This week’s stop in our video series on local businesses with stories to tell: A Champaign tavern given a holiday feel thanks to a creative Champaign Central grad.

For nearly three decades, the Giertz Education Center at Krannert Art Museum was a lending library of art resources for classroom teachers across the state. Established in partnership with the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, the center was named for and supported by Fred and Donna Giertz.

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Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the retired UI Geography Department staff cartographer and lecturer and latest winner of the Illinois Arts Legacy Award. He's had a long relationship with Japan House, whose gardens he designed, donated, and constructed and continues to maintain.

In conjunction with University of Illinois homecoming weekend, Hua Nian of Urbana, whose son is a member of the Marching Illini is showing her artwork about the band this week at the Harding Band Building.

This week's stop in our series on local businesses with stories to tell: Champaign’s Dixon Graphics, a 2019 Arts, Culture, and Education Award winner for, among other things, 'going out of their way to support, advocate for, advise, encourage, and promote local artists as they conduct their art businesses.'

As satisfying as it is knowing her artwork will be displayed for the next three years at a prominent downtown Champaign location, Jess Beyler isn't downplaying another perk of Friday's reveal of her impressive '100 Famous Views of the Universe': The $1,000 prize that came with it.

If your eyes are craving some artistic stimulation this long, hot summer, take them to Crystal Lake Park in Urbana this Saturday for the inaugural Crystal Lake Park Art Fair.