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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:45pm, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 6:00pm to Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 8:45pm
Big Grove Tavern

Start your week with an explosive evening of great food and fabulous painting! Lola's Brush & Big Grove Tavern are partnering up to bring you a fun evening of painting, sipping & laughing! Everything you'll need for painting is provided by Lola's Brush. Tasty appetizers from our Chefs are INCLUDED in the ticket price! An explosive drink special from our head bartenders will be offered!

The featured painting is of a beautiful firework display, just in time to celebrate the birth of our nation!

Check out this time lapse video of the featured painting-

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This event is great for everyone who is looking for a fun night out. Perfect for Girls Night or Date Night! No painting experience necessary!
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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 12:00am to Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 11:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Reception: Thursday, June 18, 6–8 p.m., gallery lounge, Gallery Talk by Aron Packer at 7 p.m. Live Jazz Music by Sam Peters

Art work by local artists featured in an exhibition at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, will be held June 15 through August 6 at the Giertz Gallery. This juried art exhibition features works selected by Aron Packer from Packer –Schopf Gallery.

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, presents Around the Block: Artists from Our Neighborhood, an exciting and ambitious contemporary exhibition of regional artists. Aron Packer served as juror for this exhibition. He has been living and working with contemporary and folk art in Chicago for more than 25 years. He is the director of Packer Schopf Gallery located in the thriving West Loop gallery district in Chicago. Over the years, his curatorial focus has shifted from folk art to contemporary art; as a result, he curates shows of what he considers to be compelling, with a wide range of material and content. This exhibit is comprised of works of art submitted by artists from our community and reflects the caliber of creative flourish that is present in mid- central Illinois. After selecting the work, he was impressed by the broad range of work submitted. He reflected, “Being judgmental is tough...yet at the same time... it's a joy to dissect and choose work for a show. I still love doing it after many years of being a curator and gallerist. In this situation, I don't have control over who enters, so it's always a mystery and pleasure to scroll through the entries to see what is next!”

Participating Artists include Anna Barnes, Sandra Batzli, Gary Beaumont, Roberta Bennett, Jess Beyler, Harry Breen, Cynthia Carlson, Nicholas Cragoe, Beth Darling, Glen Davies, Heather Dent, Carmen Egolf, Pamela Ek, Barbara England, Lisa Marye Evans, Deborah Fell, Hannah Fiske, Tina Giamberdino, Richard Gouinlock, Sara Jahn, Doug Johnson, Judy Jones, Jan Kappes, Jeanette Kavanaugh, Rick Larimore, Taekyeom Lee, Suzanne Keith Loechl, Casey Lowry, Paula McCarty, Stacy McDade, Barbara McDonnell, Sophie McMahan, Melissa Mitchell, Pat Monigold, Melonie Mulkey, David Nolan, Sally Nolan, Anjali Palekar, Jason Patterson, Shannon Batman Percoco, Ellie Pinzarrone, Dot Replinger, Shane Rodems, Michael Schwegmann, Andrea Shields, David Smith, Lynn Hawkinson Smith, Billie Theide, Michael Thomas, Rimas VisGirda, Bryan Warsaw, Rosalind Weinberg, Nathan Westerman, Catherine Wiesener, Charles Wisseman, and Sarah Wisseman.

All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

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

The IMC Gallery is excited to announce the opening reception of Jamie Lovell's "The Human Endeavor". Lovell's work ranges from paintings, to wall mounted fiber assemblage pieces.
The reception is free and is open to people of all ages.
Join us this Friday from 6-8!
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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:00am to Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:45pm
Figure One - 116 N Walnut St, Champaign

Timeshare is a group exhibition curated and organized by the Figure One staff, featuring locally and nationally recognized  artists. The selected artists represent a wide array of emerging and mid-career professionals whose work addresses themes of memory, image, and form. This unique showcase also reflects the diverse creative interests and influences of the Figure One staff, which is mostly comprised of graduate students and artists fom the School of Art + Design.

Exhibition Artists:
Langston Allston
Gary Beaumont
Bill Berger
Jordan Clark
Mel Cook
Megan Diddie
Evin Dubois
Jess Kiel-Wornson
Katie Latona 

Exhibition Opening and Reception: Friday, May 29, 6-8pm
Art 21 Matinee: Saturday June 6, 2p
Curators's Talk: Friday, June 12, 6pm
Chapter One, Figure One Book Club: 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton: Thursday, June 18, 6pm
Artist's Talk: Friday, June 19, 6pm 

Gallery hours:
Tues-Thur: 11am-7pm
Fri-Sat: 1-9pm
Sun-Mon: closed

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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:45pm
Soma Ultralounge

Framing the Spectrum is a photography art show celebrating the transgender and gender spectrum in our community. Local photographers Mayhem Images and Peggy Paceley Photography conducted photo shoots with local transgender, genderqueer, agender, bigender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming folks across the lifespan from the Champaign County Area.

The photography will be on display at Soma Ultralounge in downtown Champaign on June 5th from 7-9 pm. There will be free food and a cash bar. We will be raffling off photoshoots with our photographers as well. All proceeds will go to supporting the UP Center.


Suggested door donation: $5

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 6:00am to Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:45am
202 S. Broadway

The IMC Gallery will feature works by Centennial advanced placement art students. The opening reception will be this Friday May 15th from 6-8pm.

Featured artists include:

Lauren Barnhart
George Barton
Ray Irani
Elijah Johnson
Rebecca Kaefring
Aaron Koester
Tina Lyu
Rachel Nelson
Abigail Toledo
Alexis Walter
Nubiya Zavala

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:15pm
Krannert Art Museum

Join us at Krannert Art Museum for an evening of diverse and engaging stories told in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. Topics and perspectives vary widely, but the high energy and creative ideas have undeniable appeal to all. You won't want to miss it!

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Krannert Art Museum (500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL)
Doors open 7:45 pm
Show starts at 8:20 pm
Admission: FREE
Possible Mature Content 18+

PKN C-U Vol. 18 will feature eight unique presentations:

Eric Benson & Megan Diddie: Pulp, Sweat, and Beers
Karen Carney: City Chickens
Mac Condill: Cucurbits In All Their Glory
Ed Glaser: The Psychedelic Version of "Godzilla" You’ve Never Seen
Mamie Hobbs & Sophie Roney: Embody Love: Changing The Way We Talk About Beauty in C-U
John Isberg: "The Ghost Cowboy" Documentary on Belief, Ability and Ghosts
Jack Marck: Why I Fly
Terry Welker: You Are Here

WCIA’s Drew Wilder will host as emcee for the night.

A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors: Anna Longworth Photography, Busey Bank, [co][lab], Crystal Entertainment, Dixon Graphics, Pens to Lens, Prosource, Urbana’s Market at the Square, and WPCD 88.7 Parkland.

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook!
Tweet to #pkncu during the night. Hope to see you there!

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

For additional information or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, please contact us at Check out the global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page,

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:00am to Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 4:45pm
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL

Gallery Week at Japan House is May 11-May 16, 2015. Visit Japan House for displays of scrolls, tea bowls, sweet trays, kimonos and other items from the Japan House collections. Stop by during special hours to visit and enjoy the peace and beauty of Japan House.
Open every day from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to view the displays. Garden tours at 1:00 pm. You can observe a tea ceremony each day at 2:00 pm or join in a tea ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 pm for a fee of $8 ($6 for university students). You can also participate in a tea ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 & 3:00 pm. Reservations are required for participation. You can also enjoy a bowl of matcha tea for only $5 any time during Gallery Week!Nike

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:00am to Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:45pm

Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition 2015
Mon, May 11 - Thur, Jun 4, 2015
View works in print, web, animation, motion design; includes May 13 reception and May 14 gallery talk
Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition
May 11 through June 4, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception: Wednesday, May 13, 6-8 p.m., with Award Ceremony at 7 p.m. and Music by Ms. M and the Jokers, gallery lounge
Related Gallery Talk: “Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer” by Dan Wild, Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 11 through Thursday, June 4. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery lounge with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m.

As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2014. Jury members include Graphic Design faculty and local industry professionals who generously volunteer their time. This year’s judges are Kurt Bielema, creative director at Single Stereo, and Matt Cho, owner and founder of [co][lab], an experimental collaboration and coworking space in Urbana.

Works in the exhibit highlight creative solutions to design problems students encounter throughout the year, challenges requiring traditional print media, website design, animation and motion graphics. These portfolio samples of projects completed in Graphic Design studio classes may include logos, branding, packaging, menus, books, publications, posters, brochures, websites, video, animation, and film title sequences, among other designed materials.

“As print continues its decline, graphic designers are embracing digital media now more so than ever,” said Graphic Design Program Director Paul Young. “In this exhibit, expect to see more websites, more web animation, more motion graphics. However, traditional print cannot be ignored either. This year, we have more publication design than before and you'll see some great examples of creative typography.

“Despite the constant change of technology, the principles of good design do not change,” Young said. “Today's designers still embrace simplicity, clarity, unity and a good creative concept at the core. The result is creative visual communication that seeks to inform, entertain and persuade. The energy, passion and creativity of our students are reflected in this juried show.”

During the May 13 reception, an awards ceremony honoring 2015 Graphic Design student achievements will take place at 7 p.m. A number of monetary awards will be given at that time, presented by Young. Because local clients often contribute funds for these awards and the students often design for real-world clients, this exhibit also highlights service learning, an important element of Parkland's Graphic Design curriculum. Monetary awards include the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for a work of outstanding artistic achievement; the Graphic Design Best of Show Award; the Fine and Applied Arts Department Chair Award; Graphic Design Program Director’s Award, and the President's Award for Excellence. Other awards of excellence provided by clients and supporters of the Design program include those from Electric Pictures, Surface 51, Studio 2D Design Strategy, Six Demon Studio, The Heartland Science and Technology Group, [co][lab], Golfview Village, CUDO and Brian Sullivan.

To coincide with the exhibition, a gallery talk titled “Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer” has been scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at 11 a.m. featuring Dan Wild, Parkland illustration instructor and freelance designer. A published illustrator, award winning designer, and caricaturist with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of advertising, marketing and commercial art, Wild will discuss life as a creative professional drawn from personal experiences.

“In today's competitive environment, persistence, diversification and specialization all come into play, whether you are a recent grad or a seasoned professional,” Wild said.

Parkland Art Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery will be closed May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. To find the Gallery when classes are in session, use the M parking lots, enter through any door, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point, where the gallery is located.

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Parkland Art Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit
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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:45pm
Pizza M, 208 West Main Street, downtown Urbana

Does copyright protect creative work? What impact does copyright have on censorship? And what would happen if we abolished copyright? Join us for a provocative conversation with two guests: artist and copyright abolitionist Nina Paley and UIUC law professor and activist Paul Heald.

Delicious snacks from Pizza M will be provided.

Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues and the short This Land Is Mine. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join as artist-in-residence, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. As half of PaleGray Labs, she develops techniques to combine animation with her other passions of quilting and embroidery. Nina is a former syndicated cartoonist, a 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, and currently making a new animated feature called Seder-Masochism.

Paul Heald lectures on patent, copyright and international intellectual property law around the world. He is the University of Illinois Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Professor of Law and is currently a fellow and associated researcher at CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. He’s also the author of a recently released mystery novel Death in Eden.


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