Peoria Riverfront Museum Welcomes the Ansel Adams Exhibit

By: Jess Miller

The Peoria Riverfront Museum has been a hit on the riverfront district.  The museum has brought big things to Peoria in the short time it’s been open, but it’s time to mix things up. The Peoria Riverfront Museum plans to switch up an exhibit within the International Feature Gallery.

The International Feature Gallery is an exhibit that changes with the interest of the community. One of the next exhibits will treat Peoria to an outstanding artist and

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photographer, Ansel Adams. The new exhibit is titled Ansel Adams: Western Exposure. Adams is known for his black and white photography of nature. He was a
well-known figure in both nature photography as well as the wilderness preservation realms. Adams was born in San Francisco where he found his appreciation for nature and his inspiration for his primary photographic works. “The Peoria Riverfront Museum is quite privileged to have Ansel Adams: Western Exposure,” says

Jim Richerson, President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The exhibition is curated by Adams’ daughter-in-law, Jeanne Adams.  Jeanne is a nationally known curator in her own right having assembled exhibitions across the United States.”

The exhibit will display over 100 original prints and related California works of Adams. This exhibit will include his iconic landscapes, agricultural and urban images, portraits and memorabilia. Richerson says “For the museum it is a perfect fit covering art, history, science and achievement.” The changing of the art exhibit is definitely a reason to attract people to the museum, but what about attracting people outside of Peoria to come and visit?  “Ansel Adams: Western Exposure will be the ONLY Midwest venue”, says Richerson, “making it an outstanding regional draw for the museum.” The Lakeview Museum had an Ansel Adams exhibit in 2004. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is extremely excited to have the privilege to share with Peoria and beyond the works of one of the most renowned photographers of the twentieth century.

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Chiefs Kick Off Season with Cards

By: Jess Miller

Baseball season has started, and the weather is finally beginning to cooperate!  The Peoria Chiefs’ 2013 campaign is underway. What better way to spend an evening with the family than watching some great baseball in the River City!

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During the off season, we all know that the Peoria Chiefs’ affiliation changed from the Chicago Cubs back the St. Louis Cardinals. The Chiefs were previously affiliated with the Cardinals from 1996-2004. Was that a good move? Nathan Baliva, Director of Media and Baseball Operations, says they “have seen a positive impact from the fans.” The biggest impact? The rise is season ticket holders.  Baliva explains, “The Cards being back brings great, young players to our team and they get to start the process [by playing for the Peoria Chiefs] to making their way onto the Cards team.”

Not only should the fans be looking forward to watching the team play, but Baliva says that the Peoria Chiefs have some awesome promotions planned for this season. “When we have a winning team on the field it’s more fun,” says Baliva. “More fans and more people in the stands.”

Never been to a Chiefs game before? They have tons of different and exciting activities for all ages! “We are about family entertainment,” states Baliva. “This is a place where you can bring the kids. Younger kids get to meet Homer, the mascot, or get their face painted.” Baliva continues, “Older kids can run the bases, play catch on the field and get autographs from the players. Plus, there is a baseball game going on! We have all sorts of entertainment!”

With the onset of beautiful weather in Peoria, IL, what better way to spend some quality family time and be outdoors! The Peoria Chiefs offer both and are right here in the River Citypalm trees