Parkland photo students' work to be shown at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — Advanced digital photography students at Parkland College will present their work in the exhibition "Uncommon Interests: A Photo Gala," opening Friday evening at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave.

The opening reception will be from 7 to 10 p.m.; the exhibit actually runs Thursday through Nov. 12 and is sponsored by the Parkland College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Homespun exhibit at Spurlock

URBANA — Members of the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild have had a long relationship with the Spurlock Museum, donating hours of work to create fabric support blocks for artifacts at the University of Illinois museum.

More than a decade ago, guild members covered the blocks throughout the museum in linen, hand stitching each corner seam.

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Exhibition to open Friday with reception

CHAMPAIGN — The exhibition "Towards a National Cold War Monuments and Environmental Heritage Trail" will open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Figure One, the downtown Champaign project space of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design.

The exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 27 at Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St., C.

Photos on exhibit at EIU's Tarble center

CHARLESTON — An exhibition of photographs by internationally known artist Chuck Close is on view through Dec. 20 at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.

"A Couple of Ways of Doing Something" features photographic portraits by Close that were executed in various media: daguerreotypes, tapestries, pigment prints and photogravures.

Studio Visit: Pat Baron Monigold

Studio Visit is a Q&A with an artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with painter Pat Baron Monigold.

Q: How and when did you become interested in art?

Melissa Merli: Printmaking resurrected

Ten years ago, after University of Illinois art Professor Dennis Rowan retired, the printmaking program at the university seemed to die out.

Most folks who follow the arts scene and the School of Art + Design, where Rowan had taught for 41 years, assumed that the presses and other equipment were gone.

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UI launches fine arts professional mentor program

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will celebrate the initiation of a new professional mentor program on Saturday by dedicating a sculpture created by an alumnus and in honor of his former professor.

Parkland student learned to make do — and to make art — in Africa

Eric Shine likes a challenge, so he set off to Africa, where he'd never been before, to work in a village where he didn't speak the language at all, to learn how to make art in the hardest possible way, with recycled materials, limited tools and the mud and sand of the Niger River.

When the Lord gives you banana stems, you make banana art.