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00000179-2419-d250-a579-e41d38c20001The Gallery @ NPR Illinois is in the studio complex and facilitates listeners engaging with Illinois art. Additionally, artists works from each exhibit are digitally captured and posted here and shared with other public radio stations.Each exhibit kicks-off with an opening mixer where listeners are invited to attend and refreshments are provided. Each exhibit is open for viewing for a few weeks after the opening during business hours: weekdays 8 AM - 5 PM. Viewing by appointment can also be arranged by contacting Carter Staley. Many newsmakers come through the studios to be interviewed on-air and see the art during an exhibit as do attendees for other events like Live at the Suggs.To participate in a future exhibit or stage one of your own, click here to submit your art exhibit idea.Featured Artists:Bill AblerRL BostonDelinda ChapmanRita DavisColleen "Cookie" FerratierSandra FinneyRich FordCathy J. GanschinietzAneita Atwood GatesGeorge KingRachel LattimoreGinny LeeDouglas Levi (Brackney)Gwen LewisBenjamin LowderMarcia McMahon MastroddiDebbie MegginsonHugh MooreShannon O'BrienMaggie PinkeSheri RamseySue ScaifeMary SelinskiCarolyn Owen SommerJan SorensonElizabeth TroneKate Worman-Becker

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters by Jan Sorenson
Jan Sorenson

"Muddy Waters is the famous “father of modern Chicago blues.” He started playing the harmonica but by age 17 he played the guitar. He hails from Mississippi, got his name from is grandmother who found him playing in the nearby muddy waters of Deer Creek. Some of his more famous songs are “Gypsy Woman,” “Little Anna Mae,” and in 1948, “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “I Feel Like Going Home.” His signature tune became “Rollin’ Stone.” His hits include “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” and “I’m Ready.” Muddy reigned over the early 1950s Chicago blues scene, his band becoming a proving ground for some of the city’s best blues talent. He influenced a variety of music genres: blues, rhythm and blues, rock n’ roll, hard rock, folk, jazz, and country. He helped Chuck Berry get his first record contract.

"On April 30, 1983, Muddy Waters died in his sleep. A Mississippi Blues Trail market has been placed in Clarksdale, Mississippi designating the site of Muddy Waters’ boyhood cabin." - Jan


30 x 26

Market Value: $650

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I grew up downstate IL, the fourth child of nine. My dad worked a lifetime at the local brewery. He invented and built most anything he needed. Mom supplemented their income by baking creative cakes, pies and cookies. Their love for each other and cohesive joviality was certainly an inspiration, as every problem could be solved with creativity. What a gift to inherit! I love challenging myself with new and exciting adventures. Watercolor painting gives me an outlet to express any subject matter with an infinite variety of techniques.
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