Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
I enjoyed the fast-paced "Refashioned Fashion Show" Saturday evening at Krannert Center. Susan Becker's University of Illinois students modeled clothes made of a Bud Light billboard, trash bags, playing cards, fake flowers, school supplies, CDs, VHS tape, Duct tape, pistachio shells. Lots of ingenuity and lots of fun.
Last Saturday night I wanted to be at three events at the same time: The Prairie Ensemble concert, the Chip McNeill Quartet at Alto Vineyards, and the Art Salon at the former Firestone building on South Neil, Champaign. Winning out was the salon, which provided an interesting mix of visual art, music, dance — and atmosphere.
At a "shrine" assemblage workshop Tuesday night taught by Melissa Mitchell in her Champaign studio I started a "shrine" to the beaver, because I've been so busy lately. Like the river otter, the beaver fascinates me. Did you know beavers are second only to humans in their ability to manipulate and change their environment?