshops and classes she offers are availalbe at her studio, the Metamora and Fondulac libraires and Picture This gallery in Peoria Heights. Judith can be reached by phone at (309)370-5521. Her studios location is ATELIER 5835, 5835 N. Galena Rd. (Rt. 29) in Peoria Heights.

Monsieur Blanc n'est pas Blanc- Color Reduction Woodcut

Healing Waters- Color Reduction Woodcut

Fenetre Sur Les Trois Pucelles-Color Reduction Woodcut

Cathie Crawford

Originally from New York City, Cathie Crawford returned to Illinois in 2004 after living overseas for three years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, then three years in Grenoble, France. Since completing an MFA in 1987 from Bradley University she has concentrated on the color reduction woodcut. Crawford's prints have been exhibited in 22 states as well as France, Poland, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Her work has won over thirty awards at both national and regional levels including three awards at the GCAC. Cathie can be reached by phone: (309)589-1034 or e-mail at

The Kitchen Sink-Oil on Canvas

Leonardo In His Studio-Latex Housepaint on Drywall

Urbis Orbis-Oil on Canvas

Michael Acerra

Artist, educator, and presenter Michael Acerra has been active in the Illinois area since 1991. He frequently gives presentations to civic groups, educators, business leaders, and young people. His murals can be seen in public and private establishments in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois. Acerra's artwork is in many private collections, and his murals can be seen in churches, schools, restaurants, and businesses. He lives with his wife and children in Galesburg, Illinois. Michael can be reached by e-mail at:

Daisy- Photography



Byron Miller

Byron Miller from Urbana, IL is a machinist by vocation, but enjoys using the camera as a hobby to photograph both nature and still life. 
Many of his photos are made into greeting cards using Photoshop Elements.  All greeting cards include an envelope handmade by Byron.
He enjoys exhibiting some of his better photos at various galleries. Byron can be reached via e-mail at: 

Anguish in Irons-Cor Ten Steel

The Gossips (detail)-Cor Ten Steel

Midwest Sky-Copper and Steel

B. Thomas Lytle

Tom has been a metal sculptor for 30 years with a focus on fabricated, hammered and welded steel. His subject matter includes figurative form in motion as well as abstract organic bah reliefs. Tom strives to meet the challenge of transforming the hard rigid metal with heat, hammer and anvil and, "make the steel dance". His work is created with Cor Ten steel which is very conducive to outdoor display. Tom's work is represented in municipal, corporate and private collections throughout the United States. His work can be viewed at and he can be reached by e-mail at:

Iowa White Farmhouse-Acrylic

Lake Storey from Allison Campground-Acrylic

Windmill Island Canal and DeZwann-Watercolor

Mary Phillips

Originally from Michigan, Mary's alma mater is Siena Heights Univeristy in Adrian, where she majored in painting, drawing and printmaking. Following graduate work at the University of Michigan in drawing and painting, she received her M.A. dgree in Art History as well as an M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Northern Illinois Univeristy. For many years Mary was professor of art and art history and eventually serving as chair of the art department at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. Currently Mary serves as Curator of the Art collections at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. She can be reached by e-mail at You may also view more of Mary's work at