Once upon I traveled… Exhibit

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Saturday, February 3, 2018

“Once upon I traveled…”, a dekalbgallery.com and invitational artists group exhibition will be showing art by how a person may discover an idea, technique or inspiration while traveling that affected his or her work or life as an artist. A variety of art and media will be on display from December 10th to February 3rd at The Art Box, 308 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, December 10 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Through history, many 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 known that a well in Syene had no shadow at noon on June 21st from travelers. 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 plain-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. Letitia Roller, NIU MFA graduate and dry pigment pastel artist now living in Santa Fe, writes “…to the coastal area of California and saw magnificent cedar trees shaped by the winds. Wow.”