DSC's new art, gift shop sets preview opening this weekend

DSC's new art, gift shop sets preview opening this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — A local service agency will offer a sneak peek of its new art and gift shop in downtown Champaign this weekend.

To be called The Crow 110, it's at 110 E. University Ave., C, across the street from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

It will be open for a preview on Friday evening and Saturday during the Boneyard Arts Festival.

This shop is a new venture of DSC, a Champaign agency that serves people with developmental disabilities.

The shop will be a self-employment venue for DSC clients to sell their work and promote the arts, according to Director of Development Janice McAteer.

Down the road, she said, it will also become a space for other community artists to display and sell their work.

An opening date for the shop hasn't yet been set, McAteer said. It will require a DSC staff member to be on site during business hours, she said.

The weekend preview has been set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will feature photography done by three community artists along with life-sized works done by DSC clients depicting their individual self-reflections.

There will also be an artist reception from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Eventually, works by DSC clients will be sold in this space, McAteer said. These works will be done from the clients' unique perspectives, and will highlight their abilities rather than what they can't do, she said.

The shop name was chosen because the crow is a spirit animal associated with life mysteries and magic, according to McAteer.

"It symbolizes personal transformation and being fearless, and we feel it represents the people doing this," she said.

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