Marilyn Reese Blaze returns to Walnut Grove Farm

Historic Walnut Grove Farm will feature Marilyn Reese Blaze in her return debut at the Barn Gallery during the Knox County Scenic Drive, October 1 & 2, 8 & 9.  Blaze’s return to her art and the art community helps celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Knox County Scenic Drive which also features live music and celebrated artisans from the region.  Brenda Kelso, a student of Blaze, will join the exhibit.  Scheduled musical performances as well as on-going artisan demonstrations are planned on all four days of this traditional family event.  The farm, an official stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive, is located ˝ mile north of Knoxville, IL.

The Knox County Scenic Drive is a self-guided fall foliage tour that has become a family tradition for thousands.  The Drive began as a way to preserve and showcase the historic sites in the County and today provides old time family fun with demonstrations of traditional crafts and work skills.  The event at Walnut Grove Farm has evolved to include fine art as well.

Marilyn Reese Blaze, revered local folk artist, is returning to the public eye after a sabbatical from her work.  She has had a 47 year professional career in art which included one woman shows in Chicago, New York, Detroit, Peoria and Springfield.  Her art has been sold nationally and internationally.  “To many, Marilyn  is a local icon; it is wonderful to have her displaying and selling her work here again.  She was a founding member of the Barn Pals, the group that plans our events, and has always been a creative force for us,” states Jan King of Walnut Grove Farm.

Musical performances:  Almost Live performing from 3 to 5 pm, October 8;  Picking Pals will play October 1st at 11 AM;  Moon Dog drum circle will perform and encourage audience participation at on Saturdays;  Jerod Lacy will perform light rock on Sundays from 12:30 to 2 PM.

Walnut Grove Farm, born of the prairie in the 1830’s, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.  Its preservation goal is exemplified with activities during the Drive that give families a glimpse of the past.  Artisans in old time clothing make and sell their wares, horses pull wagonloads of visitors through the walnut grove.  Timber framers, wood carvers, potters, basket makers, weavers, spinners, jewelers, herbalists demonstrate how they can turn their age-old skills into items that have significance today.  Taste open kettle stew while listening to traditional string band music.  Back by popular demand is the Classy Car Tour on Sunday October 2 , which will be stopping at Walnut Grove Farm around 3 PM.

 Show coordinator, Jan King states, “We have always been about showcasing what is artful in our community.  This year is an especially significant “local treat”.

Walnut Grove Farm
1455 Knox Station Road, Knoxville, IL 61448
(309) 289-4770

Email:  wgfarm@grics.net