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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

June 19 to August 9, 2017
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5–7 p.m.; opening remarks with Lisa Costello, Kelly White, and juror Gisele Atterberry at 6 p.m., Music by El Guapo
Closing Gallery Talk: August 9, 6 p.m. by Gisele Atterberry

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Works by community artists will once again feature in a summer juried art exhibition at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.

Giertz Gallery, in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, presents “Around the Block II: Artists from Our Neighborhood” opening Monday, June 19. The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 9, comprises works of art that reflect the caliber of creative flourish that is present in east central Illinois.

Serving as juror for the exhibition is Gisele Atterberry, art history faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Joliet Junior College and coauthor of the college textbook Design Essentials: A Handbook. She will provide opening remarks at the June 22 exhibit reception, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Atterberry also will give a closing gallery talk on the show Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.

Gallery Director Lisa Costello called this year’s exhibit a terrific survey of artists who live in the area.

“We’re pleased by the strong turnout of artists who submitted their work for the exhibit,” she remarked. “We’re also very pleased to have Gisele Atterberry agree to be our juror; a longtime resident of Champaign, she has made an impact in the arts in Illinois. She took this responsibility very seriously and gave a lot of thought to her selection. Finally, we’re thankful for 40 North, Champaign County’s Art Council, which really helped us get the word out to local artists to submit their work! It’s a valuable resource to our community.”

More than 70 artists are participating in this exhibit: Jan Adams, Cecilia Allen and Roger Blakley, Sylvia Arnstein, Tedra Ashley-Wannemuehler, Jenny Barrett, Sandra Batzli, Gary Beaumont, Jess Beyler, Jodi Birdwell, Harry Breen, Thomas Brewer, M. Ben Cohan, Catherine Cunningham, Beth Darling, Pamela Ek, Christy Elamma, Mary Emmons, Pam Erickson, Jeff Evans, Lisa Evans, Carol Farnum, Viktoria Ford, Faith Gabel, Juanita L. Gammon, Lorraine Graham, Stacey Gross, Daniel Hadley, Sandra Hynds, Judy Jones, Larry Kanfer, Jan Kappes, Bruce Kloth, Carolyn Knox, Philip Knox, Rick Larimore, Tom Layman, Sue Kay Lee, Casey Lowry, Paula McCarty, Ann McDowell, Ingrid Melief, Melissa Mitchell, Pat Monigold, Christina Nordholm, Sharon Owens and David Spears, Jason Patterson, Vicki Patton, Shannon Percoco, Hilary Pope, Ralph Roether, Erin Rogers, Ann Rund, Vashoune Russell, Umeeta Sadarangani, Andrea Shields, David Smith, Lynn Smith, Phil Strang, Stephanie Sutton, Bonnie Switzer, Mohan Tracy, David Wantroba, Bryan Warsaw, Rosalind Faiman Weinberg, Nathan Westerman, Catherine Wiesener, Charles Wisseman, Sarah Wisseman, and Liza Wynette

Atterberry expressed on her own “great pleasure” in jurying the Giertz Gallery’s second community art exhibition.

“I was constantly reminded of the artistic vitality evident throughout our area,” she commented. “I was delighted to see submissions from veteran artists, people who have long played a prominent and valuable role in our arts community. Additionally, there were many highly skilled and thematically compelling works that were totally new to my eyes. In all, I feel the show will offer a reflection of the exciting and diverse range of interests held by artists just ‘around the block.’”

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

Giertz Gallery is located at 2400 W. Bradley Ave. on the Parkland College campus. To find the gallery, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.

Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.
This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, gallery director, at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery website at
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Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 8:45pm
133 W. Sale St. & 126 W. Sale St., Tuscola, IL

You are invited to the first Odd Market, an art, handmade and vintage one-day show in downtown Tuscola on June 3. Sponsored by Tuscola Odd Fellows Lodge #316, the event will raise funds for Douglas County Mental Health, a not-for-profit organization that offers counsling, crisis intervention, teen programs and other services. 

This event will be held in conjunction with the annual downtown car show in Tuscola!


Crass Stitching
Elzie Sexton
Nichole Sexton
Melissa Monsters Turner
ACME Elfworks
Kelly Hieronymus
Yellow Dog Studio
L & L Studio
Piper Pottery
Jenny Shields Cowgill
Floyds Barber Shop
Jill McDevitt
Hello Dolly
Dizzy D
Cynical Redhead
Rachel Ray Photography
Laura Ann Tays
Krafts by Kelli
Sparrow's Journey by Heather Chism Santos
Bird & Thistle
Evelyne Tardy
Zac Atkinson
Vintage Karma
Rumours Hat Shoppe - Champaign, IL
R de•signs
The 28th Annual Wheel's Car Club Car Show
The Chuckwagon
Sundry Shadows
Live Music by Matt Berry

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 4:45pm
Independent Media Center

Come see what we've been up to at Open Scene, IMC's NEA-funded youth arts project on Saturday, May 6, 2-5 p.m. We'll be having an art auction to raise money for youth programming at IMC! 

At this culminating event, we'll hear from local youth about a new vision for IMC and Urbana. 

We'll be having an art auction with 8 new posters by Langston Allston, local muralist, among them the image attached. Bring a friend, and bring your check books! 

We're raising money to support more collaborations with Open Scene youth leaders, a new after school program with Janice Mitchell's Neighborhood Connections, and launch a new music studio with Jamie Gatson aka J.Tune. 

Make a donation now to support CU's youth!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Cherry Alley at The Urbana Free Library

Join us on the giant sidewalks of Cherry Alley for sidewalk chalk fun. We'll channel our inner artists and create optical illusions with chalk and a digital camera!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Let's help change our world through intentional kindness and make ceramic hanging wind chimes. Be Kind Illinois, which is part of the Ben's Bells Project, is calling on young artists to participate.

For children of all ages (7 and under with an adult).
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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:00am to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 11:45am
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Come make some fun bookmarks to help begin our Reading By Design summer reading program. We provide all the examples, directions and materials and you just provide your crafting skills. Lots of fun ideas to help you keep your place in your favorite summer read! This is a program for preschool through tweens with a variety of skill levels. Snack is also provided. It is a drop in, make and take program.Barron Trump's Height Is Taller Than Melania, Donald & Many Teen Boys – Pochta News

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:45pm
The Art Theater Co-op (126 W Church St., Champaign IL 61820)

The Illini Swing Society and The Art Theater Co-op are hosting a one-night special screening of the new swing dance revival documentary "Alive and Kicking"! Come see what swing dance is all about, and don't forget to bring some friends!

Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one's circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE & KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society. (Susan Glatzer, 2017, US, 88 min, NR, DCP)

"It’s impossible to watch this film without a tapping toe and a smile." -The Seattle Times

"The dancers in Alive and Kicking all share a rapturous expression, and Glatzer makes the case for this Depression-era diversion as a modern tonic for isolation." -Village Voice

" ... the jaw-dropping improvisations and physical intimacy of the dancers make it an action film par excellence — joy-fueled and gravity-defying." -Los Angeles Times

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Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, June 2, 2017 - 6:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show 2017
Mon, May 15 - Thurs, June 1, 2017
View works in print, web, animation, motion design; includes May 17 reception
Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show
May 15 through June 1, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception: Wednesday, May 17, 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery Lounge, with Award Ceremony at 6 p.m. and Music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble

The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 15 through Thursday, June 1. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6 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 2016. Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Then local industry professionals are invited to judge the show and select the awards. This year’s judges are Maria Ludeke, Design Studio Manager at Neutral Design Studio and Ralph Roether, Graphic Designer at Champaign Park District.

Works in the exhibit showcase creative solutions to design problems presented to students in Parkland’s Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Illustration studio classes. Expect to see traditional print media, motion graphics, logos, branding, packaging, menus, books, publications, posters, brochures, websites, video and illustration.

"As digital media takes over the world, designers have to respond to new trends," says professor Paul Young, Parkland's Graphic Design Program Director. "To succeed in today's competitive world, students need to learn every trick in the book and be comfortable working in print as well as on screens, be able to communicate visually and verbally, be able to harness the power of motion and interactivity, and be able to solve marketing problems, too. That's a pretty tall order for a two-year program, but our students are rising to the challenge."

During the May 17 reception, an awards ceremony honoring 2017 Graphic Design student achievements will take place at 6 p.m. "Students feel a sense of accomplishment when they see their work professionally displayed in the gallery," says graphic design instructor Liza Wynette. "It gives them the opportunity to show friends and family the results of their diligence during the past academic year."

Immediately after the awards ceremony, graphic design instructor Liza Wynette will give a gallery talk and guided tour of the exhibition. In an informal Q&A with select award winners, Liza will go behind the scenes and reveal how Parkland's Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs teach creative problem solving and design thinking. Parkland College is one of the few community colleges in the US that offers a series of professional illustration courses. Students who take these hands-on studio art courses leave the class with functional commercial art samples for their portfolio.

Giertz Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the Gallery when classes are in session, use the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X-7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, 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 Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit
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Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to Monday, May 29, 2017 - 4:45pm
Children's Services (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Enjoy the creative artwork by the students of Hua Nian Art Studio on display in Children's Services May 14-28.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 5:45pm
Children's Services (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Urbana elementary school students will be displaying their creative art in Children's Services from April 4 - 15. Come see what these young artists have been working on.
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