Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial Art Tour

The Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial Art Tour Will Feature Some of Mt. Carroll’s Many Artistic Talents

The Tour

Sunday, April 23 between 1 and 4 p.m.

Spanning six different Mount Carroll locations, the Sesquicentennial Art Tour will highlight the variety of artists who have lived in the area throughout the years and today,

The West Carroll School District business office at 642 S. East St. will feature art from the city’s past. The exhibit will feature a large mural and artwork by Armella Kneale as well as artwork from Andy Armstrong and former Shimer College art instructors Grace Bawden and Ben Kneale.

An exhibit at the Mount Carroll District Public Library, 208 N. Main St., will feature Michael Johnson's photography and Thomas Locker's oil paintings and studies for illustrations of his children books.

The Mount Carroll artist community will be represented with displays in the library's glass case with work by Charlotte Arvelle Glass, New Morning Glass and Hand and Spirit jewelry.

The lobby of the Mount Carroll Post Office, 211 N. Clay St., will feature a Work Progress Administration (WPA) mural.
Another stop along the tour is Heather Houzenga’s gallery, Now & Zen Gallery, 208 W. Market St.

The Carroll County Historical Society’s Owen Phillip Miles Museum, 107 W. Broadway St., will showcase Dr. C.G. Piper's watercolors.

The last stop on the tour will be the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll, 1006 N. Lowden Rd., which will feature a mural by West Carroll students. Refreshments will be served.

Silent Auction For Oil Painting by a Mount Carroll Artist

Edward B. Kirwan oil painting

Edward B. Kirwan and his sister, Karen Bazilewich, both of Mount Carroll, display an oil painting Kirwan painted of Market Street Commons. Kirwan has donated the painting, which will be sold via silent auction on April 23, as part of the Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial Art Tour.

Area art lovers will have a month to bid on an oil painting by a Mount Carroll artist.

An oil painting depicting Market Street Commons (the iconic downtown cornerstone Kraft building) will be displayed in Mount Carroll City Hall.

The painting will be sold via silent auction, ending during the Sesquicentennial Art Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 23.
The painting was done by local artist Edward B. Kirwan, who has lived in Mount Carroll for approximately 15 years. He has been an artist for many years, making a living as an illustrator for some time. He is now retired, but restores paintings for private collections.

Kirwan said he was inspired by the Kraft building several years ago, when community volunteers were working to rebuild the century-old structure after a devastating fire. He volunteered briefly at the site and took several photos of the building after the project was complete.

Last year, he finished the oil painting which depicts wintertime activity at the Market Street Commons. Kirwan said he added the snow to give the scene a “cozy” feel and decided to add people rushing to the building.

“To give it a feeling that it was a community place where people can meet,” Kirwan explained.

People can look at the painting and place bids during regular business hours at City Hall, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The painting will be relocated to the Mount Carroll District Public Library on April 23 for the Sesquicentennial Art Tour.

Article courtacy of mycarrollcountynews.com