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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 5:00pm to Friday, January 29, 2016 - 4:45pm
University YMCA, 1001 S Wright ST, Champaign, IL 61820

Victims of gun violence should not be forgotten. By sharing their stories and taking a stand, we can help keep guns out of the wrong hands, and help keep the lives of those lost Unforgotten. Join us on January 28 for the Art @ the Y exhibition opening of the "Unforgotten: Humanizing the Tragic Consequences of Gun Violence." At the exhibition opening, attendees will be provided opportunities to take action against gun violence. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Curated by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, "Unforgotten" remembers all gun violence victims by focusing on the stories of eight people who lost their lives. The jarring installation features life-like statues created by working closely with each of the victims’ families. Dressed in the victims’ personal clothing, they represent the image and absence of their fallen loved ones.


About The Illinois Council against Handgun Violence: ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 41 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups.

About Art @ the Y: Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA that seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality public arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y and performing arts events throughout the year.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:45pm
Pizza M 208 West Main St Downtown Urbana, 202-1919

One of the great benefits of arts and cultural gatherings is their potential to bring us together in shared experiences and build community. And lest we forget, it is the capacity of our communities to endure difficulty, tragedy and challenge that allows us to grow in both understanding and broad acceptance of who we are and hence move us toward who and what we can be. Please bring your beautiful self.

What: Change Maker gathering/live jazz/auction/ and live painting by Langston Allston Yeagle
When: December 22nd 2015 9pm-11pm
Where: Pizza M, Main Street Urbana
Why: "What matters then is to not only know the world but to change it”.
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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Anita Purves Nature Center

Adults (age 15 and up)
Program Leader: Cora Hays, Biological Illustrator

Watercolors are a wonderful tool for illustrating the natural world. With a little direction, they can capture the most subtle spring hues. Watercolors are a fluid medium that may seem to defy precise control. However, they are often used to great effect in scientific illustrations. Knowing the right materials and techniques to use can make this medium do most of the work for you. This class will offer a basic introduction to watercolor painting and explore its applications for botanical and biological illustration. Supplies will be provided. No prior experience necessary. Space is limited!

Early Bird Cost: $18R/$27NR with registration by March 19th
Regular Cost: $20R/$30NR with registration by March 26th

Code: 3710 - Register online at or by calling 217-367-1544
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Monday, January 11, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 4:45pm
Anita Purves Nature Center

Show Dates: January 11-April 30, 2016.
Opening Reception: January 16, 1-3PM

Boneyard Arts Festival Program: Saturday, April 9 from 10-10:45 AM

There is power in an intention. It is a promise to the Self. Our thoughts manifest into creation; what we think, we become. In yoga, it is a call to awaking in our practice, infusing every breath, every movement with meaning. In life, it is a call to awakening of Self.

The Art of Intention begins the journey into the self - offering insight into the human spirit. With the elements of nature serving as a backdrop; water, earth, fire, air and ether, the human form is celebrated and explored.

As a yoga teacher, Adams collects the Intentions shared by her students. Called forth from our shared human experience, the Intentions affirm our oneness, our desire for peace, joy, deeper knowing of self, health, and freedom.

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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 4:45pm
400 S Vine St, Urbana, IL 61801

Urbana Public Arts Program Announces
an Artist of the Corridor Exhibition by Travis Hocutt

The City of Urbana invites the public to view the latest Artist of the Corridor exhibition featuring Urbana artist Travis Hocutt. This exhibition runs from December 1st to February 29th, 2016 at the City Building (400 S. Vine Street), and the Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green Street). An opening reception will be held at the City Building lobby on Friday, December 18th at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Travis Hocutt is currently the Artist in Residence at the IMC and has received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston, an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In addition, Hocutt recently became the Artist in Residence at the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center. His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally. Hocutt’s work revolves around the theme of exploration, usually in outer space and engages the physical and experiential limits of our perception.

Artist of the Corridor, an initiative by the City of Urbana Public Arts Program, is an exhibition series that features local art in the City Building and the Urbana Free Library. All Artist of the Corridor shows are free and open to the public. To receive updates on public art events and artist opportunities in Urbana, follow Urbana Public Arts Program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or subscribe to the Public Arts e-newsletter.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 6:00pm to Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 5:45pm
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801

Join us this Saturday for the Opening Reception of Centum Cellulosa; one hundred cellular drawings by artist Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann.

While formally a jeweler by training this collection of drawings is an important part of Hartmann’s studio practice and the drawings have led to another body of drawings and objects: Cellula Praecursoria. The body of work focusing on cellular forms was one of the artist’s ways of processing her husband’s journey through his diagnosis and recovery from bone cancer.

See more of her work here on her website:

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 6:30pm
Techline Gren Street Studio, 24 E Green St

A collection of recent oil paintings with paintings selected from previous exhibitions by Harry Breen. Opening reception Saturday November 21, 6:30 - 9pm. Techline Gren Street Studio, 24 E Green St., Champaign. Show on display until December 23.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to Monday, November 16, 2015 - 4:45pm
Amara Yoga & Arts

Amara Yoga & Arts Celebrates Expanded Space, New Leadership and Direction with Art Opening Reception Featuring “Outer Limits” -- New Work by Local Artist Travis Hocutt

This Sunday, November 15, 2015, Amara Yoga & Arts, 300 South Broadway Avenue in Urbana, will celebrate its expanded space, new leadership and direction with a free, family-friendly reception from 5:00-7:00 pm. Guests will enjoy live music, henna tattoos, drishti point art marking, and food and wine while exploring local artist Travis Hocutt’s new exhibit “Outer Limits.”

The recent renovation of the former Great Impasta space into a second yoga studio has made it possible for Amara to double its offerings to 40+ classes per week ranging widely in intensity and style. And with the continued success of their summer art and yoga programs for kids, art director Kathryn Fitzgerald has launched a family-friendly approach to weekend yoga. Parents can take a Saturday morning or Sunday noon class while their kids enjoy yoga and art classes in the next room.

Amara Yoga & Arts was co-founded in 2009 by Kathryn Fitzgerald and Theresa Brandabur as a yoga studio and art gallery. After being offered her “dream job” in the field of geology, Wisconsin-based Brandabur decided it was time to sell her share in the studio. Earlier this month, Don Briskin, who was Amara’s first yoga instructor, became its new co-owner.

A Los Angeles-native who has been practicing yoga since the age of 11, Briskin brings extensive yoga experience to this new role. “My practice has included many different styles of yoga including Sivananda Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and most recently the Vinyasa Krama Yoga of Krishnamacharya,” notes Briskin. With 12 years of teaching yoga under his belt, Briskin will lead Amara’s Yoga Teaching Training program starting in 2016, in addition to teaching a variety of class offerings. Briskin will transition into his full studio director role in January.

When asked about their goals for Amara, Fitzgerald and Briskin agree “we’re bringing back the “arts” in Amara Yoga & Arts.” This recommitment to the arts component of the studio’s mission will take several forms. Fitzgerald, an artist and art teacher, has recently launched an Exquisite Art Playshop series, which is based on the Exquisite Corpse art salons of the 1920s, and which offers two-hour creative play and art making sessions for adults, in which participants create individual or communal art projects.

The expansion has also increased Amara’s art gallery capacity, which will be evident with Hocutt’s “Outer Limits” installation.Travis Hocutt is currently the Artist in Residence at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. He received his BFA in Photography at the Art Institute of Boston, and his MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Hocutt’s work encompasses a wide variety of media including antiquated photographic processes, digital photography, bookbinding, sculpture, design, and video. His work, predominately focusing on space exploration as inspiration, often blends science and art into complex installation pieces comprised of several media. Hocutt’s art operates on the idea that curiosity, wonder, and the human desire to explore are not just among the core of what it means to be human, but are forces which continue to elevate us. His works also actively investigate the conceptual framework we have erected in order to explain and continue to expand our sphere of understanding on earth and beyond.

“Outer Limits” will be up through January 15, 2016, and can be viewed Saturday mornings from 8:00 am till noon, and during studio hours or by appointment.

“With both studios, plus the remaining kitchen area, there are endless possibilities,” Briskin notes. As a painter and musician, Briskin looks forward to incorporating more live music into classes and events. His passion for roasting coffee, particularly beans from the Mysore region of India, has inspired him to take the existing bar area within the second studio and convert it into a café featuring small-batch roasted coffee, juices, and more. Amara Yoga & Arts’ mission is to bring high-quality, fun and innovative yoga and arts programs to the C-U community.

Amara offers daily yoga classes at varying levels of intensity on a drop-in basis, workshops, retreats and yoga teacher training, as well as programs for children. More information including schedules, rates, class descriptions and teacher bios can be found at

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:45am
Larry Kanfer Gallery 2503 S Neil St Champaign, IL 61820

You’re invited to the Larry Kanfer Gallery for the Holiday Open House November 19th – 22nd. See the stunning collection of new Prairiescapes and Woodlands photographs. Also showcased is the very sleek, contemporary Ensemble collection. Special Open House Hours: Thu – Sat 9:30 - 5:30, Sun 12-4.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:30am, Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:30am, Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Larry Kanfer Gallery 2503 S Neil St Champaign, IL 61820

You’re invited to the Larry Kanfer Gallery for the Holiday Open House November 19th – 22nd. See the stunning collection of new Prairiescapes and Woodlands photographs. Also showcased is the very sleek, contemporary Ensemble collection. Special Open House Hours: Thu – Sat 9:30 - 5:30, Sun 12-4.
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