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Published: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Maria Dimanshtein and Gallery 214 at Northern Illinois University will present “What A Long Night It Has Been,” an exhibition of artwork by 21 artists working in a variety of media.

The artists who are based in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York address issues of broken relationships, loss, fear of death, suffering of the body and the meaning or meaninglessness of life.

Contrary to our wishes or intentions, sometimes we find ourselves in a place of turmoil. Overwhelming and prolonged presence of dark emotions can make us lose a sense of self, become disoriented, disconnected from the rest of the world. While we are within that experience it might be hard to imagine feeling differently. Therefore a time like this can be like a never-ending night.

We often hide negative and difficult feelings from the rest of the world. We may feel vulnerable, misunderstood, fearful of being judged by others. This exhibit acknowledges existence of pain and sadness as an inevitable and universal experiences. Its intention is to lift up a veil of silence and isolation by creating a context in which we can relate to each other.

“What A Long Night It Has Been” will be exhibited Oct. 15 through 19 at Gallery 214 in the Visual Arts Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, with a performance at 6 p.m. and artist panel at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.MariaDimanshtein.com.

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