This center for the performing arts opened in 1922 and today is restored to orginal splendor. It also boasts ownershp of an exceedingly rare and historic Barton theater pipe organ.
Woodlawn Arts Academy offers a wide variety of quality arts programming including visual arts, music, literary arts, dance, performing arts and yoga. Several times a year they host exhibits and performances by area artists and performers.
Since 1996, the City of Sterling, through it's Sterling Mural Society, has commissioned nearly 20 murals that bring Sterling's history to life. All are within walking distance of one another (a tour takes about a 30 - 45 minutes) and all depict people and events from the community's past. A real treat.
The Old Downtown; Sterling Dixon and Eastern Electric Railways; Sterling Hydraulic Co; Lightening; Hezekiah Brink; Lady Zouaves; Pioneer Steam Engine; Sterling Secret Six; First City Hall & Fire Station; Adelante; Ringling Brothers Circus Fire; Northwestern Fair; First Avenue Bridge; First Flyover; Major Sterling and the Coin toss; The Presidents Corner; Sarah Worthington; and American Legionnaires.
Contact Patty Cox of the Mural Society for tour directions. 815-626-5421
Whether it's local performers, regional or nationally acclaimed, you can see them at Starlight's Theatre and Lounge. A good time will be had by all...they guarantee it!
Enjoy music and summer breezes at the Grandon Civic Center as you listen to the local talented musicians of the Sauk Valley perform as well as, featured guest performers.
The Sterling Municipal Symphony Balnd, organized around the turn of the century, today offers a wide variety of free summer concerts. Most concerts begin at 7:30 and concessions are available.
Located in a quaint, historic downtown building, The Next Picture Show is a fine art center serving the Rock River Valley. The gallery features exhibits by local artists and offers concerts and art classes. See website for exhibit schedule. Enjoy the scenic drive from Rock Falls to Dixon, only 25 minutes.
The Fields Project is a multifaceted nine-day event designed to create new relationships and understanding between artists and farm families. It encourages the century-long marriage of art and agriculture and introduces visiting artists to the historic Eagles Nest Art Colony that thrived from 1898 until 1942. See the website or contact the Oregon Chamber of Commerce for exact locations and exhibits.