Dear Friends of Heartland Gallery,
As you have probably heard, last month’s Jameson Whiskey Tasting scheduled for March26 was postponed, mainly due to effects of the late-season snowstorm. I, for one, had some trouble making it back into town after becoming stranded in Bradley-Bourbonnais on Sunday when I had planned a trip back from Chicago. Josh, the executive chef and general manager of Dublin O’Neil’s, was dealing with calls from employees unable to make it to work on Monday, plus our streets and sidewalks in downtown Urbana were still in the process of being plowed out even though the weather had turned warmer. We jointly agreed to postpone this event until Tuesday, May 7, from 6-9pm. Please see the blurb below for more info.
You won’t be lacking for fun in April, however, as it usually winds up being the busiest month of the year here in Champaign-Urbana, and I am happy to say that most of the local events tend to center around the arts.
ANDERSONVILLE GALLERIA “FIRST FRIDAY” (Fri., April 5, 6-9pm)
Yes, the First Friday late-night shopping events are back in swing at the Andersonville Galleria in Chicago (5247 N. Clark St.), where I have a booth located on the first floor directly behind the check-out desk. If you live in the Chicago area, or just happen to be up there for the weekend, please take advantage of this opportunity to see nearly 100 different artists, craftspeople, and other small business owners all under one roof, with a sampling of wine to relax you. See www.andersonvillegalleria.com for more info. And, if you happen to be in Chicago, then you are only a stone’s throw (well, maybe a few miles) from Evanston, so why not pop into the brand new Galleria in Evanston, located at 1627 Sherman Ave., across the street from Barnes & Noble. Heartland Gallery has a very small wall space in this new galleria, which is an offshoot from the Andersonville Galleria. In this third location, I sell small art and art prints and a few other Celtic goodies.
BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL (Thurs., April 11th, 10am-5pm, Fri. & Sat., April 12-13th,10am-9pm)
This month marks the 11th annual Boneyard Arts Festival, celebrating the arts in Champaign County. It is a 4-day festival (April 11-14), with venues in the downtown areas of Urbana and Champaign being highlighted on Friday and Saturday (April 12 & 13). There are dozens of participating venues to visit with multiple artists in most of the venues. Heartland Gallery is participating as usual, with a special showing of local art by the following three talented Celtic artists:
Nick Cragoe, of Champaign (Celtic and Norse-inspired designs in ink with gold leaf and other media)
David Huettner, also of Champaign (Celtic-inspired designs, rendered in ink, with gold leaf)
Beth Clark McDonal, of Channahon, IL. (Celtic-inspired watercolor paintings, art prints, and cards)
Please drop by to view the work of these artists, all of whom are inspired by the detailed designs in ancient illuminated manuscripts, such as The Book of Kells and The Book of Durrow, and carved into artifacts from throughout Celtic history.
NICK CRAGOE: CELTIC and NORSE ART & DESIGN (Fri., April 12th through Sat., May 11th)
with an artist reception on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm.
We will be exhibiting a show of Celtic and Norse artwork by local artist, Nick Cragoe, who is a graduate student at UIUC, pursuing a degree in Sociology with specializations in transnational studies and cultural theory. Nick has had no formal training in art and considers his interest in Celtic art to be merely a hobby, having begun by doodling in notebooks and drawing Sharpie tattoos on friends. Yet his intricate designs prove that he not only has a strong sense of creativity and astute drawing skills, but he is able to transcend through centuries of time to inspire us with his modern interpretations of ancient art.
There will be an artist opening reception on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm, during the Boneyard Arts Festival. Please join us for refreshments and the opportunity to talk with Nick about his work.
GALLERIA… IN EVANSTON: Grand Opening Party (Fri., Aril 12th, 5-8pm)
The grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the brand new Galleria…in Evanston will be held next Friday. I will be unable to attend, as it coincides with the Boneyard Arts Festival here in Urbana, but I hope that our Chicago area friends will drop by and browse the approximately 40 vendors from the Andersonville Galleria in this new space at 1627 Sherman Ave.
DICK HENSOLD CONCERT: Northumbrian Smallpipes and Other Strange Beasts (Sunday, April 14th, 8-10pm)
If you are a fan of the pipes, then you won’t want to miss this concert in the gallery by one of North America’s foremost Northumbrian smallpipers. Dick will also perform on Scottish reel pipes, Norwegian willow flute, Swedish bagpipes and Welsh hornpipe, and several other instruments. He will play in several traditional and historical styles, with particular emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish, and Northumbrian, but also including Scandinavian, medieval, and original music. Tickets are $20 ($10 for seniors/students). Please see www.pipers-hut.com for more info.
JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY TASTING (Tuesday, May 7th, 6-9pm)
This event was re-scheduled from the previous date in March. Those of you who already paid ahead for your $20 admission last month will automatically be admitted on May 7. Otherwise, please make your reservation now by calling the gallery at 217-337-4767, and you may pay for your admission ASAP or, at the very least, before the event date. You may do this at any of the three participating businesses (Dublin O’Neil’s, Heartland Gallery, or Sylvia’s Irish Inn). We will be sampling Jameson Original, 12-year, 18-year, Gold, and Black Barrel. If you are not a whiskey drinker, please pass the word about this event as it promises to be a fun evening for all, complete with hors d’oeuvres catered by Chef Josh Huddleston of Dublin O’Neil’s, live Irish traditional music with the Spudhunters and the opportunity to talk with Jameson ambassador Chris Kirkham. Also, there will be photos on display of the Jameson Dublin distillery, and some Jameson freebies will be given out throughout the evening, including T-shirts. Call me at 217-337-4767 for more info.
ILLINOIS MARATHON celebration party (Saturday, April 27th, Noon-2pm)
Help us celebrate our accomplishments in the race this year with our annual MARATHON party. This year, I will be walking just the 10k, as I am not in my best shape to do the half-marathon, after breaking a toe almost a year ago and not having it fully heal. John will be running both the 5k and the 10k this year, and he will require a bit of refreshment afterwards, so please join us for pizza in the gallery from Noon until 2pm. All T-shirts and baseball caps will be 20% off during this time.
OTHER APRIL EVENTS IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA
April 4-7 – Artists Against AIDS 22nd annual Sale and Show of art at the McKinley Aquatic Center, 500 W. Church St.(the former YMCA ) in Champaign. See www.gcapnow.com
for more info.
April 17-21 EbertFest, The 15h Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival 2013 at the historic Virginia Theatre, Champaign. See www.ebertfest.com for more info.
April 15-20 The New Art Film Fest, presented in conjunction with C-U Confidential, at the Art Theatre in Champaign, See www.thecuart.com for more info.
Monday, April 22 (8-10pm) – Matt & Shannon Heaton Irish music concert at the Independent Media Center (IMC), 202 S. Broadway, Urbana. (Piper’s Hut Concert Series). See www.pipers-hut.com for more info.
Ongoing through June 16th – From Protest to Peace, an exhibit about The Bogside Artists from Derry, N. Ireland, at The Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. See www.spurlock.illinois.edu for more info.
This past month, we received the following new items to add to our collection:
Hand-thrown and hand-painted functional ceramics from Highland Stoneware in Lochinver, Scotland, in the Northwest Highlands
Hand-painted silk scarves from Hazel Greene, of Bramber Studio in Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Fine bone china mugs with Scottish depictions by Emma Ball from Dunoon, hand-made in Staffordshire, England
Hand-painted resin brooches by Maggie Lord, of Skaramanda in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland
New sterling silver and enamel jewelry from Sheila Fleet in Tankerness, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Please visit the gallery to see all of these new crafts. I have another Irish trade fair to attend at the end of April (20-23) in Secaucus, NJ, and you can be assured I will find more new and interesting pieces of work to share with you. I do hope you will take advantage of all of the fun activities and art-related events happening this month.