If there was any question whether the Savoy Recreation Center was a suitable location for the Champaign-Urbana Craft League 37th Annual Art Fair, the steady stream of vehicles rolling into the Center’s parking lot on this chilly Sunday afternoon should have been enough to dispel any doubts.

And no offense to the fair’s previous home — the Urbana Civic Center that shut down late last year — but the new digs are far less likely to induce claustrophobia.

2019 C-U Craft League Art Fair

C-U Craft League Art Fair Is happening NOW at the Savoy Recreation Center!

Posted by Central Illinois Buzz on Sunday, November 10, 2019

Judging by the early feedback, the art fair will be back in Savoy next year.

“I heard many, many positive comments about the Savoy Rec Center,” said C-U Craft League President Jill Bush. “Lexi, Kollin and Colby from the Center were wonderful to work with! New customers and long time fans told me they loved the openness, the lighting, as well as the artists in the new space.”

Here are some of the displays that caught our eye (with apologies to the artists we were unable to include):

Gourds by Arlene Rappaport
Cutting board by Pratt Woodworks
C-U Craft League Art Fair settles into its new home
Photography by Fraya Replinger
C-U Craft League Art Fair settles into its new home
Paintings (and a 2020 calendar) by Phil Strang
Metalworks by Vinnie Sutherland
Various kinds of fiber art by Lara Orr
Jewelry by Billie Theide
C-U Craft League Art Fair settles into its new home
Basketry by Linda Weathers
Prints by Lisa Kessler
Ceramics by Shirley Kramer
Fiber art by Bobbie Johnston
Jewelry by Judie Spencer
Mixed media prints by Lydia Puddicombe
Pottery by Howard Schein
Quilts by Deborah Fell