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‘Slow Motion’ on display at The Art Box

DeKALB – Local artists Renie B. Adams and Daniel Grych will feature their art in a duo exhibition, titled “Slow Motion,” at The Art Box gallery from May 5 through 31. An artists reception will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Each artist has a separate title for their body of work.

“Not So Still” includes original digital visual art still life compositions by Adams. She draws, colors and collages with a stylus on an electronic pad that displays the imagery on a computer screen.

“Some of the things in my pictures are drawn from real objects and some are imaginary, all of them arranged in imaginary spaces,” she said in a news release. “The intimate, domestic context of my work is a meaningful fit, arising from thoughts about childhood, nurturing and civility.”

Still lifes may be called still lifes because they picture inanimate objects, she said. But objects are transformed in a picture, made subjective, conveying personal forms and meanings that can be moving.

“If a still life moves you to new or renewed thought and feeling, then I think the still life is not so still,” she said in the release.

Grych’s “Passing Through” is an exhibit of digital color photographic landscapes that represent passages through time.

“Photographing landscapes becomes an ethereal experience by waiting for the right moment at the right time of year, at the right time of day, as I slowly pass through seasons, atmospheric conditions and time tables,” Grych said in the release.

Adams is professor emeritus from the School of Art - Fiber at Northern Illinois University.

She has enjoyed international recognition for her works in narrative embroidered pictures, many now in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin.

Grych is a 1974 NIU graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing. He has been an independent fine art consignment gallery owner and custom picture framer since 2000, who also manages a drawing group that meets weekly.

The Art Box is located at 308 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Shop and gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, closed Sundays and Wednesdays.

For information, call 815-758-0313, email or visit

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