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Greater Livingston Arts Council Announces Reception and Book Signing of Joyce Harbin Cole

PONTIAC — The Greater Livingston Arts Council Art Center will host a reception and book signing for Joyce Harbin Cole from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, August 6.

Harbin Cole is an artist and illustrator from Pontiac. She will be exhibiting the original artwork she created to illustrate “ABC, What Do You See?” Driving Along Route 66,” plus copies of the book, written by Annette LaFortune Murray. The book traces the famous landmarks found along Route 66, the famous “Mother Road”.

“My art ranges from travel journaling in small books to painting on large canvases filled with layers of color,” Harbin Cole said in a press release. “It’s a celebration of the memories and places I love and it documents everyday life and current events.”

Although Murray and Harbin Cole never met, Murray contacted Harbin Cole after seeing artwork she had done for the Route 66 Passport, a series of illustrated maps and items created for tourists traveling on Route 66. The Passport articles are written by author Jim Hinkley.

“[Murray] had seen the online passport and then seen my blog. She showed me her manuscript and gave me great freedom in creating the illustrations. We have worked very well together,” Harbin Cole said in a press release.

The reception and book signing is open to the public and will take place at the Art Center located at 209 W. Madison St. in Pontiac.

The show will run from August 6 through September 1 during regular art center hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.; There are no admission fees.

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The Lincoln Library and Museum will host a free outdoor concert

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will host a free outdoor concert on July 26 with the Reunion Beatles Fantasy Tribute Band.

The band imagines what the Beatles would have been like today if the Beatles had reunited/were all alive and well, what it would be like and had a reunion concert with their greatest hits and best solo work too .

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in Union Square Park, across from the museum. Guests are requested to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and beverages will also be available beginning at 6 p.m. Free parking is available at the museum parking lot at 6th and Madison.

The concert is presented with the community support of Green Audi and 102.5 FM The Lake.

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Angela C. Hale