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  Guided "Walk & Talk" Curator's Tour and Public Reception at Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery   

LOCKPORT, IL— All are welcome on Sunday, August 25, to participate in a guided tour of our current exhibition Fragile Relations: Art, Nature, and Environment.  The tour will begin at 2:00 pm and will be led by Jane Stevens, Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery.  According to Stevens, “The artists [in the exhibition] experience both urban and natural landscapes.  They explore the world through their eyes and senses and create art that reflects their perceptions of the world we live in.”  The tour is a terrific opportunity to hear directly from the curator about her process of selecting the artists while walking through the gallery to view the work on display.  Following the tour, ISM Lockport will host a simple reception with light refreshments.  Admission is free.  Reservations are not required. 

Fragile Relations: Art, Nature and Environment  highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.  Further, through their work these artists delve into both the internal—or personal—and the external—or shared—environments.  Through a process of reclaiming, Mary Ellen Croteau (Chicago), Carole Komarek (Arlington Heights), Michele Stutts (Chicago), and Toby Zallman (Chicago) transform discarded materials into beautiful works of art.  Denise Bellezzo (Naperville), Barbara Cooper (Chicago), and Donna Hapac (Chicago) incorporate natural materials into work that reflect the balances, transformations, and humor in nature. Photographers Xavier Nuez (Chicago), Jeff Crisman (Joliet), Jean Sousa (Chicago), Nora Lloyd (Chicago), Marjorie David (Chicago), and Mayra Pimentel (Chicago) explore the world around us—large and small, real and imaginary—revealing the junctures between humans and nature.  Alex Lopez’s (Murphysboro) mixed media video installations invite the audience to experience an environment that is both beautiful and slightly disturbing.  This exhibition is organized by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator/Gallery Administrator, Illinois State Museum Chicago.  Exhibition runs through October 25, 2013.  Please call ISM Lockport or visit our website for information on related events.

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building at 201 West 10th Street in Lockport, Illinois, and is fully accessible to all physically challenged individuals.  Museum hours are noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Museum is closed Saturdays and State Holidays.  Admission is free.  For information on exhibitions and related programs, becoming a member of the Friends of the Lockport Gallery, directions, or to schedule a group tour of ten or more, please visit the museum online at http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/lockport/ or call  (815) 838-7400.  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is part of the Illinois State Museum system, including sites in Springfield, Rend Lake, Chicago, and Lewistown.

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