Hatch Festival expands to two weeks this year
CHAMPAIGN — The I.D.E.A. Store's second annual Hatch Festival will open Friday with an art exhibition and over the following two weeks will feature a trashion runway show, live music and a one-day sale of upcycled items.
And this year the festival will last two weeks, rather than one. Here's a rundown of the events:
— The Hatch Art Exhibition at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; admission is $5.
The show will feature works made by 18 artists from recycled materials. Also featured will be two "trash-fashion" designs by internationally known Hatch visiting artist-in-residence Nancy Judd.
The exhibition will remain on view through March 15, with viewing hours of 6 to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance is free.
— The Hatch Trashion Show, showcasing 29 outfits made from materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 7 at Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. It is free and open to the public.
It will include fashions created by students in Susan Becker's Dance 199 & 451 course at the University of Illinois.
Judd will not be at the trashion show but served as a consultant to its organizers.
"Over the years, I have found trashion to be a surprisingly useful way of engaging people in thinking about sustainability," Judd said.
— New this year will be a music lecture-demo at 7 p.m. March 8 at Indi Go by percussionist Chad Dunn, cigar-box guitar maker Tony Taylor and Ben Juday, owner of Analog Outfitters in Champaign.
— The Hatch Art Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive. Artists from the Midwest will set up shop in the gym, selling items from the practical to the sublime.
Admission is $2 per person. And the Cracked food truck will be there.
Judd, an environmental educator and founder of Recycle Runway in Santa Fe, N.M., will be in-residence on Friday and Saturday, the first two days of the Hatch Festival.
On Friday, she will lead an all-school assembly and hands-on repurposing project with third- through fifth-graders at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign.
The students will create and embellish woven panels made from reused materials.
"Students will include their own eco pledges as part of this collaborative reuse art installation," Garden Hills art teacher Megan Barber said.
To pay for Judd's program, Barber applied for and received a Tepper Electric Arts Endowment Grant. She also received help from the school's Magnet Grant, through the federally funded International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme.
Judd also will present two workshops — one for youths and one for adults — on Saturday at The I.D.E.A. Store and will give a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Champaign Public Library.
Judd said the message she emphasizes is personal empowerment.
"I think it's really important to focus on personal power and hope," she said. "We are facing huge challenges as our climate is changing, and it is essential that we find the places in our lives where we can be eco-leaders, inspiring others to recycle more, drive less, eat local, etc."
Several major corporations such as Coca-Cola and Target have commissioned Judd to create eco-fashions. Her "Obamanos Coat," created from Obama campaign "door-hangers," is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She modeled it at a green inaugural ball during President Obama's first inauguration.
During the next three years, Judd, collaborating with U.S. and international organizations, will create 20 new pieces for a yearlong exhibition in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. That will be her second exhibit at the airport.
A number of Hatch events are free and open to the public — the workshops at The I.D.E.A. Store require advance registration and payment.
A Hatch Passport, which admits holders to most other events, may be purchased in advance for $5 at The I.D.E.A. Store, 28 E. Springfield Ave., C.
People who attend the opening reception Friday evening at Indi Go pay $5 for that and an additional $1 for a festival pass.
Support for Hatch comes from The I.D.E.A. Store, Lincoln Square Village, Indi Go, SJ Broadcasting, the Champaign Telephone Company, Knox Array, Illini Studio and several individuals and families.