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The Villa Galleries, in Downtown Arthur, Illinois
Fine art out in Amish Country?  Arthur has always been known as a small town that does the extraordinary.  The Galleries has dedicated galleries to many fine artists who have ties, either thru their home location or thru the nature of their work, to East Central Illinois

We will add information on our resident artists and their available work as we expand this site.

About Our Artists  
Our Artists

Surprisingly for a small, rural Illinois village, Arthur has a number of top quality artists in a number of medias. Quality photography, watercolors, oils and chalks were instantly available, and with the support and interest of our three nearby university art departments, the galleries were born.  Each week we receive calls and visits from new local artists interested in displaying their oils, watercolor, acrylic work, sculptors, and many other medias.
Ron Bartenen - In addition to being a minister of the gospel, Ron has been an award winning artist for over 45 years and has his work displayed in galleries and private collections throughout the United States.  His paintings are generally considered impressionistic in style while he concentrated on scenic landscapes and still life paintings.  Ron and his wife live in Sullivan Illinois.

Karen Good - born and raised in Central Illinois. She has been involved in various mediums since the 1970’s and has owned retail stores where she has built, displayed, sold and taught these various mediums. She most recently created custom leaded glass door panels for custom cabinet shops in the Arthur area.Although she has closed her retail and wholesale art glass shop, she remains active in glass making and is happy to be displaying her glass work as well as oil painting in the Villa Galleries in Arthur.

Richard Herschberger- Photographer with an Amish background.  Richard grew up in the Arthur Amish community, photographs for the Amish, and is well accepted by the local Amish community.  Richard has over 25 years of photography experience.  He has studied with prominent photographers including Ansel Adams, John Sexton, and Sherman Hines

Mark Jones - Born and raised in the Arthur, Illinois area, Mark received a BS in Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University in 1973.  He has studied extensively under Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Ray DeCarava, John Sexton, Bruce Bambaum, and Ray McSavaney at numerous workshops around the country.  In 1989 Mark began photography of University of Illinois athletes and is currently the primary photographer for the U of I athletic department.

 Janet Roney - A well known and highly respected watercolor artist specializing in local landscapes, rural scenes, and floral originals and quality art prints who calls Lovington, Illinois home.

Nancy Russell - grew up in Springfield, Illinois and moved to Arthur after marrying her husband, Jack 42 years ago.  She began working with stained glass as a hobby and became very involved in making lamp shades of all styles. Her latest adaptations of Tiffany reproduction lampshades are quite beautiful and unique in the colors and patterns of the glass she chooses to use. She also does glass fusing, glass mosaic and glass panel projects.

Kathleen Wood -Kathleen is an accomplished floral and landscape artist from nearby Sullivan, IL. She is proficient in both oil and watercolors, and currently enjoys working on portraits and pencil art. Her work is strongly influenced by local scenery.