Pontiac Community Art Center

Welcome to the Pontiac Community Art Center



The Pontiac Community Art Center nurtures the creativity found within the collection of artists and art groups located in the City of Pontiac and surrounding area.  The Art Center is a studio, teaching space, gallery, and retail sales outlet for locally produced work.  We invite you to visit our store and see the wide variety of art we offer. 

The Pontiac Community Art Center is temporarily closed while the relocate to a new store.  

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Pontiac Art Center Brings Painting Project to MOSAIC 

Photo above: Fawn Lesson (Direct Support Professional), Loretta Steward, Rebecca Arbogast, Brenda Thompson, Resident watching, Teresa Beard Lowell. Bottom Juli Fraher, (back of her head) Yvonne Benson

Artists from the Pontiac Community Art Center enjoyed working with individuals served at six MOSAIC houses in Pontiac and Dwight during the week of June 12th.  Each student painted an original work of art inspired by one of four sample paintings supplied by lead artists, Kathy Zehr and Teresa Beard-Lowell, both of rural Chenoa.  Zehr and Beard-Lowell led the projects with help from volunteer helpers:  Connie Kostelc, Vickie Fitzgerald, Juli Fraher, Patty Mackinson, and Brenda Thompson, all from Pontiac, along with  Pam Beeson, Cornell; Sue Drummet, Long Point; and Nancy Flessner, Cullom.

“Everyone seemed to have a good time,” said Zehr.  “Each painting had a surprise reveal of the painter’s personal initials, which came after they were finished painting.  I think they liked that.”
“The Greater Livingston County Arts Council provided half of the funding for this project and wrote a grant for the rest,” Zehr continued.  “Without help like this, along with that of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer this type of community service.  The project, which included individuals served, support personnel, art volunteers and art teachers, involved nearly 60 people.  

This program was supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, an agency of the State of Illinois, and the McLean County Arts Center   

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Our Current Show

Joe Bailey Art Gallery 

Pontiac Community Art Center announces the January 2017 Gallery Show ‘Wood to Paper’.

The January 2017 Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Thursday, January 5, in the Joe Bailey Gallery and runs throughSunday January 29.  This exhibit is entitled ‘Wood to Paper’

‘Wood to Parer’ is a collaboration between local artists Pam Beeson and Jim Woodburn.  Woodburn is a wood craftsman, and began working with wood in the 5th grade.  He found a antique saw and started making lawn ornaments, and has been skillfully working with wood ever since.  Woodburn’s pieces include furniture crafted from local and exotic woods. 
Pam Beeson is a photographer.  She got her love of photography in high school.  She asked for a camera for Christmas, and her sister got one instead.  Santa was a bit confused, so she borrowed her camera and has been chasing light ever since.  For this show, Beeson concentrated on large prints and canvases.  Both artists share a love for modern rustic, wide open spaces and Longhorn cattle.

The Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery is located at 103 West Madison St., Pontiac. Winter hours for the Art Center are Monday throughFriday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome
Pontiac Community Art Center announces the January 2017 Gallery Show ‘Wood to Paper’.

The January 2017 Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Thursday, January 5, in the Joe Bailey Gallery and runs throughSunday January 29.  This exhibit is entitled ‘Wood to Paper’

‘Wood to Parer’ is a collaboration between local artists Pam Beeson and Jim Woodburn.  Woodburn is a wood craftsman, and began working with wood in the 5th grade.  He found a antique saw and started making lawn ornaments, and has been skillfully working with wood ever since.  Woodburn’s pieces include furniture crafted from local and exotic woods. 
Pam Beeson is a photographer.  She got her love of photography in high school.  She asked for a camera for Christmas, and her sister got one instead.  Santa was a bit confused, so she borrowed her camera and has been chasing light ever since.  For this show, Beeson concentrated on large prints and canvases.  Both artists share a love for modern rustic, wide open spaces and Longhorn cattle.

The Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery is located at 103 West Madison St., Pontiac. Winter hours for the Art Center are Monday throughFriday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome.
Pontiac Community Art Center announces the May Gallery Show ‘Every Little Detail’.

The May 2017 Gallery Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Saturday, April 29 in the Joe Bailey Gallery, and will run  through Tuesday, May 30.  ‘Every Little Detail’ features the acrylic paintings of local artist and Chenoa resident, Teresa Beard-Lowell. Teresa’s paintings will ‘focus’ on the subject of fine detail.

The Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery is located at 103 West Madison St., Pontiac. Hours for the Art Center are Mondaythrough Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome.
Pontiac Community Art Center announces the May Gallery Show ‘Every Little Detail’.

The May 2017 Gallery Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Saturday, April 29 in the Joe Bailey Gallery, and will run  through Tuesday, May 30.  ‘Every Little Detail’ features the acrylic paintings of local artist and Chenoa resident, Teresa Beard-Lowell. Teresa’s paintings will ‘focus’ on the subject of fine detail.

The Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery is located at 103 West Madison St., Pontiac. Hours for the Art Center are Mondaythrough Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome.
Pontiac Community Art Center announces the May Gallery Show ‘Every Little Detail’.

The May 2017 Gallery Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Saturday, April 29 in the Joe Bailey Gallery, and will run  through Tuesday, May 30.  ‘Every Little Detail’ features the acrylic paintings of local artist and Chenoa resident, Teresa Beard-Lowell. Teresa’s paintings will ‘focus’ on the subject of fine detail.

The Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery is located at 103 West Madison St., Pontiac. Hours for the Art Center are Mondaythrough Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome.
June 2017 Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery Art Show: ‘Ode to III…’

The June 2017 Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Saturday, June 3 in the Joe Bailey Gallery.
This exhibit is entitled ‘Ode to III…’

‘Ode to III…’ is a collaboration between the Pontiac Community Art Center and the Pontiac Chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society. This show between the two local creative groups will be on display at the Art Center from June 3 to June 29 during regular Art Center hours.
The June 3 opening  reception will be from 5pm to 8pm and will include short poetry readings on the half hour. There will also be readings from 2pm to 3 pm at the center on Saturday, June 10.

The Art Center is located at 103 West Madison St. across from the historic Courthouse in Pontiac. Hours for the Art Center are Monday throughFriday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm.
There is no admission fee and the public is welcome.
Pontiac Art Center Brings Painting Project to MOSAIC

Artists from the Pontiac Community Art Center enjoyed working with individuals served at six MOSAIC
houses in Pontiac and Dwight during the week of June 12th.  Each student painted an original work of art inspired by one of four sample paintings supplied by lead artists, Kathy Zehr and Teresa Beard-Lowell, both of rural Chenoa.  Zehr and Beard-Lowell led the projects with help from volunteer helpers:  Connie Kostelc, Vickie Fitzgerald, Juli Fraher, Patty Mackinson, and Brenda Thompson, all from Pontiac, along with  Pam Beeson, Cornell; Sue Drummet, Long Point; and Nancy Flessner, Cullom.  “Everyone seemed to have a good time,” said Zehr.  “Each painting had a surprise reveal of the painter’s personal initials, which came after they were finished painting.  I think they liked that.” “The Greater Livingston County Arts Council provided half of the funding for this project and wrote a grant for the rest,” Zehr continued.  “Without help like this, along with that of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer this type of community service.” Artwork that was created will be featured in the window of the Pontiac Community Art Center, 103 W. Madison Street in Pontiac during the last two weeks in July.  

This program was supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, an agency of the State of Illinois, and the McLean County Arts Center.

Pontiac Art Center Brings Painting Project to MOSAIC

Artists from the Pontiac Community Art Center enjoyed working with individuals served at six MOSAIC
houses in Pontiac and Dwight during the week of June 12th.  Each student painted an original work of art inspired by one of four sample paintings supplied by lead artists, Kathy Zehr and Teresa Beard-Lowell, both of rural Chenoa.  Zehr and Beard-Lowell led the projects with help from volunteer helpers:  Connie Kostelc, Vickie Fitzgerald, Juli Fraher, Patty Mackinson, and Brenda Thompson, all from Pontiac, along with  Pam Beeson, Cornell; Sue Drummet, Long Point; and Nancy Flessner, Cullom.  “Everyone seemed to have a good time,” said Zehr.  “Each painting had a surprise reveal of the painter’s personal initials, which came after they were finished painting.  I think they liked that.” “The Greater Livingston County Arts Council provided half of the funding for this project and wrote a grant for the rest,” Zehr continued.  “Without help like this, along with that of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer this type of community service.” Artwork that was created will be featured in the window of the Pontiac Community Art Center, 103 W. Madison Street in Pontiac during the last two weeks in July.  

This program was supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, an agency of the State of Illinois, and the McLean County Arts Center.


Pontiac Community Art Center announces the January 2017 Gallery Show ‘Wood to Paper’.

The January 2017 Show at the Pontiac Community Art Center opens on Thursday, January 5, in the Joe Bailey Gallery and runs throughSunday January 29.  This exhibit is entitled ‘Wood to Paper’

‘Wood to Parer’ is a collaboration between local artists Pam Beeson and Jim Woodburn.  Woodburn is a wood craftsman, and began working with wood in the 5th grade.  He found a antique saw and started making lawn ornaments, and has been skillfully working with wood ever since.  Woodburn’s pieces include furniture crafted from local and exotic woods. 
Pam Beeson is a photographer.  She got her love of photography in high school.  She asked for a camera for Christmas, and her sister got one instead.  Santa was a bit confused, so she borrowed her camera and has been chasing light ever since.  For this show, Beeson concentrated on large prints and canvases.  Both artists share a love for modern rustic, wide open spaces and Longhorn cattle.

The Pontiac Community Art Center Gallery is located at 103 West Madison St., Pontiac. Winter hours for the Art Center are Monday throughFriday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome
We are currently closed due to relocation.

Hours


Monday through Friday - 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday - 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday - 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Artist Information



Livingston County artists who wish to submit artwork for consideration should review the Jury Criteria (PDF).  
To submit work, please download and print the Submission Form (PDF).  

Upcoming Gallery Shows

MONTH ARTIST SHOW TITLE
August No show in August  
September John & Vickie Fitzgerald  
October Group Show "Thriller"
November Patty Mackinson  
December Group Show  

PCAC Presentation



Would you like to know more about the Pontiac Community Art Center?  Do you need a speaker for your club or group?  The PCAC has a presentation about us that includes a PowerPoint.  Contact Juli Fraher by email or stop by the center to make arrangements.   

(Pontiac Community Art Center is supported by the Greater Livingston County Arts Council.)