Downtown Champaign gallery set to close after 26 years

CHAMPAIGN — The Old Vic Art Gallery, a downtown Champaign landmark for over two decades, will close.

"I'm getting old," said owner Vic Pella, who is 82. Running the gallery became "too much of a struggle at my age."

The Urbana resident said he built a shed in his backyard and plans to do some art restoration there.

Walldogs 2.0 launches this week in Danville

DANVILLE — A year has gone by since more than 150 Walldogs descended on Danville to paint 15 murals depicting everything from local to national historical figures and businesses to people who lived here and went on to make it big in Hollywood.

Walldogs 2.0 schedule

Walldogs 2.0 Event Schedule


6:30 p.m. Presentation of restored war plane at Logan Avenue and Main Street.

7 to 9 p.m. Sponsor and artists' reception.

9:30 p.m. Projection of mural designs.

Aug. 4, 5 and 6: Walldogs painting murals all day.

Danville seeks Walldogs agreement with railroad

DANVILLE — Danville city officials are seeking permission from the Norfolk Southern Railway to put panels on the side of a railroad bridge for a painted mural.

Muralist back in Danville for labor of love

DANVILLE — For Mike Meyer, it was just a matter of time.

Meyer first came to Danville for the Walldogs meet last August and was the team leader for the Chuckles mural. During that week, Meyer and his wife, Eileen, met a lot of people and saw a lot that they liked about the community.

Latest public sculpture installed in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone who has taken an introductory art history course would immediately know the inspiration for the latest public sculpture to be installed in downtown Champaign.

That would be the Venus of Willendorf, an icon of prehistoric art believed to be the oldest piece of artwork yet found and the first representation of a nude woman.

A Sesquicentennial Mural for Champaign

Muralist Glen C. Davies was working toward finishing a mural in the Champaign City Building for the end of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. 

Washington mural will unite old and new

CHAMPAIGN — When students enter the new Washington Elementary School this fall, they will see a mural that will take them on a visual journey from the old Washington school to their new school.

Officials trying to coordinate traffic on busy weekend

CHAMPAIGN -- It's not exactly a "Clash of the Titans," but distance runners and film buffs converging this weekend figure to increase traffic concerns throughout Champaign-Urbana.

But organizers from both the Illinois Marathon and Ebertfest have been working together and with local police to minimize traffic problems.

Walldogs coming back to Danville for more

DANVILLE -- The wildly popular Walldogs will gather their paint, brushes and buckets and return to Danville this summer.