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Phil was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. His Dad played big band jazz and sang Opera. Phil painted a mural on the wall of his Jr HS across from the library, of Romeo and Juliet.They never caught him (actually it was 6 foot by 8 foot and took over two months).
In college at the University of Illinois, Phil loved his freehand drawing class but quit the Architecture program after one semester. Eventually getting a degree in Communications/Radio-TV. He helped start Record Service while still in school and worked at making it the best record/CD store in central Illinois for 34 years.
At the same time Phil played in bands (Bloom and Brownfield and the Rocking Clones) stayed active on the High n Mighty softball team and appeared in over 35 theatre productions, mostly at the Station Theatre. All the while Phil was using his creativity doing all the advertising for the Record Service (and mentoring and hiring HS students to do drawings for our ads)
Phil also encouraged many local musicians and bands to record and sell local records and put out three records on his own label as well as a Record Service compilation of twenty years of music from C-U.. And eventually took up writing for some local papers and magazines about local music, theatre and art.
Since 2004 when the music industry collapse caused Record Service to implode, Phil has worked extensively on his painting developing a style of painting on glass quite different from anything else he has seen. Using Van Gogh and graphic novels as two of his inspirations he has been carving out a niche while producing over 300 paintings.
In the last three years much of his work has been portraits of avatars he meets in the virtual world of Second Life but he also works in real life as well and has started painting local artists.And most importantly Phil has two great kids who inspire him to be a better person, Tess and Joe Strang.

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I was born in the city of Luanshya in Zambia, Africa to British parents. My family eventually moved from Africa to a tiny town in Eastern Tennessee and after several years we relocated to the suburbs of Chicago. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received my BFA in Graphic Design. In 2002 I received an MFA in Painting and an MA in Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where I also held the position of Assistant Museum Curator and Collections Manager for the SCAD Museum of Art. I hope to someday pursue a doctorate in Art History where I can continue my research in Spiritualism and American Art during the late 19th century. I am currently the Executive Director of 40 North | 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council as well as an Art History instructor at Parkland College.

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I received my undergraduate degree in Metalsmithing and in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1981). In 1984, I was awarded a scholarship to further my studies at the Appalachian Center for Crafts (an artist apprenticeship school) in Tennessee. I worked side by side with masters in glass, woodworking, ceramic, fibers and metalsmithing. A year later I moved to Chicago and began helping sculptor Barry Tinsley fabricate his large scale pieces. In addition, I also worked at Vectors, an architectural fabrication shop. In 1986 I was offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Illinois-Champaign to pursue my Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. In 1987 I was selected to participate in a three month residency program at the Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation in Vence, France (an international artist colony). I met many wonderful artists, including my all time favorite sculptor: Arman. In 1988, I was chosen to attend the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art in Poland for a one month residency program. I met clandestinely with several underground Polish artists and learned the art of political propaganda posters (at the time Poland was still a communist country). In 1991, I was fortunate to be able to do independant research in cooperation with Samford University in London, England.

I have been back to France several times and have made many trips to the Caribbean to document indigenous flora and fauna. Most recently I have been focusing my attention on the Far East with trips to Malaysia and China. I exhibited at the Bund Museum in Shanghai this past year. During the summer, I helped restore the "Sun Singer" (a large bronze sculpture in Allerton Park, Illinois).

For over 30 years I have been exhibiting my work professionally.

Julie is passionate about art, nature, design, color, philosophy, and sustainability. She loves spending time outdoors appreciating the beauty in nature, which inspires her artwork and sustainable design.

Julie is in her final year of completing her industrial design degree at the University of Illinois. In addition to learning design, she has seized various opportunities to participate in courses in painting and drawing at the university.

Deborah Fell is a studio artist committed to the art quilt medium. She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Surface Design Association, and ArtQuilt Network and has had over twenty-two years of education at the Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric.
Deborah has obtained national recognition for her work. Her art has been exhibited in venues such as the United Nations Building in New York City; the Moscone in San Francisco; Art Quilt Elements at the Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Works Gallery in Newark, New Jersey which is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate Museum; in Pakistan through the U.S. State Department Arts in Embassies Program; and the premier international exhibit Quilt National in 2003. One of Deborah’s art quilts appeared on the front cover for the American Journal of Nursing; another art quilt is a part of the former Ground Zero Headquarters—St. Paul Trinity Chapel—collection. In 2009 Deborah was asked to collaborate with ABC TV Host Ty Pennington to create the special art project for Extreme Home Makeover, Season 7, Montgomery House. In November 2009 one of Deborah’s art quilts was a part of the Journey of Hope Exhibit in Tokyo, Japan; this exhibit continued at the National African American Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio. Also in 2009, the artist’s work was a part of an exhibit sponsored by Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio. Recently Deborah’s work was in a traveling exhibit sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; the exhibit traveled to Washington, DC; New Orleans and the Chicago Cultural Center. In the fall of 2011 Deborah will be an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California. The Winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio Magazine featured Deborah’s work on the front cover.
Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years. Just retired from teaching at risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums, community college and continuing education. Deborah obtained a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University along with graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University. Starting in 2012 Deborah will be teaching at the University of Illinois through the OLLI program. Deborah’s quilting roots are traditional from the heart of New Hampshire.
Deborah says, “Art allows us to move from one place to the next. I create art because I believe art makes a difference in our world; it is a gift we give ourselves and it is a celebration of our very souls.”

I'm a highly creative and detail-oriented senior designer, lead illustrator, and project manager with 10 years of professional experience. Expertise ranging from corporate identity design, branding and packaging, print advertising, and technical illustrations. I enjoy the journey of a job, learning, teaching, and the continuous growth as an artist. With an approach that is both refreshingly organized and positively personable, I create with both heart and mind.

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Shoshanna Bauer is a watercolorist who creates vibrantly colored, inspirational, and thought provoking paintings. Her abstract subject matter is spiritual and metaphorical, while her more representational work is often whimsical and fantastic.

In 2005, Shoshanna began utilizing social media networks like Flickr, MySpace and Livejournal. It wasn’t long before she branched out to include Facebook, Twitter and online galleries to market and promote her art all over the world. Locally, Shoshanna has shown at venues such as the Boneyard Arts Festival, Artists Against AIDS, HeartlandArtGallery and Madeline’s Confectionary Arts Studio.

Beginning her college education at Parkland Community College she studied under watercolor artist and now Professor Emeritus, Donald K. Lake. After receiving her Associates Degree in Art and Design, Shoshanna transferred to Eastern Illinois University where she received two consecutive Talented Student Award scholarships and her B.A. in Studio Art. In 2008, Shoshanna was selected to receive Illini Radio Group’s “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know” award. In 2009, she began selling Fine Art Gicleés in addition to her original paintings.

Shoshanna was born in Colorado and moved to the university town of Champaign-Urbana when she was eight years old, with her parents and her sister. She has called the twin cities her home ever since and continues to live there with her husband, daughter and four cats.

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Kelly Eddington’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group venues throughout the Midwest, such as the David Strawn Art Gallery in Jacksonville, IL, Culver-Stockton College's Mabee Art Gallery in Canton, MO, and Champaign’s Indi.Go Art Gallery. She is a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society. Her painting "Glass Gems 3" was selected by the Urbana Public Art Program to be reproduced as a mural in downtown Urbana. This painting also won an online art competition sponsored by Imagekind/CafePress. Eddington's painting "Mushrooms" received third place in "Small Waters 2012," a national juried exhibition of small-scale watercolors. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the world, including Western Illinois University’s permanent library collection. She works as an illustrator and writer for @U2, which was named “Best Music Fan Site” by Entertainment Weekly.

She maintains a blog called Alizarine (http://alizarine.typepad.com), an art website (http://kellyeddington.com), and sells prints of her paintings online (http://KellyEddington.imagekind.com).

Kelly Eddington received a B.A. in studio art from WIU and an M.A. in art education from the University of Illinois.

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