Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Here's what's happening on the arts scene

Photo display

CHAMPAIGN — "The BARE Project," a collection of photographs of local people posing in the nude, with strategic coverings in some places, will open Friday at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

"The BARE Project" series was created by Emily Otnes, Anna Longworth and Alisa Greene.

"It focuses on unique individuals within Champaign-Urbana's community, reminding us that beauty has no definition other than what we decide for ourselves through our passions and unique stories," reads a release from Indi Go.

The opening reception will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The photographs will remain on view at Indi Go through Aug. 27, with viewing hours of 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Corridor art

URBANA — Work by Jill Stroberger, a self-taught artist who lives in Urbana, is on view through Nov. 2 in the Urbana City Building as part of the Artist of the Corridor program.

Stroberger is showing works she created from odds and ends she finds inherently beautiful such as beads, wire and wood. Her art is influenced by the natural world.

Additionally a topiary designer and gardener, she also works with many different materials, such as acrylic on canvas and mixed media and collage.

The city began in March 2010 to feature art by Urbana artists in the city building, 400 S. Vine St., U. The "Artist of the Corridor" exhibitions are displayed for three months and are free and open to the public.

"Fanfare" permanent

URBANA — The city of Urbana has purchased the sculpture "Fanfare," on the city-owned plaza next to The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., for the city's permanent collection of public art.

"Fanfare" has been on that site since 2010 as part of the city's rotating public sculpture program. It was created by Shawn Morin of Bowling Green, Ohio; he is head of the sculpture program at Bowling Green State University.

"In the past four years, this multi-colored, tiered granite sculpture has become a much-valued and integral part of the downtown landscape and street scape," reads a release from the city. "Normally, public sculptures in this program rotate out every two years, but this particular sculpture has been such a good fit for its location, amplifies the character of the neighborhood, beautifies the downtown area and is well-liked by the community, that it has become a part of downtown life."

For more information, contact Urbana Public Arts Coordinator Lisa Hatchadoorian at 328-8265, or

"Nutcracker" auditions

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Ballet will have auditions Sept. 6 for its holiday production of "The Nutcracker." Children age 5 and older are invited to audition.

Previous dance training is not required, but the children must have been born before Sept. 6, 2009, to audition. Participants should pre-register for the audition at by 5 p.m. Sept. 2.

Information about the audition process, attire, fees and rehearsal schedule is available at For more information, call 355-7317 or email

Experienced dancers age 10 and older are asked to contact CU Ballet Company Manager Kay Greene at

The auditions will be at the Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Road, C.


Topics (3):Art, Music, Theater

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