Congratulations to Lisa Kesler, Larry Steinbauer, and Kelly Eddington, whose works were selected for Murals on Glass! Their work will be displayed on the windows of the downtown Urbana parking deck and Urbana Business Association office. Fiesta 3, by Lisa Kesler (left); Abe in the Grass by Larry Steibauer (center); and Glass Gems by Kelly Eddington (right) were chosen out of 100 entries submitted by 20 local artists. Look for their work to be installed in early August! And, watch our Facebook page for an album of all of the amazing pieces that were submitted.
Our next Art at the Market events will occur on Saturday, July 28, with a Land/Art Lab by Urbana Land Arts featuring homemade locally sourced inks, charcoal, and prairie themed stickers from 8:00 AM to noon and a jazz performance by the Michael Fenoglio Trio from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Both events are free and participants do not need to register. See the whole schedule of summer art events online on our website.
The one hundredth year of Urbana High School's existence is being celebrated with a plaque honoring architect Joseph Royer. A brief ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 28th, and will feature music and remarks for the occasion, which coincides with reunions of the UHS classes of 1982 and 1992. Following the presentation will be a tour of the high school with an emphasis on the new auditorium, featuring modern improvements such as a widened proscenium, new lighting and sound, an orchestra pit, and an expanded balcony along with all-new seating and improved sight angles.
A fundraising Musical Theatre Event will be held the previous night at the Alice Campbell Memorial Alumni Center at the University of Illinois. Emceed by UHS alumnus and CBS producer Mark Roberts, the program will feature four decades of musical theatre performance by the original performers! For more information, visit the event website.
From a well-worn barn on a Central Illinois farm to the plains of Africa, Craig Pessman has used his camera to capture fascinating images everywhere. His attention to detail and constant search for the right angle and the right light have resulted in memorable pictures. Tune into July’s Art Now episode to see some of Craig’s photos and hear him talk about his work. Art Now! is a half-hour TV show produced by the Urbana Public Arts Commission and UPTV that features a new local artist every month. Watch it Mondays at 6:30 pm or Tuesdays at 11:00 pm on UPTV channel 6, or online at http://urbanaillinois.us/artnow.