Wilson’s interest in art began when she won a City Clean-Up Poster contest at age 10. She continued to develop her skills and attended the University of Arkansas, Bradley University, and Illinois Central College. Wilson has received awards and recognition at the Illinois Central College Arts Week Show, Blue-town Festival Art Show, First Methodist Fine Art Exhibit, and Creve Couer Rendezvous Old Settlers Days Art Show. Additionally, Wilson was a member of the Illinois Art League from 1994 to 2001, where she received numerous awards for her oil and watercolor paintings.
Her earlier work is representational, emphasizing realistic landscapes, still life, and portraits. Wilson is instinctively drawn to nature and the miraculous intricacies in our surroundings. She often references the shapes that prevail in nature to inspire her art. Her recent work is more abstract, emphasizing freedom of expression, introspection, and opportunities to explore light, shape, color, and line. She does not begin with a preconceived idea for her abstract pieces, instead, she allows the surface to tell her what it needs and which path to take to render the painting finished. Wilson intends for her artistic expression to evoke emotional responses in the hearts and minds of viewers.
Fine Arts at FDL expands the library’s mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning. Curated by the library’s Art Advisory Committee, the program strives to give local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting and encourages all artists in East Peoria and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.
The installation of art at Fondulac District Library’s facility at 400 Richland Street began with a generous donation from the Ray and Peg Bahnfleth estate. Several pieces were commissioned or purchased for the library’s collection, and funds were used for the installation on a Walker display system for exhibiting engaging works by local artists. Exhibitions of local art are expected to begin in the second half of 2016.
Fine Arts at FDL is curated by the Art Advisory Committee: Adult Services Manager Laura Warren, Communications Assistant Elizabeth Anderson, and Library Director Genna Buhr. The program is guided by the policy adopted and approved by the library’s Board of Directors.
The library currently has two areas for temporary exhibitions of art. Two 12-foot perpendicular wall sections with Walker display system railing are located adjacent to a second floor seating area and are available for displaying mounted, framed, and/or sturdy hanging art. Near its entrance, the library also has a tall glass-front display case with adjustable glass shelving for small or medium-sized three-dimensional art pieces. The case consists of four sections, each with adjustable shelves. The top two sections are each 48 inches tall and have lighting. The bottom two sections are 27 inches tall. All sections are 20 inches wide and 16 inches deep.
All exhibit areas are within the library and are publicly viewable during regular library hours.