DeKALB – The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb, is featuring two exhibitions in July, depicting America from the viewpoints of landscape and abstract history.
“Another Time and Place” is an exhibition of color photographs of the high desert taken by The Art Box owner, Dan Grych. Grych relocated to Arizona for almost three years after living in DeKalb for 35 years, including eight as the owner of DeKalb Gallery. He is celebrating his first anniversary at The Art Box with a suite of color photographs.
“Some people believe that the altitude and climate of Arizona is the main catalyst for ‘experiences’ that people have out there,” Grych said.
“I discovered that the effects with the mountains and atmosphere were similar with what I had experienced experimenting with color transparencies since the 1980s. It was also interesting to see how nature has adapted and evolved in a harsh and fragile environment. There were some special moments that can only happen when a person spends a length of time in a place that the ancient peoples considered sacred, but the Midwest is my home.”
“Angels and Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement 1954-1968: Their Place in the American Flag” is an exhibit of mixed media and collage pieces by the fifth grade class at Founders Elementary School in DeKalb.
The exhibition is being promoted by teacher Christine Perkovich. Each of the 40 art pieces represents an “angel” or “soldier” of the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968.
Drawing information and inspiration from print and film resources provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the work of Jasper Johns, these fine art pieces pay homage to the movement’s dedicated nonviolent soldiers as well as to its innocent bystanders.
Working to support DeKalb School District 428 social studies, language arts, and fine arts curricular goals, the exhibition is the result of a collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching effort between Perkovich and District 428 guest art teacher Cate Cardella. The teachers combined their expertise to help students achieve an understanding of a time in the United States’ not-so-long-ago history when civil rights were fought and died for.
There will be a reception for all of the artists for both exhibitions from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at The Art Box. For more information, call 815-758-0313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.