Authors featured at art-music festival

FAIRMOUNT — Four local authors will be at the Salt Fork Art and Music Festival Saturday and Sunday at Sleepy Creek Vineyards.

They are Mary Anne Lipousky-Butikas of Westville, Vermilion County native Jake Aurelian and Tuscola's Cindy and Kirby Pringle, and their artwork and children's books will be available.

Opening reception set for exhibit at Figure One

CHAMPAIGN — The opening reception for the Figure One Summer Residency Program Exhibition, featuring new work by Deborah Fell and Nicki Werner, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Figure One, 116 N. Walnut St., C.

Melissa Merli: Recent 'Wolf' performances were packed

The hottest ticket in town last week was to Deke Weaver's "Wolf," a multidisciplinary show that was a journey of sorts.

It ran for five performances, opening Sept. 12 and ending Monday, the night I participated. I hate to use the overused word journey, but that's what it was.

It also was extremely ambitious, layered, entertaining, memorable and fun.

Artists will show their drawings in new Parkland show

CHAMPAIGN — Five artists who are faculty members at universities nationwide will show their drawings at the Parkland Gallery.

"Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing," curated by Parkland College Art and Design faculty members Joan Stolz and Matthew Watt, will open Saturday and run through Nov. 9.

Studio Visit: Laura Chiaramonte

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli chats with dancer Laura Chiaramonte, 38, Champaign.

Q: Was the Champaign Art Salon this weekend your idea? Why are you doing it?

Entertainment listings, Sept. 19-26

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This weekend

Downtown Champaign arts event scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — Seventeen local and visiting visual artists, choreographers and musicians will transform the former Habitat for Humanity space in downtown Champaign into the "Champaign Art Salon" this weekend.

Dance artist Laura Chiaramonte, the salon curator and choreographer, imagined the collaborative event as an exchange of ideas, observation and conversation.

UI professor's art to be displayed at Bloomington arts center

BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Arts Center will present, starting Friday, the exhibition "Moraine," featuring the sculptural work of University of Illinois Professor Stephen Cartwright.

The work will remain on display through Oct. 26, and the opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Brandt Gallery at the center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington.

Amateur art show on display at Springer

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Town & Country Amateur Art Show has returned to town: at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St.

The award-winning art is on display there through Sept. 28, and a public juror's critique will take place there at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28.

Hospital to unveil children's art

DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center officials will unveil the artwork from its annual Children's Art Program on Thursday.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the hospital, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville.