METAMORA — There will be an Art Show during Old Settlers Days in the Village Hall on the East side of the square in Metamora, June 20-23, featuring Lydia Jones. The hours for the Show are:  Wednesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 21, from 5-9 p.m.; Friday, June 22, from 1-9 p.m.; and Saturday, June 23, from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lydia Jones is an 18-year-old artist who just graduated from high school. She grew up home-schooled with five siblings, and quickly discovered her passion for art. During middle school she took some private art classes for fun, and started to do art more seriously. Lydia taught herself for the next few years; and in her junior and senior year, she took art classes at Metamora Township High School. Going there gave her several great opportunities to improve her art, and opened many doors.

Lydia has been in 4H for nine years; and has always showed her art at fairs, several pieces even receiving awards at the state level. In 2017, Lydia showed in the Mid-Illini Art Show and was awarded several ribbons in both the 2D and 3D categories. Her piece, Valerie, received best of show in its category. Later that same year, she entered in the Congressional Art Show. Valerie won second place and was taken to Washington D.C. to be hung in Darin LaHood’s office. In 2018, Lydia entered in the shows again and received several awards. Her piece This Train Station won second place in the ICC Portfolio Competition, and went to state for the 4H fair. She was also given the chance to paint two murals for the Metamora Township High School.

Throughout the years, Lydia’s art has become much more grounded in reality and usually has a narrative to it. She creates art in a variety of different media, as well as a variety of styles; and consciously uses and mixes them to create what she wants. Her work has been influenced by the skilled teachers she has had throughout the years, but still remains her own original style. She hopes to continue learning and improving her art through college, and to eventually get a job that allows her to use her art skills.