‘Rural Romanticism’ opens at DeKalb’s The Art Box April 3

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DEKALB, Ill. — Local artist Linda Thornton Peterson will be showing landscapes portrayed in various mediums and literary works in an exhibition called “Rural Romanticism” at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill., April 3-30. The opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 3. An evening of open poetry is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 22.

Peterson’s focus in her art is nature, especially landscapes, trees and wildflowers. Atmosphere and color are paramount. Color expresses her mood and the seasons. No figures are present in her work — just you, the viewer, in nature, because she wishes to portray a sense of calm and timelessness. (Her motto: “Better a tree than a figure.”)

She sketches on location and photograph almost daily, looking and learning to see, to convey the light and space. Her learning of the Illinois landscape is an ongoing process. With each painting, she works to achieve stronger designs and a more impressionistic style. There are at times, however, that landscape abstractions are now finding their way into her work. This happens when she feels she has expressed, realistically, a particular subject to the point where she understands it, and can reduce the subject matter, its color and shapes to a minimum, readable composition. This exhibition will be showing works of acrylics, watercolor and pencil.

Peterson is originally from New Orleans. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree with minors in journalism and psychology from Louisiana State University; and later worked as a stringer photographer for the Associated Press/Denver Post. She also taught adults painting and drawing for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Once her second child was born, she became a stay-at-home mother with four children. When in New York City, she studied locally with two trained artists/illustrators, belonged to art guilds, displayed in galleries and gained art commissions.

Twenty years later, Peterson took two years of post- graduate classes to add a K-12 art teacher’s certificate. Upon completion, she got an offer she couldn’t refuse — a graduate assistantship to Miami University of Ohio — and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration and mental health counseling, a career change that kept her from full-time painting for another 20 years until she retired in 2007 from Northern Illinois University as a C.H.A.N.C.E. counselor. Peterson is a member of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League, dekalbgallery.com online fine art gallery, and a writing group in DeKalb where she has had a literary piece published in a journal last fall.

For further information regarding “Rural Romanticism,” contact Dan Grych at (815) 758-0313 or e-mail dan@dekalbgallery.com. The Art Box is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Posted April 2, 2014

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