2015 ‘Hatch’ festival seeks creative-reuse artists

Contact: Gail Rost, Hatch Steering Committee
gail.glende.rost@gmail.com

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —Volunteer event organizers from the The I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign once again are talking trash. And art. They’re also making plans to bring both together in fun and innovative ways Feb. 27-March 14 during the third annual “Hatch” Creative-Reuse Art Festival.

Applications are now available online for artists seeking entry into Hatch’s juried art exhibition Feb. 28-March 14 at Indi Go Artist Co-op in downtown Champaign and/or the juried art fair March 14 at the Savoy Recreational Center.

Art juried into the exhibition must consist of at least 75 percent reused, recycled or repurposed materials. For the art fair, the requirement has been revised from past years’ 75 percent “re-” materials to at least half in 2015. Artist information and applications are available on the festival website, www.AboutHatch.org.

Produced by The I.D.E.A. Store, Champaign, Illinois’ premier creative-reuse marketplace and an earned-income enterprise of the CU Schools Foundation, Hatch draws artists, art appreciators, shoppers and co-sponsors from throughout Central Illinois and beyond to the Champaign-Urbana community. The festival features some of the most imaginative and resourceful local, regional and national artists known for their abilities to create whimsical and sometimes functional work from discarded materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

“We’ve been pleased, but not surprised, by the community’s enthusiastic response to Hatch as it has evolved since its inaugural year in 2013,” said Gail Rost, co-founder of The I.D.E.A. Store and one of the festival’s lead organizers. “Since we opened our doors in 2010, the people of Central Illinois have demonstrated their devotion to The I.D.E.A. Store, to creative reuse and to becoming more aware of their role in preserving our natural environment and reducing the waste stream.

Rost said the Hatch festival’s programming has become more extensive each year since it began in 2013 as a three-day event. Last year the festival grew to its current two-week length, with multiple venues spread throughout Champaign and Urbana.

“In 2014,” she noted, “we added a trash-fashion show to the festival line-up, which also included a residency by Santa Fe, N.M.-based guest artist Nancy Judd, who led a one-day project with children from Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign. Judd also gave a free public talk at the Champaign Library and presented community workshops at The I.D.E.A. Store.”

Rost said the popular “trashion” show will return in 2015 to kick off the festival on Feb. 27 in the center courtyard of Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall.

A notable change this year will be a slightly delayed opening of the art exhibition at Indi Go Artist Co-op. The show will open on Feb. 28 and run through March 14, with an opening reception planned from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 28.

The art fair, which in the past has featured fun and functional art, home and garden décor, jewelry and accessories and upcycled clothing by creative-reused artists from three Midwestern states, will again take place at the Savoy Recreation Center from 10 a.m.-6 p.m on March 14.

The 2015 artist-in-residence and additional Hatch programming will be announced in the coming months, Rost said. Updates on these and other Hatch-related happenings — including volunteer opportunities —will be posted on the festival website.

Rost, along with co-founder Carol Jo Morgan, launched The I.D.E.A. Store in 2010 as an earned-income enterprise of CUSF. Surplus revenue generated from store sales and other programs — more than $30,000 to date — directly benefits teachers and students in the Champaign and Urbana public schools.

In addition to providing local businesses and individuals with an alternative means of discarding unwanted but reusable materials and making them available at affordable costs to teachers, students, artists, crafters, hobbyists and others, The I.D.E.A. Store staff and volunteers offer workshops and other educational programs, and engage in community outreach activities that emphasize ways to protect the environment, conserve energy and other resources, and reduce the local waste stream.

For more information about “Hatch,” contact festival organizers at hatch@the-idea-store.org or call The I.D.E.A. Store, 217-352-7878.