Freeport Arts Center
Undercurrents: Drawings by Chris Fusco-Ruch / Paintings by Ray Canty
November 21, 1999 - January 9, 2000
In Undercurrents: Drawings by Chris Fusco-Ruch, the Dakota High School art instructor shows her large colored pencil drawings on black paper. She chooses underwater landscapes as her subject because, "Oceans are one of the last great areas of exploration of unknown worlds. They are a place of discovery, wonder, and danger. The plants look like animals, the animals look like plants. Nothing is certain. Unlike traditional landscape, the oceans provide a softer, gentler landscape of the mind." Fusco-Ruch has B.S., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Northern Illinois University. (left: Chris Fusco-Ruch, Beneath Darwin's Lake)
In Paintings by Ray Canty, a second exhibition, the Peoria artist uses layers of color in his tempera paintings on textured paper. He has exhibited his paintings regionally and nationally, including a one-man show at Caterpillar Tractor corporate offices and the Adirondacks National Travel Exhibition. Canty writes, "The colors of my artistry are joyful and sensitive to light and subject matter. My subject matter consists of local scenes, landmarks, kids, cats, and even the kitchen sink. I try to challenge myself to make the somewhat mundane and ordinary something quite beautiful and extraordinary." His exhibition includes several paintings from his "Route 66: John's Modern Cabins" series. (right: Ray Canty, No Smoking Within 50 Feet)
As a gift to the community, the Freeport Arts Center offers free admission to everyone every day through December 31, 1999.
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