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'Vultus' brings a touch of Halloween to Dixon

DIXON – Halloween is coming early to Dixon.

Halloween Flight, featuring the multimedia works of Western Illinois University art professor Bruce Walters, opens at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe, 219 W. First St. It runs through Oct. 30.

“The creative imaginings of Walters beckons one to view Halloween with new eyes,” the Crystal Cork’s Lisa Higby-LeFevre said in a release announcing the exhibit, which opens in conjunction with this month’s Second Saturday Art Happenings.

Halloween Flight is a series of drawings of a black cat’s Halloween journey. It depicts “a sense of the mystery and eeriness of Halloween through a visual story of a cat that is steeped in symbolism,” Higby-LeFevre said.

Part of the exhibit will be a showing of Walter’s “Vultus,” images projected on several downtown buildings. “Vultus” means faces in Latin, and this is a video animation of 100 cultural and Halloween masks.

The display has been featured online on hundreds of websites written in languages as diverse as Arabic, Russian, German and Japanese, and in print in the Des Moines Register, Quad-City Times, Peoria Journal Star and USA Today.

Walters’ artwork has been included in more than 100 solo, invitational, and competitive exhibitions. Though his work has been primarily exhibited in galleries in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, his work also has been shown in London, England, Germany, Japan, New York and Washington D.C. He has won best of show awards in seven different media from graphite drawings to digital artwork.

Go to or find Halloween Flight on Facebook for more information on Walters’ work.

Call 815-285-3496 for more information on the event.

Second Saturdays Schedule

This month's Second Saturday Art Happenings features art, music and entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. at nine venues in downtown Dixon. Go to for more information.

The schedule:

• The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe, 219 W. First St., 815-285-3496

Happening: "Halloween Flight" multimedia installation by Bruce Walters including, "Vultus", a video projection on several buildings in downtown Dixon.

• Lee County Genealogy, 111 S. Hennepin Ave.

Happening: Civil War re-enactor, Jeff Lovett speaks on Illinois and Dixon in the Civil War in two programs, at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Free refreshments.

• Green River Sports, 148 S. Peoria Ave., 815-288-1079

Happening: Music by Mr. 12 String, Rowen Derksen.

• Books on First, 202 W. First St., 815-285-2665

Happening: Music by "Chameleon", jazz/fusion funk featuring Jay Pauley on keyboards, Kevin Oppendike on drums and Todd Lorenc on bass. Also a seasonally changing display of works by local artists.

• Griffin Computer Repair, 121 W. First St., 815-288-0990

Happening: Art by Linda VonHolten.

• Waterfront Gifts and Antiques, 212 W. First St,. 815-288-4500

Happening: Jewelry and wearable art by Terri Villa-Engelkens from Terri's An'Tweaks.

• The Frameworks, 210 W. First St., 815-288-2400

Happening: Macro Eye Photography by Tina Rockwell.

• Journey Yoga, 103 S. Peoria Ave., 815-509-6479

Happening: Photography by Jakki East-Peters and music by Steve Catron.

• Trein's Jewelry, 201 W. First St., 815-284-6626

Happening: Eastern European art glass and artwork by Lisa Higby LeFevre, Linda Von Holten, and Joy Meyer. Wine and snacks available.

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