Studio Visit: Nydia Mercado

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Nydia Mercado, 61, of Urbana is an artist specializing in murals, beadwork and painting.

What kind of art do you do?

I paint. I have a small mural business. I do murals in town. If you go to Crisis Nursery there are three walls where I painted.

Area update: Drivers slowing down to new limits on Illinois 47

MAHOMET — Drivers on Illinois 47 are slowing down thanks to some newly imposed speed limits on the stretch of highway that passes the Briarcliff and Thornewood neighborhoods on the north side of Mahomet.

Entertainment listings, July 28-Aug. 4, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Letter from Birdland: Returning home to a corn fortress

I came home to Birdland to find the corn has built blocky, green walls on either side of the lane. It had grown to my waist before I left, but now it towers over me in tassel. It offers its warm, musty scent of pollen, the silks already turning brown as the ears swell.

PechaKucha: Slices of life

Since the first PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana in 2009, the presentations have moved from the professional to the more personal.

Ask 'Mimi,' July 24, 2016

Tracey Mitchell asks whether any artists' groups meet in C-U for live model drawing?

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events in the area

Literary scene

Author will visit Champaign library

New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal will read from his latest, award-winning novel, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champaign Public Library.

He also will talk about his writing processes and how libraries influenced him.

Entertainment listings, July 21-28, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Studio Visit: Maya Bauer

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Maya Bauer, 29, of Urbana is an artist who's looking for a job in Chicago. She recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. 

Who commissioned the mural you painted outside the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center in Urbana?