Friday, October 28, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

2022 Arts in Central Park

A few photos of this event. Weather was sunny both Saturday and Sunday. Good turnout. BCA had their tent on the NW section "A-5."


Friday, August 19, 2022

BCA's Marla Winkleback one of the Turner triplets.




DECATUR — The Turner Triplets say they have been blessed since they were born 75 years ago.

Left to right:  Marcy Dillow, Marilyn Corley and Marla Winkleblack

“We know we’re miracle babies,” said Marcy Dillow. “We all know, number one, if it wasn’t for God that we wouldn’t be here.”

Dillow, along with her sisters Marla Winkleblack and Marilyn Corley, are healthy and doing well, but they didn’t start out that way.

“We were all six-months babies,” Winkleblack said. “And we’re identical.”

The Turner Triplets will celebrate their next birthday on Aug. 25.

“That’s scary,” Corley said.

“Impossible,” added Dillow.

 “I think it’s wonderful,” Winkleblack said. “If you don’t turn 75, you’re not here.”

According to their mother Vonnie Turner's tales, the doctor heard only one heartbeat while she was pregnant. The girls’ birth was considered a phenomenon in 1947. “Way back then they didn’t have all of the medical equipment to save babies like they do now,” Corley said. “We’ve always felt like it was a miracle that we all survived with no major issues.”

Winkleblack was born with vision problems and attended Decatur schools separate from her sisters. “It made me very independent,” she said.

“She’s the stronger one,” Dillow said. “She’s got more guts.”

Their births took place in St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, the only facility to accommodate premature babies at the time. None of the girls weighed more than three pounds when they were born.

“Mom always felt that we were her miracle babies,” Corley said. “Dad did too, but mom said it.”

Although their mother was ready to take on her surprisingly growing family, their father, Johnnie Turner, was more concerned. “He said, ‘Vonnie, what are we going to do with all of them’,” Winkleblack said, remembered the stories.

 “She told dad, ‘Well, Johnnie, we’re going to keep them’,” Dillow repeated.

“Mom was a strong person,” Corley said. “Things don’t shake her.” Each daughter was brought home two weeks apart. “They got used to one before that got the second, then the third one, home,” Corley said.

The couple moved back to Decatur to be with family shortly after the triplets were born. As the girls grew they began to draw attention. “And we hated the attention,” Dillow said.

Each milestone brought the newspaper reporters and photographers to the event, including their first trip to see Santa Claus, their first birthday, even their first hair cut.

“But we’ve enjoyed being triplets,” Winkleblack said.

“We drive our husbands crazy,” Corley agreed.

The women have witnessed an intuition among each other. “People don’t believe it, but we do,” Dillow said. “You know when they are down or worried about something. You can feel it.”







The women admit they may be close, but they have followed their own paths. All three are retired and visit each other, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as much as possible.

Before their mother died five years ago, the sisters included her in their outings and adventures. “After dad passed, anything we did, it was the four of us,” Corley said.

“We treated mom like a sister,” Dillow added.

The ladies get together as much as possible. Dillow and Winkleblack live in Central Illinois. Corley resides just three hours away in Indiana. They often meet up to go shopping and dine at a restaurant. “We continue as much as we can,” Corley said. “We know it’s not going to last forever.”

Although the sisters admit they have lived through difficult seasons in their lives, they insist on seeing the positive side of life.

“Things turn out and we move on,” Winkleblack said.

“We’ve all been blessed,” Corley said


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Picnic in August

 Summer Barn Colony Artists Picnic

Betty Moser has once again offered to host our annual picnic.

When: August 22 (Monday) 5 pm +

Where: 3054 N. MacArthur Rd, Decatur

Parking: in yard to the north of the house and in her drive (up to 10 cars) and drive to the South.

Due to the recent rise in covid cases, it will be a brown-bag picnic instead of the usual potluck. You might also order a box-super, available at several local restaurants. Betty will supply the drinks and desert will be her home-made ice cream. Betty will also supply the fun games and contests that will make it a fun outing.

  Rain or shine.  Betty will have room to socially distance in her home if necessary - setting up tables in different rooms.  Guest are encouraged to bring art pieces to the picnic. Also this is a good time to collect dues. 

Current and past members are welcome. Members can invite guests or people who might be interested in joining.

RSVP: or phone: 217-520-1470

Monday, July 4, 2022

Schedule for 2022-2023

2022-2023 schedule has been updated, see Calendar for more!

Fall '22 Barn Colony Artists Programs


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

3-5 PM

Clay Modeling

Ann Russo


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

3-5 PM

Clay Modeling +

Ann Russo


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

3-5 PM

Non-objective monoprint

Carol Kessler


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

3-5 PM

Non-objective monoprint embellishment

Carol Kessler


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

3-5 PM

How to use our website and improvements

George Virgil


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

3-5 PM

Colored pencil techniques

Laura Klink


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

3-5 PM

Pastel Techniques

Sue Goodpaster


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

3-5 PM

Collage/Block Printing

David Barista


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

3-5 PM


Jeanne Helm


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

3-5 PM

No session



Wednesday, November 30, 2022

3-5 PM

Google “Arts&Culture”-Review of Arts and discussion night

Jami Fawley


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

3-5 PM

Pastel techniques

JD Curce


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

3-5 PM

Pastels techniques

JD Curce


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

3-5 PM

Christmas Party



Friday, July 1, 2022

Dues form



Please return this bottom portion to:                                                                                                   



ANNUAL DUES:         _____  Single membership ---$85

                                    _____   Couple’s Membership ---$120 

                                    _____   Donation for Support in the amount of $_______________

Name ___________________________________________________


Telephone _________________________________Email_________________________________________

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Invitation to People Interested in Art

                        Barn Colony Artists, Inc.

Are you interested in art?                       

·       Members are both beginners and experienced. Ages: 18 and older.

·       Sessions begin the last of September and continue through May. There are 30 plus sessions.  They are held weekly on Wednesdays from 3-5 PM.  

·       Location is at the Madden Art Center (Decatur Area Arts Council), 125 North Water St. 2nd floor.  

·       Topics covered include watercolor, drawing, acrylic, oil, pastel, oil pastel, collage, sculpturing and art history.


·       to display & sell work at Arts in Central Park in September

·       to exhibit work at library, airport, & Rock Springs

·       to participate in the Annual Spring Show in Anne Lloyd Gallery/Madden Arts Center

·       to paint plein air (outdoors) in a Barn Colony workshop

·       to enjoy a picnic held at one of the member’s home

·       to go on field trips to other art centers or studios.

·       to participate in a Millikin Homestead event.


More details can be found on the web site:

The cost of annual membership dues is $85 (less than $3/session) for individuals and $120 for a family of 2 persons.

To join, fill in the application below and send it with your check to:


 Barbara Dove, Treasurer, 454 Shoreline Dr., Decatur IL 62521

ANNUAL DUES:         _____  Single membership--- $85

                                    _____   Couple’s Membership--- $120 

                                    _____   Donation for Support in the amount of $_______________

Name ___________________________________________________



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