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Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists (IHDA) is currently 68 members strong and growing. Members receive a newsletter titled, Brushmarks & Paint Spots seven times a year, membership directory and a handbook of the chapter's by-laws. The chapter has a large library of decorative art books, videos and pattern packets for members to check out.

The Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists were chartered as the "Tole A-Holics" in 1977. Our logo, a bunny dressed in a "Pierre a la Artiste" garb holding a glass of champagne and a paint brush was designed by one of our charter members, Judy Warden. Our chapter was then located in the Champaign, Illinois area. As the membership grew, a contest for a new logo design was held. The current logo was created by Kathy Kilhoffer.  

Are you looking for a chapter that is centrally located in Illinois, full of activities and with a group of friendly, fun painters who paint at all levels of the mediums? Then this chapter is for you! For a membership application form download the following PDF Form.

IHDA Application Form

The chapter has approximately 16 committees that meet over the course of the year. Getting involved in one or more of the committees is a great way to meet and form friendships with other painters.

Our meetings, seminars and paint-ins are held at:

Recreation Center
200 E. Flessner Avenue, Rantoul, Illinois
(Location is formerly known as the Chanute Air Force Base.)


Chris Cringle Crafts

Chapter’s annual craft show is scheduled in the fall. Chances for a hand painted and pieced quilt by members is sold at the show.  Proceeds go for the sponsored Art Education Scholarship.

Memory Box Program

Memory Box

A bereavement program which supplies  hand  painted  boxes to area hospitals for mothers who have lost an infant to death.

County Fairs


An annual monetary Art Award and  best of show Blue Ribbon is  awarded the winner.

Allerton Painting Retreat

Spring annual Painting Retreat is held at the Allerton Memorial 4-H Camp. Everyone who has an interest in painting is welcome to participate in the event.




A scholarship is awarded a high school graduate & is entering college  majoring in art.

Intact Families


Members participate in donating food, book bags, school supplies, items of need etc. to the needy families.



IHDA is an affliate of the
National Society of Decorative Painters
Society of Decorative Painters

Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists