Highland Gallery hosts Visual Art Faculty Exhibit

 

The Highland Gallery will feature work by current HCC Visual Arts faculty members beginning with a reception on Oct. 25, ending on Dec. 7 at the Ferguson Fine Arts Center at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

 

The annual event displays work by faculty art available for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion as a featured exhibit for the Fall 2018 semester. The opening reception is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Highland Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

 

“The exhibit illuminates images and concerns created by HCC Visual Arts faculty,” explains Highland Gallery Director Robert Apolloni. “This is always a popular exhibit as it presents our art instructors as professional exhibiting artists, as opposed to their more familiar role as visual art instructors.”

 

The exhibit features the work of the following artists:

 

  • Robert Apolloni: Mixed media paintings based on the human form
  • Sam Tucibat: Computer-assisted photographs

 

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Highland Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the gallery or Highland’s Visual Arts program, contact Robert Apolloni at 815-599-3479 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



THE ETERNAL INDIAN

• More commonly known as the Black Hawk Statue, the Eternal Indian was constructed by Lorado Taft at his Eagle’s Nest artists’ colony in 1910.

• Weather and the passing of a century have weakened the statue, and now it must be repaired or it could be lost forever.

• State funds available to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are not enough to repair the statue.

• The Illinois Conservation Foundation and local community volunteers are raising private funding to cover the final costs of restoring this piece of American art history.

 

HISTORIC CONSTRUCTION

• The Eternal Indian was constructed by pouring concrete into forms.

• Built in frigid December temperatures, it required complex heating and pouring techniques never before tried in 1910.

• Lorado Taft brought Chicago Art Institute sculptor John Prasuhn in to help develop these new techniques.

• Local heavy equipment manufacturer E. D. Etnyre also contributed time, equipment and materials.

• One hundred years later, Etnyre’s company is once again contributing to efforts to preserve this historic statue.

 

COMMUNITY VALUE

• The Eternal Indian is a treasured landmark to the Oregon, Illinois community.

• Lorado built it to pay homage to the Native American heritage of the Rock River Valley.

• Thousands of students and art enthusiasts visit Lowden State Park every year to see the statue.

• Local residents anxiously await the restoration and return of the “Black Hawk” statue.

 

THE DAMAGE

• The statue has been damaged by snow, ice and even lightning.

• It has stood for 100 years, so wear and tear is inevitable.

• Landmarks Illinois classified it as one of the most endangered historic landmarks in the state.

• The state legislature made a $350,000 matching grant to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources — however, we now need to raise $225,000 in private money to match.

• The Illinois Conservation Foundation and local community

volunteers need your help to make it to our goal.

 

THE RESTORATION

• Planning has been completed. A contract to begin restoration is

ready once all funds are secured.

• Chicago-based engineering firm Simpson, Gumpertz and Hager is

contributing their expertise in overseeing the reconstruction.

• Quality Restorations, Inc. will complete the restoration, in some

cases using the original molds Taft and Prasuhn created together.

• On July 18, the Etnyre family foundation donated $100,000 in

addition to the $25,000 that Oregon Together has already raised.

• Local foundations have pledged another $55,000.

• All that stands in the way of saving the Eternal Indian is $35,000.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Illinois Conservation Foundation cannot save this iconic piece of art without your generosity and support. Your donations directly contribute to the preservation of the Eternal Indian. By sharing this story, you also can give others the opportunity to help us save this treasured landmark of the Rock River Valley. Will you help us protect it?

For more information or to make a donation--www.ilcf.org

 

E.D. Etnyre & Co Welcome Robin

Robin Etnyre is the Corporate Communication Specialist at E. D. Etnyre & Co. in Oregon, IL. Robin has been with Etnyre since the summer of 2018. Robin's responsibilities at Etnyre include brand management, internal communication, external communication, community involvement, and member engagement.

Prior to joining Etnyre, Robin spent five years working in 4-H Youth Developments for the
University of Illinois Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona Cooperative
Extension. During this period, Robin focused on communication with participants, training of volunteers, and coordination of events, including the county fair. Robin holds a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Communication and Leadership from Illinois State University, and currently resides in Oregon, IL.


ICF Recognizes Oregon Community and Accepts Funds for Black Hawk Statue

The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) thanked Oregon Together’s Black Hawk Team, and all the citizens and businesses from the Oregon community who contributed funds for the restoration of Lorado Traft’s “Black Hawk” statue at Lowden State Park. According to ICF, $25,000 in donations from local fundraising events, individual donors, and other contributions held by Oregon Together will go directly towards paying the costs of restoring the statue once that much awaited project begins. “This is a great example of what can be accomplished when members of a local community come together to support a common cause,” said Eric Schenck, ICF Executive Director. “These contributions have significantly narrowed the funding gap that remains and have brought us that much closer to everyone’s goal of starting restoration work as soon as possible.” Schenck also gave credit to E. D. Etnyre & Company for the $100,000 donation that ICF received back in July from their family foundation.

“The Etnyre donation was yet another incredible demonstration of the Oregon community’s strong connection to their beloved ‘Black Hawk’ statue,” Schenck said. “It is inspiring to see such an outpouring of support and commitment to preserving this national historic landmark.” According to Schenck, about $35,000 is all that is left to be raised after the Etnyre and Oregon Together donations, plus pledges made by local foundations, are taken into account. Once this final sum is secured, ICF and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will enter into a contract with a Chicago- based conservator to complete repair and restoration of the statue. Those wishing to donate to the Black Hawk restoration project can do so at www.ILCF.org.

 

Oregon Lions Board Members Inducted

Leaf River Lion Paul Lindstrom inducted a new Oregon Lions’ President and board at the Oregon Lions meeting on June 28th . With his unique humor, Paul Lindstrom reminded each member of their responsibility as a member of this board. Outgoing President Rob Arneson was thanked for his year of service to Oregon Lions and received a standing ovation from the members present.

Paul Lindstrom awarded two Melvin Jones Awards. Lion Doug Aken and Lion Tom Duym were presented these awards and thanked for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to both of them!

New Oregon Lions Board includes: Dave Stenger, Joan Smola, Jan Champley, Wayne Cole, Mike Hoff, Grant Afflerbaugh and Chuck McCourt. Front row: Jim Hoff, Jean Hoff, Mary Jo Moser and new Oregon Lions President Dr. Carri Anderson.


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