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posted: 11/29/2012 11:49 AM

Photographer opening solo show at Paramount Theatre

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By Melissa Mercado
Aurora Art Walk

A solo exhibit featuring the work of photographer Brian DeWolf on display on the second floor of the Paramount Theatre's Grand Gallery features a collection of large-scale banner prints from the Croissy exhibit in France along with more recent works and images of the Fox Valley area.

The exhibit will hang through Jan. 31 in the gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Most pieces are for sale. A free, opening reception is slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

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DeWolf says photography began as an exercise to produce artistic images from the places that were most familiar to him.

"People no longer see the luster on what has become dull from familiarity," he said. "I learned that we need not travel far to find light falling seductively upon an object."

In 2006, about 80 of DeWolf's images of the Fox Valley were chosen for "A Toast to the 14 Congressional District" event and fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert.

DeWolf is a member of Professional Photographers of America. His image "Foggy Morning Ride" was accepted into the PPA Loan Collection for 2002. Marathon Press, publisher of the Loan Collection, describes the collection as "the best of the best" from more than 8,000 entries. "Foggy Morning Ride" also won the Denise Kavanagh Award at the St. Charles Fine Art Show 2003.

In 2008, DeWolf was awarded the Bronze Level Photographer of the Year award when four out of four entries "merited" in PPA's international print competition. Thirteen of his images have "merited" in these international print competitions since 2002.

In 2007, representatives of the Geneva International Cultural Exchange Committee and Croissy sans Frontieres in Croissy-sur-Seine, France, invited DeWolf to photograph Croissy as a step in developing an artist exchange program between the two cities. Croissy and surrounding villages along the Seine River are called "the playground of the French impressionists." It resulted in a 2009 solo exhibit in France.

The Paramount Theatre Art Gallery located on the second floor of the Grand Gallery, opened in the fall of 2006. The Gallery features the work of both established and aspiring artists. For details about the gallery, or the hanging of a show, contact: melmeisch@comcast.net.

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