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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 offers belly dance lessons of several varieties for beginning and intermediate learners. Lessons are made to fit each student, and are paced as the student needs. Additionally, Shyama can be booked for performances as needed.

Lessons can be held on weekday evenings and flexible times on weekends. Shyama is happy to provide private or small group lessons in her home when she is available. Generally lessons last one hour, but exceptions can be made.

Available Lessons:

Beginner's Fusion
Intermediate/Advanced Fusion
Basic Choreography (learn a simple dance of Shyama's, or build one to your own music with Shyama)
Advanced Choreography (learn a complex dance of Shyama's, or build one to your own music with Shyama)
Metal Choreography (learn one of Shyama's personal metal choreographies)
Sword Dance
Veil Dance
Belly Dance with Zils (finger cymbals)
Poi/Voi Spinning (space allowing. May have to be held outdoors)

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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.

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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I am a photographer with a background in photojournalism, fine art portraiture and landscape photography. Although I use digital and film based cameras, my love is wet plate collodion. It is a process invented in the 1850's which uses chemistry, glass, metal, a big view camera and a little bit of sunlight to create photographs.

I have been using the process for nearly 10 years and find it so rewarding. I started making wet plate images after the world seemed to convert from film based cameras to digital. I was working for a newspaper at the time, and we moved from the darkroom to the newsroom. The convenience of digital cannot be matched, but I felt like I lost the creative part that drew me to photography.

I have been using the wet plate process as a living historian, demonstrating the process as it would have been done at Civil War and other history events. I dress in wool, live in a tent for the weekend, explain and demonstrate the process to participants as well as the public.

I also create landscape, still life and modern portraiture with the processes as well. It is a lot of fun, and a complicated but enjoyable way to make photographs :)

You can see more of my work by checking out the links to my web page and my Facebook fan page. Enjoy!

Joseph Gallo has been an artist/experimental print maker for over 35 years.

Early on, collaborations with other artists during his nearly three decade involvement with father and co-founder of Editions in Cast Paper, started Joseph on a life long involvement with all that is intrinsic to paper.
The list of artists during the rise of this fine arts publishing house that specialized in hand paper making include, Victor Vasarely, Agam, Hanna Barbara, Peter Max, Rene Gruau, and Stan Lee, to name a few. (Examples available for viewing at "Joseph Gallo art" on Facebook.com). Joseph is a life long artist.

'What truly drives me is the endless path of discovery that takes place through experimentation and collaboration.
Gallo's current works involve a series of preparations to pre-print papers for Giclee. 'Realizing I could create Photoshop-like effects chemically was a huge breakthrough for me' Gallo adds while discussing his processes.
As far as subject matter, Gallo is motivated by human expression. I recently created works of art for the Jimi Hendrix foundation.
This project involved coupling 35 mm black and white, never before seen prints with Hubble deep space digital imagery. The end result, is a moving graphic depiction of Jimi's sonic inflection (available through, Dan Jaffe(805) 497 7300). Also see, http://gunnarnordstrom.com/

From print making to createing drawings, paintings and to digital imagery one thing stays the same for me. I am determined to employ the tools best suited to convey the feeling I want to express by what moves me originally. As a result, I feel my initial personal experience inspired from the source of the moment is imparted into the work forever.

Regarding specific mediums, I feel at ease with pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, fabric dyes, colored pencil, and oil pastels for rendering. I have worked with oils, acrylics, and water color. As well, I have been employing digital art (17 yrs) and its output for the last four years . I believe in Giclee printing enough so to have acquired a 42" HP 800 that I generate all of my distressed photo works and digital art onto canvas and pre-print, chemically manipulated water color paper with.

Aside from creating fine art, I have always relished the opportunities I have had come along to do graphics for musicians (C.D. covers and albums) The last Gentlemen's "Something to someone" or "cousin of the blues" for Keith Harden, or the promo posters for the Laurence Hobgood Quartet just this last summer. I am always happy to work up promotional material for "Go Retro" the everything vintage shop as well. There has been quit a bit of this activity for me over the years. Numerous examples of my electronic art and chemically altered Giclees can be seen at Fineartamerica.com (search "Joseph Gallo"). Also see, numerouse works at "Pinterest" again, Joseph Gallo.

This artist is available for the generation of custom and site specific installations. Joseph Gallo is also available for corporate/commercial design as well as decorative design. Years of hands on experience with plastics casting, mold making, paper making, silk screening, industrial painting/surface design, fiberglass, epoxy and plaster molding make this artist, designer a solid addition to any artistic, industrial or craft production setting

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