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Jason Mack holds a BA from Illinois State University where he studied glassblowing and art history. In the summers of 2003 and 2004 he studied abroad in Italy to better understand the language and Venetian glass traditions. He has studied with both Venetian and American glass masters since he began working with glass in 2000 at the age of 17. Jason currently lives and works in Champaign, IL where he creates a varied body of work and teaches classes. His work can be viewed at www.mackglass.com

Fine craft artisan and owner of both Tangora Designs and local gallery in Urbana, called "Wind Water & Light Gallery"

Undergraduate from Southern IL University in fine art Photography and Communications. Started Tangora Designs in 1989. My focus is on up-cycling discarded items and creating new unexpected uses for them. I specialize in jewelry but have been known to do some assemblages, furniture restoration, and hand made paper objects as well. I've been making "Cultured Beach Glass" jewelry and accessories for nearly 30 years. Many of those years my main income was from art and craft shows and wholesale to galleries around the country. This past year I have expanded my designs to include paper, wood, and plastic. From Art Deco to Steam Punk, my designs are proven to bear the distance of time. Once you try them you will be hooked. A few years ago my Mom started showing signs of dementia so my days of traveling to art shows needed to be reexamined. During this time we started a brick and mortar gallery called "Wind Water & Light" in Urbana, IL. My husband and I have run the gallery for 7 years. We represent around 200 artists local and national. I am excited to use Etsy to gather my clients from the days when we would show my works in areas far and away from Champaign - Urbana. We give a little something to charities every month whether it is a gift certificate for WWL or an angel that I made. You will find ear rings both symmetrical and asymmetrical, (and yes we make clip-ons), angels, mermaids, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Now and then I make assemblages and paper bowls up cycled clocks from maps and plastic bottles. All up cycled and mixed up! Many people think the name is ANGORA but it is actually Tangora, my maiden name. But Angora kind of fits the softness of the tumbled beach glass. I majored in photography back when there wasn't any such thing as digital. I breathed too many raw chemicals during this time and had to find another discipline for myself. Walking down the beach one day I picked up a piece of beach glass. How beautiful I thought and how can I make this in Illinois? The rest is history!
Oh, I LOVE TO SWIM.
Won a few awards for my works. If you are interested, ask me and I'll tell you.

I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Columbia College where I received my BS in Fine Art. Upon graduation I taught preschool, ages 3 and 4, for four years at the McGaw YMCA of Evanston. It was then that I realized I wanted to become an art teacher, so I enrolled in the graduate program at Illinois State University where I received my MS in Art Education and Art Therapy. Upon graduation, I worked in an Alzheimer's unit organizing art activities and therapy groups for one year. In 2004 I started teaching art to grades 9 – 12 at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, Illinois, where I am presently employed. I am in my ninth year of teaching, and recently received national certification. I have also been a member of the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association since 1998.

I currently show my paintings at Aroma Cafe in Champaign, Illinois, Beads and Botanicals in Urbana, Illinois, and at Po Boys BBQ restaurant also in Urbana, Illinois. I show my work regularly at Artists Against Aids, and have participated in shows held at Indi Go Gallery, The IMC, and at The Coffeehouse in Normal, Illnois.

Phil was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. His Dad played big band jazz and sang Opera. Phil painted a mural on the wall of his Jr HS across from the library, of Romeo and Juliet.They never caught him (actually it was 6 foot by 8 foot and took over two months).
In college at the University of Illinois, Phil loved his freehand drawing class but quit the Architecture program after one semester. Eventually getting a degree in Communications/Radio-TV. He helped start Record Service while still in school and worked at making it the best record/CD store in central Illinois for 34 years.
At the same time Phil played in bands (Bloom and Brownfield and the Rocking Clones) stayed active on the High n Mighty softball team and appeared in over 35 theatre productions, mostly at the Station Theatre. All the while Phil was using his creativity doing all the advertising for the Record Service (and mentoring and hiring HS students to do drawings for our ads)
Phil also encouraged many local musicians and bands to record and sell local records and put out three records on his own label as well as a Record Service compilation of twenty years of music from C-U.. And eventually took up writing for some local papers and magazines about local music, theatre and art.
Since 2004 when the music industry collapse caused Record Service to implode, Phil has worked extensively on his painting developing a style of painting on glass quite different from anything else he has seen. Using Van Gogh and graphic novels as two of his inspirations he has been carving out a niche while producing over 300 paintings.
In the last three years much of his work has been portraits of avatars he meets in the virtual world of Second Life but he also works in real life as well and has started painting local artists.And most importantly Phil has two great kids who inspire him to be a better person, Tess and Joe Strang.

I am a studio furniture designer and maker. I also design and create lighting, functional art and decorative objects. I work primarily with wood, however, I often incorporate other media such as glass, metal, paint and ceramics into my work.

Born in St. Louis, I now reside in Urbana with my wife Donna. We share a studio on our property known as Pleasant Circle Studio. Donna works with art glass. She occasionally contributes glass work to various projects, especially lighting.

My educational background is in Fine Art, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture. My studies laid a groundwork for my understanding of design and spacial relationships.

Locally, my work can be found at the Cinema Gallery in Urbana. I also do commission work including custom unique furniture, woodworking, lighting and functional art. I have created work for clients throughout the United States and as far away as New Zealand.

I have had the honor of winning the NICHE award in 2007 and 2011, and was a finalist in 2009. The NICHE award is a national award for design. My awards were for wood and furniture design.

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