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Here are some of the CI artists you’ll find at Urbana’s Crystal Lake Art Fair on Aug. 3

More than 30 Central Illinois artists have been selected to present and sell their works at the inaugural Crystal Lake Park Art Fair this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A variety of mediums will be on display, ranging from fiber arts to glass and jewelry.

The fair is a partnership between The Urbana Park District and 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, and is one of a handful of juried art events in the area, most notably the Craft League of Champaign Urbana Art Fair, which has a holiday-themed event each year in November.

Central Illinois artists selected for the fair include E.K. Anna Hennequet, better known as Ekah, who grew up in New York City and has worked as a graphic artists and art director for advertising agencies in New York City and now lives in Mahomet.

Local residents have likely seen her work on billboards and on buses, and Ekah’s drawing called “Subsurface” is on display as part of Busey Wealth Management’s public artwork collection at its headquarters in downtown Urbana.

Jill Miller, aka Hooey Batiks, who is known for her batiks on display at local art shows and festivals, lives in Urbana. What is batiks, you ask? It’s simply an art form out of Southeast Asia that uses wax to create intricate patterns, which Miller often applies to clothing. Her Hooey Batiks creations can be found at the Museum Store at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Driving over from Bloomington will be Brock Eddleman, a self-taught glass blower that has been selling a variety of glass art ranging from jewelry to pens since 1999 at Gathered Illusions.

Springfield artist Eli Brown works in acrylics, watercolor, dry media and collage and her paintings can be found at the Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space in Springfield. “I have a deep love of canids — dogs, foxes, and wolves,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “They take center stage in many of my pieces. I love exploring the behavior of these animals and their place in the world and in our consciousness.”

Animals feature heavily in the art of Lydia Puddicombe, who lives in Urbana. She says that much of her work centers on her thoughts on the lives of the animals, plants and objects that she is surrounded by each day. Her work often features intricate wood carvings.

(See our coverage of a recent exhibit featuring both Brown and Puddicombe at Decatur’s The ArtFarm)

A jury review doesn’t cost the artists, but they do pay $75 to reserve booth space once they are selected, according to Janet Soesbe, community program manager with the Urbana Park District. More importantly, attending the fair is free for area residents, making it easier for you to come and shop for inspired, one-of-a-kind works from local and regional artisans from across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky.

This art fair is being held in Urbana’s oldest park, which is currently undergoing a makeover. Tents will be set up along the path near the Lake House and along the waterfront. Entry will be along Broadway, with parking in the lot near the Anita Purves Nature Center and the Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center.

Go here for a full list of artists

Susan Barreto

Written by Susan Barreto

Susan is an award-winning journalist who has worked for a number of regional and global publications. Much of her career has been covering the global finance industry for publications published by Crains, Reuters and Euromoney/Institutional Investor. She also interned and later freelanced for Rockford Magazine as well as the Northwestern Illinois Farmer newspaper.

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