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Many of us will remember 2012 as the year we lost two great ones: Dan Perrino and Thomas Schleis.
Another great local talent also died in the year that almost was: Rachael Lee, a jazz vocalist from Macon who at one time lived in Champaign-Urbana and who enjoyed a regional reputation.
We should all raise our glasses this holiday season to the Public Art League.
In just a short time, this group of private individuals has brought 31 sculptures to Champaign-Urbana. Most are here on two-year leases; a few have been purchased for permanent placement.
A nice way to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays is to escape into an art museum or gallery.
Several art and photography exhibitions in town right now are worth checking out.
At the top of the list is "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography" at Krannert Art Museum.
CHAMPAIGN — Some of the artists with studios in the Lincoln Building, 44 E. Main St., will have a book release party and studio open house from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
So far, the participating artists are:
Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with artist Eszter Sápi.
Q: I read that your artwork concerns immigration and the gay experience. Did you and your family immigrate to the United States?
Bob Zimmerman remembers hearing a lot of Champaign rock bands at Saturday night dances in Tuscola when he was growing up there.
As he got older, Zimmerman would drive to Champaign-Urbana to hear the music. He soon noticed how vibrant the scene was here.
Not a musician himself, he nonetheless became part of the scene, working on road crews for the bands Skater and Starcastle.
CHAMPAIGN — Making posters and dancing in the cafeteria are fun activities for students.
But they're also ways for students to examine their own identities and express what they know.
That's what artists from Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education spent Thursday teaching students at Garden Hills Elementary in Champaign.