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Gallery Features Work of Award-winning Artists

January 11, 2013

The three exhibiting artists are members of the Eastern Illinois University faculty. The show features “some truly beautiful work in an eclectic mix of styles and mediums,” says Dan Connolly, gallery director.

The work of award-winning visual artists Denise Rehm-Mott, David Griffin and Ke-Hsin Jenny Chi are on display in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 7th. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The three exhibiting artists are members of the Eastern Illinois University faculty. The show features “some truly beautiful work in an eclectic mix of styles and mediums,” says Dan Connolly, gallery director.

Rehm-Mott, a printmaker who has taught in Illinois for more than 25 years, has won numerous awards, including Best of Show Award at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Ind. and an award at the 3rd Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Her prints investigate the “process of decay and vivid beauty,” as seen in bird boxes placed in pristine old growth forest settings.

“These bird houses sit up and almost assume their own kind of personality; they are like the sentinels that watch over and guard the landscape,” says Connolly. “The manipulated perspective Rehm-Mott draws and the patterns of the shadows within the woods evoke a spirit of the setting and create a sense of psychological presence.”

Griffin, whose work is published in the 2001 Made in Illinois: An Artisan Gallery, specializes in metalsmithing and jewelry design. His work “tends to be a little bit more abstract, combining materials of different natures or elements in a cleaner, more modern aesthetic,” says Connolly.

“This was a natural combination to show the Rehm-Mott and Griffin pieces together,” says Connolly.

Chi, a Taiwan native who studied at the New York Academy of Art, is inspired by the human figure and paints in a style reminiscent of the Old Masters and often referencing work done in the Italian Renaissance, says Connolly.

“My subject matters are taken from literary or mythological tales,” states Chi in her artist statement. “As a narrator, I use line, shadow and color as my voice to introduce the characters.”

A gallery reception with the artists will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7.

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