Promoting the Arts in Coles County Since 1984


Pop Up Photo Show:

Birds, Butterflies and Blooms 2020

Coles County Arts Council is sponsoring a photography contest celebrating some of the summer sights around Coles County.  Photos need to feature birds, butterflies, moths or flowers (wild or cultivated) from around central Illinois.  Residents of all ages are able to participate in either the Youth or Adult categories.  Selected photographs will be displayed behind glass at various outdoor locations in September.

To participate simply download the entry forms through the links below and follow the instructions.  The fillable pdf may be emailed to (not the www.ccacphotoshow20 shown on the form). All photographs must be submitted in digital form and each photo must have its own accompanying entry form. Further details are available in the linked documents below.



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.

Kids Arts in the Park -- September 14, Morton Park, Charleston, IL.

Memoir Writers Group Meetings:
                           Day Group -- 1:00-3:00 p.m., Charleston Public Library. 

                                                      August 23.

                            Evening Group -- 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church.

                                                       August 13. 

                           The Joy of Memoir Public Reading -- November 10

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