The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 2, 2012

Enjoy work by the greatest artist of all



There are certainly moments in our lives when we are able to boast a bit about ourselves. Perhaps one of those times is to brag about our children, and if we are very blessed, our grandchildren. I am admitting to the world that I have the world’s most beautiful grandchildren. This, of course, makes me like everyone else who has grandchildren and believes they are the most beautiful, the sweetest and, of course, the most intelligent.

As we near Christmas, there is something I would like to brag about. I, Eileen Dunavan, know the world’s finest artist. He has inspired me as I have watched his works unfold, and given me goose bumps when I see his creations majestically appear. In knowing this artist, I have noted much more than his ability to create. I have seen his selection of colors on a much grander scale than any other artist and his imagination brushed onto the many faces he has created.

I am so close to telling you this exceptional artist’s name and I shall after you prepare your tea the way you like. For those who don’t drink tea, please conjure up something warm and soothing as winter will soon be settling in and chilling our bones.

I would guess the majority of you are sitting there shaking your heads side to side and thinking, “Does this woman think we are daft? Of course, we know who she is talking about and really wish she would hurry things along.”

With pleasure, I will introduce to you the artist who has far surpassed any other. May I introduce God, the absolute personification of art and beauty?

There is no other who could create the warmest, softest, and sweetest little creations ever to bless our often chaotic world. These are the earth’s babies. Indisputably, there is no other artist who could bring into existence this emotion we call love, and it too comes in many colors. No artist born or yet to be born could bring about spring, summer, fall and winter. Every leaf, every drop of rain and snow, every blue sky, every stormy sky, are his creations.

What’s happening

Now, on to Danville Art League happenings.

— Our after-school classes will start again the week of Jan. 7 until Feb. 25. The classes are set up for younger children to attend on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m.

The class for older children is on Wednesdays from 4-5:30.

 We have such a wonderful time in these classes and the children learn about art techniques and some famous artists, as well. The cost is $50 for the first child and $25 for each additional child who attends the classes.

The cost of the classes remains the same and we do ask that you pre-register. You can do this by mailing your payment, using our P.O. Box 772. Please include your name and the class. The late registration fee will be $55. Our e-mail address has changed ( We do have some scholarship forms and they are at the Danville Art League. Please call 442-9264 for any further help or information.

— At this very moment our gallery is sighing with happiness because it is exhibiting the works of Natalie Rottet and Jerry Slowik. If you really enjoy art, these are two most talented artists.

— Dec. 13 — general board meeting at 6 p.m.; Christmas party at 7p.m.

— January and February —gallery exhibition of the work of Eleanor Wesch.

— Jan. 7-Feb. 25 — Basic drawing, textures and surfaces, 6:30-8 p.m. (Does your drawing look bland? Want to learn how to jazz it up? Learn how to draw textures and enhance the surfaces of your drawings. You will learn how to do surface treatments with graphite, erasers, and other tools to make your images pop. We will be focusing on learning how to create visual textures while using the elements of art and the principles of design to create unique pieces of work. Visual materials will be provided or you may bring your own, We will complete at least one drawing by the end of the season.)

— Jan. 17 —General meeting: Joyce Knoblauch, “Making Better Photographs,” 7p.m.

— Feb. 21 — General meeting: Jeanie Huff, “Artist Trading Cards,” 7p.m.

— The Danville Art League Christmas Shoppe is now open for your Christmas shopping. It is located in Towne Centre. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5:30p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays; and10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Shoppe will be open through 1 p.m. Dec. 24 for last-minute shopping. Items available include candles, framed and matted original artwork, photography, holiday decorations and ornaments, hand knit scarves and accessories, and more. Please visit us for your unique Christmas presents.

Everyone at the Danville Art League is wishing a very joyous Christmas for everyone. Please know that you are welcome to visit and see what we are all about. Perhaps it’s time to let art be part of your life?

Eileen Dunavan is a member of the Danville Art League. Her column appears once a month.