Final Champaign Art Walk of 2019 set for Friday
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Final Champaign Art Walk of 2019 set for Friday

It isn’t as though artists are in hiding in Champaign, but sometimes it is well worth a stroll to uncover the galleries and art downtown to fully drink in the vibrant work of local artists all on one night.

Local artists are welcoming the public again for the final 4th Friday Art Walk in downtown Champaign this Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Strollers are welcome to visit artist studios, galleries and local businesses displaying artists work, organizers say, adding that it builds upon the already successful Boneyard Arts Festival in April that is organized by 40 North.

Melissa Mitchell of ACME Elfworks artist says that this fall’s series of art walks have been organized by the artists themselves, and have been structured at least initially as something of a beta test. Mitchell was kind enough to scour Facebook and her personal files to send us some photos related to previous art walks.

And now that we got your attention, let’s see what’s in store for this week’s art walk!

Mitchell is one of a handful of artists with studios in the Lincoln Building, 44 E Main St, that is opening up to the public on Friday. Her fifth floor ArtSpace, which recently hosted the collective exhibit “Haunted,” will be holding an Art Garage Sales featuring art by herself and others at reduced prices, along with some vintage additions (the event will spill over into from 10 am to 3 pm).

Beth Chasco’s 4th floor studio in the Lincoln Building will be open too displaying her paintings, which local art appreciators will recognize from past Boneyard Arts Festivals. She will have for sale her art, frames and other materials, but will be closing early at 7 p.m.

The other venues are spread out across downtown but are walkable from the Lincoln Building. They are:

  • Aroma Cafe
  • Cafe Kopi
  • Fleurish (Kris Fisher’s gallery will close at 7 pm)
  • Ivy House Studios & Gallery (new exhibit by Salem Turchan)
  • Pekara Bakery & Bistro
  • Pour Bros. Craft Taproom
  • Springer Cultural Center (Paige Spangle and Steven D. Stoerger’s work is in a new exhibit titled “Worlds Imagined”)

And if you are still looking for more even after all that walking, Mitchell points out that the Art Walk is the perfect opportunity to get up close to the latest large-scale sculptural work made possible by the Public Art League.

The Feather by Maryland artist Kirk Seese can be spotted within the roundabout on Main and Chestnut Streets. And just like many of the work indoors, its vibrant colors are just enough to liven up the dreary gray and brown hues of autumn!

Susan Barreto

Written by Susan Barreto

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