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Don Forrest: Slade in the Bronx

Don Forrest

Medium: Photography

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A native of Yates City and long-time resident in Elmwood IL, Don Forrest and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two, accomplished daughters.  He has been a Business Development Manager with Farnsworth Group (Architecture-Engineering firm), now in his 25th year.  Taking photographs has become a compulsive avocation for about a decade…far more than a happy distraction but much less than a practiced profession.




Bronx Cocktail

Inspired by Slade in the Bronx. Enjoy during the Sky Art Peoria Celebration on June 25!


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Lori Luthy: On the Horizon

Lori Luthy

Medium: Oil on Canvas

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Lori received her M.F.A in Painting from Bradley University, where she is employed as Creative Director for the Admissions office. By day, she is a graphic designer – by night, a visual artist. Her paintings, drawings and mixed media artwork are created in Artsquared Studio, which allows her the freedom to create without the boundaries and restrictions that often come with job-related design.

Her preferred medium is oil, but she has worked with watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, paper mache, pastel, graphite, charcoal and clay/ceramics. She prefers bright colors and more object-oriented themes, and her styles range from gestural to detailed. The piece she submitted for Sky Art Peoria is a departure in subject matter from most of her recent works. Using the landscape of Central Illinois as inspiration, she has added brilliant colors in her interpretation of the rural farm scene.

Lori’s work has been accepted into a number of juried art shows, including: Women’s Work in Woodstock, Illinois, The Peoria Art Guild Nude Attitude Show, Best of Peoria at the Waynar Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Best of Bradley in Junction Gallery. She has won a number of awards including Best of Show in the Peoria Art Guild Members’ Show, 2018 and 2020, and Best of Show in opaque watercolor at ICC.

Blue Moon Cosmo Martini

Inspired by On the Horizon. Enjoy during the Sky Art Peoria Celebration on June 25!


  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice (white or red)
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 1/2 oz Orange Infused Vodka
  • Orange Slice (for garnish)


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with Orange Slice.
Jaci Musec: Abstract Embroidery

Jaci Musec

Medium: Fiber Arts

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Jaci Musec is a Peoria based abstract artist. Jaci found a way to her art through a painful Infertility journey. Painting abstract became a self-healing tool and a catalyst for Musec.  Her work conveys an emotional landscape, working with themes of mental health, infertility, self-actualization, female empowerment and more.  As she began to find her language and voice as an artist, she explored new mediums. Currently Jaci creates abstract paintings, abstract embroidery and various combinations of those, in addition to  poetry, letter writing, murals and singing. Her studio located in North Art Studios in Peoria, is home to her creative workshop PLAY!

Lavender Soda

Inspired by Abstract Embroidery. Enjoy during the Sky Art Peoria Celebration on June 25! Jaci’s Recipe choice is Lavender soda because it is not only delicious and refreshing—- it is soft and filled with bubbles much like her abstract embroidery piece is soft and full of texture. Enjoy!


  • 3 parts Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 1 part Lemon
  • Ice
  • Sparkling Water
  • (For extra fun, add a bit of vodka)


  1. Add all ingredients together, stir, and serve!
Dan Nagel: Zanzibar

Dan Nagel

Medium: Digital rendition of screen print


Daniel Nagel is a Graphic Designer and Screen Printer who lives and works in Peoria, Illinois.  He attended Western Illinois University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2010.  Shortly after graduation, Daniel moved to Dubai, UAE, where he was heavily influenced by his travels and the diverse cultural landscape.  During his time in the Middle East, he was a resident artist at Tashkeel, an art facility established by Sheika Lateefa bint Maktoum.  In 2018, he relocated to Peoria and began a residency at the Prairie Center for the Arts.  He spent his residency creating screen prints that were inspired by his travels abroad.  Daniel uses limited colors and balanced compositions to create light-hearted and graphically pleasing works which are accompanied by a range of depth and dynamic textures.  Several of his works were chosen to be displayed at the newly opened Ronald McDonald House in Peoria, IL.


Island Sunrise

Inspired by Zanzibar. Enjoy during the Sky Art Peoria Celebration on June 25! This drink is meant to represent the blending of colors, flavors, and sites that appear throughout Zanzibar’s wonderful scenery and culture.


  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 3 oz Club Soda or La Croix (any flavor)
  • 1/2 oz grenadine


  1. Put crushed ice into glass (cubed is fine)
  2. Pour vodka & pineapple juice into glass
  3. Stir thouroughly
  4. Pour club soda or La Croix over the mix
  5. Pour grenadine
  6. Garnish with your choice of pineapple, orange, lemon, or lime
Eliza von Zerneck: Parade

Eliza von Zerneck

Medium: Digital Painting

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After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019 with a BFA in illustration, Eliza von Zerneck returned to her hometown of Peoria to join the local art scene. For the past year, she’s been working as an artist in residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts, where she creates her multi-media illustrations for local  clients. She hopes this image can honor the spirit of justice and pride that’s so prevalent in the Peoria community.




Vaccine Better Days

Inspired by Parade. Enjoy during the Sky Art Peoria Celebration on June 25!


  • Ginger Root
  • Lemon


  1. Peel ginger root and chop into small pieces
  2. Cut away peel from the lemon, leaving most of the white pith and lemon flesh
  3. Cut into slices and remove any seeds
  4. Put everything through a juicer, alternating between harder ginger and softer lemon
  5. Divide between small glasses and drink the shot

Sky Art Peoria 2020 Celebration

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