Kalarte Gallery was located within Heartland Gallery at 112 W. Main St. in downtown Urbana, IL for more than 7 years. As of December 28, 2013, Heartland Gallery closed its doors, and likewise Kalarte Gallery has departed its space in downtown Urbana. However, the gallery will continue to maintain its Web activity, do periodic shows, and show art by appointment. We are also considering options for additional venues.
Information about Kalarte Gallery
Kalarte Gallery shows traditional folk art from around the world, contemporary art, crafts, and religious collectibles. The gallery's specialty is traditional folk art, particularly religious folk art. This art derives from various locations, but principally from India, Latin America, and the Southwestern U.S. The gallery developed out of the interest in the religious folk art of India, Mexico, and the American Southwest on the part of its proprietor, Bernard Cesarone.
Kalarte Gallery sees art as a vehicle for educating about cultures. Traditional folk art, especially, offers opportunities for learning about other cultures. To this end, the gallery seeks to provide information about the historical and cultural contexts in which the art is found.
Kalarte Gallery donates a part of its income from sales of artworks to support social services in the areas where the art is produced, particularly India and Latin America. Annual donations are sent to the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Puri, Orissa, India, to support educational and medical services in northeast India; and to Wuqu' Kawoq, a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen Mayan language and to provide free medical care for women and families in indigenous villages in Guatemala.
Artworks on the Kalarte Gallery Web site are for sale. Prices are indicated, and are subject to change. Please contact Kalarte Gallery with requests about purchasing. Shipping costs will be added to the indicated sale price. Any defects in art works will be described on the Web site. (For example, a retablo with paint missing or a cut edge.) Returns will be accepted; customer may be required to pay return shipping.
Payment is by check or money order. We also accept credit card payments through PayPal on the Internet. For information about the free and simple registration process on PayPal, visit the PayPal Web site.
All texts on the Kalarte Web site and all photographs on the Kalarte Web site are copyright © 2000-2013 by Kalarte Gallery and Bernard Cesarone. Texts and photographs may not be used for commercial purposes. Please contact Kalarte Gallery any requests for permission to use texts or photographs for educational purposes.
Contact Kalarte Gallery
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Artworks from the gallery’s collection of folk art and crafts from around the world will be on display during the holiday season.
Kalarte Gallery will have a booth at the Third Sunday Market in Bloomington, IL on September 15, 2013. The Third Sunday Market features hundreds of dealers of antiques, vintage items, and craft items. The market is located at the Interstate Center on the west side of Bloomington. See the Third Sunday Market Web page for more details.
Kalarte Gallery will have a booth at the Artisan and Antique Market hosted by Classic Home Consignment on Friday, June 14. The gallery will have selected items from its collection of folk art and crafts from around the world. Works include folk paintings, votive paintings, metal and wood statues, wood carvings, masks, ceramics, devotional works, textiles, and more. Artworks will be available from Mexico, Central America, South America, India, Indonesia, West Africa, and elsewhere.
For the holiday season, Kalarte Gallery will have a show of its collection of folk art and crafts from around the world. The show will include items from the Indian subcontinent, Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti), Asia (Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand), and Africa (Benin, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Ethiopia). Items on display include folk paintings and ex-voto paintings, retablo boxes (Peru) and retablo paintings (Mexico), wood and paper-mache masks, wood carvings and metal sculptures, figures of the Virgin of Guadalupe, tin “Milagros”, devotional items, etched gourds, blockprinting blocks, post cards and greeting cards.
Paintings by local artists Andrea Shields and Herbert Marder
Kalarte Gallery once again this year participated in the annual Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign County, Illinois. The festival's "Downtown Urbana" day was Saturday, April 21. However, the current exhibit continues past that festival day, running through Saturday June 9. The Boneyard Arts Festival is sponsored by 40 North / 88 West, the Champaign County Arts, Culture & Entertainment Council. For more information on the Festival, visit the 40 North Web site.
In this exhibit related to the Boneyard Arts Festival, Kalarte Gallery is displaying watercolor and mixed media works by Champaign artists Andrea Shields and Herbert Marder. A selection of the gallery's collection of folk art from Latin America, India, and elsewhere around the world is also be on display.
Kalarte Gallery presents an exhibit and sale of "Folk Art and Crafts from Indonesia," including wayang style paintings from Bali; masks from Bali, Java, and Lombok; "parasite" wood carvings; metal sculptures; and more.
Other items from Asian countries will also be available, such as jewelry and wood carvings from India, blockprinting blocks and mother-of-pearl buttons from Afghanistan, women's conch shell coins from Papua New Guinea, "sound making" frogs from Thailand, and more.
Here are some examples of Indonesian paintings and other items that will be available at this exhibition. See Kalarte's page on Paintings and Crafts from Indonesia for more pictures.
Traditional wayang style paintings. These are paintings from the 1970s from Kamosan, Bali. They depict scenes from the Bhima Swarga (Bhima's visit to hell and heaven), an episode in the Balinese version of the Hindu epic Mahabharata
Masks, wood carvings and statues, miscellaneous items
Additional items from elsewhere in Asia
Kalarte Gallery will once again this year participate in the Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign County, Illinois. The festival runs from Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10. The festival's "Downtown Urbana" day is Saturday, April 9. The Boneyard Arts Festival is sponsored by 40 North / 88 West, the Champaign County Arts, Culture & Entertainment Council. For more information on the Festival, visit the 40 North Web site.
The exhibit includes...
Also on display will be folk art and craft items from elsewhere around the world, especially from Latin America.
An exhibition of masks from around the world: West and East Africa, India, Indonesia, Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, United States. As this exhibition continues through the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12), Kalarte Gallery will also have on exhibit folk art and crafts from Mexico and Peru related to the patroness of Mexico.
An exhibition of folk art and crafts from India, including:
This year marks the eighth annual Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign County, Illinois. Kalarte Gallery will once again participate in the festival. The festival runs from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19. The festival's "Downtown Urbana" day is Saturday, April 17. The Boneyard Arts Festival is sponsored by 40 North / 88 West, the Champaign County Arts, Culture & Entertainment Council. For more information on the Festival, visit the 40 North Web site.
A show and sale presenting folk arts and crafts celebrating Guadalupe, a national symbol of Mexico, whose feast day is December 12; and holiday gift items from various locations in Latin America.
This exhibition, on the occasion of the American Halloween and the Mexican Day of the Dead, includes masks from Mexico, Guatemala, Africa, India, and Indonesia; Day of the Dead figures from Mexico; and paintings from Africa.
Kalarte Gallery presents an exhibition of folk art and crafts from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, in celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the most important religious and cultural icon of Mexico. Guadalupe's feast day is December 12.
Kalarte Gallery presents an exhibition of masks from Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua) and Asia (India, Indonesia), and some additional locations (for example, West Africa). The exhibition includes mostly contemporary masks, but also some vintage masks from Mexico. The masks are mostly wood or paper-mache.
A portion of sales will be donated to Wuqu' Kawoq, an organization dedicated to strengthening Mayan language and medicine in Guatemala. Wuqu' Kawoq is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the work of the organization, visit the Wuqu' Kawoq Web site.
Sample of arts and crafts from Guatemala:
This exhibition featured wood, brass, and recycled metal sculptures; folk painting; masks; jewelry; other craft items; and contemporary paintings by Avokpo.
For African art and craft items, see the Africa page.
Day of the Dead (Oct 31) | Guadalupe (Dec 12) | Nativity (Dec 25)
As part of Heartland Gallery’s “From Guadalupe to Solstice” exhibit during the month of December, Kalarte Gallery exhibited arts and crafts related to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the patroness of Mexico and whose feast day is December 12. Other arts and crafts from Latin America and various gift items, including a collection of nativities, were also available. Latin American arts and crafts, including items on the Virgin of Guadalupe, continue to be available from Kalarte Gallery.
An exhibition by local artisans and art sellers in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Folk and traditional art works from India
For folk art of India, see the India page.
contemporary works by New Mexico artists & traditional folk paintings from Mexico
encaustic paintings & bronze sculptures by Toni Putnam
watercolors by Herbert Marder
Miscellaneous brass items from India.
Day of the Dead figures from Mexico.
Masks from Indonesia; see Indonesia: Masks page.