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Art of Illinois Opens at Gallery Seven

Gallery Seven in Lockport opened its exhibit Art of Illinois: A Bicentennial Celebration to a “bursting at the seams” crowd on Saturday, October 6th.  Over 60 artists from around the state are part of this exciting exhibit, which is on both the second and third floors of the Gaylord Building.

Presenting the awards and a certificate of recognition from the Illinois State Senate was Senator Pat McGuire.  Best of Show was awarded to Kiet Pham from Bolingbrook. His work is entitled Interwoven.

Art of Illinois opens at Lockport's Gallery Seven - Kiet Pham and IL Sen. Pat McGuire

“My work tends to focus on subjects and environments that are in the process of growth, decay, or stages of transition. These are periods of change in our life in which we acknowledge an end to something yet at the same time consider with fear, uncertainty, and excitement what is to come next - moments of epiphany that may be accompanied by melancholy or dread.”

Other awards presented that evening went to Tony Mujica from North Riverside 1stplace, for his painting entitled Intensity-A Portrait of John Coltrane; Tatiana Diaz from Joliet 2ndplace, for her painting Blind; Robert Schwieger from Plainfield 3rdplace, for his work Kabuki.  Honorable Mentions went to Elizabeth Farnesi from Tinley Park, Fred Klingelhofer from Des Plaines, and Mark Dierker from Rushville.

This exhibit is free and open to the public until October 31st.  Don’t miss out on the chance to see this amazing work by amazing Illinois artists

Gallery Seven is managed by a group of local artists, located at 200 West 8th Street, Lockport. This free gallery is open to the public Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and Noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. All exhibited work at Gallery Seven is for sale.

For more information, please visit www.galleryseven.net.