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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.

EVENTSThis weekendSPRING CRAFT AND PLANT SALEWhat: Several vendors with handcrafted items and a variety of plants will be for sale plus a bake sale. Sponsored by Champaign County Home and Community EducationWhen: 4 to 8 p.m. May 3.Where: Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C.Cost: Entry fee, $1; children, free.

EVENTSThis weekend30TH ANNUAL ARTHUR AMISH COUNTRY QUILT SHOWWhat: Annual display of some of the finest handiwork in Illinois Amish Country. The show is a competitive event with more than 100 quilts on display. Also quilts, patterns and supplies on display and available in downtown shops. Quilt auction on April 27.