Swedish String Duet- June 26
The BHHA is sponsoring an hour long concert being performed by Ellinor & Leonor from Sweden. Ellinor Fritz plays the fiddle and Leonor Palazzo plays the cello. They play a variety of Swedish music, which can be heard on their website at http://ellinorleonor.com/. This free public event will take place in the Dairy Building at 7 p.m. on June 26.
From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois exhibit opening at the Steeple Building- June 28
From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois thoughtfully integrates the arts and stories of Illinois to create a visually engaging and educational perspective on the state’s cultural heritage. Telling the stories of ten artists, the featured art forms represent a wide variety of traditions such as duck decoy carving, Irish fiddle, Mexican murals, and African American Quilts. Every artist is part of a larger tradition, and their stories prompt questions that ask all of us to consider What will I pass along? This exhibit will also include information about Bishop Hill folk arts/artists, such as broommaking and Olof Krans. This summer exhibit will close on September 29. From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois was produced by Company of Folk with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bluegrass Duet- June 28
As part of our summer exhibit opening, Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring will be performing at the Steeple Building from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This is a free public event. Virtuoso guitarist/fiddler Robert Bowlin and Award-winning singer/songwriter Wil Maring combine talents to create beautiful original acoustic music. Robert is a 2-time National Fingerpicking and Flatpicking Guitar contest winner and has accompanied legendary artists like Bill Monroe, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, Ray Price, and many more. Wil has toured Europe and Japan extensively, was a winner of the Merlefest songwriting contest, and a Kerrville Folk Finalist. They’ve been guests on the Grand Ole Opry and NPR’s Whaddya Know program. This performance is sponsored by the Company of Folk with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.