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LOCAL EXPERT
Kelly White
Executive Director | 40 North
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Our amazing local arts community is an
essential part of our identity here in CU.
Artistic, cultural, and creative experiences
spark pride, affect change, generate vibrancy,
and are a key reason to love this town. "
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Buy local art -you will never regret supporting a local
artist and there's a unique aspect that comes from buying
local art as opposed to something manufactured on an
assembly line. There's a history to an original piece of
art and all the thought, time, and effort put into the work
makes it that much more special.
Attend openings-whether virtual or hosted by one of
our many local venues, showing up to local shows and
exhibitions is a wonderful way to showcase your support
of our local arts community while also being inspired,
challenged, and connected.
Explore public art -we are lucky to have several local
parks energized by amazing sculptures as well as many
artworks enhancing multiple public spaces. From a graffitilined
beer garden to a solitary bronze figure gazing across
the prairie, it's a uniquely accessible way to encounter art
and connect to our identity as a community.
Visit festivals, fairs, and markets-from small pop-up art
markets to county-wide celebrations, these events are
amazing opportunities to discover and meet your new
favorite local artist. While you're at it, share their artist
pages and tell the world why their art matters.
Invest in local talent-jump at the chance to help fund a
new music project, buy tickets to a local show, or attend the
new groundbreaking play at a local theater. When it comes
to supporting local artist endeavors, you have everything to
gain and nothing to lose.
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Larry Kanfer Gallery
Prairie Fire Glass
Galleries
In downtown Urbana, two woman-owned art galleries lie just steps from
each other, both displaying a diverse collection of local art. Cinema Gallery,
located in the historic Princess Theatre, offers the largest collection of fine
art in the Midwest. Regular shows rotate through the space to showcase the
many works of individual artists. The Gilbert Gallery, just a few doors down,
showcases over 40 local artists using a variety of mediums and techniques,
all affordable.
In Tuscola, the Vault Art Gallery features 60 Central Illinois artists in their
large gallery, featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry, fiber art, and much
more.
Two prolific artists showcase their work in galleries of their own. Larry
Kanfer, known for his prairiescapes and cityscapes, showcases his vivid
photography at Larry Kanfer Gallery in Champaign, a must-stop for picking
up photography of iconic Central Illinois locations. Meanwhile, off the
Courthouse Square in Monticello, Jim Downey can be found creating his
blown-glass creations in his gallery, Prairie Fire Glass. Get engaged in this
art through his workshops and classes, offered throughout the year.
Art
Visual artists of all kinds call the greater Champaign
County area home, injecting creativity into the community
and adding local art into our shops and caf├ęs. Buying
local art not only supports our talented artists, it brings
vibrancy to your own collection. Shop local art at these
locations and events throughout the community.
Cinema Gallery
The Vault Art Gallery
https://www.40north.org/ https://www.cinemagallery.cc/ http://thegilbertgallery.net/ http://www.vaultartgallery.com/ https://kanfer.com/ https://prairiefireglass.com/

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