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Gardner Camp, Quincy Art Center collaborate on class

James Reis assists Quincy Art Center instructor Vicki Sandercock in putting his artwork through a press Saturday at Gardner Camp near Hull, Ill. The Art Center and Gardner Camp collaborated on a workshop where students used plant life to incorporate in their art. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 21, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 21, 2019 1:00 am

HULL, Ill. -- Nine-year-old James Reis helped hold down the press as Vicki Sandercock cranked his artwork through it.

The nature print monotype featured several leafs and flowers that Reis had picked out earlier Saturday at Gardner Camp just outside of Hull.

Sandercock, an instructor with the Quincy Art Center, was showing students how they can use leaves and other plant life for their art.

Reis enjoyed seeing the creation come to life, which featured the texture of the plants.

"Sometimes you get the detail of the leaves and things like that as well," Sandercock said.

The 20 who attended the class were taken into an area of the camp featuring many native prairie plans to pick a few specimens to use for their project.

The class was the first collaboration between the Quincy Art Center and Gardner Camp.

Amy Lefringhouse, executive director of Gardner Camp, said it brought together both organization's expertise together.

"At the Quincy Arts Center and Gardner Camp our mission is to serve the local kids in this region," Lefringhouse said. "We're both working together to collaborate. It's a neat thing to put into their menu of art opportunities."

It also provided another way to bring more children out to Gardner Camp. All were taken on a short hike on the grounds.

"Some of the children that come out here they love shooting sports and that kind of recreation side of the outdoors, but some students may like the more arts and humanities but still love the outdoors," Lefringhouse said.

With 330 acres of land including multiple lakes, Gardner Camp focuses on shooting sports, mentored youth hunting and outdoor education. The camp was the former retreat of the late J.W. Gardner II and his family. After his death in 2012, the land was donated to be developed into the camp.

Lefringhouse knows the outdoors are perfect for art.

"Just look at the view," she said. "This view has so many different looks. Right, now it looks like this with the lotus out there, the Missouri bluffs in the background and the lake trees. And in the fall, all the fall colors come. Every season has its beauty. That's why I'm luck to work here."

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