Sculptor's work finally in place in Urbana

URBANA — Artist John David Mooney believes dusk is the "magic hour," when the colored lights on his 33-foot-high abstract sculpture outside city hall are at their most effective.

Urbana, art league seek more tree-themed sculpture

URBANA — As far as themes go, John David Mooney's newly installed 33-foot-high sculpture just north of city hall won't be alone.

The city of Urbana Public Arts Commission and the Public Art League have issued a national call to artists to submit for a competition sculptures that would be leased for two years and placed in downtown Urbana.

Danville Art League sets open house

DANVILLE — The Danville Art League will have an open house and opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at its headquarters at 320 N. Franklin St., Danville.

Benefit concert will aid food bank

CHAMPAIGN — Noah I. Brown and Company will perform "A Symphony in Praise!" benefit concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C, to raise money for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

All of the proceeds will go to the food bank.

SPEAK Cafe, other events set for Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — The SPEAK Cafe, an open-microphone event, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Palette Cafe at Krannert Art Museum.

Moderator Aaron Ammons said the session — free and open to the public — will be a tribute, as part of Black History Month, to the late "Baba" Oscar Brown Jr., the Chicago-born singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor.

Urbana looking for submissions on King project

The City of Urbana is looking to the community to create a piece of art to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The city is asking artists to submit a proposal for a sculpture or other artwork that would be placed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fairview Avenue on the city's north side.

Studio Visit: Don Lake

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits with longtime Parkland College art professor Don Lake. In the Dec. 4 News-Gazette, instead of a studio visit, Merli will have a guide to buying locally produced art as holiday gifts.

Q: What have you been doing since you retired?

Studio Visit: Natalie Ellis

Studio visit appears first in print, on Sundays. Here, Melissa Merli visits Natalie Ellis of Champaign. In the Oct. 30 News-Gazette, we'll have a studio visit with musician Sam Payne.

Q: What's this SoDo Theatre all about here at Class Act?

Story inspires gallery to make donation to coat drive

CHAMPAIGN — A story about a man giving back has inspired a local art gallery to donate proceeds from this weekend's events to the Champaign school district Warm-a-Kid coat drive.

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.