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

October 25, 2006

NIU art student featured artist at DeKalb Area Women’s Center

DeKalb – A Northern Illinois University fine arts major will be the featured artist Nov. 1 to 26 at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC) Galleries in a solo exhibition titled “Entanglement: Solo Exhibition by Michelle Ramirez.”

The artist creates installations using handmade paper made from the yucca leaves that she has collected from the DeKalb area. By removing the dried, dead leaves, the plant is rejuvenated and continues to grow. After collection, leaves are processed through many stages of papermaking – a long and intensive process. “As a result, I have engineered my own fragmented sheets of paper. The work reflects the struggles within a deteriorating relationship. The yucca represents survival and strength,” says Ramirez.

The public is invited to view the exhibit from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, or by appointment with Anna Marie Coveny, gallery director. An artist’s reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The reception is free and open to the public.

The DAWC is located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb, one block south of Pleasant Street, between 10th and 11th streets. 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.