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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, DeKalb Area Women’s Cente
(815) 758-1351

January 5, 2006

NIU art alumnae featured artists
at DeKalb Area Women’s Center

DeKalb – Three Northern Illinois University fine arts graduates will lead off the 2006 exhibition schedule at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center in a group show titled “Recent Graduates: aka Grads A-Go-Go” until Jan. 27.

The artists, Sarah Beth Woods of Palatine, Lori Ann Ayers of DeKalb and Jennifer Krantz of Machesney Park, will be present for a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, which is free and open to the public.

Woods will exhibit new work in the On Stage Gallery including a large-scale painting on handmade paper, an artist’s book made of handmade paper illustrated with woodcuts, and small gouache paintings. “Pattern is a reoccurring theme in my work,” Woods said. “I use it to create narrative languages that explore certain emotions and aesthetics. My patterns often morph into landscapes, creating their own environments, never wavering from their feminine ideologies.”

Ayers’ paintings are created in gouache on paper. Her powerful images depict aerial views that take the form of idealized environments. In describing her work, she stated, “The artwork is intensely colorful and portrays a vastness of space along with a distanced isolation. Each piece achieves harmony within contradictions.” A marketing communications professional, Ayers relocated to DeKalb three years ago to complete her degree in painting at NIU. Also, her work is currently showing at an online Web gallery at in the Sarah’s Vineyards Submissions space.

From her “Opulent Indulgences” series, Krantz presents 10 chandelier paintings inspired by the antique chandelier that hung in her 1920s-style home. Her paintings incorporate a translucent linear style, a use of pattern and a complexity that plays with space within the paintings. Her focus is to create aesthetically pleasing paintings that capture a complex beauty, mystery and a feeling of nostalgia. “My paintings work to convey a sense of beauty, intricate pattern and a decorative quality,” she said.

The DAWC is located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb, and the exhibition is open for public viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays, and by appointment.

Parking is available in the newly paved lot one-half block south of the building off of Eleventh Street. The handicapped accessible lift can be reached from the alley north of the building. For further information or to arrange a group showing, call (815) 758-1351.