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This Black Friday, Shop Local Art Instead

If you’re starting your holiday shopping today, consider the gift of locally-made art and photography. 

Art Coop is currently showing their 9th Annual $50 Art Show Benefiting the Champaign County Humane Society (photo above)Local artists working in a variety of styles and genres donated pieces to be sold for a purse-friendly $50. The show will be up till mid-December and several pieces are still available for sale. 100% of your purchase benefits the CCHS. 

Della Perrone at International Galleries

Next, check out local photographer Della Perrone’s impressive new show at Interrnational Galleries. Aloft and Rooted, represents some of Perrone’s most personal and expressive work.  Here she explores the power of nature to keep us rooted and centered.  Asked about her vision for the show, Perrone noted she had a “tendency to look either low to the ground, or up to the sky,” and that this perspective mirrored her recent midset, where she found herself “either trying to keep my feet on the ground in a very uncertain world, or reaching up past it in attempt to hold onto a higher self.”

So this season, give the kind of gift that continues to bring to joy and inspiration.  Give art!

Art Coop and International Galleries are both located in Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall.

Photos by Debra Domal 

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