Ask 'Mimi,' Sept. 4, 2016

How many photo books has Larry Kanfer put out?

The UI Press just released his ninth, "A Prairie State of Mind," with 124 pages in color of prairie landscapes in Illinois and other states. There will be a book launch event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kanfer gallery on South Neil Street.

Master paper maker among UI visitors

URBANA — Through the University of Illinois fall and spring semesters, the Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program welcomes visitors who are nationally and internationally known.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Music scene

John Anderson visiting C-U

Country star John Anderson will perform Friday at City Center, 505 S. Chestnut St., C. The opening act will be the Matt Poss Band. The show will start at 7 p.m.

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.

Art Beat: Powerful exhibitions

Two exhibitions in Champaign that place the hot-button issues of racial violence and immigration in historical context are both interesting and soul-stirring.

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Arts scene

Celebrations in Tuscola

The Vault Arts Collective and the Sound Bank in Tuscola will host their anniversary celebrations together at 6 p.m. Saturday at 100 N. Main St.

The event will feature a music trivia competition, an art contest, giveaways, speed painting and free refreshments.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Art scene

The Danville Art League will host its Color Splash painting party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday with instructor Carol Garver. An example of the featured painting is at

The cost is $35 per person and includes all supplies and refreshments. For more information call 442-9264.

Ask 'Mimi,' Aug. 21, 2016

Did Krannert Art Museum receive a huge grant recently?

Yes, likely the largest in its history: a whopping $325,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, preceded by another NEH grant of $65,000 for planning the exhibition "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean."

Getting Personal: Peggy Shaw

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Peggy Shaw, an artist and an associate professor of art and design at Parkland College, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Shaw received a bachelor's of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Illinois and a master's of fine arts degree in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.