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

January 31, 2006

NIU art major, Sycamore student featured artists
at DeKalb Area Women's Center during February

DeKalb – An art education major at Northern Illinois University and a graduate of Sycamore High School are the featured artists in February at the DeKalb Area Women's Center.

Michelle Garrison, who will graduate from the NIU School of Art in May, will feature her work in the center's Great Hall Exhibit Space from Feb. 1 through Feb. 24. Sycamore alumna Nicole Parlette, who has completed art courses at Principia School of the Arts and Kishwaukee College, will exhibit her pieces in the OnStage Gallery throughout the month.

Garrison's show, “Scenes,” features digital photographs and mixed-media drawings. “These scenes read in the same way that a snapshot does,” she says. “Only the person behind the camera knows the true content, but the image in itself implies a narrative that the viewer can imagine.”

“Abundant Life,” Parlette's show, includes drawing, painting and printmaking. Parlette, a custom framer and teacher at the Sycamore Art Attack, plans to continue studying art at Principia.

A free, public reception for both shows is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The exhibitions are 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 paved lot one-half block south of the DAWC's 1021 State St. 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.

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