Loredo Taft diorama

Back January 20, 2019
Travel Blog

Lorado Taft dioramas acquired by new Oregon foundation

A new life for the Oregon Coliseum

A recently formed Oregon foundation has acquired three dioramas created by sculptor Lorado Taft (b. 1860 – d. 1936).

In 1898, Taft was a founding member of the Eagle’s Nest Art Colony in Oregon, IL. Most visitors and locals see his work high above the Rock River–the Black Hawk Statue.

Black Hawk by Lorado Taft

The Coliseum Museum of Art, Antiques, and Americana Foundation (CMAAA), recently purchased the dioramas from the Superior Public Library, Superior, Wisconsin. This new group has formed to bring new life into the “untapped asset” that is the Oregon Coliseum, located at 124 N. 4th St. in Oregon.

The Coliseum was built in 1922 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

CMAAA president, Tom Mahoney, said the purchase of the Taft dioramas was finalized last July. They were paid for by a local private foundation, he said, with the understanding that CMAAA will reimburse the cost “if it gets off the ground.”

oregon coliseum blog

On display at the Cork & Tap Gallery – for a short time

One of the dioramas is currently on display — and in conjunction with an art exhibit that began on Friday, Jan. 18 — at the Cork & Tap Gallery, on the second floor, at 305 W. Washington St., in downtown Oregon. Drawings of how the Coliseum space might be used also accompanies the exhibit.

Art can be viewed during regular business hours, which are from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; from 3-10 p.m. Friday; from noon-10 p.m. Saturday; and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

 

LEARN MORE

@Nachusa Grasslands provides beautiful vistas and wildlife throughout the year in NW Illinois. 
#VisitNWIllinois #NachusaGrasslands #middleofeverything @enjoyillinois #enjoyillinois
Artists! Our Art in the Park Outdoor Art Gallery applications are ready. The show will be Saturday, August 24, 2024 from 10am to 5pm at the RB&W District in Rock Falls, IL. 
Click this link for rules and application: https://bit.ly/3OYphdp
Important dates: 
5/31/2024 - Deadline for application and submission of entries 
6/17/2024 - Letters of approval for entry will be mailed out. 
#visitrockfalls #visitnwillinois #enjoyillinois
Get ready for a night of nostalgia! #JeffLudin brings his acoustic magic to the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center on Feb 23 at 7:30 pm. Don't miss this chance to hear your favorite tunes from yesteryear & today! 
Go to our Events calendar in bio.
Hugs to all our friends and visitors. Let's make it last the whole year!❤🥰
#VisitNWillinois #middleofeverything #enjoyillinois #valentineslove
#ChocolateRendevous--2/17/24. Bring your sweetheart or bestie out for a night of gourmet appetizers, over 100 different desserts, premium bourbon tastings, and entertainment. ALL of which are included in the price of your ticket. Your ticket includes 3 #free top-shelf drinks, a parking shuttle, and FIREWORKS!
Shopping in NW Illinois is next level! 💼🛍️ Don't miss out on the best deals and steals in four amazing counties. https://swiy.co/nwilretail #ShoppingNirvana #VisitNWIllinois #BargainHunters #middleofeverything

TRAVEL GUIDE

Request a free copy or view our latest guide online.

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Ideas and resources to help plan your next real getaway in NW Illinois.