Artists’ Alley

Artists’ Alley @ McKinley is a new gallery space, located at Fifth and Daniels Streets in Champaign, in the corridor connecting the McKinley Foundation and Presby Hall. It is a physical expression of the McKinley Foundation’s work to build a bridge between students and the local community.

Opening Reception and Artist Q&A

In conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival, Artists’ Alley will be hosting an opening reception and artist Q&A with Constance Sarantos, whose exhibition runs from April 3 – May 14. Opening reception is April 6, 4 to 6 PM. Artist Q&A is at 5PM.

Infrared Landscapes

bubble-gum-pink-entranceThis exhibit showcases the photographs of University of Illinois BFA student  and Presby Hall resident, Constance Sarantos.

Exhibition is on display April 3 – May 14. Open hours are 9 AM to 8 PM daily. After 4:30 PM, entry to the space is open through Presby Hall only (located at 405 E. John Street).



Flower From Our Garden

Version 3“Flowers from Our Garden” is a photographic exhibition by William Capel. Running March 1 – 31, the exhibition features eight enlarged photographs of flower blossoms: three sunflowers, one green and one yellow zinnia, a red columbine, a blue iris, and a faded yellow daylily. Prints range in size from 27” x 40” to 48” x 48”.

This exhibition grew out of Capel’s use of emerging digital technologies that make possible extremely sharp, large-scale images. Capel enjoys seeing how viewers react to the previously indiscernible and unnoticed details contained in the heart of a flower. When asked about his personal reaction to the images, Capel’s response is simple: “Astonishment! The images, best viewed up close, tend to suck you in.”

Capel is a familiar sight and long-time McKinley community member. He is a life-time resident of Champaign-Urbana, a photographer since childhood, and a retired corporate executive.