February is the Month for Art

The following information was published as an article titled "Gillespie, Area artist's work on display in several venues" in the January 31, 2014 edition of the Effingham Daily News, as an article titled "EIU alumna's artwork on display at nature center" in the January 29, 2014 edition of the Journal Gazette-Times Courier (JG-TC) Mattoon-Charleston, IL, and as an on-line article on February 10, 2014, on http://thisweekincas.com/2014/02/09/master-of-fine-arts-student-displays-work-in-exhibits-across-illinois-missouri/, a news hub for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences.

February is the month for art, or so it seems for art enthusiasts who follow the works of Sarah Gillespie. Gillespie's artwork will be displayed concurrently at four galleries and in two states during February.

In Missouri, mighty fine art will be exhibited at the "MFA Invitational" from January 27, 2014 to February 21, 2014 at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri. The exhibition will feature nine art pieces by Sarah Gillespie. A spokesperson for the college explained that the initials "MFA" in the show's title actually stands for "Masters of Fine Arts" since the invited artists are graduate students from Washington University, Fontbonne University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), but she added that only truly fine art is selected to be shown. Gillespie is a graduate student at SIUE, where she is both studying and teaching art, and is a member of the Effingham Art Guild and formerly a resident of Newton.

Also in Missouri, at Columbia College, Gillespie's piece, titled 38˚54’53.1”N 88˚14’24.60”W, will be on display at the 35th annual "Paper in Particular" exhibition, featuring the very best in art which incorporates paper as a primary element. Gillespie's piece includes inlays of unique, hand-crafted botanical papers. The show runs from February 3rd to March 2nd.

In Illinois, Gillespie will be showing a selection of her artworks at the Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, in the "Awards of Excellence." Responding to a special invitation to exhibit, Gillespie selected her "Miniscule and Monumental" series, which emphasizes her fascination with the similarities of nature's patterns observable in both macro- and micro-scopic life. Gillespie commented, "Onto silk organza textile, I digitally print images which have been generated by a scanning electron microscope. By arranging the silk onto a surface composed of watercolor, ink, graphite and archival paper, I create evocative art." The show opened January 10th and will close February 22nd.

Gillespie is one of the first graduate art students to exhibit in SIUE's brand new art gallery within the university's recently built Art and Design West. "The Graduate Exhibition" opened January 23rd.

Winter may be a good time to visit art galleries, but it is this spring when the opportunity will arise to see all the best of Gillespie's artwork. Gillespie’s first thesis exhibition will be held at the SIUE Art and Design West’s gallery, April 16th through April 23rd. The second at Jacoby Arts Center, April 26th through May 4th, with a reception May 2nd. The thesis exhibitions will feature a selection of Gillespie's art pieces created during her studies in the Master of Fine Arts degree program.

Locally, during any month, Gillespie's art can be viewed by perusing certain displays and signs at Ballard Nature Center, Altamont, IL. The center’s new archeological display is graced with one of Gillespie’s figure drawings and a fiber art piece.