NIU art alumna's work at DeKalb Women's Center

DEKALB—Danielle Lavetta Burbach, a recent graduate of the Northern Illinois University (NIU) School of Art, will exhibit her work in a show titled “Visionary Visuals” during January at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center OnStage Gallery.

A local artist originally from Apple River, Ill., Burbach emphasized oil and watercolor painting as well as printmaking techniques during her studies.

“My paintings are grounded in my interest of the visual experience, the space between object and viewer, where interpretation and personal reflection occur,” Burbach said. “I create experiential composition that operates directly on visual perception and optics, drawing the eye’s attention but allowing for a contemplative experience for the viewer, whether on the painting or on life itself.”

Her work rarely refers to material objects. Instead, she relies on “formal abstract elements to convey universally abstract ideas.” Burbach’s process is as important as the final product.

“Color, light and pattern are organically repeated within a structured composition, allowing my process to become meditative, much like creating a mandala,” she said.

The public is invited to view the exhibit from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, and Tuesdays, Jan. 9 and 16, or by appointment with Anna Marie Coveny, gallery director. An artist’s reception will be from 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25. The reception is free and open to the public.

The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is at 1021 State St. in DeKalb, four blocks north of Lincoln Highway. Parking is available one-half block south of the building, off 11th Street. The handicapped accessible lift can be reached from the alley north of the building. For more information or to arrange a group showing, call (815) 758-1351.

From the Jan. 3-9, 2007, issue

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