Photography by Spoon River College art student Felicia Tinder of Fairview has been published in the 2019-2020 edition of the Alchemist Review, a University of Illinois Springfield publication that features literary fiction, poetry, and the visual arts. Tinder had three photographs accepted.
Tinder said she chose a sepia tone for “Old Time Canton” and “To Lakeland” as a nod to Canton’s rich history, while lights twinkling off of snow covered tree branches inspired “Veins of the Night.”
“I loved the outcome of these pictures, and they inspire me to work more with the elements of nature,” said Tinder. The photos were part of her portfolio for the spring semester photography class that is taught by Jamie Kotewa.
Tinder, who describes herself as “a girl with a hearing disability who has overcome many obstacles in life,” says she developed her passion for art while growing up. She credits Kotewa with encouraging her to go beyond her limits.
“She has shown me that there are infinite possibilities when creating art,” Tinder said.
Kotewa said one of her favorite things about Felicia is that “she is willing to take creative risks and try out new approaches in art. She doesn’t shy away from what she doesn’t know yet!”
After graduating from Spoon River College, Tinder plans to transfer to WIU and follow her love of nature, particularly of severe storms, by pursuing a degree in meteorology.
The Alchemist Review is a 30-year literary tradition at the University of Illinois Springfield and is published annually in April. The journal is available online at