‘Midwest Roots’ on display at The Art Box in DeKalb, Ill.

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — “Midwest Roots,” a group art exhibition by dekalbgallery.com artists, will be on display at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., in downtown DeKalb, Ill., from Nov. 15 to Jan. 6, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15.

All of the artists in this exhibition are originally from the Midwest, and most of them had connections and experiences through Northern Illinois University (NIU) and/or DeKalb seeking opportunities in the area of fine art. The majority of the artists live in DeKalb and the greater DeKalb area, while a couple have re-located to Rimrock, Ariz., and Santa Fe, N.M.

The artists’ backgrounds, as well as their talents, are diverse, and have been recognized for their work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, depending upon their chosen profession in the field.

The artists in this exhibition have had their work collected by art lovers, private investors, colleges, universities and corporations. Their biographies, artist statements and art can be viewed online at www.dekalbgallery.com.

Exhibiting artists are Renie Adams, Carmen Armstrong, Gil Beamsley, Dorothea Bilder, Bob Bornhuetter, Eileen Bosic, James Cecchetti, Jim Dester, Daniel Grych, Bill Haendel, Louis Mustari, Brian Reis, Monica Remaley, Joan Robertson, Letitia Roller, Linda Thornton Peterson, Tamara Shriver, George Turner, David Wennemar, Gene Westerberg and Mary Yankovich-Ahlgren.

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Midwest Roots,” the following three books will be featured:

A Sense Sublime, by Richard Quinney, who currently resides in Madison, Wis., is professor emeritus from NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-Criminal Psychology. His book features more than 60 photographs of DeKalb and DeKalb County.

Hey Kid!, by Danny Dillman, professor emeritus from NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-Geography and local author, is a story of his experiences as a teen-ager working for the Michigan Detroit Tigers visiting baseball teams.

Catato, by Renie Adams, professor emeritus from NIU School of Art-Fiber and local artist, is beautifully illustrated with computer manipulations, the punch for a humorous narration of mixing vegetables with animals.

Contact Dan Grych at (815) 758-0313 or e-mail dan@dekalbgallery.com for more details. The Art Box is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and will be closed for major holidays.

From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue

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