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September 17, 2013

Three artists featured at Flourishes

Flourishes Gallery and Studios is proud to bring to the public the art of Angel Ambrose (Bloomington-Normal artist who was raised in Pana), Ron Bartanen (Sullivan) and John Graves (Greenup). The public is invited to view their art and speak with the artists at a reception on Friday, September 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Flourishes located at 140 ½ E. Main in downtown Shelbyville. The show will run through November 27.

Angel Ambrose paints contemporary, conceptual landscapes. She uses landscapes as an arena for commentary on her life and the world around her. She states, “I paint lyrical landscapes using evocative color to convey idyllic beauty. The landscape arena acts as a stage setting to portray reflections on life and a platform to translate concepts into visual communications. I am fascinated by the act of making the unseen seen. I create art to stir the heart.” Angel graduated from Pana High School and Illinois State University. She received ISU’s “Best Undergraduate Painter” award in 1985 and continues to exhibit and sell her work in and out of the state of Illinois. Her website is

Ron Bartanen, from Sullivan, has been a regular exhibitor at Flourishes with his landscapes and still life paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor. He brings to this exhibit pieces that have not been at Flourishes previously. Many of his landscapes are views of the area and of his travels. Ron exhibits in area shows and is a member of Gallery 510 in Decatur. His work graces the walls of a number of people who have purchased his work.

John Graves’ art focus has been pottery since his 33 year art teaching career concluded in 2007. With pottery a crucial part of his curriculum in Villa Grove High School and in Cumberland High School that served the Greenup and Toledo area, he has studios in his rural Greenup home and a teaching studio and gallery in the southern Illinois town of Omaha. His pottery show schedule and some of his work can be viewed at His stoneware contains no lead and is safe for food, oven, microwave and dishwasher. His best seller, the Eggceptional Egg Cooker, allows one to cook an omelet in 2 minutes.

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