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The US National Straw Sculpting Competition is an exciting presentation of fine art in straw. Giant sculptures  were on display from in August. The competition winner was determined by visitor’s vote.  Straw sculptures from the 2017 competition around the area had also been placed around the area at The White Pines State Park, The Ogle County Fair, Ukulele Station America in Oregon, and various locations in Mt. Morris. Additional information is available at
..and the 2017 winners are:
Third Place
Second Place
First Place
Straw Sculpting Competition for August 2017 & 2018
..and the 2018 winners are:
Third Place
Second Place
First Place
Third Place

Hello, Encore! Mt. Morris Friends,

    We’ve had three seasons of art shows in the Old Sandstone Gallery with lots of enthusiastic artists AND visitors. Although we have worked here and there to handle some needs in the gallery (painting, fire extinguishers, repair of the front door, thorough cleaning, etc.), we are at the point where we need to do some focused updates, upgrades, and overall improvements to prepare for our upcoming summer season.

Would you be willing to help during some workdays?

We think it would be fun and productive if we worked together to check off our list of needs on a few workdays. Please sign up now, we'll be building the schedule after January 20th:

1. Repair hinge on the back Sandstone door.

2. Cut out damaged drywall and replace with new drywall and mud the walls inside the front     door and front/north window. Patch holes in main gallery room prior to painting.

3. Prime and paint the front lobby and large gallery room.

4. Add hanging nails to about 10 places where we need additional nails.

5. Help invent and make a storage system for our brass hooks we use to hang art works on the     walls.

6. Improve bathroom TP-dispensing systems and sink hardware.

7. Organize/label gallery operations materials in storeroom. Shelves were purchased this fall     which has helped immensely, but clear, labeled storage bins would be a fantastic addition     too.

8. Repair door lock in entrance door to the gallery space. Repair door locks to small rooms, as     needed.

9. We may think of a few other items!

A couple of display building projects could be done throughout the winter:

1. Build several wood stands [we'll have a pattern/plan to follow] to display sculptures & 3D     objects.

2. Build windowsill stands to hold small paintings or objects [patterns provided]). 

Please click here Gallery Work Form Link to sign up to help,
 or call Molly Baker @ 309-255-1096