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Arts Abound in Champaign This Saturday

With so much art lining the streets of downtown Champaign this Saturday for the annual Downtown Festival of the Arts, it will be easy to miss some creations, but Cindy Sampson’s art will probably grab your attention.

Sampson’s display, “Uncycled Oddities” a series of surreal sculptures portray toy baby doll heads popping out and hoisted on objects such as a coffee carafe. The creations will be on display Saturday courtesy of Wind, Water and Light during the street festival.

Downtown Festival of the Arts, presented by Champaign Park District, blocks off the Neil and Main streets and features a gaggle of artists in various mediums including photography, paintings and jewelry. The park district hosts a lineup of entertainment equally as diverse as the art on the streets. The schedule features a performing arts stage with performances from Champaign Urbana Theater Company and Hideout Theater Company among others. Kilborn Alley, Nia Quartet, and Desafinado are scheduled to perform.

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