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I retired in May of 2015 after 30 years of teaching high school Spanish in Illinois and Michigan and 8 years of advising undergraduates in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Illinois. While teaching, I enjoyed introducing students to noted Hispanic artists and showing how their lives impacted their artistic expression. I have taken classes in drawing and painting and studied art informally by visiting many of the world’s premier art museums and noteworthy galleries in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Canada. Since retiring, I devote more time to creating artworks and attending workshops. In December of 2015, I fulfilled my lifetime dream of opening my own studio, currently located in the historic Lincoln Building in downtown Champaign.

The inspiration for my drawings and paintings comes from a variety of sources and emotions. I have yet to settle on a singular style, medium, or subject matter and continue to enjoy painting in my studio and in plein air. My goal is to stay true to following my passion to paint whatever evokes in me a desire to create.

Cards and prints are available. View work on Instagram “Beth Chasco”

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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!

Former archaeologist Sarah Wisseman took ceramics classes in college to learn how ancient pottery was formed and fired. When she realized she needed new skills to decorate the ceramic surfaces, painting took over. Sarah has studied ceramics, drawing, painting, collage, paper marbling, printing, and encaustic in numerous classes at Harvard University, the Champaign Park District, the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Her paintings have shown at galleries and other venues in Champaign-Urbana and in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where her daughter lives.

Now that she is retired from her University of Illinois job as director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials, Sarah splits her time between painting and writing archaeological mysteries.

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Invention my dear friends is: 93% Perspiration 6% Electricity 4% Evaporation 2% Butterscotch Ripple.

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams;-On whom the pale moon gleams; yet we are the movers and shakers of the World forever, it seems." Willy Wonka

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I am self-representing Illinois painter, living in the Champaign-Urbana area. I sell original art online and ship it directly from my studio to your home or office. I also sell prints and cards via Fine Art America online. My current focus is on both one-of-a-kind, poured acrylic paintings and commissioned, large custom-colored abstract paintings.

Some exciting experimental pouring techniques have been developing in my studio this past year:

My recent poured agate painting series was featured in my artist interview for the July/September 2014 print issue of Rocks&Minerals Magazine. These paintings are made by pouring, tilting, and manipulating the surface of the painting as the liquid, acrylic paint moves across the surface. These paintings change as they dry, the edges expanding, the colors clarifying:  revealing translucent layers of embedded, often intricately-marbled patterns.

I also am making a related, very eco-friendly series of collage-based paintings made from the dried pieces of paint that dripped off of these poured paintings. The dried paint pieces get cut and collaged to form whole new compositions. I use the randomness of the dripped paint as a surrealist-inspired chance device for removing some control from the beginning of the process.


In a similar vein, I plan to make a new series of audience-influenced "pour creature" paintings where audience members online suggest what animals these paint drippings look like. Then, their words have an influence on the direction I take with each new piece.

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I'm a self taught painter beginning in earnest when I was in my 30's, doing watercolor portraits first, not knowing they were the hardest to paint! I did it because it was paintings of my family/family pets and deeply meaningful to me. ... tried anything and everything else in watercolors, then went on to learn how to paint with oils.

... 25 years later I'm loving botanicals and awesome skies in oils! Who knows what's next!

Sandra Allain was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. (Urbana-Champaign) in August 2013, where she lives with her family.

She creates abstract paintings and collages, and also writes poetry inspired by words, reflections and the imbalance of society. She has worked with pastels, watercolor, ceramic, porcelain and acrylic at different stages in her life, experience that has influenced her preferred techniques. Her medium of choice is acrylic. The use of bronze and gold on most of her paintings gives warmth to her pieces and an increased contrast between highlights and shadows, a glow which characterizes her work and personality.

Sandra Allain will be featured in the juried show "Science & Art" at Arterie Fine Arts in Naperville, IL from September 2 through September 30th.

The Opening Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Arterie Fine Arts 190 E. Fifth Avenue Naperville, IL 60563, +1 630-428-4639

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.

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Carol Farnum started painting at age 12, winning student competitions and showing work in local and national galleries. Ultimately she ended up attending University of Illinois as an Evolutionary Ecology student, having a dual love for science and art. She continued painting through her time there, however, and finally returned to it full-time in 2012. In total, she’s been painting for 30 years.

She has a history doing landscapes and still-lifes, but has refined her work to abstracts. Carol is fascinated by textures, shapes, and colors, and how they work together to evoke emotional responses. By using vivid, bold colorwork and graphic shapes, she paints murals and fine-art pieces on “any surface available”.

She has shown pieces locally, regionally, and internationally. She was Urbana’s Artist of the Corridor in 2014 and was selected for 40North’s Sky Gallery the same year. In October 2015, Carol worked with the Champaign Park District to organize a street-art PaintJam, bringing several other local artists into the fold, at Spaulding Park Skatepark. Another PaintJam will be held in June 2016, which Carol is working on as well. Carol’s pieces are collected internationally.


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