Studio Visit: Charlie Charlyn Hester

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an area artist. Here, a chat with Charlie Charlyn Hester, 36, of Danville, a comedienne, singer, visual artist and mother of three children.

Q: I didn't know you made visual art too.

UI professor's photos on display at Illini Union

URBANA — “De Espaldas/Seen from the Back,” an exhibit of photographs by University of Illinois Professor Alejandro Lugo, will be on display in the Illini Union Art Gallery through June 27.

Melissa Merli: UI's Wise shows off her art chops

Phyllis Wise was raised by two scientists, immigrants from China, who taught her both verbally and non-verbally that she would become a biologist.

"I didn't come to realize until later the importance of the arts," she said.

One thing that led to that realization:

Parkland graphic design student work goes on display

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition will be on display in the Parkland Art Gallery from Monday through June 7.

A reception for the students will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Life Remembered: Karlstrom 'brilliant and innovative'

CHAMPAIGN — One of the first artists to open a working studio in the Lincoln Building was found dead there late Wednesday afternoon.

R.J. "Ron" Karlstrom, 63, was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Wednesday, a half hour or so after emergency medical technicians and a friend, Steve Selander, broke the window of his locked studio door to gain entrance.

Entertainment listings, May 8-15, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Fashion show

"Re-Fashioned," the eighth annual University of Illinois student fashion show, will take place from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the Opera Rehearsal Room on the lower level of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

MTD artists announced

CHAMPAIGN — The 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts Council has released the names of the four artists who will have their work featured in the current rotation of MTD ART.

Their work will be displayed alongside the ads on the overhead panels inside MTD buses are part of MTD ART: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood, a collaboration among 40 North, MTD and Dixon Graphics.

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

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

All-day music

At 2 p.m. today musicians will host the Blues Jam Benefit at Boomerangs Bar and Grill, 1309 E. Washington St., U, to help the family of blues singer Mary Clark, who died April 13. A $10 donation will be requested; there will be music all day.

Studio Visit: Zoe Mann

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Zoe Mann, a 22-year-old Parkland College student, who is studying chemical engineering and is a peer tutor. She also is a "knitting genius," according to her mom, Cindy. Three of her artworks were in the college's Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition 2014, which closed Saturday.