“All Lit Up” English, Arts and Humanities Celebration begins today!

"All Lit Up" bulbThe third annual “All Lit Up” English, Arts and Humanities Celebration kicks off today with “Mirthful Monday: How to Spur Creativity With Laughter” from 8-8:45 a.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2217. Local intuitive healer and therapist Teri Freesmeyer is facilitator.

Several free events are planned on the Springfield campus this week in conjunction with Banned Books Week, a national observance celebrating the freedom to read. This year’s celebration features three writing workshops, a film showing and discussion, a banned books reading and an open mic for poetry. LLCC Art and the English Studies Club is hosting creative representations and information tables throughout the week celebrating the arts, humanities and literature. See the full “All Lit Up” schedule of events!

“the Power of 3” opens in Murray Gallery today

The exhibit “the Power of 3” open in LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery today! It showcases artwork from Sharon Carter; Diane Wilson, marketing manager, LLCC Foundation; and Wilma Wofford. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 10 and attend a reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

“Omne trium perfectum” is a Latin phrase which means everything that comes in threes is perfect, or every set of three is complete. Carter, Wilson and Wofford chose to show their work together because of both the commonalities and differences that make the presentation complete and perfect. They relate in commonality as three women, who are three artists. The differences come in the form of three unique styles. The artists hope the combined works will boost the memory of the audience and help viewers appreciate and remember the power of fine art.

"Whale" by Sharon Carter"Ryan's Hands" by Diane WilsonOwl ceramic by Wilma Wofford

“All Lit Up” English, Arts and Humanities Celebration Sept. 23-27

"All Lit Up" bulbLLCC invites the public to the third annual “All Lit Up” English, Arts and Humanities Celebration the week of Sept. 23. Several free events are planned on the Springfield campus in conjunction with Banned Books Week, a national observance celebrating the freedom to read.

This year’s celebration will feature three writing workshops, a film showing and discussion, a banned books reading and an open mic for poetry. LLCC Art and the English Studies Club will host creative representations and information tables throughout the week celebrating the arts, humanities and literature.

  • Monday, Sept. 23: “Mirthful Monday: How to Spur Creativity With Laughter”, 8-8:45 a.m., Menard Hall, Room 2217, local intuitive healer and therapist Teri Freesmeyer, facilitator
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: Open mic for poetry, 11 a.m.-noon, A. Lincoln Commons, Professors Dave Leitner, Ph.D. and Eric Stachera, facilitators; film showing and discussion of “Moulin Rouge!” from 6-9 p.m., Robert H. Stephens Room, Assistant Professor Gillian Bauer, Ph.D., facilitator
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: 19th Annual Banned Books Reading, “Well, I’ll Be Banned!”, 1-2 p.m., LLCC Library, Professor Deborah Brothers, Ph.D., facilitator, with volunteer readers and a song by Instructor Laurie Lewis-Fritz
  • Thursday, Sept. 26: Monologue writing workshop, 2-4 p.m., Menard Hall, Room 2217, Professor Deborah Brothers, Ph.D. and local playwright Timothy Crawford, facilitators
  • Friday, Sept. 27: “Meditating to Write,” 8-8:45 a.m., Menard Hall, Room 2217, Professors John Paul Jaramillo and Deborah Brothers, Ph.D., facilitators

“the Power of 3” opens in Murray Gallery on Monday

LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery will host the exhibit “the Power of 3,” showcasing artwork from Sharon Carter, Diane Wilson and Wilma Wofford, Sept. 23-Oct. 10. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

“Omne trium perfectum” is a Latin phrase which means everything that comes in threes is perfect, or every set of three is complete. Carter, Wilson and Wofford chose to show their work together because of both the commonalities and differences that make the presentation complete and perfect. They relate in commonality as three women, who are three artists. The differences come in the form of three unique styles. The artists hope the combined works will boost the memory of the audience and help viewers appreciate and remember the power of fine art.

"Whale" by Sharon CarterCarter is a graphic designer in Springfield. For over 20 years, she has worked with corporations, government, education and businesses. She has an associate degree with a concentration in art and a bachelor’s degree in communication. Carter is a member of the Springfield Art Association Collective. Art and design have always been a part of her life as well as a fascination with nature. Her first love was print, and she views the silkscreen process as a natural progression to the exploration of even more print. “The magic is the methodical architectural build paired with the fluid variables in the printing process,” she explains.

"Ryan's Hands" by Diane WilsonWilson is the marketing manager for the LLCC Foundation and formerly a graphic designer for LLCC Student Life. She earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Illinois State University and worked as a graphic designer for 15 years in the Bloomington-Normal area. While her youngest son attended LLCC, Wilson became a student again and renewed her creativity. She has exhibited her work in the LLCC Student Art Show several years and won Best of Show in 2017. Her pieces have been published in the Lincoln Land Review numerous times and selected for the Illinois State Fair Professional Art Exhibit since 2015. Wilson says, “The artwork in this collection reflects the moments in time that moved me. Through organic shapes and lyrical lines, several of my pieces portray the feeling of a dancer moving freely on a stage.”

Owl ceramic by Wilma WoffordWofford spent her first 14 years growing up on the northeast side of Carbondale. She then moved to Springfield where she attended both Feitshans and Southeast high schools. Wofford found a rhythm between being a wife, a college student and a mother. Wilma retired from AT&T after 22 years of service, and she has worked as an executive director of a local not-for-profit. She also attended seminary where she earned a doctorate degree in counseling. “My work is the compilation of the diverse experiences, exposures and environments that I have gone through,” shares Wofford. “I want my art to celebrate our human existence and the marks people make on the world.”

“elemental” by Laura Anderson in Murray Gallery through Sept. 12

"Deliverance" by Laura AndersonThere is still time to view the art exhibit “elemental,” featuring mixed media paintings by Laura Anderson, LLCC assistant professor of art,  in LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery through Sept. 12. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anderson’s work is inspired by the natural world, including its complexities, commonalities, mysteries and working processes. “We are part of nature, yet we’re set apart from it in many ways,” she explains. “My work explores the intersection of this duality, often via drawn or painted natural imagery combined with collaged artifacts and urban landscapes that reflect the man-made world.”

Reception for Anderson’s “elemental” today, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

"Deliverance" by Laura AndersonThe public is invited to attend a reception for the exhibit “elemental,” which will be held tomorrow, Aug. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the James S. Murray Gallery. The exhibit features mixed media paintings by Laura Anderson, LLCC assistant professor of art, and is on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 12.

Anderson’s work is inspired by the natural world, including its complexities, commonalities, mysteries and working processes. “We are part of nature, yet we’re set apart from it in many ways,” she explains. “My work explores the intersection of this duality, often via drawn or painted natural imagery combined with collaged artifacts and urban landscapes that reflect the man-made world.

Reception for Anderson’s “elemental” tomorrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

"Deliverance" by Laura AndersonThe public is invited to attend a reception for the exhibit “elemental,” which will be held tomorrow, Aug. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the James S. Murray Gallery. The exhibit features mixed media paintings by Laura Anderson, LLCC assistant professor of art, and is on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 12.

Anderson’s work is inspired by the natural world, including its complexities, commonalities, mysteries and working processes. “We are part of nature, yet we’re set apart from it in many ways,” she explains. “My work explores the intersection of this duality, often via drawn or painted natural imagery combined with collaged artifacts and urban landscapes that reflect the man-made world.

“elemental” by Laura Anderson opens today in Murray Gallery

"Deliverance" by Laura AndersonThe art exhibit “elemental,” featuring mixed media paintings by Laura Anderson, LLCC assistant professor of art, opens today in LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 12 and attend a reception on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Anderson’s work is inspired by the natural world, including its complexities, commonalities, mysteries and working processes. “We are part of nature, yet we’re set apart from it in many ways,” she explains. “My work explores the intersection of this duality, often via drawn or painted natural imagery combined with collaged artifacts and urban landscapes that reflect the man-made world.

“Working with collage, décollage, encaustic, charcoal, graphite and acrylic allows me to explore the history of process in my work via layering of structured collage elements with irregular lines, gestural brushstrokes and fluid forms that evoke the universal visual language that is evident everywhere in nature.”

Professor Thom Whalen and student Jessica Le design wall murals for Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office

Dr. Charlotte Warren, Thom Whalen, Sheriff Jack Campbell and Jessica LeDr. Charlotte Warren, president, was invited yesterday by Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell to view the large wall mural recently installed in the Sheriff’s office suite. It depicts an 1800s-era map of Sangamon County. A smaller version, with hand drawings of several historic sites in Sangamon County and a list of all past sheriffs, is mounted in his office. The project was designed and produced by Thom Whalen, professor of art, and his student, Jessica Le. Sheriff Campbell, who is an LLCC alum, had the idea for the wall map, and expressed his thanks to Dr. Warren for letting him work with LLCC to make it a reality.

Sangamon County Sheriff's Office 200th Anniversary 1821-2021Professor Whalen, who also created the logo for the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Sheriff’s Office, commented, “Jessica is a first-generation college student who came to us with so much talent. She had this great experience at LLCC and is now going into interior design and art history at ISU. It was a perfect opportunity for her.” He noted that Ryan Roberts, interim dean of English and humanities, assisted by locating the map.

Jessica, who drew the historic sites for the smaller wall print and assisted with the entire project, signed her name to it at the Sheriff’s request and said, “Thank you for giving me this opportunity to get hands on experience in a real-world project.”

Dr. Warren was interviewed by the State Journal-Register for this story about the project. WICS also covered the story.

Jessica Le signing artworkJessica Le with artwork

Join the LLCC Choir!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer and got a chance to rest and recharge!

As you are gearing up for the fall semester, I wanted to invite all of you to join the college choir! We meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12-12:50 p.m. in Menard 2250, and the course number is MUS 110. Everyone is welcome. We will be singing a wide variety of repertoire and have a few performances scheduled this semester. HR has tuition waiver forms, so there is only a small fee to join.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope to see you in rehearsal!
Laurie Lewis-Fritz, instructor of music