#4 - We bring the world to Decatur.The first thing you experience when you walk into the Madden Arts Center is the beautiful Anne Lloyd Gallery. As a major part of the original vision, the gallery has become the crown jewel of the Center. Folks who have never seen it are often struck by the size and elegance of the space. They are surprised to find something like it in downtown Decatur, Illinois. Exhibiting artists from Chicago, St. Louis, and beyond are impressed by and grateful for the opportunity to display their work here. It is through these artists that the Anne Lloyd Gallery brings the world to Decatur.
The range of exhibits in the Anne Lloyd Gallery has been mind-boggling, with something for everybody’s taste, including street art, comic books, and recycled art. Even after ten years, Gallery Director Sue Powell and the selection committee continue to find prominent local and even international artists to feature in a different exhibit every month.
Supporting home-grown talent has always been a focus of the gallery. Lots of local artists have had solo exhibits, like watercolorist Rob O’Dell, painters Don Guber and Cindy Lewis, and sculptor Peter Smith-Phillips, to name just a a few. Annual shows, like the Barn Colony Artists show in May, Gallery 510’s October National, and the Xmas ARTicles Holiday Shoppe in December, also give Decatur-area artists the opportunity to display and sell their work in the gallery. Even creative young students get a monthly exhibit with the Young Artists Showcase in January.
The Anne Lloyd Gallery serves as a centerpiece for the arts experiences of the citizens of Decatur. Hundreds of people come together in the gallery for the opening events on the first Friday of each month. Kids on field trips see and learn things on their visits here that they may not get in their regular school lessons. Every day, downtown visitors and shoppers stop by this oasis of creativity in the heart of our city and leave refreshed and inspired.
But, maybe the most impressive fact about the Anne Lloyd Gallery is that all of the things it has to offer are provided to our community free of charge... thanks to the generosity of those who support the Decatur Area Arts Council.