Artists Coming to Andover's "More Fun on 81" Festival

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Two artists will bring a variety of things to see and hear during Andover's "More Fun on 81" Festival Saturday June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peter Ellerston, from Springfield, Illinois, will give pioneer music demonstrations at the Andover Historical Museum. Ron Pettit, from Alpha, will show and sell his paintings, woodworking, and stained glass at the American Woman's League Building. Both buildings are located just west of the Andover Lake Park.

Mr. Ellereston is a retired English and cultural studies teacher at Springfield College. He coordinates jam sessions for the Clayville Pioneer Academy of Music and the Prairieland Strings dulcimer club of Springfield. He posts links and video clips (Hogfiddle) for music sessions and workshops on the mountain dulcimer (aka “hog fiddle”), as well as research notes on folklore and cultural studies, hymnody and traditional Anglo-Celtic and Scandinavian music. His interests are in Appalachian dulcimer, Scandinavian and American folk hymnody, traditional music, mass communications, folklore and cultural studies.

Mr. Pettit was born in Rock Island, graduated from Rocky High, and attended Augustana College. He said: “I was forced into art! TV was off limits, so to fill the time after farm chores, drawing and painting were my companions. Detail and realism were always important to me, and the farm supplied unlimited subject matter. After getting off the board as a technical illustrator and moving into the printing department of advertising for John Deere, and then retiring after 37 years with the company, more time was available for enjoying the out-of-doors and developing my fine art painting. Acrylics and pastels are my favorite mediums, but woodworking and stained glass help to fill my creative needs.” He recently donated the newest piece of art in the Henry County Courthouse.