Art at the Market is a free monthly arts programming at Urbana's Market at the Square. This market season, Art at the Market will take place near the northwest corner of the Market every second Sunday. Both the performance and the art workshop are free and open to the public, and do not require participants to register in advance.
Below is the 2016 Art at the Market season schedule:
Art Workshop: Mini Monster-Maker with xxm During this activity, Maxx will help you make mini monsters! There will be some preassembled parts but you will get to choose how they look in the end. Learn the very basics of hand sewing and bring home your own little monster! Alternatives to sewing will be available for younger children.
Music: Matt and Tom Turino
Art Workshop: Pop-Up Printshop: A Press for the People with Noble Print Club Print Club (UIUC’s student printmaking club) will lead an interactive printmaking activity involving movable letterpress type. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own unique letterpress prints, by selecting and arranging wood type and pre-made printable image blocks. Possibilities include printing one’s name, a few short words, or image alone. Gain hands-on experience with the printing process and learn about the history of print and moveable type! Each participant will take home their own hand-pulled print.
Music: Bones Jugs
Art Workshop: Monster Rocks with Karissa McDermott Create your own monsters using rocks, paint, glue, googly eyes, and more!
Music: Los Guapos
Art Workshop: T-shirts into Tote Bags! with Makerspace Learn how to transform old t-shirts into tote bags! The activity is simple for people of all ages and can be completed in under 10 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own tshirts for a "remake."
Music: elizaBeth Simpson & friends
Art Workshop: Sunprints and button-making with Judiee If it is sunny out, Judiee will teach visitors how to do sunprints. Alternatively, or while you wait for your picture to develop, make your own button using Judiee's button-making equipment.
Music: The Music Boxers
Art Workshop: Freestyling with Carol Farnum Carol will bring plywood sheets, spray paint, quarts of paint and brushes/rollers, markers, and stencils to let visitors freestyle however they want. Carol will provide direction and technical knowledge, and draw images out for anyone to paint.
About Urbana's Market at the Square
Market at the Square has been a mainstay of Urbana's summer months for the past 35 years, and is home to an average of 70 vendors every week, all of whom grow or make their own fresh produce, plants, and flowers; farm products such as meat, cheeses, eggs, and honey; and fresh baked goods and other prepared foods. There also is a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale, as well as of local food trucks dishing out everything from popsicles to burritos.