visual arts

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 

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
2109 S Griffith Dr, Champaign

Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, November 15, 2015 (All day)
Urbana Civic Center 108 E Water St Urbana

Contact Information: Beverly Fagan
217-367-9546
bevfagan@msn.com

Craft League of Champaign-Urbana
http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/artfair.html

33rd Annual Art Fair, Craft League of Champaign-Urbana

Urbana, Illinois--November 14 & 15, 2015-- An Art Fair featuring the work of 34 artists exhibiting new, original works in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, batik, photography, glass, woodworking, drawing, painting, printmaking, basketry, bookbinding, leather and mixed media will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15 at the Urbana Civic Center in Urbana.

The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana will present its 33rd Annual Juried Art Fair, one of the fall’s most anticipated events. Admission is free.
Numerous artists, local and from afar, in more than a dozen art disciplines applied for the juried show. Exhibitors and attendees come from as far as 100 miles away, and attendance continues to increase every year.
The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana was founded in 1982 to promote awareness of fine art in the Champaign-Urbana area. The art fair has been an annual event of the CLCU for 30 years. In the first years, it was held in empty storefronts and church basements; it has been at the Civic Center in Urbana since 1986.

"We are very excited about the mix of work we have this fall. The art fair is a great opportunity to support the arts and to buy locally," said artist Beverly Fagan, speaking for the Craft League.

The Urbana Civic Center is located at 108 E. Water St., Urbana. Hours will be 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Craft League website is: http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/ .

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Images are available at: http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/artfair.html

Friday, November 6, 2015 (All day) to Friday, December 18, 2015 (All day)
Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA 1001 S. Wright, Champaign

Linocuts and quilts by Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak, MFA, PhD

Elka Kazmierczak is a printmaker, book artist, expressive arts instructor, and survivor of domestic violence. A fellow of the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, she immigrated from Poland in 1990, later receiving an MFA, MA, and PhD at the University of Illinois. Behind Closed Doors–No More presents an emotional journey from victim of domestic violence to advocate against gender-based violence. It includes the artist’s personal story and stories of women and girls interviewed by the artist. This exhibition shows the value of art as a means for speaking out against taboos: a means for healing and empowerment.

On view in Murphy Gallery through December 2015. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.

Additional supporters of this exhibition include: Diversity and Social Justice Education , RACES–Rape, Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services, University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center, YWCA of the University of Illinois

Website: universityymca.org/art

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