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Gallery exhibit to highlight works with timely topics

Painter Kim Rahal is exhibiting this painting, titled “Resiliencym” about the intersection of women’s empowerment and the challenge of personal perseverance.
Painter Kim Rahal is exhibiting this painting, titled “Resiliencym” about the intersection of women’s empowerment and the challenge of personal perseverance.

GRAYSLAKE – Blue Moon Gallery will host a new exhibition featuring 34 works of art by 16 artists from northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin that explore today’s most timely topics and events.  

The works will be displayed Feb. 22 to March 2 at Blue Moon Gallery, 18620 Belvidere Road, Grayslake. The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. An artist’s reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 is free and open to the public.

The exhibit delves into a wide range of topics, including the current socio-political landscape, global youth activism and climate change, women’s empowerment, addiction, gun violence, anxiety and mental health, feminism, loss and grief, abuse, the perception of beauty, ecology, science, HIV/AIDS and more.  

Zion printmaker Sean Bishop created “Unity,” a 4-foot-by-4-foot statement using charcoal paint and printmaker ink. His work explores how unity pushes through chaos via peace, kindness and knowing that we are all better together. Gurnee oil painter Susan Schneider submitted portraits of Greta Thunberg and Albert Einstein, encouraging viewers to contemplate the value of science. Paper artist Melissa Rasor from Grayslake used recycled magazines to create three stunning visuals that were inspired by her visits to regional forest preserves, while emphasizing the 3 Rs of ecology – reduce, reuse, recycle. Burlington, Wisconsin, painter Kim Rahal is exhibiting a 4-foot-by-5-foot painting titled “Resiliency” about the intersection of women’s empowerment and the challenge of personal perseverance. 

The show features a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, encaustic, batik, recycled materials, paper collage and mixed media. 

For information regarding the exhibit, call Kendra Kett, the director at Blue Moon Gallery, at 847-648-1011.

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