FULTON, Ill. — The Fulton Historical Society is sponsoring an art show and sale this weekend that features the works of many local artists.

The event is from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum, located at 707 10th Avenue, Fulton.

Local and area artists will be in attendance to display and sell works of art such as painting, drawing, sculpture, carving and photography. Some of the local artists who will be featured at the art show are Deb Schaver, Vernon Schaver, Dan Budde, Pam Leavens, Regina Dixon, Lois Bock, Wes Letcher, Millie Heun and the first formal showing of the art collection of the late Dr. Allen John Workman.

Workman was the youngest son of John and Kate Smith Workman, who lived in Section 12 of Garden Plain Township. He was born Oct. 29, 1906 and attended the Lockhart School; one of his teachers was Miss Lizzie Church.

He later resided with an aunt while attending Morrison High School, where he was elected president of his freshman class and was the illustrator of the 1925 class annual his senior year.

Workman went on to become an art history professor at UCLA for over 30 years.

Workman met his wife in France and was married in 1946.

Two daughters, Diana and Michele, were born to the couple. A fatal auto accident claimed the life of his wife, Denise, in Switzerland in 1980. He died on Oct. 5, 1999.

His paintings covered both the years of his professional life as well as his retirement years.

The collection consists of 13 paintings and a large volume of illustrations and preparatory drawings. It is now housed in The Workman Art Gallery in the Fulton (Martin House) Museum.

The Fulton Historical Society is grateful to Michele Maslowski, Workman’s daughter, for selecting the Fulton (Martin House) Museum to be the recipient of Workman’s extensive art collection. Jane and Gordon Sissing are coordinators of the Workman Art Gallery in the Museum.

Today there will be a wine and cheese reception with the featured artists in attendance. The event is open to the public.

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