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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
Children's Services (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Urbana elementary school students will be displaying their creative art in Children's Services from April 4 - 15. Come see what these young artists have been working on.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

All art materials will be supplied - just bring your imagination and creativity to join local artist Brianna for a wonderful artistic journey. For children ages 4 and up.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Come celebrate Earth Day a little early and make fun crafts from recycled materials. Let's get crafty while helping the environment!

This is a drop-in program for families.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Parkland College Art, Design Student Juried Exhibition 2017

Exhibit: April 10 to May 6, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception: Thursday, April 13, 5­7 p.m., Gallery Lounge, with awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble

Parkland College's Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition for 2017 will be held April 10 through May 6 in the Giertz Gallery.

Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from among 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2016, were eligible to submit artwork.

Many of these works earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit's opening reception Thursday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music.

Art and design associate professor Matthew Watt is among many Parkland art and design faculty who look forward to this event each spring, along with students.

"Making art is rigorous work; it takes grit to make it happen," Watt said. "I am always impressed with what our students can accomplish."

As students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland, this exhibition allows them to showcase their extensive talent as well as the exploration processes they have experienced throughout their studies in art and design, according to gallery director Lisa Costello.

"It introduces them to professional practices they will encounter in their field as well, such as working with a gallery, preparing their work for exhibition, and engaging in the jurying process that is essential for an emerging artist," Costello said. "This is a necessary component for resume building and establishing themselves as practicing artists once they graduate or transfer to a four-year college."

During the April 13 reception, an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction. Student artists will receive monetary awards including the Parkland President Award, the David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award, the Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmithing, the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, and the Blair Kling Memorial Art Award. In addition to these awards, there will also be an Art Coop Award for Sustained Studio Excellence, which allows students to purchase art supplies.

Parkland Art and Design students are eligible to earn scholarships, which are also announced during the reception; these include the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, and the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship. Finally, the winner of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship will be announced.

Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work, while purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Student Art Collection.

Exhibit Sneak Peek

In addition to the reception and award festivities, the college will hold a Boneyard Arts Festival Sneak Peek of the new exhibit on Friday, April 7, 2­6 p.m.

"It is great to be a part of the county-wide celebration that 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, organizes each year," she said.

Gallery Hours and Directions

All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday­Thursday, 10 a.m.­7 p.m., and Saturday, noon­2 p.m.

To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point on the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, gallery director, at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery website at www.parkland.edu/gallery.

[Neda Sroka, Maquette for St. Sebastian, terra cotta, 18" x 8" x 8", 2016, from Sculpture II]

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Common Ground Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall, 300 S Broadway, Urbana

Around April 1st, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN!

For more information, please visit http://go.illinois.edu/ediblebooks or https://www.facebook.com/CUEdibleBooks.

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Drive, Urbana, IL

Cunningham Children’s Home’s Festival of Quilts joins the Boneyard Arts Festival this spring as one of more than 90 galleries showcasing the arts in Central Illinois. This year Cunningham is excited to present a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. The 13th annual Festival of Quilts will also include a silent auction and quilt boutique as well as a gift shop, bake sale and the Patchwork Café.

The Boneyard is a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists while promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community. As the Festival of Quilts has grown and the quilts submitted for viewing have evolved it became obvious to all who help with the event that many of our local artists are sharing their artwork through quilts.

We invite you to join us on Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy the colorful and diverse exhibit as well as the silent auction.

This year’s event features two guest speakers. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m., Deborah Fell will present stories of hope that inspire her work. Fell, a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium, is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network. Well-known quilt teacher and lecturer Sherry Fourez Sollers will present her miniature quilts on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sollers is a competitive quilter throughout the Midwest.

Tickets are available at the door and are a $5.00 donation. All proceeds benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.

Visit our website cunninghamhome.org or find us on Facebook to learn more.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill, 61801

St. Patrick’s Day Tea
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
2-4 pm
Sylvia’s Irish Inn Bed & Breakfast, 312 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
http://www.sylviasirishinn.com/
Join us for a relaxing afternoon tea at
Sylvia’s Irish Inn
Price $25.00 – This includes a glass Champaign
Punch on arrival and traditional tea sandwiches
and desserts.
Enjoy beautiful, live Celtic music
and storytelling.
Call 217-384-4800 for reservations as seating is limited

Thursday, April 6, 2017 (All day) to Friday, April 21, 2017 (All day)
Larry Kanfer Gallery 2503 S Neil St Champaign, IL 61820

From the vibrant hustle and architectural patterns of the Hong Kong cityscapes to the colorful, rural waterways of Tai O, the intensity and depth of this Larry Kanfer photographic artwork collection can be enjoyed from April 6th to April 21st. Visit with artist during the opening April 6th and see Hong Kong through Larry Kanfer’s lens at the Larry Kanfer Gallery, South Neil Street in Champaign.
Show dates: April 6th – 21st
Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm
Special gallery hours Sunday, 4/9 12 - 4pm
Free admission, Kid friendly
http://kanfer.com/HongKong/

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School

When 52 members of the Little Sisters of Hoboken eat some bad vichyssoise soup prepared by their cook Sister Julia, Child of God, they all die instantly of botulism. It is up to the remaining sisters, who were off playing bingo, to raise the money to bury them! After raising enough money with a greeting card company and burying 48 of the 52 dead sisters, Mother Superior goes and buys a plasma TV, leaving the convent out of money and four sisters unburied in the convent freezer! It is up to a diverse and hilarious group of five of the remaining sisters to put on a talent show, proving that nuns are fun while raising enough money to get those four sisters out of the freezer and in the ground BEFORE the health inspector comes around. You might also learn a little something about each of the sisters too. And watch out, there’s going to be a quiz so you better listen up!

With energy-filled solos, crazy group numbers, and even a cooking show, Nunsense is a hilarious show that has a little something in it for people of every age!

Dates/Times:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 7 PM
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 7 PM
Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 8:15pm
The Virginia Theatre

PechaKucha Night C-U returns for another night of captivating stories and unique perspectives! First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

THE DETAILS:
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
The Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign
Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8:20 pm
Admission: $10 in advance/ $15 at the door
Tickets available online at the Virginia Theatre website
Possible Mature Content, 18+ recommended

Get ready for ten thought-provoking presentations:
Isaac Arms: Community & Culture Through Music: What We Find / What We Leave Behind
Ainslie Heilich: Living the Tuscola Dream
Kelsey Langley: Child's Play
Kate McDowell: Storytelling Thinking for Professionals
David Michael Moore: Design to Make a Difference
Hugh Monahan: The Empathy of Games
Nicole Musumeci: Growing Community
Kirby Pringle: Benefits of Creating Habitat for Pollinators
Candice Solomon-Strutz: Raising Children in an Interracial Family
Sierra Young: Blow-Up and Robot Stories

We are excited to welcome Ralph Roether to the stage as our emcee for the night!

Let your friends know you are coming by RSVPing on Facebook!

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PECHA KUCHA NIGHT C-U?
For additional info, or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, visit http://thecudo.org/portfolio/pechakucha-night/

Check out the www.pechakucha.org global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page, www.pechakucha.org/night/champaign-urbana.

Follow us on Twitter: @pechakuchaCU
Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pechakuchaCU
For more information about CUDO visit thecudo.org

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