Art Gallery

Introducing our Six Co-op Artists

Now featured in our Flatlander Gallery: Lars Anderson, Tia and Valentin Oliver, Jessica Rasmussen, Alina Sutton, & Gray Sutton

Art Gallery Reception: July 21st, 5-7pm in the Flatlander Classroom

Lars Anderson's Out of This World


Lars Anderson's Artist Statement:

The sky's the limit!

To purchase Lars' work please email him:


Tia Oliver and Valentin Oliver's Chroma Pressed



Tia and Valentine's Artist Statement:

My 6-year-old son Valentin and I have been a part of the Urbana Community and members of the co-op for three years. We are absolutely loving this inspirational town. People are so friendly and willing to share their creative talents with each other. It is the perfect environment for those of us who love art and want to grow in our craft.

I would describe myself as an abstract watercolorist. I am also naturally drawn to photography. I have fairly recently discovered a passion for dying natural materials and creating "wearable art." I set up an Etsy shop called Chromapressed. Whether I'm painting, drawing, taking photos, or dying fabric, I pull much of my inspiration from nature.  Valentin is a kindergartner at Leal School and he loves to draw. For both my son and I, "art" seems to live somewhere inside of us. We find a certain fulfillment when we reach deep down and pull out what we find there, and let it come to life on paper, canvas or material. I feel privileged to be able to share these creative adventures with my son and we are honored to be able to display our work.


To purchase Tia & Valentine's work please email Tia: or visit her Esty account here.


Jessica Rasmussen, Gray Sutton, & Alina Sutton's Structure and Emotion: A Family Venture

Artist Statement:

As individuals, the three of us are so dramatically different, yet we are like pieces in a puzzle that fit together perfectly, making something more amazing than before. It only makes sense that our art would become something more meaningful when adding all of our inspiration, ideas, and styles together.  I am completely enchanted with the unknown and uncontrollable aspect of watercolors, never certain where they will take me at any given moment. Gray is obsessed with sacred numbers and the beauty of the patterns he finds in them.   Alina loves to experiment with color blending, and even at the age of 5, is always surprising us with the depths of imagination, intelligence, and creativity she taps into in every aspect of her life, as well as her art. We are excited and humbled to share a little snapshot of our art, our hearts, and our family with you.

We will be hosting an Art Gallery Reception on Friday, July 21 from 5-7pm in our Flatlander Classroom. We hope you'll join us!


Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant community. Our owners believe that a vibrant community is one that is alive with art.

Our gallery is located in our highly utilized Flatlander Classroom, a space dedicated to connecting the community, facilitating educational opportunities focusing on healthy living, and providing access to local artists. This multi-use space is ideal for integrating the arts into the urban environment and creating partnerships among artists, the community and business. This year, we will be hosting two artist at a time, allotting each artist a locked case that is 8’ long x 44’’ high x 4’’ wide. We always welcome kids and group shows to apply!

Want to Show YOUR Work in our Gallery in 2018? Contact Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Buckman ( for more information.