“Once Upon I Traveled …”, a dekalbgallery.com and invitational artists group exhibition, shows how discovering an idea, technique or inspiration while traveling affects an artist’s work or life.
The exhibit will be displayed from Sunday to Feb. 3 at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. The opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Through history, people have discovered many things from travel. Eratosthenes, from the second century B.C., may have never discovered the circumference of the earth had he not learned from travelers that a well in Syene had no shadow at noon June 21.
China may have not been discovered if Marco Polo and his uncles had not traveled to Mongolia. And we may not have ever heard of Marco Polo, a Venetian, if he had not shared a prison cell in Genoa with a romance novelist. If it were not for the plein air artists from a century ago, natural light, color and self expression also may not have been discovered.
In this day and age, visual art has become very individualized and artists are still inspired by traveling; whether it is from an early morning walk around the neighborhood, a road trip, a distant country, or discovering who we really are through meditation. Artists will typically visually depict an inspiration with his or her medium of expertise.
In this exhibition, a short story from each artist will complete the sentence of the title of the show that will be included on the wall label.
The Art Box is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Wednesday.
For information, contact Daniel Grych at 815-758-0313 or dan@dekalbgallery or visit www.dekalbgallery.com.