Gaslight Art Colony is dedicated to broadening an appreciation of the Arts by providing opportunities that promote awareness, participation and understanding through fine arts exhibitions, classes and workshops.

Karla & Michael Ries

Art Is Relative
Michael and Karla Ries reside in Robinson, Illinois (with their goofy dog Zoey) where Michael owns Crawford County Computers and Karla works remotely for a large software company as well as providing painting party fun and lessons to the surrounding communities via their art business Art is Relative. Our art ranges from representational to fantasy, from pen to brush, and from two dimensional to three dimensional.
The Blank Canvas The Artistic Statement of Karla Ries
My real foray into art started around the age of 13 when my wonderful mother gifted my father and I with a painting class. I was blessed to be able to paint with my father for over 41 years. A great artistic journey!


Classes for Kids

Cardboard Mask

cardboardmask 320x304Monday    June 3rd

Grade k-2 class time: 1:00 till 2:30

Grade 3-6 class time: 3:00 till 4:30

by: Cheryl Redman

These classes will explore cubism through the art of mask making. Learning about the Cubism movement while making the mask is a great way to teach kids about past art movements  All supplies will be providedCost: $10 per child.


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Monday    June 17th

Grade k-2 class time: 1:00 till 2:30

Grade 3-6 class time: 3:00 till 4:30

by: Cheryl Redman

These classes will explore Post       Impressionism by delving into Vincent Van Gough’s style of painting. We will be using to create a similar swirling pattern. All supplies will be provided. Cost: $10 per child


Summer Classes

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ADVANCED CERAMIC WORK DAYS    Thursdays   May 23rd, May 30th, Jun 6th, Jun 13th, & Jun 27th by: Jack Davidson Class time: 6:00 till 8:00 This class is for those who have already taken a ceramics class. Subject is open. During this two hour period feel free to come in and work on your own ceramic project. Instructor Jack Davidson will be there to assist with any questions and provide insight. Supplies will be provided Cost per student: $15 (members & $20.00 for non-members) for each hour period.  



img 42089635 320x180INTRODUCTORY CERAMIC CLASS    4 Thursdays nights class sessions beginning on 7-11, ends 8-1 )

by: Jack Davidson Time: 6:00 till 8:00 We will be learning basic hand building techniques in this class. It is the base for learning ceramics. We will work with coil building, slab building, and pinch pot techniques. Supplies will be provided. Cost per student: $130 members; $140 non-member

fusedglass 320x189INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS  Saturday July 10th Class time: 1:00 till 4:00   by: glass artist Erin Blitz

In this class you will learn the basics about fused glass. You will learn how to cut glass and you will design your own small plate and tile using the glass you have learned to cut and other various glass chips. You may also make some cabochons for jewelry. The instructor will fire the pieces and they will be picked up on a later date. All you will need to bring to take the class is your own safety glasses. (you must have them to take the class) Everything else will be included for the class. Cost per student: $ 60.00 for members & $ 70.00 for non-members. Class size limited to 6. 

beginningwatercolor 320x217BEGINNING WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP  Saturday July 27th Class time: 10:00 till 12:00 by: watercolorist JoAnne Perigo Fiscus

This 2 hour workshop will explore simple washes suitable for any watercolorist’s arsenal. Watercolor has a reputation for being difficult to work with but this workshop will break down the technique of using a variety of washes to enhance your painting. The first hour will comprise of learning each wash in a hands-on presentation that make them memorable and gives each painter a record of their washes for future references. The last hour will be application in painting. Photographs will be available for use or the participants may use one from their own photo file. Supplies: You will need a beginning set of watercolor, or tubes of ultramarine blue, naples yellow, cadmium red, burnt sienna, mars black. ( I have some extra tubes.) Brush sizes: 8, 4, 2 ( I have some extra brushes for students to use.) Paper 160 lb or heavier, or paper and board. (We have paper.) Cost per student: $ 35.00 for members & $ 40.00 for non-members. Class size limited to 10.

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Saturday, August 10th         

Time: 10:00 till 12:00

We will be adding more techniques to your repertoire. This will be the same format as the previous class. The class will be a brief review ad additional watercolor techniques. The bulk of the class will be spent working on our own painting. You will need the same supplies. Cost per student: $35.00 for members $40.00 for non-members Class size limited to 10.





2019 Fiber Art Show

DATES:  Deadline for Entries  -  July 30, 2019   Artist Reception and Awards -  Saturday, August 17th  5:00-8:00 CST               Exhibition - August 17 through September 14th  Pick up dates -September 17th and 20th  LOCATION:  Gaslight Art Colony 516 Archer Ave., Marshall, IL 62441 ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists 18 years and older.  All work submitted must be original in concept and design.  ? No work produced from kit or workshop will be accepted.  Entries must have been completed in the last 3 years. Work can be no larger than 36 “ wide. ?  Each entry must have an attached label on the back identifying artist.   ENTRY:  Each person may enter up to 3 pieces. Email completed form and  one photo per entry to gaslightartcolony@gmail.com or bring entries to the Gaslight. Download Entry Form


Become a Member of the Gaslight Art Colony

Memberships are very important to us and without them we would not be able to fund the Art Colony. Memberships are available at various levels and are renewable annually. You can now pay for and renew your annual memberships online. Click here. or click the link below to download the
membership form and mail back to the Art Colony along with your check. Click here to download membership form


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Gaslight Art Colony
516 Archer Ave., Marshall, Illinois 62441
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