Art at the Market: Free Art Workshops and Performances
Art at the Market is a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square sponsored by the Urbana Public Arts Program, offering art workshops and music performances. All activities are free, open to all ages, and require no registration to participate. The workshops and performances are held on Walnut Street near the City of Urbana tent at the northwest entrance to the Market at the Square.
Dates of this year’s art workshops and performances will be May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13.
Urbana’s Market has been a mainstay of Saturday morning activities for the past 35 years, and is home to an average of 70 vendors every week, all of whom grow or create their own fresh produce, plants, and flowers; farm products such as meat, cheeses, eggs, honey, and fresh baked goods and other prepared foods. There also is a wide variety of art and crafts for sale as well as a variety of local food trucks dishing out everything from cupcakes to burritos. New in 2014 is the addition of a new category of vendors selling locally-produced beer, wine, and spirits. The 2014 market season will run every Saturday, May 3 through November 1, and is located at the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets near downtown Urbana. The Market will be open 7 a.m. – noon, rain or shine. Urbana’s Market at the Square reaches thousands of patrons each Saturday during the summer months.
2014 Art at the Market Workshops and Performances
May 10, 2014
Suminagashi printing with July Lee, 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese technique for decorating paper with inks. Suminagashi literally means “floating ink” and is an ancient form of Japanese marbling dating back over 800 years. Colored inks are floated on a bath of clear water and then gently manipulated into delicate patterns. Paper is carefully laid on top of the water to absorb the colors and then lifted. This is a form of monoprinting where no two prints will be exactly the same.
Djibril Camara and the Mara Giri Dance Ensemble, 9:30 AM – 11:30AM Enjoy the rhythm and movement of West African Dance and Drum. In the countries of West Africa music and rhythm are as large a part of everyday life as conversation, cooking or walking about. The stories portrayed through drumming and dance acknowledge and celebrate marriage, child rearing, changing seasons, healing, hunting, and the planting and harvesting of crops. West African people have a song or dance for almost every aspect of daily existence. To learn more, go to djibrilcamaradance.weebly.com/
June 14, 2014
ArtLab with Meredith Foster, 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Designed for both a youth and adults, this workshop introduces the possibilities of making and using low impact art supplies including adhesives, inks, and drawing charcoal made from local plant materials and food stuffs.
Don’t Ask, 9:30AM – 11:30AM Known as the original party music, klezmer brings a joyful spirit to any gathering. Don't Ask surprises with Balkan flavors, Middle Eastern influences, and evocative melodies. Klezmer is a style of traditional Jewish folk music originating in Eastern Europe to accompany various rituals, ceremonies, and celebrations. Klezmer is played on a variety of instruments, but the most common would be a group of strings, particularly violin, a group of horns, particularly trumpet, and often clarinet. More information at www.facebook.com/dontaskklezmer
July 12, 2014
T-Shirt to Tote Bag with Makerspace Urbana, 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Expand your collection of re-usable shopping bags by converting an old t-shirt into a tote. No sewing skills required. Pick a shirt and we will show you how to make the adjustments. Then, fill it in with a harvest of Market goodies. Makerspace Urbana is interested in providing an open community space where people of diverse backgrounds can learn, teach , tinker, collaborate, share, innovate, socialize, and create.
Aduki Jazz Quartet, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
A jazz quartet (trumpet, bass, guitar, drums) performing a mix of jazz standards and original compositions. For more information, go to www.reverbnation.com/adukijazz
August 9, 2014
Vegetable Art with The Land Connection, 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Create art with fruits and vegetables with The Land Connection. For the youngest kids, we will slice different fruits and vegetables in half to make veggie prints of the cross sections with paint on paper. Older kids and adults will be able to carve their own vegetable stamps to create with.