Boneyard Arts Festival around (every) corner

Boneyard Arts Festival around (every) corner

CHAMPAIGN — Get your walking shoes ready. And maybe rev up your car engine — or oil your bicycle.

The four-day Boneyard Arts Festival — presented by 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council — will take place Thursday through Sunday at more than 100 venues in Champaign, Urbana and surrounding towns.

Among the festival places are galleries, studios, theaters and cafes, as well as empty buildings, retail shops, churches and restaurants.

For a full listing, visit or pick up the festival map inserted into the Wednesday editions of The News-Gazette.

Here are just a few highlights:

Thursday, University of Illinois campus.

— The festival kicks off at Krannert Uncorked at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Afrikania Cultural Troupe featuring Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie — one of Ghana's virtuoso drummers in traditional music and dance.

— The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in the Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C, has on display, among other things, "Live from the Crossroads: A Snapshot of the Urbana-Champaign Local Music Scene," with photos by Della Perrone taken from 1981 to 1986.

— The opening reception for "Inside/Outside," an exhibition featuring work by Boneyard signature artist Laura Wennstrom, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Murphy Gallery of the University Y, 1001 S. Wright St., C. It will remain on view weekdays through May 17.

— The Twin City Bible Church Midtown, 24 E. Green St., C, will be the venue for "Remember Nhu," an exhibition of art by Michael Downs, Sarah Keenan Jones and other artists. Fifty to 100 percent of the proceeds from sales will go to Remember Nhu, an organization that fights to prevent trafficking of children in Southeast Asia.

The hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be a silent auction from 4 p.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. April 12, and a closing reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 12.

Champaign and Urbana

— From 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, two groups of artists will feature their work in the Illinois Central Station offices, 312 N. Walnut St., C.

The second-floor galleries will have works responding to the vacancy of the space and its history, including the 2014 Boneyard signature piece "Reticulation" by Wennstrom, an MFA candidate at the UI.

The first floor will feature 2-D and 3-D works as well as glass blowing demos, live painting, plus video installations and local DJs.

— Another pop-up gallery at 311 S. Neil St., C, formerly Kirby Tire, will showcase a variety of visual art by 10 local artists, and musical performances from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

— The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization will present its annual "abCU: Letters, Words and Wisdom" typography exhibit and fundraiser at Indi Go Artist's Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. The show will feature letters of the alphabet, punctuation, symbols, phrases, and quotes handcrafted by local artists and designers. The opening reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

— The Edison Middle School students in 40 North's ArtSpeak after-school program have created their own graphic identity and/or a graphic identity for a community issue of their choice, painting them on reused skateboard decks that will be on display at [co][lab], 206 W. Main St., U, from 5 to 8 p.m Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Community members may purchase blank decks for $15 via

— Moonshine Jug Studios, 1006 Country Squire, U, will display handmade ceramic moonshine jugs and flasks, and owner Hugh Bridgeford will do a throwing and decorating demo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. ,

— H20 Salon, 109 N. Broadway Ave, U, will display photographs and jewelry by local artists, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday The Abe Froman Project, an improv group, will perform there. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the salon a benefit performance for the Creature Community AIDS Project will take place, with performances by local poets, playwrights, musicians and dancers.

— Amara Yoga and Arts on the east side of Lincoln Square Village, Urbana, will open the exhibition "Thousand Dollar Quilts" and other works by Nina Paley with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. She will be present and screen, for free, her award-winning animated film, "Sita Sings the Blues."

She also will be at Amara from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the show will remain on view through the end of June.

The exhibition will include art quilts produced by Paley and PaleGray Labs, her textile collaboration with Theodore Gray; "Quiltimation" and "Embroidermation" — animated cycles rendered to stitching; and paintings from "Sita Sings the Blues."


— C-U Confidential, a publication covering the regional movie scene, and the Art Theatre Co-op will present the New Art Film Festival of movies and shorts made in the region, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The feature presentation will be "The Drunk," a dramedy produced by Tanoos Fleschner Pictures of Los Angeles and filmed in Terre Haute, Ind., with help from Shatterglass Studios in Champaign.

The fictional tale is about the battle of wills between Joe Debs (William Tanoos), the grandson of real-life Indiana radical labor leader Eugene V. Debs, and Bruce Frye (Tom Sizemore), a prosecutor who considers the younger Debs a drunkard and persistent menace to society.

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— Fisher Community Center will featuring paintings by Maggie Rae Kirby, caricature drawings by Dan Wild, a photo booth by Laura Trovillion and Kristin Darling and a jewelry demo by Penny Thompson. Also visitors will have a chance to be part of the Be Kind Illinois/Ben's Bell Project while crafting ceramic hangings, from 1 to 4 p.m.

— From noon to 4 p.m., Java Connection in Rantoul will display oil paintings, quilts and mixed media work, traditional Chinese Guzheng music, as well as sidewalk chalk art for children.