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October 20, 2014, 5:46 pm
Postings for February 18, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Accepting Teen Poetry/Art   Now accepting poetry and artwork submissions from teens, grades 6-12 until Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 for international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze. Produced in Springfield, Ill. by the local non-profit literary organization Springfield Poets and Writers and sponsored in part by the Vachel Lindsey Association, this annual book is in its 16th year of publication. Contributors to the book receive two free books. Teachers who send in their students' work that is accepted for publication, receive two free books -- one for their classroom and one for the school library. For more info or complete rules, visit or
  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
  4:00PM 5:00PM Project Linus   Would you like to give your time and support to children in hospitals? If so, please join us for group blanket-making sessions for Project Linus. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children (infants to teens) in hospitals for security and comfort. No experience is necessary; we’ll show you how to make the blankets! Drop in during any of our blanket-making sessions-you’re always welcome!
  9:00AM 5:00PM Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition Exhibi   The Springfield Art Association is thrilled to unveil a new gallery exhibition space, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, thanks to the generous contribution of the M.G. Nelson Family Foundation. We have been able to install new walls, wood floors, state of the art energy-efficient lighting, and an electronic projection screen. The Springfield Art Association is honored to have such an elegant new space to showcase art exhibitions for the Springfield community in our 101st year. The renovation is the first completed success to "Embrace the Future" as part of the $4 million Centennial Capital Campaign project to be the premier community visual arts center in central Illinois. The first exhibition in the new space exemplifies this SAA mission and vision as they present the area's best artwork from the Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition featuring gold and silver awards from area junior and high school students. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28 during SAA normal business hours Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, IL 62702
  5:30PM 7:00PM history of customs, courtship, & marriage   The history of customs, courtship, marriage, and social life in Springfield will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the City of Springfield's Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 Seventh St. The program is free and open to the public. Ericka Holst, will speak about the social life in the Lincoln era especially courtships and weddings. Her interest in antebellum Springfield, especially courtships and weddings grew from her research into the history of Edwards Place including letters of the Benjamin Edwards family and their friends. The Edwards played host to numerous and socially prominent friends like Stephan A. Douglas, David Davis, John Todd Stuart, Stephen Logan, and Abraham Lincoln. Holst, who is also curator of the Edwards Place, is author of a new book, "Courtships and Weddings in Abraham Lincoln's Springfield." For more information, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.
  5:30PM n/a Volunteer Training Session   Anyone who would like to help bring Abraham Lincoln's life and times to the world is invited to volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The next series of volunteer training programs will start Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the library's Multi Purpose Room. The two-hour session will acquaint people with the volunteer opportunities available and begin teaching attendees what they need to know about the library and museum. Volunteers can help by serving as informational guides, bus greeters and assistants in the museum's children's section, Mrs. Lincoln's Attic. Volunteers also assist in the Oral History Department, Papers of Abraham Lincoln, the library reading room and more. Volunteers will be asked to attend three additional training sessions: Wednesday, March 5; Wednesday, March 12; and Tuesday, March 25. Each session will start at 5:30 p.m. and last about three hours. To register, contact Jeremy Carrell, director of volunteer services, at (217) 558-8984.
  6:00PM 7:00PM Republican Candidates for Governor   The Citizens Club will host the four candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois, to be selected in the March 18 Primary. The Forum will be in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center on Tuesday evening on Feb. 18. Senator Bill Brady, Senator Kirk Dillard, Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Mr. Bruce Rauner will respond to questions from a three-person media panel from 6 to 7 p.m. ABC Channel 20 will air the Forum live.

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