Promoting the Arts in Coles County Since 1984


Pop Up Photo Show:

Birds, Butterflies and Blooms 2020

2020 has been a tough year for all of us and for the arts. Earlier this spring, forced to cancel one event after another due to Covid 19, the Coles County Arts Council was looking for a safe way to share some joy and decided to try something different. A pop up show brings art to a place where people are not expecting to encounter it. A local amateur photography show invites us to see striking images created from the backgrounds of our lives. Combining the two seemed like a great way to bring some much needed delightful surprise to a challenging year. We hope Birds, Butterflies and Blooms will leave you feeling inspired to celebrate this beautiful and interesting place we call home. 

CCAC would like to thank the 17 photographers, of varying ages and experience levels, who shared over 80 gorgeous images with us. We would also like to thank First Federal Savings and Loan whose generous donation enabled us to buy the display equipment we needed for this new venture. The show featured in the fall of 2020 at Lake Charleston, Douglas Hart Nature Center, and Jackson Avenue Coffee. 


Like what you see? Let us know on our CCAC Facebook page.  Wish you could buy a copy of one of these prints? Contact CCAC’s president through this website and we’ll help you get in touch with the photographer.



As you probably know, Clark County, Illinois is celebrating 200 years as a county in 2019! The Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall will celebrate 10 years! As part of their anniversary year, the Gaslight Art Colony is working with the Bicentennial Committee to showcase art work that highlights the Past, Present and Future of Clark County.


Falling on the Fall Festival weekend this year, there will be the opportunity for many to visit the Colony. All member work will be showcased beginning September 21 with an Opening at the Gaslight Art Colony, and will be on display until mid-October.


Colony members are encouraged to enter, up to three items, that reflect the past, present or future of Clark County. (Other items will not be excluded from this show). Art work could include anything from the Darwin Ferry to the oilfields near Casey, from the “Big Things” to the Clark County Courthouse to main street Martinsville.


The Gaslight Art Colony has been hosting two members show a year for the past 10 years. Their diversity of talent and art mediums is always impressive and this year will be no exception! You will not want to miss this show! For more information or to enter, contact the Gaslight Art Colony at or 217-293-1050.

Memoir Writers Group Meetings: Are still happening, via Zoom. Contact us through the CCAC Facebook page to join either the day group (fourth Friday of the month from 1-3) or the Evening group (second Tuesday from 7-9). 

Ongoing Events:

                         City Art I   -  Featuring local artists. Charleston City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave.,                                                        Main floor.

                         City Art II  -  Featuring artists from local schools.  Charleston City Hall,

                                                2nd floor.


Membership Benefits
Would You like to become a Member?


Simply print and fill out the membership form below.




Please mail your tax-deductible membership along with this form to:

Coles County Arts Council

P.O. Box 163

Charleston, IL 61920.

Want to Help?


We are always looking for artistically  motivated persons looking to make an impact on our county's arts scene.

If you have an idea for an event or would like to volunteer your time and energy please get in touch!

We are committed to supporting artists in Coles County.  

Artist Directory Registration Form

Coles County Arts Council   P.O. Box 163, Charleston, IL 61920