Golden exhibition at Giertz Gallery

Works by Parkland College Art and Design alumni will be featured in an exhibition in the college's Giertz Gallery beginning Monday and will remain on view through Nov. 5.

The "Parkland College 50th: Art and Design Alumni Exhibition" was curated by Barry Blinderman, director of the University Galleries of Illinois State University.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 23, 2016

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That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Music scene

Fundraiser for nursing home

Boomerangs Bar & Grill in Urbana will host the "Boom-Bash" concert from 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. next Sunday to benefit the Champaign County Nursing Home.

Studio Visit: Dennis Rowan

Dennis Rowan, 78, of Sidney is an artist and University of Illinois emeritus professor of art, having retired 10 years ago after teaching there for 41 years. His collages are on view through Oct. 15 at the Cinema Gallery, Urbana, in the exhibition "Animals, Insects, Amphibians and Ancestors."

A friend wanted to know where you get your materials for your collages.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Arts scene

Works for sale at annual expo

The second annual Urbana Art Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 11, 2016

Who's behind Imbibe Urbana?

Annie Adams and Kristin Walters, who describe themselves as an "Urbana lady duo promoting Urbana art, business and people." I checked out their First Friday event last week. It had a great vibe.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Support local artists

Studio Visit: Jenny Barrett

Jenny Barrett, 66, of Champaign is a watercolor painter. The watercolor painter recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Wow, is that Chicago city scene a watercolor painting?

George Norton Foster: His life's work

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Foster remembers a telling detail his uncle told him about his father, artist George Norton Foster.

As young boys, the two often were tasked with picking rocks out of fields in Gallatin County in far southern Illinois.

"Uncle Carl said he'd pick up a rock and throw it over the fence line. Dad would pick up a rock and study it," Jim Foster related.