Photography exhibit shows different perspectives of Italy

FREEPORT—Freeport Arts Center (FAC) will feature the work of two artists—Dr. Edward Maglietta of Freeport and Brian Reis of DeKalb—in an exhibit that illustrates how differently two artists can interpret the landscape and culture of modern Italy. Both artists visited Italy and returned with unique impressions of their experiences.

“Dr. Edward Maglietta’s pastels include mainly the Italian landscape as the subject, and they often have a mystical quality similar to the style, palette and mood of 19th century romantic artists,” said Jessica Caddell, FAC collections manager. “As a very different view of Italy, Brian Reis’ photographs make more of a tongue-in-cheek critique of the dichotomy between the chaotic nature of a contemporary society that is surrounded by evidence of ancient civilizations.”

Dr. Maglietta was born in Chicago and moved to Freeport in 1963, lured by Freeport’s bustling downtown, beautiful homes and parks. Dr. Maglietta dabbled in pastels and other media throughout his career as a surgeon.

Reis is the registrar for West Chicago City Museum. He has been working with images and museum collections since earning his bachelor’s degree in photography in 1995.

The exhibition is open to the public through Sunday, Aug. 20.

FAC is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; and noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Tours may be scheduled by calling 235-9755. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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