Mahomet woman explains creative painting process

MAHOMET – As she first starts working on a Smoky Mountain landscape, watercolor artist Cindy Carlson lightly sketches, using a No. 2 pencil, the trees, rocks and stream.

Her work, though, began much earlier as she took hundreds of digital photographs of scenes in the Smokies that appealed to her.

It's your business: Owner looks at options for the Art

David Kraft figures it's going to take some time to find the right person to take over his historic downtown Champaign movie theater.

So he's starting his search early.

Parkland pieces on public display

CHAMPAIGN – For the first time ever, the Parkland Art Gallery will have an exhibition of paintings culled from the Parkland College Permanent Collection. The show opens today.

"Many people don't realize that we have a collection; these artworks are spread throughout the campus," said Lisa Costello, director of the art gallery. "It's fascinating to see some of them on exhibit as a group."

Plenty of ways to celebrate Fourth of July

If you want to run, walk, watch a parade or "ooh" and "aah" at fireworks, the Champaign County Freedom Celebration has something for you.

In its 58th year, the celebration is the largest area event scheduled for the three-day weekend. Smaller towns are scheduling their patriotic festivals before or after the actual holiday or on July 4 for those who want down-home-style activities.

UI librarian's work basis for exhibition

URBANA – A new book co-written by a University of Illinois librarian and faculty member is the basis for an exhibition in New York that explores the early history of the English language and the role that printing played in its development.

Valerie Hotchkiss, head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and a professor of medieval studies and of library and information science at the UI, and Fred C. Robinson, a professor emeritus of English at Yale University, are the co-authors of the book, "English in Print: From Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton" (UI Press, 2008). It is the catalog for the exhibition of the same title, on view through July 26 at the Grolier Club, 47 E. 60th St., New York.

Father offers portrait of son in own words

URBANA – Charles Suhor had several strikes against him as he shopped around the idea of a book of his son's writings: The son was gay, dead and had never been published, and his writings as a whole did not fit into any particular genre.

"Don't send me the manuscript," Suhor was often told.

Pollination art sought for show

URBANA – The Champaign Urbana Pollinator Awareness Network will celebrate National Pollinator Week from June 22 to 28 with a number of events, among them an art show.

For that, the network seeks submissions from area artists of works that portray themes of pollination and pollinators, including insects, birds, bats, flowering plants or the products of pollination. Depictions may vary from commentary on contemporary agriculture to a photograph of a child's hand stuck in a jar of honey, according to organizers.

Trips to Krannert museum deepen students' art appreciation

CHAMPAIGN – Rantoul Township High School student Detrion Diaz had thought Krannert Art Museum was just a place full of portraits.

Along with 11 other Rantoul students, he discovered the University of Illinois museum offers much more.

It's hip to browse Indy's scenic, eclectic Broad Ripple section

Chris Moyer is a Riptilian – a Broad Riptilian.

That's a self-reference to his status as a resident and business owner in the artsy, hip section of Indianapolis known as Broad Ripple. This midtown part of the Indiana capital is where to head for tons of funky and fabulous restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, clothing stores and more.

10-year-old puts his art where his heart is: Helping others

CHAMPAIGN – At age 10, Ben Carlton already has an altruistic streak.

"He's long on empathy," said his mother, Tiffany Carlton.

Among random acts of kindness he performs is helping younger kids go down sliding boards at parks.

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