WCHS creativity presented in the art gallery, new entry exhibition at the CMO | New


The Marilyn Wilken Art Gallery at Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka, is currently exhibiting artwork created by the talented students of Robyn Butler, an art teacher at Watseka Community High School.

Butler has two sculpture classes and the students participating in this class are: Colyn Burdick-Temen, Jaden Carney, Kloe Condon, Katelyn Hatch, Shelby Kincade, Sophia Martinez, Sam McCain, Amelio Salinas, Dominick Thomas, Zach Tobeck, Ben Villafria , Adam Walver, Gabe Walver, Matthew Brown, Dakota Bruner, Jack Combes, Emma Donaldson, Emma Hasbargen, Briana Koester, Travis Milligan, Lia Rudisill, Griselda Ruiz, Anthony Shervino, Briana Warren, David Netzband and Kelsey Gioja.

Students created “Found Object” works of art that were inspired by artist Louise Nevelson. Nevelson was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochrome, wood wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. She deliberately painted her pieces in one color (usually black) to unify her work.

According to Butler, “Students were to use materials around the art room to incorporate them into their artwork, as well as bring in items from home to personalize their final artwork. They were to focus on creating an interesting composition with their materials and were encouraged to create a “focal point” for their pieces. “

The general public is invited to view these magnificent pieces in the Marilyn Wilken Art Gallery at the Old Courthouse Museum. The museum is run by volunteers but someone tries to be there Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like to visit the museum, it is advisable to call ahead (815-432-2215) or send an email request to ichs221567 @ yahoo.com. Sometimes there are no volunteers available to keep the museum open, so it’s best to call or email in advance.

Butler’s students recently created pumpkins and displayed them in the pumpkin during Harvest Daze at the Old Courthouse Museum. If you couldn’t see these pumpkins, Butler created a video and uploaded it to YouTube. You can visit youtube.com and type in Harvest Daze Pumpkin Contest 2021.

Visitors to the museum are encouraged to take the time to view the new exhibit at the main entrance. The items shown were used and / or received by Laura Sense, who, as Gold Star Mother, traveled to France to visit the grave of her son, William. Guillaume died during World War I and is buried in the Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery in France. William was born near Watseka and worked here before being sent to France. His parents, David and Laura Sense, are buried in Body Cemetery near Woodland.


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