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Colorful Creations — A Collaborative Exhibition by Adrienne Lovingood Risby, Natalie Jackson O’Neal and Trish Williams

Colorful Creations is a collaboration by three talented and professional female artists in Peoria: Adrienne Lovingood Risby, a portrait artist/painter, Natalie Jackson O’Neal, a photographer, and Trish Williams, a fiber artist/quilter. Their show will be on exhibit the entire month of November at the Side View Gallery in the Contemporary Art Center. They invite you to come view their work which is for sale.

Upcoming POP-UP GIFT BAZAAR dates:
Saturday, November 18, 2-4pm
Black Friday, November 24, 11-3pm

Adrienne Lovingood Risby, Portrait Artist/Painter/Instructor

I am known as a portrait artist, but I love anything that deals with art! I have drawn or painted many portraits professionally and have participated in many art shows over the past 25 years. Training with Preston Jackson in my early years gave me the confidence to take my art seriously. My favorite theme when painting is of people. I love to present them in the aura’s (colors) I see them. My love of color also inspires me to create a mood that fits the person or tells the person’s story without words. My portraits are done in pencil, color pencil or acrylics. I also paint murals and paintings for home and office and illustrate children’s books. 

Natalie Jackson O’Neal, Photographer

I am a Midwest photographer residing in Peoria, Illinois. I enjoy photographing people and their surroundings and relaying their stories. My latest body of work was Crowns Of Empowerment, which highlights black women and injustices dealt with throughout American history. 

I am a member of the Illinois Art League and the Peoria Camera Club.  I sit on the Board of Directors at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, which is a frequently visited, highly active community arts center.  My photography studio is also located there.

Trish Williams, Fiber Artist/Quilter

I bring together the rhythm of hand dyed, painted and commercially made fabrics with the syncopated lines of my quilting to tell stories about the African Diaspora and my community. While my textiles are steeped in the tradition of the story quilt, cloth-based narratives constructed frequently from scraps of clothing and other familiar fabrics to record history at a particular time and place, they are intended to be viewed on the wall rather than to dress a bed. My tales are for all to see and know, rather than for just an intimate few. I challenge the status quo, refusing to accept the stereotypes forced upon me by society. Instead, I question the very nature of these stereotypes using familiar forms and processes to hold the viewer’s attention.