Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 19, 2013

New exhibits open at Cedarhurst

New shows this weekend include Shrode Fine Art & Craft Competition

MT. VERNON — — Brave New World: The Art of the Book in the Digital Age will be on exhibit Sunday through May 5 in the Mitchell Museum Main Gallery.

The exhibit examines books on several levels: challenging visitors to consider the cultural and historical values placed on books, the social aspects of reading and how digital media has affected reading, and the book as an art medium for creative expression. Works in the gallery range from rare historical books to altered book sculptures to digital readers.

The exhibition is sponsored by Bill and Sylvia Howard and co-sponsored by Ben and Cyndy Mitchell, St. Mary's Regional Health Center, The Southern Illinoisan and WSIU Public Radio/Television.

Admission to the gallery exhibit is $5 per person. Admission is free Tuesday through Sunday for members of Cedarhurst and children 10 and under. Each Thursday, throughout the exhibit, admission is free for all visitors.

The new gallery exhibitions will be introduced with a Cedarhurst Members' Preview Reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and include a gallery discussion led by Cedarhurst curator Rusty Freeman. Preview admission for non-members if $5.

An exhibition showcasing works from the Department of Cinema and Photography at SIU-C will open Sunday in the Beal Grand Corridor Gallery at Cedarhurst. The photography exhibition, an annual affair since the early 1990's, is one of many cooperative endeavors between Cedarhurst and SIU and features both the works of students as well as art from the department's faculty and staff.

Pocketful of Posies: Salley Mavor sponsored by Kevin and Cheryl Settle and co-sponsored by Bill and Barbara Beck and Crossroads Community Hospital will be the featured exhibition in the Beck Family Center Gallery. Mavor's fabric relief artwork is an outgrowth of her childhood fascination with handiwork. In art school, she left traditional illustration mediums behind, preferring to develop her technique for over 30 years, creating three-dimensional works of art that tell stories with embroidery and found objects.

An enthusiastic response to the annual Shrode Fine Art & Craft Competition at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon garnered entries from many talented artists in the Southern Illinois region. The exhibit, sponsored by Hunt and Donna Bonan, will open to the public on Sunday in the Regenhardt Gallery of the Shrode Art Center at Cedarhurst. The juried competition was open to all artists18 years of age and older living in Southern Illinois, south of Interstate 70.

Located on Richview Road in Mt. Vernon, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the upcoming exhibits you may call Cedarhurst at 242-1236 or visit


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