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Born and raised on a farm near White Heath, IL, I was blessed with lots of creativity, but not lots of money. I spent many days out in the country with my Grandma, where I learned crafting, gardening, basic homemaking skills, and how to make something out of nothing. Those skills and memories are some of my most valued to this day.
I've always been able to draw and paint and was often the kid in class that got called out to do great things in art. At first, it made me happy, but then soon realized the kids that didn't get picked were good at art too, they just did it different than everyone else. I think that it's this time on my life that I started to value the differences in us, as a way of learning and growing.
After Graduating from the University of Illinois with a BFA in Graphic Design, I set out for the big city of Chicago to start my adult life. I have been a graphic designer, window display artist, retail manager, floral shop owner and winery tour and experience manager in Texas.
I recently moved back to Urbana (with my husband, 2 dogs and cat) to be near my family and am happy to be working full-time at Japan House at the University of Illinois as well as part time at Prairie Fruits Farm.
I hope to continue to explore making things...I don't invent things...I imvent them!

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I moved to Urbana-Champaign in 2006 for my graduate studies and have been living in the area ever since. I've always loved art and my passion is drawing and painting. Two years ago I started focusing in my art again (after finishing graduate school) and it has become my obsession. I've realized this is what makes me happy and I hope my love towards painting comes through my art.

Primarily known for her vocals (jazz-spiked folk and avant garde/noise) and songwriting (dubbed "soulful indie rock"), elizaBeth also specializes in collaborative projects for adults and children. Her other key areas of expertise include storytelling and printmaking (stencils, silkscreens, blockprints)

Ann

Ann Coddington Rast is an Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University Art Department teaching in Foundations and Graduate Studies. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department in 1993, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department in 1986.

Coddington Rast utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining and netting in her sculptural forms. She has most recently exhibited her work at venues including: Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Bingham Gallery at the University of Missouri in Columbia, the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, the Mobilia Gallery in Boston, and the Snyderman Works Gallery in Philadelphia. Ann received an individual artist project grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2012, an individual grant in 2000, and a finalist grant in 2004 and 2008.

She says of her work, “We live in a world of increasingly complex technologies that paradoxically, in their effort to connect us, instead separate and isolate us, removing us from authentic experience. As the world becomes more complex, I am driven to simplify. I tie two pieces of string together, bend some sticks, form plaster in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the materials. The slow building of one stitch upon stitch exists within an ancient time frame, virtually never experienced in the contemporary technological world.”

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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