MONMOU Ill. (KWQC) — The building is the legacy of Grace Buchanan. A gift to her beloved Monmouth, Illinois. Grace had a passion for the arts and wanted to make
dance, painting, photography, and music available to the people in Warren County.
The Buchanan Center For the Arts is a crown jewel in Monmouth. The talent of local, amateur photographers is featured in the most current exhibit at the center. The late James Keefe and his award winning landscapes are on display. Keefe captured the beauty of rural America with his camera.
Summer interns C. J. Bonifer and Hannah Vestal are enthusiastic about photography. A few of their photos are included in the exhibit.
Carlea Kiddoo is also a summer intern. She is a very gifted painter, and has contributed to the mural artwork at the center.
On the Pattee Plaza nearby, children gather for a story hour. Danielle Morrison from the Warren County Public Library is excited about sharing her enthusiasm for reading with the kids. The building where the center is located was the first public library in the state. It also housed a hardware store.
The current exhibit at the center runs until August 19th. The Buchanan Center is opened Tuesday through Saturday. Art accessible to anyone in the community. Grace’s gift to Warren County.