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Nearly 14 years out from his last year as mayor of Champaign, Dan McCollum is still thinking about ways to make the city more interesting, more memorable and to link its lively past to its vibrant present.
One chimerical idea, acquired on a recent trip to Greenville, is to help place murals featuring historical figures of the city on walls, particularly in downtown Champaign.
URBANA — The city Public Arts Commission has selected recipients of the 2013 Urbana Arts Grants.
Among them is the Common Ground Food Co-op at Lincoln Square Village, which will receive a total of $5,000 from the city and the Urbana Business Association to start an art gallery. That is the largest amount given to any recipient.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Swope Art Museum is accepting entries from artists for its 69th annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition. The postmark deadline for entries is March 30.
URBANA — Eclectic, the artists' sales cooperative in downtown Urbana, will have another garage sale Friday and Saturday to raise money to help alleviate cash-flow problems.
"Because of the success of the last one, members feel it would be smarter to have another garage sale than try to organize a new fundraising event," Eclectic owner Susan Pryde said via email.
Most of us Americans feel secure in our daily lives. That is an illusion.
Laura Wennstrom's "Security Blanket," on view at the Indi Go Artist Co-op as part of the first Hatch festival, speaks to that. Made of security envelopes, it's fragile, a featherweight quilt that could rip or get shredded or soaked, all in an instant.
URBANA — The "Photo-Secession" exhibition featuring works by local, regional and international photographers will open Thursday at the Urbana Museum of Photography, 122A W. Main St.
The opening reception will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. The show will remain on view through May 7.
URBANA — The Eric Show, an annual exhibition of art by area high school students, will open Friday at the Illini Union Art Gallery, 1401 W. Green St., with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Easter has always been a special time for the Altar Guild at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church.
From the building facing West Side Park, colorful hand-decorated eggs, many with a silly sensibility, have been hatching since 1927.
This might be one of the most special Easters ever: the last time the guild, which has an aging population, crafts the eggs.