Juried art exhibit/fair set for March

CHAMPAIGN — The I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign is looking for artists to submit works for consideration for a juried art exhibition and/or art fair featuring objects made of recycled or reused materials.

The exhibition/fair will be part of "Hatch," believed to be the area's first creative-reuse art festival. Organizers expect "Hatch" to draw participants from throughout central Illinois and beyond.

The festival is set for March 1-3 in and near downtown Champaign. Artist information and applications for "Hatch" are available at http://www.aboutHATCH.org. The deadline for applying is Jan. 11.

The submitted work must consist of at least 75 percent recycled or reused materials and will range from assemblage, collage, jewelry, fiber and paper arts to reimagined decor for home and garden.

The art fair part of the festival is expected to host more than 30 creative-reuse artist-vendors. Organizers hope to add other activities — possibly a lecture and gallery talk.

"Right now, we're hitting the ground running — focusing our priorities on attracting some of the most imaginative, top-shelf creative-reuse artists and designers around to the festival, and hope to fill in a few more auxiliary events as we go," I.D.E.A. Store manager Gail Rost said. "We're excited to be able to expand on the work we've accomplished at The I.D.E.A. Store in our first two years of operation.

"Plus, we're thrilled to be continuing what we started our first year in business with the 'Trash 2011' exhibition at Indi Go."

Rost, along with co-founder Carol Jo Morgan, launched the I.D.E.A. Store in 2010 as a social earned-income enterprise of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. Income from sales and other programs benefit teachers and students in C-U's public schools.

In addition to providing local businesses and individuals with an alternative means of discarding unwanted but reusable materials and then selling them at low prices, the I.D.E.A. Store staff and volunteers offer workshops and other educational programs and engage in community outreach activities that emphasize ways to protect the environment, conserve energy and other resources and reduce the local waste stream.

For more information about "Hatch," contact festival organizers at hatch@the-idea-store.org.

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