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Robert Leffler
An art project made by Junior Troop 6064.

More than 100 works of art created by Girl Scouts in all types of media will be on display in the H.D. Smith Gallery at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, May 18-22. Girl Scouts throughout central Illinois, from kindergarten through high school, were invited to participate in this first-time event. In addition to art made by individual Girl Scouts, there are also collaborative works of art made by Girl Scout troops and some pieces produced by adult Girl Scout leaders and volunteers. All of the work is for sale through an online silent auction at

Ribbons will be awarded in a variety of categories. Local artists Betsy Dollar, Rosalinda Post-Lucas and Priscilla Kluge are the judges.

The community is invited to view the art in the gallery and bid in the silent auction. The exhibit overlaps with the Old Capitol Art Fair. The gallery will be open Wednesday, May 18, through Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Meet the artists at a reception on May 22, from 3-5 p.m.

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Girls learn by doing through hands-on activities and cooperative learning. Through this project, girls were encouraged to learn more about art by earning their Girl Scout art badge. In addition, area artists hosted workshops to teach girls about the creative process and provide exposure to local artists. Participating Girl Scouts receive the satisfaction of seeing their creations on display in a professional gallery and helping raise funds through the online auction of their work.

For more information about Girl Scouts and how to get involved, go to

About The Author

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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