Boone County Arts Council

Boone County Arts Council Promoting the endowment, development, and enjoyment of the arts for the people of Boone County, IL

Operating as usual

Thank you Boone County Community Foundation!
11/17/2021

Thank you Boone County Community Foundation!

The Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations and thank you to the 2021 Boone County Community Grant Recipients!

Belvidere Family YMCA
Blackhawk Area Boy Scouts of America
Boone County Arts Council
Boone County Conservation District
Boone County Council on Aging
Boone County Fair Association & 4H
Boone County Museum of History
Easterseals
Farmwork and Landscaper Advocacy Project
Flaming Monkey 4H Robotics Team
Girl Scouts of America
Habitat for Humanity of Boone County
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Regional Access & Mobilization Project
Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau
Zion Lutheran Church

Together, we make a difference!

District 100 Fifth Graders enjoyed working with guest artists Mark Dvorak and Terry Williams from Rockford Dance Company...
10/30/2021

District 100 Fifth Graders enjoyed working with guest artists Mark Dvorak and Terry Williams from Rockford Dance Companywho brought workshops to the elementary schools for this year’s Fifth Grade Arts Festival.

10/28/2021

We were so happy to present the 5th Grade Arts Festival again this year!

How cool! A Halloween Themed Garden Experience with contributions from local student artists. Take a visit to Anderson J...
10/27/2021

How cool! A Halloween Themed Garden Experience with contributions from local student artists. Take a visit to Anderson Japanese Gardens to see the pumpkin carvings! 🎃

Go Bucs! See about the BHS Art Club's recent contribution to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford!

Thank you Walmart Belvidere!!President Heidi Thacker and Treasurer Karen Shifo accept a check for $500 from the Belvider...
09/26/2021

Thank you Walmart Belvidere!!

President Heidi Thacker and Treasurer Karen Shifo accept a check for $500 from the Belvidere Walmart. This donation will allow the BCAC to have a new mural brochure created and printed.

Thank you Walmart Belvidere!!

President Heidi Thacker and Treasurer Karen Shifo accept a check for $500 from the Belvidere Walmart. This donation will allow the BCAC to have a new mural brochure created and printed.

08/20/2021

Many of you are familiar with the traditional Hometown Christmas prints and buttons the Chamber has sold for over 20 years. This year we would like to see what kind of talent is in our community and hold a Hometown Christmas painting contest! All paintings must be submitted to the Chamber by September 3rd. The winner will be the 2021 Hometown Christmas print and button for our December community event and receive a $50 community gift card.
• Painting must be on a canvas with a 3:2 aspect ratio (8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 16x24, etc...)
• The scene should be a winter scene in Boone County.
• The original painting will be kept by the Chamber and displayed in the office.

Take a look at this cool opportunity! 🎨🎄
07/28/2021

Take a look at this cool opportunity! 🎨🎄

Many of you are familiar with the traditional Hometown Christmas prints and buttons the Chamber has sold for over 20 years. This year we would like to see what kind of talent is in our community and hold a Hometown Christmas painting contest! All paintings must be submitted to the Chamber by September 3rd. The winner will be the 2021 Hometown Christmas print and button for our December community event and receive a $50 community gift card.
• Painting must be on a canvas with a 3:2 aspect ratio (8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 16x24, etc...)
• The scene should be a winter scene in Boone County.
• The original painting will be kept by the Chamber and displayed in the office.

07/24/2021

Tonight! Come out for a special Concert in the Park at Candlewick Lake Rec Center! 🎶

07/21/2021

🎤This week’s Sunday concert will be held at the Candlewick Lake Rec Center. When you enter the gate, just say that you are attending the concert.

💥This free concert featuring the rock group, Universal Joint will begin at 6:30 PM. There will also be several food trucks! Grab some tacos, pizza, or BBQ and enjoy a great night of music and fun.

Photos from Main Street Players of Boone County's post
07/18/2021

Photos from Main Street Players of Boone County's post

Photos from Main Street Players of Boone County's post
07/13/2021

Photos from Main Street Players of Boone County's post

❗️Tonight’s Concert in the Park will be moved to the Community Building located at 111 W 1st Street. ❗️🎶🎤 Join us for to...
07/11/2021

❗️Tonight’s Concert in the Park will be moved to the Community Building located at 111 W 1st Street. ❗️

🎶🎤 Join us for tonight’s free concert at 6:30pm- Mike Williamson and Company- at the Community Building. Hope to see you there!

❗️Tonight’s Concert in the Park will be moved to the Community Building located at 111 W 1st Street. ❗️

🎶🎤 Join us for tonight’s free concert at 6:30pm- Mike Williamson and Company- at the Community Building. Hope to see you there!

🎶 We are looking forward to tomorrow’s Concert in the Park at the Baltic Mill! 🌧 If it happens to rain, please check bac...
07/10/2021

🎶 We are looking forward to tomorrow’s Concert in the Park at the Baltic Mill!

🌧 If it happens to rain, please check back to this page for location change information.

We are lucky to have such a great facility in town, the Community Building, where we are able to have our concerts in the event we have rain.

Rain or shine, we hope to see you tomorrow evening for another Concert in the Park!

07/09/2021
Photos from Anat Ronen's murals's post
07/09/2021

Photos from Anat Ronen's murals's post

Have you stopped over to see the finished mural yet? Park in the Boone County Museum of History lot, take a look at all ...
07/05/2021

Have you stopped over to see the finished mural yet? Park in the Boone County Museum of History lot, take a look at all the details of the new mural, and then stop in to the museum to see the Eldredge car that they have on display!

Photos from Boone County Museum of History's post
07/01/2021

Photos from Boone County Museum of History's post

06/30/2021

Drone footage from Shaun Andruchuk of the new mural! They are out there painting again today, it's a beautiful day to go and watch the artists at work.

Photos from Midwesternal Photography's post
06/29/2021

Photos from Midwesternal Photography's post

Photos from Midwesternal Photography's post
06/29/2021

Photos from Midwesternal Photography's post

Have you stopped over to Locust and State to see the progress on the mural yet? There are bleachers set up for the publi...
06/29/2021

Have you stopped over to Locust and State to see the progress on the mural yet? There are bleachers set up for the public to sit and watch the artists at work. 🎨

Check out this great video from WIFR giving some background about the mural that is being painted all week. Bleachers ar...
06/28/2021
Painters begin new Eldridge mural in Belvidere

Check out this great video from WIFR giving some background about the mural that is being painted all week. Bleachers are set up on Locust Steet at the Boone County Museum of History so you can sit and watch the artists!

In 1997, we had a mural fest in which Walldogs helped to get 10 beautiful murals up in the span of a weekend. The project earned Belvidere the Governor’s Art award from the Illinois Arts Council and the governor Jim Edgar gave us the nickname “City of Murals”.

In the 24 years since that event, we have continued to add additional murals, as well as raised money to upkeep the originals.

We are excited to have the first of 3 mural projects this year underway. The reimagining of the original Eldredge Mural is designed by Mark Oatis, the same artist who designed the original. He is joined by some of the original Walldogs mural team as well as some new faces.

Check out the WIFR video to learn more about this project, and we hope you’ll stop by this week to watch the artists in action!

Designer Mark Oatis says the mural should be done by July 5th.

Today we would like to thank Midwesternal Photography for sponsoring Paint on State Belvidere yet again, providing gorge...
06/27/2021

Today we would like to thank Midwesternal Photography for sponsoring Paint on State Belvidere yet again, providing gorgeous captures of art, joy and community in his photographs. Please join us in thanking Jeremy, the man behind the camera, for this joyful gift to the community.

He has a couple of albums posted on the Midwesternal Photography page, so head over there to give the page a like, and enjoy the photos!!

Update!People are here, painting and making rainbows out of rain. The weather forecast has not matched the weather, and ...
06/26/2021

Update!

People are here, painting and making rainbows out of rain. The weather forecast has not matched the weather, and as you know that’s not something we could help.

The supply bags this year come with whole bottles of paint, so you are certainly free to pick up your bag and use your supplies.
We might have another clear window of weather, it’s just hard to say.

There is definitely laughter and fun being had, and we are here as long as the lightning stays away.

There is also a vendor fair, art fair and car show- things are hopping but you may want to bring an umbrella.

We are getting ready! We will be here even if it’s drizzling. ☔️
06/26/2021

We are getting ready! We will be here even if it’s drizzling. ☔️

We are getting ready! We will be here even if it’s drizzling. ☔️

06/26/2021

🎨Paint on State is happening today at 9am, and the Art show is happening in the Boone County Museum of History parking lot starting at 9am.

We got some clear weather for the morning and we are excited to see everyone’s artwork!! 🎨

Today we would like to thank Sips and Sprinkles for their sponsorship of Paint on State 2021! Sips and Sprinkles was new...
06/25/2021

Today we would like to thank Sips and Sprinkles for their sponsorship of Paint on State 2021!

Sips and Sprinkles was new to Belvidere just 3 years ago and has brought joy to our community ever since! They serve delicious ice cream treats as well as specialty coffee options. 🍨 ☕️ 🍦

✨Belvidere Heritage Days events are already kicking into gear, with a carnival and laser light show tonight, and activities all throughout this weekend. Sips and Sprinkles will be open throughout the weekend rain or shine with delicious treats! ✨

They are located 221 W Locust Street, close to all of the fun Heritage Days events. 💫

Today we would like to thank Sips and Sprinkles for their sponsorship of Paint on State 2021!

Sips and Sprinkles was new to Belvidere just 3 years ago and has brought joy to our community ever since! They serve delicious ice cream treats as well as specialty coffee options. 🍨 ☕️ 🍦

✨Belvidere Heritage Days events are already kicking into gear, with a carnival and laser light show tonight, and activities all throughout this weekend. Sips and Sprinkles will be open throughout the weekend rain or shine with delicious treats! ✨

They are located 221 W Locust Street, close to all of the fun Heritage Days events. 💫

06/25/2021

🌥We are hopeful that tomorrow will bring clear skies long enough for us to get out there and paint.

🌥We will be up early assessing the weather, and will post if there is a rain delay or any other modifications to the event.

🌦If we are having a morning rainstorm, we will wait. But if the rainstorm stops (even if the ground is still a bit damp) we would like to carry on with Paint on State for those who still want to participate. Stay tuned to this page for possible changes in event times.

🌥We usually recommend bringing a towel or cushion to sit on while you paint the pavement. You may want to consider bringing one this year as well. 🎨

Today we would like to thank Boone County Shopper for their support of Paint on State Belvidere. Boone County Shopper ci...
06/24/2021

Today we would like to thank Boone County Shopper for their support of Paint on State Belvidere. Boone County Shopper circulates information to all of Boone County through their printed publication, and they also share events and information online!

Take a look at this great ad they created- doesn’t it make you excited for Belvidere Heritage Days weekend?

Please join us in thanking the Boone County Shopper for their generous support of Paint on State. Give them a “like” on Facebook so you can be sure to stay up on local events!

Today we would like to thank Boone County Shopper for their support of Paint on State Belvidere. Boone County Shopper circulates information to all of Boone County through their printed publication, and they also share events and information online!

Take a look at this great ad they created- doesn’t it make you excited for Belvidere Heritage Days weekend?

Please join us in thanking the Boone County Shopper for their generous support of Paint on State. Give them a “like” on Facebook so you can be sure to stay up on local events!

Today we would like to thank our long time sponsors Dari Ripple for their support of Paint on State Belvidere again this...
06/21/2021

Today we would like to thank our long time sponsors Dari Ripple for their support of Paint on State Belvidere again this year!

🍦Did you know that Dari Ripple has been around since 1952? Serving delicious frozen treats and bringing summertime smiles and memories to our community. 🍦

Please join us in thanking Dari Ripple for their help in bringing Paint on State to the Belvidere. If you are planning on painting this Saturday, or if you just want to stop by to see all the beautiful artwork on State Street during Belvidere Heritage Days, Dari Ripple is a great meeting spot since the Street in front is where we set up the registration table and where the squares begin.

We hope to see everyone this Saturday!

Today we would like to thank our long time sponsors Dari Ripple for their support of Paint on State Belvidere again this year!

🍦Did you know that Dari Ripple has been around since 1952? Serving delicious frozen treats and bringing summertime smiles and memories to our community. 🍦

Please join us in thanking Dari Ripple for their help in bringing Paint on State to the Belvidere. If you are planning on painting this Saturday, or if you just want to stop by to see all the beautiful artwork on State Street during Belvidere Heritage Days, Dari Ripple is a great meeting spot since the Street in front is where we set up the registration table and where the squares begin.

We hope to see everyone this Saturday!

06/20/2021

LOCATION CHANGE for Concert tonight!

🎶 Tonight’s concert in the park will be held in our rain location at the Community Building.

We hope to see you for some live music from the Sensations, tonight at 6:30pm at the Community Building, 111 W 1st Street.

These are just some of the many wonderful events happening for Belvidere Heritage Days. We’d like to thank the many new ...
06/18/2021

These are just some of the many wonderful events happening for Belvidere Heritage Days. We’d like to thank the many new faces we have seen lately who have come out to help to prep for these upcoming events!

💫We have a new huge mural going up in town-a commissioned work! Stop by to watch the mural progress all week.
💫We are SO excited to see the patchwork of art that will fill State Street next Saturday for Paint on State. Get your squares while you can!
💫Art show! No table fee! We still have some room if you would like to sell your art.
💫Artists reception at the Boone County Museum of History will include door prizes, music, meeting the artists and more!

These are just some of the many wonderful events happening for Belvidere Heritage Days. We’d like to thank the many new faces we have seen lately who have come out to help to prep for these upcoming events!

💫We have a new huge mural going up in town-a commissioned work! Stop by to watch the mural progress all week.
💫We are SO excited to see the patchwork of art that will fill State Street next Saturday for Paint on State. Get your squares while you can!
💫Art show! No table fee! We still have some room if you would like to sell your art.
💫Artists reception at the Boone County Museum of History will include door prizes, music, meeting the artists and more!

06/15/2021

🌟A friendly reminder to buy your tickets for Paint on State!🌟

🥳Thanks to the changes in health regulations, we will be able to offer a limited number of squares for cash purchase on the day of the event.

💥Buy ahead of time if you want to be sure you get a square. You can purchase through the link in the comments, or purchase with cash at Julie's Diamond Art Deals located in downtown Belvidere.

📣Today we would like to give a great big Thank You to Dave at Belvidere Ace Hardware for helping to make Paint on State ...
06/12/2021

📣Today we would like to give a great big Thank You to Dave at Belvidere Ace Hardware for helping to make Paint on State a reality, thanks to his generous donation of paint brushes!

Those two green bins were FULL of paint brushes to help keep this event affordable and fun for all. Dave has been generous with helping to make this event happen year after year and we hope you’ll join us in thanking him!

If you are new to Belvidere, Ace Hardware is located at Main and Meadow, just a few blocks from where we paint for Paint on State. Support this local business who gives so much to the community, and always has helpful employees who can help with any of your home/business projects and hardware needs.

06/09/2021

📣 Call for Volunteers! 📣

Would you be able to give and hour or so of your time on Saturday June 26th to help Paint on State run smoothly?

Check out the ways to help in the form that we’ve added in the comments. Helpers of all ages are encouraged! If you are signing up as a family or group, please indicate on the form.

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Eldredge Mural — Color Blocking 2021-06-28 … Walldogs Boone County Arts Council
Eldredge Mural — Projection 2021-06-26 … Walldogs Boone County Arts Council
Paint on State 2021 — The rain presented quite a few challenges, but many people still came out, gave it a go, and had a good time. As always, feel free to tag friends & family in the comments! Many thanks to Lauren and Michael Hart and the rest of the Paint on State Belvidere crew, our event sponsors, the Boone County Arts Council, and the city of Belvidere for making this event possible. And a HUGE thanks to the intrepid creators who braved the weird weather!
The mission of the Boone County Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life for people throughout Boone County by promoting the endowment, development, and enjoyment of the Arts.
Come and check out this fun and funny show opening this weekend! Our free admission preview night is Thursday, February 6th at 7 p.m.
The Boone County Museum of History is partnering with Kathi Kresol, Ida Public Library, Boone County Arts Council, and the Belvidere Cemetery Association, for our annual historic cemetery walk! Join our costumed volunteers at Belvidere Cemetery today anytime between 1:00pm, and 3:00pm to learn about some of Belvidere’s most influential past citizens!
Paint on State 2019!! Fun and very hot, supporting the Boone County Arts Council!
Is the dedication at the site of the FLW mural? Will the story teller be at the mural site? Address please....
Images of the downtown murals used to help tell the story....
Sharing a little love for our beautiful countryside