Crossing the Clark Bridge to
comb the antique shops or scout for eagles along the Great River Road, you will
find the new Jacoby Arts Center is an exciting stop to enrich your itinerary.
Housed in the renovated 1899 Jacoby furniture store on Broadway this
three-story, 40,000-square-foot brick building was donated to the Madison County
Arts Council by C. J. Jacoby and Co., Inc. and opened as an art center in
2004. In this new facility you will find a sparkling art gallery, a dynamic
educational facility, and an array of exquisite artisans' crafts.
adults and children feature native arts such as pottery, stained glass, mosaics,
watercolor, colored pencil explorations, Christmas gourd ornaments and book arts
using Japanese binding techniques and handmade paper from garden plants,
farmer's crops and recycled paper.
A small gift shop offers
choice items by native artists: a crimson snow-flake twill scarf woven in silk
and merino wool, delicate white-on-white raku pots, cds of original music
composed in honor of the Clark Bridge and North American Indians, artful cards,
meltin-your-mouth English toffee, and baskets filled with the makings of your
The Jacoby Arts Center is a
beacon in downtown Alton, attracting community interest and art lovers from
across the country. Over the next few years, the council plans to refurbish the
rest of the building and has plans to have a music conservatory and studio
space, where the public could view artists in action on the second and third
floors. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 pm to 5 pm and Sundays 12 pm to
Admission is free and members are entitled to discounts on classes and gifts.
Treat yourself to the discovery of a wealth of local talent, creative
opportunities and the renaissance of River Bend culture. Class schedules and the
current newsletter will be sent upon request by calling 618-462-5222.
CURRENT ART EXHIBIT
Through February 28, 2015
Mark A. Fisher's Route 66 & Beyond: Full of
engaging, unexpected effects, the images that comprise "Route 66 &
Beyond" underscore Mark Appling Fisher's signature fascination with
the unique possibilities of alternative approaches to the
photographic medium. Reflecting on his passion for exploring
untraditional techniques, Fisher wrote, "…if you are receptive to
their quirks and foibles a whole new visual world will open to you."
That philosophy has inspired his work in a wide variety of
alternative processes. He confesses s a special affinity for "the
unpredictable and quirky" effects in pictures made using plastic
Holgas and other "toy" cameras, and homemade pinhole cameras. The
Route 66 photographs on view were done with Kodak HIE infrared film
(now discontinued), archivally printed on fiber base paper and hand
colored using Prismacolor pencils and Pebeo Photo Oils.
Visiting the Jacoby
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
There is no charge to visit the Jacoby Arts
Visit the greatriverroad.com
art trail section for more art
related attractions and events in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
Directions: The Jacoby Arts Center is located at 627 E. Broadway,
east of the Alton Visitors Center. Parking can be found on the street or in the
lot behind the building.
N 38 53.392
W 90 10.562
Learn more about the
- Official site of the Jacoby Arts Center