That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, June 18, 2014

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, June 18, 2014

CHAMPAIGN — Seven area artists who make eco-friendly art and other items will show their work for a week, starting this Friday, at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

Three live music shows also will take place during the run of the exhibition. Each is from 5 to 9 p.m.:

— Friday, John McMahon and Gina Cassidy

— June 25, David Howie

— June 28, John Coppess

"Outstanding in Our Field: 7 Central Illinois Artists" will showcase works made with materials that other people might toss in the trash and the diverse directions artists' imaginations can take when they make things with nontraditional materials.

In this case, those range from plastic bags, empty beer bottles and cigar boxes to wood and paper scraps, second-hand furniture, farm-implement parts and other discarded post-consumer products.

The exhibiting artists are John McDevitt, Sullivan; Melissa Mitchell and Cindy Sampson, Champaign; Melody Moore-Carlson, Eric Walsh and Sally Walsh, Farmer City; and Phil Strang, Urbana.

McDevitt founded and owns Yellow Dog Studio and the Vault Arts Collective in Tuscola. At Yellow Dog Studio, he specializes in rustic urban and industrial-influenced furniture and mixed-media art.

Mitchell is a mixed-media artist and photographer who will exhibit collage and sculptural works made from lamp parts, architectural salvage, recycled paper, fabric and ephemera.

Moore-Carlson will show shopping bags, purses, water-bottle holders and other items she made from reused plastic bags, or "plarn." She has crocheted and knitted with thread and yarn since childhood.

"My husband was a retired garbage truck driver and loved that I was recycling these bags," she said. "He told me they last in the landfill forever."

Sampson creates jewelry and two- and three-dimensional art from cast-off materials. Her folk-art products and prints have been featured in national chain stores and in national magazines and TV series on home remodeling.

"I'm saving wonderful things — some folks call it 'junk' — from going into a landfill," she said. "No matter what you call it — being frugal, making do, or being thrifty or economical — we all do this in some way. I just have fun rescuing your old stuff and making it into art."

Strang, manager of the UI Foellinger Auditorium, will show his paintings on such surfaces as empty beer bottles and glassware, and fused glass made from glass scraps, and "splashed paintings" created with reclaimed acrylics.

Walsh, who works at Bob Zook Collision, Bloomington, will exhibit a number of sculptural creatures made by welding together various parts of discarded farm implements.

Walsh teaches art at Richland Community College, Decatur, and Heartland Community College, Bloomington. She will show painted found furniture, saws and other items, along with recycled-paper/papier mache sculptural pieces.

Viewing hours for the show will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Bement Opry

BEMENT — The Bement Country Opry, 117 S. Macon St., presents live country music every Friday night, billing itself as a Branson-style show with music and comedy for entire families.

Their shows start at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 unless otherwise noted. Tickets for most shows are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For information, call 877-6499 or visit

The Bement Country Opry schedule for the next few weeks:

— Friday, Chrissy Sparks Rigsby

— June 27, Terry Smith

— July 4, Food will be served at 6 p.m., followed at 8 by a patriotic show with Erica Neal and Mariah Henderson.

— July 11, Fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, who specializes in Cajun and Creole music. Advance tickets are $10 and at the door, $13.

— July 18, Pam and Polly (The Kilmers)

— July 25, Erica Neal

BACH and Beyond

CHAMPAIGN — The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) chorus will perform in their concerts series "Bach and Beyond" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday 20th century sacred music by French composers. Past concert programs had connections to the Baroque period.

The concert is at the Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal, 1011 S. Wright St., C, home of a Buzard pipe organ. The music on the program features organ accompaniment, to be performed by Stephen Buzard, a son of John Paul Buzard, the organ builder, and Linda Buzard, the organist and choirmaster at St. John.

Stephen Buzard, now assistant organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City, will open with the Prelude and Fugue on the "Name of A.L.A.I.N." by Maurice Durufl, written in memory of French organist/composer Jehan Alain, the brother of famed concert organist Marie-Claire Alain, who died in World War II.

The choral works will include "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Faur and Durufl's "Requiem." Durufl published only 14 works; he crafted his Requiem from themes drawn from the Gregorian chants associated with the Mass for the Dead.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door with cash or check the evening of the concert or in advance at

UFL birthday bash

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library will celebrate its 140th birthday this year with a kickoff celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, featuring the local klezmer band Don't Ask in the Cherry Alley outside the library.

At the free UFLive! Birthday Bash with Don't Ask, there will be birthday cake in addition to the live music. And the Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop will sell a Cherry Alley Iced Tea.

In 1872, 52 Urbana men formed the Young Men's Library Association. With the encouragement of the County Gazette, they first met in January 1873. With committees in place, the association opened a downtown reading room, offering books and periodicals for browsing to the public for a small fee.

In the spring of 1874, a movement to have the city government take over the library was launched, and on July 2 of that year the city council created the Urbana Free Library.

Topics (3):Art, Books, Music

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