Report from “Metamorphosis” at The Pharmacy Reception
April 9, 2014 by Job Conger
A group of visual artists in Springfield, Illinois transformed a former Watt Bros. drug store I used to visit as a kid on a bicycle to a studio and performance venue, appropriately named The Pharmacy, where I used to recite poetry and play my guitar on special occasions.
When another force in my life drew me away from poetry and song, I stopped attending events at The Pharmacy and was sad to see less-frequent news of events there. Little did I know that behind the scenes, a METAMORPHOSIS was quietly in progress, the caterpillar, under cover of a cocoon of silence (actually the group of talented artists who are part of The Pharmacy, but I like this analogy) was renovating and expanding the building, cleaning it up a LOT, polishing floors, adding studio space upstairs. When I was invited to The Pharmacy’s EIGHTH reception, I took a break from other passions and attended the April 5th event. I believe the thumb-nailed pictures which follow, all of which I took that night, tell the story better than a jabbery narrative. So with great delight and appreciation, I share these photographs.
POST PICTURE POSTING THOUGHTS
I’m still groping my way in the darkness when it comes to posting many pictures at Honey & Quinine. Despite my best effort, I could not place each one where I wanted it, though I succeeded sometimes, and I don’t know why. I totally enjoyed the reception for “METAMORPHOSIS” and intend to spend more time with this part of the local visual arts community. Thanks to all for a most memorable evening!
first picture taken on entering, artist and Pharmacy member James T. Elliot worked the wine table and did a terrific job!
closeup of the south east entrance: new paint on cleaned, original drug store bricks (Val Watt, one of the Watt Brothers. would have smiled to see this.) and a touch of the original corrugation on the right.
The music was instrumental bass and simple conga drum percussion and was perfect for the occasion. MODERN, ACOUSTIC, WELL PLAYED, and PERFECT for this event
Keely Mills (left) and Amy Henske
Here’s the entrance from Pasfield. The main entrance,pictured earlier, is at the northwest corner of South Grand at Pasfield.
Inspired by the E.T. movie poster, James T. Elliot extends his hand ‘n’ wine to a thirsty guest. fsssss
Friends (left to right) Mark Russillo, artist and local art icon William Crook, and the goddess of cookies and wine, Thea Chesley.
This is my “treatment” of Keeley Mills’ fantastic painting also presented here. I never show one of my “photographer’s morph” without also showing the original work that inspired it. This is great fun and though I will never pretend talent with a brush, I enjoy working creatively with photos of paintings that inspire me.
Keely’s painting of George Harrision. It sold quickly.
Mandy and Matt, two of the happiest friends I have.
A viewsome twosome. Just look at that incredible floor.
Standing directly in front of a fabulous abstract, the ladies address their attention to the other excellent painting on the left.
On the right, a recent painting by Felecia Olin. On the left the wall on which it was displayed.
another couple enjoying the evening at The Pharmacy
Ernest photographer modified Keeley Mills’ fine portrait of George Harrison.
Mark and Thea consider a fine abstract (I think) sculpture.
These fab paintings of the “Fab Four” Beatles sold fastly.
painting by Keeley Mills
light switch, representational
excerpt from an exhibition and light switch, realistic
people at an exhibition
a fine work by James T. Elliott barkeep & talented artist
A fine couple in front of another Felicia Olin painting
the earlier picture was cropped for this version
looking from the wall side of the sculpture to the gallery
the tatoo of Mandy and a leg (each) of Mandy and Matt
side views of two fine sculptures, a Keeley Mills painting on the left and some other interesting works on the distant wall
a fabulous abstract
the abstract, slightly rephrased I can do this. I have poetic license.
interesting, unconventional perspective
Artist Jeff Williams (left) talks with two fans.