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West Chicago art exhibit celebrates fall

Kathy Steere’s version of botanical art took a humorous twist with “Apple Crop 2012.” The year began with an early warm spring, followed by late freezing temperatures, summer heat and drought, and a damaging storm on July 1. Out of three apple trees, this one worm-eaten apple was the entire crop.

Kathy Steere's version of botanical art took a humorous twist with "Apple Crop 2012." The year began with an early warm spring, followed by late freezing temperatures, summer heat and drought, and a damaging storm on July 1. Out of three apple trees, this one worm-eaten apple was the entire crop.

 

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“Chaos” is from a series of pulp-paintings by paper and bookbinding artist Cheryl Mahowald.

"Chaos" is from a series of pulp-paintings by paper and bookbinding artist Cheryl Mahowald.

 

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Photographer Britta Renwick ran for her camera mid-dinner and snapped this image from the deck behind her house. For her, “Sky on Fire” is proof that one does not need to venture beyond the backyard to see that beauty in nature is everywhere.

Photographer Britta Renwick ran for her camera mid-dinner and snapped this image from the deck behind her house. For her, "Sky on Fire" is proof that one does not need to venture beyond the backyard to see that beauty in nature is everywhere.

 

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By Krista Coltrin

West Chicago's Gallery 200 ushers in the season with "Fall into Art," a mixed media exhibit to celebrate Artoberfest through Oct. 27 at 200 Main St., West Chicago.

Members' exhibits include oil paintings by Marge Hall; books and papers by Cheryl Mahowald; soft pastel by Heide Morris; mixed media by Buddy Plumlee, Mandy Jones and First Star Art; photography and jewelry by Britta Renwick; and colored pencil illustrations by Kathy Steere.

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What: "Fall into Art" mixed media exhibit
When: Through Oct. 27
Where: West Chicago's Gallery 200, 200 Main St.
Cost: Free
Info: (630) 293-9550 or www.gallery200.org

In addition to the exhibit, a silent auction has been added to the monthlong event.

Auction items will include fine art donated by Gallery 200 member artists such as framed originals, greeting cards and sculptures, as well as various art supplies for sale.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission Scholarship Fund to assist local students pursuing an arts education.

Gallery 200 is open noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, including a complete list of current art classes, contact (630) 293-9550 or www.gallery200.org.

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