Gallery at Bennie’s Cleaners hosts artists

The Gallery at Bennie’s Cleaners is proud to return, by popular demand, the trio of artists whose works have created much interest: Carolyn Mastroianni, Duane Smith and J. Eric Anderson. Their paintings are hung and will be available for viewing and purchase through Aug. 31 at this one-of-a-kind gallery at 126 N. First St. in Rockford. The hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Carolyn Mastroianni’s oil paintings are alive in color, concept, composition and beauty. The subjects of her imaginative mind and brush open the eyes and feelings of the viewer to see the beauty she sees. Mastrioianni has taught art at Highland College, is a member of the board of directors of Freeport Arts Center, has received many awards, exhibited in many solo shows, and her work is included in private collections throughout the Midwest.

Duane Smith has taught high school art, supervised elementary art, and was head of the Art Department for Freeport Schools until his retirement. Smith’s paintings include a wide variety of media: pastels, acrylics and watercolor. Regardless of the medium, he captures the spirit and wonder of the landscape. He brings these wonders and feelings of the woods, fields and streams of the Midwest to life in each work. His paintings and illustrations have received awards in galleries, colleges and museums, and are in public and private collections throughout the country.

J. Eric Anderson’s watercolor paintings reflect his passion and enjoyment in his impressions of subject matter, which vary from city to country landscapes, from traditional to abstract. He’s known for his careful attention to composition and perspective, his use of color and textured washes. His work has been selected for juried exhibits throughout Illinois and as far afield as Mississippi. He has had one-man shows in museums in Illinois and Iowa, and most recently exhibited in Orchard Park, Kansas. He fulfills commissions for clients, and his paintings appear in private and corporate collections nationwide. Examples of his work are on view at his Web site:

from the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2007, issue

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