Above and Beyond an Art Show

By WEEK Producer

September 18, 2011 Updated Sep 18, 2011 at 10:31 PM CDT

Art Show on Jefferson Street in downtown Peoria has featured individual and group galleries since April, but September's artist Christopher Robin Keller is including more. A lot more.

Keller says, "When there's people around, it's kind of like you're living in the city and you can feel the pulse of the city. I kind of get that when I'm making art and there's other people around. I just feel a different energy."

Keller says that energy spawns from reaching out to members in the art-based community. So this month he has invited guest artists, 32 live bands, local coffee roastery Broken Tree and even animals from TAPS.

Painter Travey Frugoli says, "It's very exciting to be reaching out and connecting with other artists in the Peoria area and then showing the public that there are a ton of artists here."

Guest artist Tracey Frugoli says her concentration on American Impressionism comes from a love of painting outdoors.

Frugoli, a professional painter, "So tonight I'm doing a painting of a dog for the raffle and it's just one of the many subjects that I choose to paint."

Art is raffled off every weekend night, with the entire proceeds going to TAPS animal shelter.

Amanda Perdew, a patron to the event said, "It's just so diverse. You go into one room and you have a certain style and then on the other wall even, it's totally different. And then there's music too, which is also art. It's art. All of it."

Keller booked live bands to perform every Friday and Saturday night starting at 8. During those performances, he will be working on his gallery pieces under the watchful eyes the gallery's guests.

Keller said, "If they like my style then I'll make a piece for them. They can pick the color scheme and whether it's horizontal or vertical ,so even if they do not like the content at least it will match their couch."

Keller will be creating his gallery every Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 PM, then showcasing his work at the end of the month on September 30th.

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