Rock River Valley

Illinois Adventures: The Eternal Indian

While Lorado Taft’s "Eternal Indian” is currently wrapped in plastic awaiting repair a team of leaders in Oregon, IL hope to restore it to the splendor in this photo (photo courtesy of Blackhawk Restoration Team)

While Lorado Taft’s "Eternal Indian” is currently wrapped in plastic awaiting repair a team of leaders in Oregon, IL hope to restore it to the splendor in this photo (photo courtesy of Blackhawk Restoration Team)

Periodically over the spring and summer, First Light host Brian O’Keefe has hit the road to visit some of the region’s great road side attractions. The road trip vacation distractions came into their heyday before the arrival of the interstate highways, and they’re still out there ready to break up a long drive. For this Illinois Adventure, Brian went to learn more about what may be the state’s original roadside attraction

A kiosk at the Eternal Indian statue site tells the story of the concrete statue, its designer, and the people that made it possible

A kiosk at the Eternal Indian statue site tells the story of the concrete statue, its designer, and the people that made it possible

The Eternal Indian statue is wrapped in plastic awaiting a complete restoration project

The Eternal Indian statue is wrapped in plastic awaiting a complete restoration project

The Eternal Indian has enjoyed this incredible view of the Rock River Valley for nearly 110 years

The Eternal Indian has enjoyed this incredible view of the Rock River Valley for nearly 110 years

Rock River Valley Gallery Tour

A wall of Beck Hundrieser's studio is filled with her paintings. All the artists' studios are filled with examples of their work.  (photo courtesy of Guy Stephens/WNIJ)

A wall of Beck Hundrieser's studio is filled with her paintings. All the artists' studios are filled with examples of their work. (photo courtesy of Guy Stephens/WNIJ)

This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens. Artists throughout the Rock River Valley recently opened their studios to the public, and you may be surprised by the number of working artists that are creating work in north central Illinois. Guy Stephens visited some of the places where their inspiration becomes reality

Sally Jane Cooper of Chara Pottery Studio with a piece in one of several styles she works in. She and Tonya Hardy will demonstrate ceramic techniques and show their work at the studio for the tour.  (photo courtesy of Guy/Stephens/WNIJ)

Sally Jane Cooper of Chara Pottery Studio with a piece in one of several styles she works in. She and Tonya Hardy will demonstrate ceramic techniques and show their work at the studio for the tour. (photo courtesy of Guy/Stephens/WNIJ)