visual arts

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.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Costumed in knitter Stephen West's creations, 20 musicians and dancers will perform in and around the library. The performers are students in COLAB, an interdisciplinary class at the University of Illinois, taught by Erik R. Lund, professor of composition-theory, and Kirstie Simson, associate professor of dance. Stephen West is based in Brooklyn and is known worldwide for his inventive and beautiful knitwear designs and patterns. Find out more about Stephen West and Westknits at http://www.westknits.com.

Dancers include:
Julianna Boylan
Abi Elliott
Jon Faw
Pinda Ho
Ben Joselyn
Skylar Lipman
Momar Ndiaye
Mitch Oliver
Catalina Hernandez
Elisandra Rosario
Diana Shepherd
Kirstie Simson
Sarah Stearn
Natalie Stehly

Part of Boneyard Arts Festival and National Library Week. Presented in partnership with Unit One/Allen Hall at the University of Illinois, Klose Knit Yarn Store, and Kirstie Simson. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For all events at the library:
http://www.champaign.org/events

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

Who is Stephen West?
Knitwear designer Stephen West dreams up extravagently colorful, sometimes geometric, rule-defying, highly personal creations. His patterns are wildly popular on Ravelry and his Instagram has more than 75K followers. In recent months, Stephen has presented his work in Greenland, in Reykjavik, Iceland, and in England at his Stephen & Penelope Yarn Store. He's originally from the U.S. and studied dance at the University of Illinois. http://www.westknits.com

“I can't knit fast enough to keep up with these gorgeous patterns!”
—A Westknits fan

Boneyard Shawl free pattern to download:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boneyard-shawl

Westknits on Ravelry – 217 knitwear designs:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west

Meet Stephen West, Knitting Instructor with Craftsy (2 min):
http://www.youtu.be/N7hTONsTUtI

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 3:30pm
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Love to knit? Just learning? Meet Brooklyn-based knitting sensation Stephen West at a Knitting Circle at the library. Stephen will bring his knitting—bring yours!

Part of Boneyard Arts Festival and National Library Week celebrations. Presented in partnership with Unit One/Allen Hall at the University of Illinois, Klose Knit Yarn Store, and Kirstie Simson. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For all events at the library:
http://www.champaign.org/events

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

Who is Stephen West?
Knitwear designer Stephen West dreams up extravagently colorful, sometimes geometric, rule-defying, highly personal creations. His patterns are wildly popular on Ravelry and his Instagram has more than 75K followers. In recent months, Stephen has presented his work in Greenland, in Reykjavik, Iceland, and in England at his Stephen & Penelope Yarn Store. He's originally from the U.S. and studied dance at the University of Illinois. westknits.com

“I can't knit fast enough to keep up with these gorgeous patterns!”
—A Westknits fan

Boneyard Shawl free pattern to download:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boneyard-shawl

Westknits on Ravelry – 217 knitwear designs:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west

Meet Stephen West, Knitting Instructor with Craftsy (2 min):
http://www.youtu.be/N7hTONsTUtI

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Stephen West uses his popular shawl designs to talk about shape, construction, and drape. Students will start a triangular shawl shape while exploring the garter tab cast on, increases, adding textures/colors, and learning about Stephen's favorite bind offs and finishing tricks. This workshop is suitable for adventurous beginners and beyond. A supply list will be provided to registered participants. Reserve your spot!

Only 20 spots available:
Sign up: bit.ly/cpl-knitting-workshop-apr5

Presented in partnership with Unit One/Allen Hall at the University of Illinois, Klose Knit Yarn Store, and Kirstie Simson. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For all events at the library:
champaign.org/events

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

Pages

Subscribe to visual arts