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Born into a small Midwestern existence, grew into a certain presumptive bravado and reluctant utopianism. Embracing oddities from everywhere, humbuggery and legerdemain, and an aesthetic of the operational. Learning that things do not have to add up in order to count.

Im a graphic designer who is working on being a better artist. Although trained in traditional media I've developed a strong interest in digital painting. My work pulls in elements from both traditional and digital, depending on the piece being created. In other words, what ever works

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)

Shyama began her study of belly dance in January 2012, after being mesmerized by gypsy-style belly dancers at several renaissance faires. She started by taking classes at the Urbana Park District under the instruction of the spectacular Cindi Adkins. Shyama quickly caught on to the intricate moves involved in belly dance, and always wanted to learn more, and more... Shyama continues to study under Cindi, take workshops with other professionals, and do extensive research on all styles and techniques of belly dancing. Her obsession grew into a lifestyle as she joined her class troupe, briefly performed with a heavy metal troupe, and did solo work. Shyama's musical tastes have always involved metal in all its forms, and upon meeting the beautiful Anima, the duet project Shyama Anima was born, which has now grown into the metal troupe, Stygian Sisters.

Shyama is the director of the Stygian Sisters and also performs solo. Shyama specializes in fusion belly dance, metal fusion, sword dance, veil dance, and poi/voi spinning. As her following has grown, she has begun teaching private belly dancing lessons.

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For 20 years now, songwriter Paul Kotheimer has been calling Urbana, Illinois, his home. He's been writing his weird songs and recording them in Urbana, mostly in his little home recording studio. He's been performing for small crowds, again mostly in Urbana. He's been making CDs and distributing them as a hand-made record label, called--cleverly enough--the hand-made record label. The hand-made record label, too, is based in Urbana. From time to time, Kotheimer will get super-organized and make a trip to the big city, Champaign, or the big BIG city, Chicago, for a career-enhancing public performance. For the most part, though, Urbana is the place you'll find him, and that's pretty much what you'd expect from one of the best songwriters you've never heard of.

Creepy yet beautiful, dark and mysterious. We are the sirens of the night.

Stygian Sisters is a belly dance troupe from Champaign, IL which formed through the meeting of several fans of all things metal, and all things belly dance. And so, why not combine the two? The dancers share a dark, tribal fusion style of belly dance, with previous study and experience in many styles.

The Stygian Sisters perform in various settings, from on stage with metal bands to traditional belly dance haflas. The dancers can do improvisational dance, choreographed dances to your songs, or they have their own set of songs to perform. Please contact Stygian Sisters for your next event, and we'll bring our unique dance to liven it up!

Our director, Shyama, also teaches classes and private lessons in our style! Contact us for details.

Richard Benoit, from Kankakee, Illinois, is a self-taught artist with a degree in photography. He works in a full complement of subjects using pastel, charcoal acrylic paint and mixed media. He has been pursuing a career in art as a means of self-expression.
Richard has been exhibiting his artwork, including his photography, for many years. Originally he got into photography when using that medium to take visual notes for his paintings and drawings but now he concentrates almost exclusively on that latter mode of expression. His work has been described as wonderfully intense, powerful and original and is included in the Illinois Institute of Art and Governors State University’s permanent collections, the Bourbonnais and Bradley Public Libraries, Aventis Pharmaceutical, Riverside Medical Center and many private and public collections throughout the U S.
Richard is a Guild member of the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. and is an artist member of Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL.

Not looking for fame or riches Chicago representer, T.R.U.T.H is looking to be heard and noticed. She has been writing poetry and raps since the age of 7. Hip-Hop is her first love and she works hard everytime she grabs the pen to ensure she is honest with herself and her craft. She recently has began applying her skills in front of the mic exclusively and hopes ears will open wide to listen to her story and the new talent she prepares to bring to the game. So pay close attention and you won't be upset you did. Welcome a true emcee...T.R.U.T.H and witness dopeness.
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