It's Your Business: Studio Helix a new shape of gym

After several months of a "soft opening," the new Studio Helix has debuted in downtown Champaign.

A grand opening was held last weekend in the building that once stored drapes and before that housed a Sears store.

Parkland gallery hosting sneak preview of 'Art21'

CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland Art Gallery will offer from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday a sneak preview of the first segment of the fifth season of "Art21 – Art in the 21st Cenutry."

The biennial series is the only national prime-time TV series focused exclusively on contemporary art. The sneak preview, at the Parkland Art Gallery, will be of the first segment, "Compassion."

Parkland gallery to showcase artist's banner career

CHAMPAIGN – Like a lot of young children, Glen C. Davies always wanted to join the circus.

He did but not in the usual sense. His first circus job, in the summer of 1973, was to paint the sideshow attraction, "Giant Jungle Rats," for the midway of the Carson and Barnes Circus.

Reception begins 'Morrill Act' exhibit at Krannert

CHAMPAIGN – The Krannert Art Museum on the University of Illinois campus will have an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday for the exhibition, "The Morrill Act: The Land Grant Roots of a Great University."

From 6 to 7 p.m. that day, the film, "Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency," will be shown in Room 62 in the lower level of the museum at 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Illinois barns' diversity captured in book by photographer, wife

CHAMPAIGN – When Larry Kanfer and his wife, Alaina, started planning their photographic book on Illinois barns, they did research on the Internet and in libraries, trying to find the right barns to showcase.

"That attempt turned up dry," the couple wrote in their new book, "Barns of Illinois." "We could not find the emotionally rich stories and histories we were looking for. But when we turned to people – the farmers, barn lovers and friends of the Larry Kanfer Gallery from the past 30 years – the project came alive. We were overwhelmed with so many evocative descriptions of and emotional stories about barns that hundreds of people shared with us."

Heartland Gallery hosting Irish designer today

URBANA – The public is invited to meet Irish jewelry designer Martina Hamilton from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U.

Hamilton will show her new collection as well as her Spirit of Ireland collection. She owns and operates The Cat and the Moon Gallery in Sligo, Ireland.

Danville Art League offering painting classes this fall

DANVILLE – The Danville Art League will offer art classes for painting with watercolor and oils in the upcoming months at the art league studio, 502 Sherman St.

The two-session beginning watercolor class is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10 and is taught by Carol Garver.

Champaign museum showing couple's woodblock prints

CHAMPAIGN – Many Champaign-Urbana folks back in the day wanted to be on Fred and Betty Turner's Christmas-card list.

The Turners didn't send out the usual holiday greeting card but rather woodblock prints that Mr. Turner made of historic sites in Illinois.

The longtime dean at the University of Illinois and his wife mailed them out from 1946 – starting with a depiction of the 1756 chapel at Fort de Chartres – through 1974, when the last print depicted the 1869 Church on the Ridge in Fairfield. The series stopped after Mr. Turner's death in 1975.

Bicycle tour to benefit C-U art galleries, shops

CHAMPAIGN – The owner of a bicycle shop in Champaign has come up with a fun way to showcase Champaign-Urbana art galleries and other unique shops: a bicycle tour.

The event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday also will help support 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council – the entire $10 entry fee will be donated to the council. The entry fee will be $12 on the day of the tour.

History, art combine in upcoming stamp club show

URBANA – Stamps and envelopes on display at a show in the Urbana Civic Center next weekend will depict history through art and hard times.

"Envelopes are great places for art," said Louis Toft, chairwoman of the show sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club.