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Location and hours

Kalarte Gallery is located within the Vault Artists Collective, 100 N. Main St., Tuscola, IL 61953. The Vault Arts Collective is a privately owned collective of independent artists that showcases art work and hosts art-related events. The Vault is located in a historic former bank building in downtown Tuscola. The building is a venue for retail, exhibit, studio, and event space for the arts. Kalarte Gallery’s space is on the north side of the second floor of the building.

Tuscola is located about 30 miles south of Champaign-Urbana. For those coming from those cities, it is easily reached via either I-57 or US-45. View more information about the Vault on the collective's Web site or Facebook page.

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.

Sales Information

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.

PayPalPayment 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.

 Copyright

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 Contact Kalarte Gallery by email at:

(Due to the overwhelming amount of junk mail we receive, Kalarte Gallery has recently changed its email address. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

or via postal mail at:

Kalarte Gallery
P. O. Box 1581


"Black Saturday" at the Vault Arts Collective

Saturday, November 1, 2014; 6 - 10 pm

This coming Saturday, November 1, Kalarte Gallery will participate in the next of the Vault Arts Collective’s first Saturday evening get-togethers. This month, the Vault celebrates “Black Saturday,” a store-wide sale to jump-start the holiday season.

Most artists and galleries will offer discounts on all items for this one night only. Kalarte Gallery will offer a 10% discount on all of its art and craft works from around the world. Day of the Dead items will also be available, with that popular Mexican celebration occurring on November 2.

As always, there will be plenty of food, drink, and music – besides art and crafts to purchase from around 60 artists and galleries.

The Vault Arts Collective is a privately owned collective of independent artists that showcases art work and hosts art-related events. The Vault is located in a historic former bank building in downtown Tuscola. The building is a venue for retail, exhibit, studio, and event space for the arts. Kalarte Gallery’s space is on the north side of the second floor of the building. Tuscola is located about 30 miles south of Champaign-Urbana. For those coming from C-U, it is easily reached via either I-57 or US-45.

Date and time: Saturday, November 1, 2014; 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Location:

100 N. Main St.
Tuscola, IL 61953
(See the Vault Web site for directions)

The Vault:
http://thevaultarts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheVaultArtsCollective


Boneyard Arts Festival 2013:
Folk Art and Crafts from Around the World
Friday April 12 through May 18, 2013

Kalarte Gallery presents an exhibit of folk art and crafts from around the world as part of Champaign-Urbana’s Boneyard Arts Festival. The exhibit includes folk paintings, votive paintings, metal and wood statues, wood carvings, ceramics, devotional works, and other craft items. Art works will be available from Mexico, Guatemala, South America, India, Indonesia, Africa, and elsewhere.

Boneyard art festival 2013

 

Painting on silk, Rajasthan
RA-s11
Painting on silk,
Rajasthan, India

Lost wax sculpture, West Bengal
WB-dh19
Lost wax sculpture,
West Bengal, India

IND-mis03
Beaded basket,
Bali, Indonesia
Mask, Bali, Indonesia
IND-mk07f
Carved wood mask,
Bali, Indonesia

View other works from India.


View other works from Indonesia.

Silver cross pendant, Ethiopia
AFR-mis30
Silver cross pendant with painting,
Ethiopia
Leather bag, Mali
AFR-mis34c
Leather bag,
Mali
San Antonio
Lret97
Retablo of St. Anthony,
Bolivia, 19th C
San Francisco de Paola
Lret106
Retablo of St. Francis of Paola,
Mexico, 19th C

View other works from Africa.


View other retablos from Latin America.
St. Francis
Lbul21b
St. Francis
Guatemala
Immaculate Conception
Lbul23
Immaculate Conception
Guatemala

Lmk61b
Jaguar mask
Guerrero, Mexico
Clown mask, Ecuador
Lmk81
Clown mask
Ecuador
Rey Pascual, Guatemala
Lmis213a
Rey Pascual figure
Guatemala
Wool animal, Guatemala
Lmis214-1
Wool animal
Guatemala
Tin cross, Mexico
Lmis216a
Tin and paper cross
Mexico
Embroidered cloth, Peru
Lmis185b
Embroidered cloth
Peru

 


Masks V - October / November, 2012

Kalarte Gallery celebrates its fifth annual exhibition of masks from around the world: Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, several West African nations, Haiti, and Thailand.

Also in the exhibition will be various items in celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead, typically celebrated on or around November 2.

For images of masks, see pages for Indonesia masks, Latin America masks, and Africa masks.

For images of Day of the Dead figures, see the Day of the Dead page.

Masks 5 wall
 

Boneyard Arts Festival 2012 - April / May 2012

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.

Andrea Shields  
Andrea Shields - Garden of Light
Garden of Light
watercolor
Andrea Shields - Shogun
Shogun
watercolor, collage
Andrea Shields - Landscape II
Landscape II
watercolor, mixed media
Andrea Shields - Window into the Soul
Window into the Soul
watercolor, mixed media

 

Herbert Marder  

Herbert Marder watercolor
Herons
watercolor

Herbert Marder watercolor
Troll
watercolor
Herbert Marder watercolor
Anubis
watercolor, mixed media
Herbert Marder watercolor
Purgatorio
watercolor

Folk Art and Crafts from Latin America - December 2011

Exhibit: Folk Art and Crafts from Latin America

This exhibit of Folk Art and Crafts of Latin America includes

folk paintings on canvas
devotional "retablo" paintings (Mexico)
"retablo" boxes (Peru)
votive paintings on tin
tin frame pictures
wood sculptures and carvings
masks in wood and paper-mache
"day of the dead" figures
embroideries
tin "milagros"
carved and painted gourds
... and more ...

Exhibit: Folk Art and Crafts from Latin America

Paintings on canvas and board
     

acrylic on board, Mexico
acrylic on board by Cristino (LP-15c) (Mexico)
12" x 12"

acrylic on board, Nicaragua
acrylic on board by Memo Barraza (LP-07a) (Nicaragua)
8" x 4.5"
acrylic on canvas, Ecuador

acrylic on canvas by T. Rafael
(SA-p16-3) (Ecuador)
12" x 16"
acrylic on board, Mexico
acrylic on board by Cristino (LP-15b) (Mexico)
12" x 12"
  acrylic on canvas, Peruj
Virgin and Child, acrylic on canvas, Cuzco style, framed
(Peru-p1)
tigua painting, ecuador
acrylic on canvas by José Cuyo
(SA-p14c) (Tigua, Ecuador)
8" x 6"
 

Devotional retablos and ex-votos
     

retablo, Mexico
Nuestra Señora Refugio de Pecadores, Oil on tin retablo
(Lret1) (Mexico)
late 19th century

retablo, Mexico
Santa Rita di Casia, oil on tin retablo
(Lret44) (Mexico)
late 19th century
ex-voto, Mexico
folk art ex-voto to la Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos
(Lret54) (Mexico)

ex-voto, Mexico
ex-voto to la Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos
(Lret73) (Mexico)
mid-20th century


Virgin of Guadalupe
     


Guadalupe retablo box (Lmis118)
Mexico, ca. 5.5” x 7.5” x 1.5”


ceramic candle holder (Lmis116)
Mexico, ca. 9"

reverse-painted glass (Lmis181)
Peru, ca. 12" x 8"

folk art ex-voto (Lmis168)
Mexico, ca. 9.5" x 7"

Miscellaneous items
     
card in tin frame
card in tin frame (Lnic42)
Ecuador, mid-20th century
tin milagro
tin milagro (Lmil36)
Mexico

carved gourd, Peru
carved gourd (Peru-go9)

retablo box, Peru
retablo box (Peru-ret04a)
ca. 7" x 8"

Masks IV - November 2011

An exhibition of masks from Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, several West African nations, Haiti, and Thailand.

For images of masks, see pages for Indonesia masks, Latin America masks, and Africa masks.

Exhibition: Masks 4

Arts and Crafts of Indonesia - October 2011

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


Bali-p01


Bali-p02

Bali-p06

Masks, wood carvings and statues, miscellaneous items


IND-mk-15d

IND-mk-14a

IND-st-07a

IND-mis-04 (several)
 
IND-st-03

Additional items from elsewhere in Asia


Soundmaking frog
Thailand
(asia-07-2)


Women's shell money
Papua New Guinea
(new-g-01)

Blockprinting block
Afghanistan
(afg-07-f)

Arts and Crafts from Africa and the Caribbean - April 2011
(at the Boneyard Arts Festival 2011)

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...

  • Africa: wood and metal sculptures, masks, paintings on canvas, hair signs, pottery, jewelry, leather bags, cards, and other items.
  • Haiti: metal sculptures, sequin flags, paintings, masks, cards, and other items
  • Cuba: paintings on wood of santeria figures

Also on display will be folk art and craft items from elsewhere around the world, especially from Latin America.

 

Hair Sign by Kofi Arts
acrylic on wood, hair sign (AFR-p10a)
by Kofi Arts, Ghana
ca. 16" x 12"

recycled metal sculpture, Benin
recycled metal sculpture (AFR-sc12a)
Dakpogan workshop, Porto Novo, Benin
ca. 14"

wood figure of colonial figure (AFR-sc15a)
Ivory Coast
ca. 12"




terracotta pot
terracotta pot (AFR-mis05A)
symbol of Heviosso (God of thunder)
Benin; ca. 3" dia.


leather bag (AFR-mis33a)
made by Tuareg women, Mali
ca. 8"


Silver cross with religious paintings
Ethiopia (AFR-mis30a)
ca. 4" x 4.5" opened

recycled bottle cap cross (AFR-mis28b)
Kenya
ca. 6"




acrylic on canvas by Fritz Millevoix
acrylic on canvas (FMM-36e)
by Fritz Millevoix (Haiti / USA)
6" x 6"
sequin bottle, Haiti
Sequin bottle (HA-05b)
Haiti
ca. 4" H
sequin flag
Sequin flag of Ste Joseph (Papa Loco)
by Georges Valris, Haiti (HA-04B)
ca. 12" x 12"
acrylic on canvas by Fritz Millevoix
acrylic on canvas (FMM-36f)
by Fritz Millevoix (Haiti / USA)
6" x 6"

 


Folk Art and Crafts of India - October / November, 2010

An exhibition of folk art and crafts from India, including:

  • paintings from Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan
  • lost wax sculptures from northeast India
  • iron sculptures
  • palm leaf etchings from Orissa
  • wood carvings from Orissa
  • terracotta statues
  • textiles from Gujarat and Rajasthan
  • wood blocks for textile printing
  • Shiva linga stones
  • brass pots
  • jewelry
  • greeting cards with Indian themes
  • other items ...
 


Hunt Scene
Contemporary painting in Mughal style
Rajasthan


Ganesh sthapana
Gujarat


Krishna and Cowherd Girls
Palm leaf etching
Orissa





Horse and Rider
Lost wax casting, Madhya Pradesh


Deities from Jagannath temple
painted carved wood
Puri, Orissa


Silver pendant
Rajasthan




Scenes from the Life of Pabhuji
Rajasthan

Krishna and Radha
patachitra
Orissa
Durga slaying Mahisha. Bishnupur, West Bengal
Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha
Bishnupur, West Bengal

 


Eighth Annual Boneyard Arts Festival, April 17, 2010

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.


Celebración Guadalupana II & Holiday gift sale - November / December, 2009

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.


Masks & Skeletons - October / November, 2009

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.


Celebración Guadalupana

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.


A Masked Wall: An Exhibition of Masks from Asia and Latin America

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.

For images of masks, see pages for Indonesia masks, Latin America masks, and Africa masks.


Arts and Crafts of Guatemala
and paintings of Guatemala by Rebecca Rohloff

April-May 2008

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.


Arts and Crafts of West Africa

March-April 2008

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.


Tres Fiestas:
Folk art and crafts from Latin America related to Three Festivals:

Day of the Dead (Oct 31) | Guadalupe (Dec 12) | Nativity (Dec 25)

November-December 2007


Traditional Art from Ecuador and Peru
and Works by Peruvian Artist Olga Flores

May 2007

Doll carved and painted huamanga stone tin-framed holy card
Muñeca (Doll)
printed and embroidered cloth
ca. 15" tall
by Olga Flores
Artist statement
Declaración del artista

Carved and painted
Huamanga stone
(Lmis52)
6" x 4"
late 19/early 20 century
Peru

tin-framed holy card
(Lnic34)
4.5" x 3"
early 20 century
Ecuador

From Guadalupe to Solstice - December 2006

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.


Folk Art of India

Folk and traditional art works from India

For folk art of India, see the India page.


Old Mexico and New Mexico

contemporary works by New Mexico artists & traditional folk paintings from Mexico


Wax and Lost Wax

encaustic paintings & bronze sculptures by Toni Putnam


Paintings and sculptures from the Caribbean and Africa


The Double World

watercolors by Herbert Marder

View works by Herbert Marder


New Items

Several new masks from Mexico.

Several new Rey Pascual figures from Guatemala

Miscellaneous brass items from India.

Dhokra (lost wax) statues from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, India.

Day of the Dead figures from Mexico.

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