Second Saturdays Art Happenings

DIXON (WIFR) -- Spooky specials in store for October Second Saturdays Art Happenings featuring nine venues in downtown Dixon on Saturday, October 8, 6 – 8 p.m. Locations between 1st and 2rd Streets between Peoria and Galena Avenues.

To start off, a special Crystal Cork Art Quarterly at The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe transforms into a Halloween spectacle. “Halloween Flight” features the multi-media works of Western Illinois University art professor, Bruce Walters.

As part of ‘Halloween Flight’ a special outdoor projection of Walter’s video, “Vultus” occurs on several buildings within downtown Dixon. “Vultus” (meaning ‘face’ and ‘faces’ in Latin) is a video animation of 100 cultural and Halloween masks that was projected on five art museums and art centers last Halloween -including 50’ high projections on the Figge Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. The projection was featured online in literally hundreds of websites –and featured in the Des Moines Register, Quad City Times cover story, Peoria Journal Star and included in USAToday.

Books on First offers up a jazz lover’s delight featuring "Chameleon", a newly formed Jazz/Fusion Funk trio, featuring Jay Pauley on keyboards, Kevin Oppendike on drums and Todd Lorenc on bass.

At Lee County Genealogy, Jeff Lovett, a former Civil War Re-en actor with the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery Battery "G", will speak about Illinois, and Dixon in the Civil War. Jeff has been a Civil War enthusiast for many years and will share his knowledge and stories on this truly fascinating part of our nation's history. His program starts at approximately 6:15 and a second will start at 7:15. Refreshments will be served courtesy of LCGS.

Additional highlights include: Music by Rowen Derksen at Green River Sports; Macro Eye Photography by Tina Rockwell at The Frameworks; art by Linda Von Holten at Griffin Computer Repair, and jewelry by Terri Villa-Engelkens at Waterfront Gifts and Antiques.

Below is the list of participating venues:

The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe
219 W. First St.. 815.285.3496
Happening: "Halloween Flight" multi-media installation by Bruce Walters including, "Vultus", a video projection on several buildings in downtown Dixon.

Lee County Genealogy
Happening: Civil War Re-en actor, Jeff Lovett speaks on Illinois and Dixon in the Civil War. Two programs, one at 6:15, the second at 7:15.
Special: Complimentary refreshments

Green River Sports
148 S. PEORIA AVE. 815.288.1079
Happening: Music by Mr. 12 String, Rowen Derksen

Books on First
202 W. FIRST ST. 815.285.2665
Happening: Music by "Chameleon", Jazz/Fusion Funk featuring Jay Pauley on keyboards, Kevin Oppendike on drums and Todd Lorenc on bass.
Ongoing: Visiting Art at Books on First - featuring a seasonally changing display of visual work by local artists

Griffin Computer Repair
121 W. FIRST ST. 815.288.0990
Happening: Art by Linda VonHolten

Waterfront Gifts and Antiques
212 W. FIRST ST. 815.288.4500
Happening: Jewelry and wearable art by Terri Villa-Engelkens from Terri's An'Tweaks

The Frameworks
210 W. FIRST ST. 815.288.2400
Happening: Macro Eye Photography by Tina Rockwell

Journey Yoga
103 S. Peoria Ave. 815.509.6479
Happening: Photography by Jakki East-Peters and Music by Steve Catron celebrating Journey Yoga's 1st year anniversary

Trein's Jewelry
201 W. First St. 815.284.6626
Happening: Eastern European Art Glass, and artwork by Lisa Higby LeFevre, Linda Von Holten, and Joy Meyer.
Special: Wine and snacks in a relaxing atmosphere.

Find all the venues by picking up a Mini Map at any participating venue or go online at and download your own map detailing all of the happenings for Second Saturdays.

Second Saturdays is a monthly cultural event in downtown Dixon organized by a core cooperative of local artists, Hope Greene, Rick Munson, John DeLong, Lisa Higby LeFevre, and local businesses, The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe, Trein’s Jewelry, JSalon, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and Distinctive Gardens. Together aiming to enliven the downtown and get people out walking to see what’s going on in their cultural community. Those interested in participating in Second Saturdays should contact any of the core cooperative people through or Lisa Higby LeFevre at - 815.285.0014 or email - Information online at:

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