visual arts

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:00pm
Amara Yoga & Arts

Amara Yoga & Arts Celebrates Expanded Space, New Leadership and Direction with Art Opening Reception Featuring “Outer Limits” -- New Work by Local Artist Travis Hocutt

This Sunday, November 15, 2015, Amara Yoga & Arts, 300 South Broadway Avenue in Urbana, will celebrate its expanded space, new leadership and direction with a free, family-friendly reception from 5:00-7:00 pm. Guests will enjoy live music, henna tattoos, drishti point art marking, and food and wine while exploring local artist Travis Hocutt’s new exhibit “Outer Limits.”

The recent renovation of the former Great Impasta space into a second yoga studio has made it possible for Amara to double its offerings to 40+ classes per week ranging widely in intensity and style. And with the continued success of their summer art and yoga programs for kids, art director Kathryn Fitzgerald has launched a family-friendly approach to weekend yoga. Parents can take a Saturday morning or Sunday noon class while their kids enjoy yoga and art classes in the next room.

Amara Yoga & Arts was co-founded in 2009 by Kathryn Fitzgerald and Theresa Brandabur as a yoga studio and art gallery. After being offered her “dream job” in the field of geology, Wisconsin-based Brandabur decided it was time to sell her share in the studio. Earlier this month, Don Briskin, who was Amara’s first yoga instructor, became its new co-owner.

A Los Angeles-native who has been practicing yoga since the age of 11, Briskin brings extensive yoga experience to this new role. “My practice has included many different styles of yoga including Sivananda Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and most recently the Vinyasa Krama Yoga of Krishnamacharya,” notes Briskin. With 12 years of teaching yoga under his belt, Briskin will lead Amara’s Yoga Teaching Training program starting in 2016, in addition to teaching a variety of class offerings. Briskin will transition into his full studio director role in January.

When asked about their goals for Amara, Fitzgerald and Briskin agree “we’re bringing back the “arts” in Amara Yoga & Arts.” This recommitment to the arts component of the studio’s mission will take several forms. Fitzgerald, an artist and art teacher, has recently launched an Exquisite Art Playshop series, which is based on the Exquisite Corpse art salons of the 1920s, and which offers two-hour creative play and art making sessions for adults, in which participants create individual or communal art projects.

The expansion has also increased Amara’s art gallery capacity, which will be evident with Hocutt’s “Outer Limits” installation.Travis Hocutt is currently the Artist in Residence at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. He received his BFA in Photography at the Art Institute of Boston, and his MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Hocutt’s work encompasses a wide variety of media including antiquated photographic processes, digital photography, bookbinding, sculpture, design, and video. His work, predominately focusing on space exploration as inspiration, often blends science and art into complex installation pieces comprised of several media. Hocutt’s art operates on the idea that curiosity, wonder, and the human desire to explore are not just among the core of what it means to be human, but are forces which continue to elevate us. His works also actively investigate the conceptual framework we have erected in order to explain and continue to expand our sphere of understanding on earth and beyond.

“Outer Limits” will be up through January 15, 2016, and can be viewed Saturday mornings from 8:00 am till noon, and during studio hours or by appointment.

“With both studios, plus the remaining kitchen area, there are endless possibilities,” Briskin notes. As a painter and musician, Briskin looks forward to incorporating more live music into classes and events. His passion for roasting coffee, particularly beans from the Mysore region of India, has inspired him to take the existing bar area within the second studio and convert it into a café featuring small-batch roasted coffee, juices, and more. Amara Yoga & Arts’ mission is to bring high-quality, fun and innovative yoga and arts programs to the C-U community.

Amara offers daily yoga classes at varying levels of intensity on a drop-in basis, workshops, retreats and yoga teacher training, as well as programs for children. More information including schedules, rates, class descriptions and teacher bios can be found at www.amarayoga.com.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
Larry Kanfer Gallery 2503 S Neil St Champaign, IL 61820

You’re invited to the Larry Kanfer Gallery for the Holiday Open House November 19th – 22nd. See the stunning collection of new Prairiescapes and Woodlands photographs. Also showcased is the very sleek, contemporary Ensemble collection. Special Open House Hours: Thu – Sat 9:30 - 5:30, Sun 12-4.
Contact the gallery:
217-398-2000
art@kanfer.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:30am, Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:30am, Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Larry Kanfer Gallery 2503 S Neil St Champaign, IL 61820

You’re invited to the Larry Kanfer Gallery for the Holiday Open House November 19th – 22nd. See the stunning collection of new Prairiescapes and Woodlands photographs. Also showcased is the very sleek, contemporary Ensemble collection. Special Open House Hours: Thu – Sat 9:30 - 5:30, Sun 12-4.
Contact the gallery:
217-398-2000
art@kanfer.com

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

"Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert" Benefit for Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Take home a handcrafted cup, enjoy delicious food and beverages, traditional Irish music, and silent auction!

Select from among a stunning array of handcrafted ceramic cups and enjoy music and bakery-fresh desserts during “Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert,” Giertz Gallery’s biennial fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge at Parkland College.

Ticket includes selecting a beautiful handmade ceramic cup generously donated by Parkland College Ceramics program faculty and students. The benefit features delicious desserts baked fresh by the Parkland College Hospitality program, hot tea and freshly brewed coffee provided by Columbia Street Roastery, and traditional Irish music by Fair Play.

Perfect for holiday gifts (or for yourself), a silent auction rounds out the event’s festivities. Guests may place bids on various artworks donated by students and teachers of the Art and Design program. These works of art include vases, bowls, teapots, handmade jewelry, and a photograph donated by Craig McMonigal.

Tickets to the gallery benefit are $30 or two for $50, with advanced purchase recommended; cups will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets, please contact the Giertz Gallery office at 217/351-2485, visit our website at www.parkland.edu/gallery or stop by the Giertz Gallery. Many of the silent auction pieces may be viewed ahead of time on the Giertz Gallery website. All proceeds will support the Giertz Gallery.

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

This is the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild annual Show and Sale! Patrons can expect a variety of the highest quality handmade goods including handspun yarn, woven, knitting and crocheted garments, needle and wet felted garments and sculptures, handwoven baskets, dyed textiles and much more. The sale includes demonstration activities in additional to the sale of guild members’ work each fall. A small percentage of the profit goes to the guild in order to fund future programs. This years Show and Sale will take place:

Friday, Nov. 6, 4 to 9 p.m.

and

Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church
700 West Kirby Avenue
Champaign

http://centralillinoisfiberguild.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/421823128025552/

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 10:00am to Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

2015 State of the Art: Ceramics Invitational curated by Chris Berti
Exhibit: Monday, November 16, 2015– Saturday, February 6, 2016
Reception: Thursday, November 19, 5–7 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Chris Berti at 6:30 p.m.
Music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble

Pre-exhibit artist lecture: Doug Jeppesen, Thursday, November 12 at 9am in room C-191
Additional artist lecture: Randy Carlson, Wednesday, January 27 at 1pm in room C-191

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will host works by ceramic artists from across the U.S. during its "2015 State of the Art: Ceramics Invitational" opening Monday, Nov. 16. Curated by Parkland Art and Design Professor Chris Berti, the exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m. in the gallery lounge that features a curatorial talk by Chris Berti at 6:30 p.m., music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble, and refreshments. Both the ceramics exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College presents Four by One, a group ceramic exhibition with each artist contributing four works, focused on how ceramic artists often create works that reinforce each other so that the whole is stronger than the sum of the parts. These four works may be either two pairs or one set of four or even four bodies of work. The works may be utilitarian, sculptural, or both. This exhibition allows contemporary ceramic artists to investigate form, surface, and other processes while utilizing techniques they’ve mastered. The artists include Randy Carlson, Sunshine Cobb, Michael Corney, Paul Eshelman, Meredith Host, Doug Jeppesen, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston, Beth Lo, Joe Pintz, and Luba Sharipan.
“This is a terrific group of artists.” Chris Berti said, speaking about the show. “ I think the work in this exhibition begins to represent some of the exciting things happening in ceramics today.”

The exhibition will include two visiting artists from Illinois including Doug Jeppesen and Randy Carlson. Jeppesen’s visit includes a pre-exhibit lecture and demonstration in the ceramics studio (room C-191) on Thursday, November 12 with a lecture at 9am followed by a demonstration. Doug is an Associate Professor of Art/Ceramics at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois where he has taught full time since 1998. He specializes in wood firing and has built a number of different styled wood fired kilns at the college including an anagama kiln. Doug has presented workshops at area colleges and universities, he was a panel member during the International Wood Firing Conference at Northern Arizona University and most recently he was a presenter at the 2nd European Wood Fire Conference hosted by Guladagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor Denmark.

Randy Carlson will also give a lecture and demonstration on Wednesday, January 27 at 1pm in the ceramics studio (room C-191). Carlson worked as a production potter in Minnesota, Maine and Wisconsin before joining the faculty of Bradley University ‘s Department of Art, Peoria, Illinois in 1993. He has recently had work published in Ceramic Monthly magazine and Lark Books 500 Pitchers and 500 Teapots.

In addition, please save the date for "Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert," the biennial benefit for the Parkland Art Gallery set for Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge. Tickets will include selecting a beautiful handmade cups donated by Parkland faculty and students, live music by Fair Play featuring traditional Irish music, tasty desserts provided by Parkland College Hospitality Program, and coffee and tea. A silent auction of ceramic works—perfect for holiday gifts (or for yourself)—will round out the evening’s festivities. Tickets are $30 (2 for $50) and may be purchased at the Giertz Gallery, or through the art gallery office by calling 217/351-2485 or emailing giertzgallery@parkland.edu. Tickets will also be on sale Nov. 19 during the reception.

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed November 25 (5pm) – 30; December 14 – January 11, and January 18.

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 X-7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2802 or email crobinson@parkland.edu.

For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

When Beverly Blossom came to University of Illinois in 1967 after 17 years of professional work in New York City, she had danced with Alwin Nikolais for 10 years while creating her own solo work, and she was an integral part of modern dance’s multi-media explorations during the 1960s. She was a mature artist who had an amazing creative drive and stamina that transcended the administrative demands of the university which enabled her to fiercely pursue her artistic visions—untamed. As a result she redefined dance for every student who she worked with through her creative osmosis, and audiences continually delighted in the personal and spiritual escape that she provided to them through her work. This exhibit remembers Beverly Blossom’s many artistic voices as they were reflected through her thought-provoking choreography. Visit http://sousaarchives.org for more information.

Friday, November 13, 2015 (All day)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

When Beverly Blossom came to University of Illinois in 1967 after 17 years of professional work in New York City, she had danced with Alwin Nikolais for 10 years while creating her own solo work, and she was an integral part of modern dance’s multi-media explorations during the 1960s. She was a mature artist who had an amazing creative drive and stamina that transcended the administrative demands of the university which enabled her to fiercely pursue her artistic visions—untamed. As a result she redefined dance for every student who she worked with through her creative osmosis, and audiences continually delighted in the personal and spiritual escape that she provided to them through her work. This exhibit remembers Beverly Blossom’s many artistic voices as they were reflected through her thought-provoking choreography. Visit http://sousaarchives.org for more information.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 (All day)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

When Beverly Blossom came to University of Illinois in 1967 after 17 years of professional work in New York City, she had danced with Alwin Nikolais for 10 years while creating her own solo work, and she was an integral part of modern dance’s multi-media explorations during the 1960s. She was a mature artist who had an amazing creative drive and stamina that transcended the administrative demands of the university which enabled her to fiercely pursue her artistic visions—untamed. As a result she redefined dance for every student who she worked with through her creative osmosis, and audiences continually delighted in the personal and spiritual escape that she provided to them through her work. This exhibit remembers Beverly Blossom’s many artistic voices as they were reflected through her thought-provoking choreography. Visit http://sousaarchives.org for more information.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:00pm
Orpheumm Children's Science Museum

Benefiting the Orpheum Childrens Science Museum and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are $5

All Ages
3:30-6:30pm 
Performance pumpkin carving
Pumpkin Cookie Decorating
Pumpkin Auction
Tricks, Treats & Eats
Face Painting & Mask Making
Airbrush Tattoos

19+
7-10pm
Live music & DJ Belly
Costume Contest
Craft potions & brews
After dark performers
Tarot readings
Piato Food Truck 

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