Danville Art League's spring shows set this weekend

DANVILLE – Danville Art League's spring art show features the Town & Country Art Show for amateur artists and the Sharon C. Schmitz Regional Open Art Show for professional and experience artists.

Both shows will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St. In addition to the art displays, activities will include:

Danville Art League pursuing ex-Red Cross building

DANVILLE – Danville Art League members are forging ahead with efforts to raise about $60,000 to move the former Red Cross building to an empty lot on Oak Street and make that site its new downtown home.

Danville Art League seeks works for shows in April

DANVILLE – The Danville Art League is seeking artwork from area artists for its annual Town & Country and Regional Open art shows April 24, 25 and 26 at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

The Town & Country Art Show is open to amateur artists and has both an adult and a junior division for artists 18 and younger. Winners receive ribbons. Blue-ribbon winners become eligible to compete at the state level.

C-U artist returns from truly peak experience

Q. You recently returned from a six-week stay at the Vermont Studio Center in the northern Green Mountains. How was it?

A. It was really wonderful. I once wrote about what my perfect day and my perfect week would be like, and it was as close to that as I'd ever come.

Floral designs sprout from art at Petals and Paintings

CHAMPAIGN – Flowers are one sign of spring – even when inside a building. In this case, that would be the Krannert Art Museum, where the 17th annual Petals and Paintings benefit and exhibit will take place Friday, Saturday and next Sunday.

Champaign florist Rick Orr guest curates the exhibition. This year, he asked 16 floral designers from throughout Illinois and two from Michigan to come up with pieces in response to works of art in the museum.

Edible Book Festival artists offer a taste of literature

CHAMPAIGN – It was a cool, cloudy and rainy day – perfect for curling up with a good book ...

And a plastic fork to eat it.

Those who showed up to admire, then devour, 36 artistic creations on book themes did not have to chew paper and cardboard. The objects of their affection were 36 entries in the Edible Book Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois Library.

Indian Market Days' first spring event set this weekend

COLLINSVILLE – Indian Market Days will be held for the first time in the spring this year at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville.

More than 17 vendors and Indian artists will sell jewelry, paintings, musical instruments and other Indian-made art from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Meetings scheduled for input on Cultural Arts District

CHAMPAIGN – 40 North 88 West, Champaign County's Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council, will host three open sessions for the public to comment on the development of a Cultural Arts District in downtown Champaign.

The sessions will be at:

Kanfer Gallery sets spring open house Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – The Larry Kanfer Photography Gallery will have a spring open house this weekend, including an opening reception for an exhibition of new photographs of familiar places in Champaign-Urbana.

The open house will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Champaign artist to open fiber-art show in Decatur

The fiber art of Champaign artist Mary McDonald will be displayed from Friday through April 28 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St., Decatur.

The opening reception will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the artist to speak about her work at 6 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres by Bizou will be served.