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Blue Connection is pleased to host “That’s How We Roll” presented by Carriage House Press, at their September After 5 Live event. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 - 8 p.m. Artists will take over North Water Street located in front of Blue Connection to create giant monotype prints using a steamroller. The event is free and open to the public.

Using hand and power tools, Carriage House Press artists carve giant wooden blocks. The blocks are then inked and covered with paper or fabric. After being flattened by a steamroller, the material is drawn back to reveal the artist’s print. Finished prints will be displayed inside Blue Connection after the live demonstrations on North Water Street in Decatur. Featured artists include Lyle Salmi, Joseph Taylor, Sharon Zimmerman, Carol McGuire, Amanda Sagan, Alexa Snyder, Katie Orr, Kelly Sibthorp, Kari Thornton, Dylan Schietinger, and Jessica Greenslade.

“That’s How We Roll” is held in conjunction with the Decatur Area Arts Council’s exhibition opening of “Heavy Hitters” at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in the Madden Arts Center. Sponsored by Millikin University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, ProMax Construction, Air King, Pastabilities, and Dynagraphics, the exhibit features graffiti and street artists working in various genres and mediums from the United States and countries as distant as Germany, Israel, and Southeast Asia.

Launched in 2003, Blue Connection is Millikin’s student-run, retail art gallery. The gallery features valuable, yet affordable artwork by Millikin University students, faculty, and alumni artists. The business also serves as a laboratory experience for Millikin University's Arts & Entrepreneurship program. The Arts & Entrepreneurship program is a six-credit course sequence providing learning-based business opportunities for students to practice self-employment.

Carriage House Press is Decatur’s only fine art printing press, specializing in archival limited edition etchings and relief prints. Located in the historic Carriage House at the James Millikin Homestead, the press has provided Millikin University student and faculty artists a venue to design, print, and study since 2009.

The September After 5 Live event will be held Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Blue Connection’s Downtown location, 117 N. Water St. in Decatur. The event is sponsored by Dunn Company along with Blue Connection, Millikin University Art Department, The Coleman Foundation, City of Decatur, Decatur Area Arts Council, and Lock Stock & Barrel. There will be live music by Texas Trucker Speed Fiends and DJME. The event will feature an area street artists display, and complimentary soft drinks will be provided on the third floor of the Madden Arts Center and by Lock Stock & Barrel on North Water Street.

For further information on Millikin University’s Blue Connection visit www.millikin.edu/blueconnection or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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