Artists Adam Knoche and Sarah Gillespie are planning a benefit event for Jacoby Arts Center (JAC).
The artists are responding to news that Jacoby Arts Center is experiencing financial difficulties.
Upon the closing of “Shifting Perspectives, Art Exhibition” at Southern Illinois University, the featured artists Knoche and Gillespie decided to move elements of the exhibition to the Jacoby Arts Center. From April 2 to April 16, Knoche and Gillespie displayed their art at SIUE’s new Art and Design West Gallery.
Discussing why they chose Jacoby Arts Center as the location for the upcoming exhibition, Knoche commented, “The reception at SIUE on April 11 was attended by nearly a hundred people; yet, both Ms. Gillespie and I were contacted by several people expressing their regret in having missed the Shifting Perspectives show.So we decided to exhibit again at JAC.”
The artists indicated that at the closing of the SIUE exhibition, they discussed staging the JAC exhibition so that it could serve as a benefit event for the art center.
“We thought that perhaps our exhibition at the Jacoby Art Center could work for the benefit of the art center. I contacted Ron Abraham, JAC’s president, and he was delighted by our offer to coordinate a fund-raising event,” Gillespie said.
The benefit art exhibition, titled “Perceptions of Landscape,” featuring Knoche’s and Gillespie’s artworks, will open April 29 and close May 3 with the reception being held May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
An array of art pieces will be offered for purchase with half the proceeds going to the Jacoby Arts Center. Call 618-462-5222 for details. When asked about the range of costs for her artworks, Gillespie smiled and said, “I’ll say that at the exhibition there will be art pieces for the serious art collector and ones for the art enthusiast.” Knoche added that they would be showing a variety of works, some of the SIUE show’s pieces and additional works.
Available for purchase will be Knoche’s remarkable ceramics works and Gillespie’s wonderfully unique paintings, augmented by botanical materials and hand-crafted papers, as well as her fiber art pieces. Some utilitarian pieces will be available.
Gillespie stated, “The Jacoby Arts Center offers significant community service, and its efforts to perpetuate the arts is highly commendable. I’m hoping the art exhibition will bring attention to the center and help people realize the importance of not-for-profit organizations. Such wonderful organizations, like the JAC, exist only to enhance all of our lives.”