visual arts

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:00am to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 2:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

2016 State of the Art: Drawing Invitational Curated by Shelby Shadwell
Exhibit: Monday, November 14, 2016– Saturday, February 4, 2017
Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5–7 p.m., with Curatorial Talk by Shelby Shadwell at 6 p.m., and music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional artist lecture by Shelby Shadwell on Thursday, November 17 at 11am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Contemporary drawing artists from across the U.S. will exhibit artworks during the "2016 State of the Art: Drawing Invitational," opening Monday, Nov. 14 at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.

Curated by University of Wyoming Associate Professor of Art Shelby Shadwell, the exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. A reception Thursday, Nov. 17, 5–7 p.m. in the gallery lounge will feature a curatorial talk by Shadwell at 6 p.m., music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble, and refreshments. Both the drawing exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Exhibiting artists include Tamie Beldue, Susan D’Amato, Alison Denyer, Christopher Ganz, Michael Hook, Seth Marosok, Jeremy Plunkettt, John Sabraw, Christopher Troutman, and Hong Chun Zhang.

“I started with an assumption that, to the extent it can be observed, quality in visual art, including drawing, consists in the creation of objects that inspire a sense of awe and wonder through their expressed form and content. I believe the pieces in this show succeed at that on every level,” Shadwell said about the show. “In terms of form, the artists demonstrate great ability to construct a convincing plasticity of space and the illusion of volumetric forms that encourages me, and hopefully all viewers, to marvel in sublime satisfaction at homo sapiens ability to translate what are essentially abstractions (observed lines, shapes and values) into highly organized representations in the mind.”

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 Nov. 23 (5 p.m.) and reopens Monday, November 28 for Thanksgiving; Closed December 12 and reopens January 17 for Holiday Break.

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 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

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Clothespin Puppets is an unusual organization dedicated to promoting the arts, along with art education and literature, all via storytelling brought to life with puppets. They offer one-of-a-kind shows that are custom adaptations of popular children’s literature, providing an entertaining and educational enrichment program every time they perform. For families.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm
Tarble Arts Center, 2010 9th Street, Charleston, IL

The Tarble will be open late for students to hang out and make new friends, explore exhibitions and create fun art. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:30pm
Tarble Arts Center, 2010 9th Street, Charleston, IL

Tarble Arts Center presents:

Public lecture with artist Travis Somerville. Join us as Travis Somerville discusses his artwork on display in our exhibition, "A Dark Matter..." and his practices as an artist.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 11:30am
Booth Library Quad, Charleston IL

Tarble Arts Center presents:

Public performance, "The Eulogy" with artist, Shaun Leonardo. Talking Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man novel as its starting point, artist Shaun Leonardo delivers a powerful eulogy about police violence in the United States, with the musical accompaniment by members of the Eastern Illinois University marching band.

As Leonardo performs the speech given by the novel’s nameless narrator, the musicians perform a routine that mimics and punctuates the impact of his speech—interweaving the artist’s words with choreographed moments of confusion and disorder. These words serve as a memorial, a rejection, a challenge, and call to action, all at once.

The piece will be conducted in memory of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin… and countless others.

Appropriate funeral attire is encouraged.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:30pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center: Lecture Hall, Charleston, IL

Tarble Arts Center presents:

Public lecture with artist, Shaun Leonardo. A Dark Matter… is an exhibition, or better yet a visual conversation, about violence, economics and power. Using works by contemporary artists, A Dark Matter… examines the intersection of American violence and commerce, while also investigating how these power dynamics influence current American actions and attitudes. This exhibition not only seeks to explore murky and tumultuous terrain, it also seeks to create a dialogue about how we can forge ahead together, despite a dark history.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center: Lecture Hall and Concourse, Charleston, IL

Tarble Arts Center presents:

Public Lecture and Reception with artist, Dread Scott. Dread Scott is an interdisciplinary artist who creates work encouraging viewers to re-examine cohering norms of American society. In 1989 the US Senate denounced and outlawed one of his artworks and President Bush declared is "disgraceful" because of its use of the American flag. Join us to hear him discuss his work on display in the exhibition A Dark Matter... and his pratices as an artist.

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00am
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

37th annual Chris Cringle Craft Sale
Fluid Event Center
November 11: 3pm - 9pm
November 12: 9am - 5pm

Adults: $5 each
Children 12 and under: FREE!
Parking at Fluid Event Center: FREE
(Please DO NOT park in the County Market lot across the Street.)
- Strollers and carts are welcome.
- Tickets will be available at the ticket office at the Fluid Event Center.
- Box office opens half hour before the sale each day.

The Chris Cringle Arts & Crafts Show is one of the Midwest’s largest craft shows, featuring over 155 booths displaying a wide variety of handcrafted items by local and area artists, as well as artists from all over the Midwest. A rest area and refreshments are available. There is free parking at the Fluid Events Center, but please DO NOT park in the County Market lot across the street, you may be towed. Illinois Heartland Decorative Artist sponsors a raffle featuring a holiday quilt, painted and piece by our members. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from our show support our many projects, including art student scholarships, Memorial 4-H Camp, Decorative Arts Collections, memory boxes for hospitals, sponsoring families through the Department of Children and Family Services, area food banks, seminars, demonstrations, displays and a weekend retreat.

If you are an artist and would like to showcase your work at the Chris Cringle show hosted by the Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists then follow the link below for more information on how to join!


For more information call: 217-892-4135

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:00am
Urbana Civic Center located at 108 W Water St. Urbana

34th Annual Art Fair, Craft League of Champaign-Urbana

Urbana, Illinois--November 12 & 13, 2016-- 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 12 and 13 at the Urbana Civic Center in Urbana.

The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana will present its 34th 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: .
Images are available at:

Contact Information: Beverly Fagan Jill Bush
217-367-9546 217-398-4077

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 3, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day), Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day), Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 16, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 29, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 17, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 9, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 27, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 30, 2016 (All day), Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 31, 2016 (All day), Friday, October 14, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00am to Friday, November 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill 61801

Come & join us for a night of Greek food and music.
Greek Salad
Tzatziki, Hummus, Eggplant Dip & Grilled Pita Bread.

Main Course
Roast Lamb
Roast Potatoes
Stewed Green Beans

Spiro's Home made Secret
Saturday October 1st, 2016 @7Pm
Please call for reservation @ 217 384 4800
312 West Green St
Urbana, Il 61801


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