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posted: 4/18/2014 10:37 AM

4th Fridays at The Starline Gallery celebrates 3rd anniversary

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Josie Mintz

This month, Fourth Fridays at The Starline in Harvard will celebrate three years of bringing a monthly fresh and fun night of art and music to the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Each month offers an exciting and culturally relevant evening with an art exhibit by established and emerging regional artists, a photography contest exhibit, open Starline artist studios and live music on both floors, as well as a cash bar -- all for the low cover price of $5 per person.

This month's anniversary celebration promises to be another "must see" event all around. The featured artist, Peggy Gannon, is a mixed media artist who describes herself as "attracted to things left behind." She utilizes photography, but combines it with other mediums such as oils or acrylics to create a textured surface. Peggy says her exhibit, titled "Structures," reflects her sadness that beautiful, unique old barns, factories and other structures are being torn down and replaced by box-style buildings with no character to them. The exhibit will also feature a wall dedicated to the Rockford Rescue Mission, with a selection of Peggy's drawings for sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds from those drawings will be donated to the Rockford Rescue Mission.

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The event will also feature musical performances by regional bands On a Dime and Ian Hall. When asked for a hint about the evening's theme, creator and producer Nancy Merkling would only say that the April forecast says it will be raining art, and maybe a couple of other surprises as well. If you want to find out more, you'll have to come to this month's 4th Fridays in person. You won't want to miss this exciting event!

The 4th Fridays at The Starline Gallery will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25. Cost is $5 per person.

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