The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

December 14, 2012

Local artists offer work for holidays

DANVILLE — For those who like to buy only American-made products, consider the Danville Art League’s Christmas Shoppe.

“You’re getting a quality product made locally — better than what you find in the store and at a better price,” said Robi Rew, a member of the Art League and its special events chairman.

For the second year, 12 artists are displaying their handicrafts at Towne Centre. This year, the store is in a new location — in a space between County Market and the Great Wall.

The Christmas Shoppe is a fundraiser for the Art League, with the artists paying a fee to display their goods, and some of the artists donating their proceeds from sales. The artists selling items also are required to volunteer one day a week at the store.

The fundraiser helps support activities such as summer camp for children and workshops, and also buys supplies for classes, member Bonnie Bodensteiner said.

Member Sandy Martin noted that the league can always use donations of money, time and supplies.

A variety of hand-made goods is spread across the spacious room being used for the Christmas Shoppe. Among the products are scarves of all styles and materials, bird houses, jewelry, crocheted items, paper crafts, painted glassware and gourds, pottery, ornaments, paintings, greeting cards and more. Prices are affordable, starting at $1.

A unique item, made by Rew, is a decorated ceramic pot with a lid that’s used for leftovers; the pot goes from the refrigerator to the stove — unlike a plastic container.

Also unique are the paper gift boxes made by Bodensteiner. “They’re absolutely stunning and they’re flying out the door,” Rew said.

People may order a special item or get something custom-made. Also, customers who buy an item get to choose a free Christmas ornament.

The store was successful last year, Rew said, and business has been picking up this month.

She and others also complimented the young people with Peer Court, who made the paper snowflakes decorating the walls and who helped set up the store. The Peer Court students are involved in Art League activities, as well.

Variety of programs

In addition to the seasonal store, the Art League offers a variety of programs and its meeting rooms are open to the public for a nominal fee. The organization is located at Franklin and Seminary streets, in the former Red Cross building.

“People think it’s a fine arts club,” Rew said of the league, “but it’s not. It’s down to earth.”

The members are always looking for new projects to do with the community and new ideas for classes. For example, a class on making bisque Christmas trees will be offered in January or February, and Rew hopes to offer a garden-art class someday.

“We want to know what the people want,” she said.

Rew is interested in keeping some of the old-time crafts alive, and is looking for people who might be able to teach classes in subjects such as wheat weaving, jewelry making, basketry, decoupage, making cornhusk dolls and others. People with those skills are asked to call the league.

She also encouraged people to take classes, saying, “Everybody has talent. You have to find what it is. It doesn’t have to be a fine art; it can be a craft.”

The league has a nice pottery studio, too, said Rew, who is studio director.

People are welcomed to stop by and see what the league has to offer. In addition, there are different art exhibits on display.

The artists

Those displaying their handiwork at the store are Joyce Rowley, Heather Brett, Bonnie Bodensteiner, Carole Reitz, Julie Colby, Robi Rew, Claudia Dewitt, Linda Shumaker, Jacqueline Sisson, Karena Wiggins, Kem Wiggins and Sandy Martin.


The Danville Art League’s Christmas Shoppe at Towne Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 24. The store also will be open a couple of days after Christmas.

For more information about taking classes or becoming a member, call the Art League at 442-9264 or e-mail

Text Only
Local News
  • Kindergarten roundup nears

    April 20, 2014

  • Head Start services offered

    April 20, 2014

  • City to discuss chicken ordinance, animal control DANVILLE -- Residents love their pets -- ranging from the furry to feathered kind -- and let city officials know about it. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said two of the biggest issues he's received phone calls about since he's been mayor have been about the

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-CN0420 - Vignette2 image Danville thrift store glass gets a second life Chris Moore of Danville admits he's never been known as an artistic person among friends and family. But after seeing some glass garden decorations at a landscaping business about a year ago, something clicked and he decided to try his hand at creati

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three injured in shooting on east side DANVILLE -- Police have made one arrest in connection with a triple shooting incident Friday night on the city's east side. Police and emergency personnel responded around 6:30 p.m. Friday to the 1000 block of Moore Street to reports of shots fire. T

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-CN 0420 - Vignette3 image Odds and ends turn into great useful objects Four Danville Area Community College students took some wooden pallets, a used tire, two broken clocks and a fallen tree limb and created four completely usable objects that will be entered in the college's Trash to Treasures repurposing challenge on

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - CN0420 - Repurpose5 image Trash into treasure What started out as an idea for a class project quickly snowballed into a campuswide initiative at Danville Area Community College, with the results being on display this week. To mark Earth Day this year, the Biology Department and the Sustainabilit

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - CN0420 - Rock Church cross image Floral cross celebrates Easter DANVILLE — A cross at The Rock Church is blooming with the beauty of spring and the promise of Easter.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 04-20 Vignette1 image Couple creates rustic salvaged furniture Kim Hannah of Danville has been salvaging and reusing materials -- most notably barn wood -- for close to two decades. Hannah has sold her handmade crafts and primitive, rustic furniture made of salvaged barn wood at shows around the Midwest for 18 y

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Auxiliary buys ‘Wagons for Warriors’ Auxiliary buys ‘Wagons for Warriors’

    A benefit last month raised $771, which was donated to Wagons for Warriors.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Must Read