PERU — Sue Gillio, director of Music Suite 408, has announced that the exhibit opening and reception by local artist Julie Jenkins will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 7 at the Music Suite 408 "PaintBox Gallery" located in the west wing of the historic Westclox Building in Peru. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Jenkins was born and raised in rural Ottawa. She studied art through high school and then went on to Illinois Valley Community College for her associate in art. She continued her education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She resides in Peru with her husband and two children. She is teaching middle school art, family living and graphic design at Parkside School in Peru. In addition, she holds the position of yearbook advisor, internal coach for the PBIS program head teacher and process manager for the school improvement team as well as serving on the crisis team.
Jenkis earned the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Fine Arts Educator Award for 2013. She currently serves as the president of North Central Illinois ARTworks and is a member of the Illinois Art Education Association. Her work has been exhibited at the Collins and Co. Studio and Gallery and the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton, and the Music Suite 408 Paintbox Gallery in Peru. She was featured in the spring and summer 2008 issue of Spirit magazine.
Jenkins's March exhibit at the Music Suite 408 Paintbox Gallery is comprised of an ongoing study of trees and nature. She bases her painting primarily off of photographs taken on various trips. Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Redwood Forest, Lake Tahoe and a variety of other parks are subject of many of these works. She has included many of the photographs that inspired these pieces for exhibit goers to the see the artistic judgements and liberties she takes with color and texture.