Illinois Wesleyan’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building will present “Tales from the
Home Front” by Nikki Vahle-Schneider and Rick Schneider, and “Sentient/Avian” by Kathryn O’Grady and voiced by Peter Guttmacher.
Schneider will deliver a lecture Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Ames School of Art building.
“Tales from the Home Front, ” featured in the Merwin Gallery, is a collaborative project
between Minnesota-based couple Vahle-Schneider and Schneider. With the combination of her woodcuts with his glass sculptures, the artists create
pieces that represent the ordinary, everyday parts of life in a sentimental and ironic
way. Their collaborative pieces have been displayed throughout the United States,
appeared in American Craft,Glass, American Style and Neus Glas magazines, and were included in the Museum of Art and Design’s permanent collection.
The “Sentient/Avian” exhibition will be featured in the Wakeley Gallery. O’Grady’s
paintings focus on color, nature and the complexities of the natural world as it collides
with humans’ intentions. Her work has been shown in solo shows and group exhibitions
throughout the country, and is included in the collections of galleries in Maryland
Guttmacher first became involved in the arts through theater. He has premiered three
plays in New York and was a member of the Boston Shakespeare Company. As a children’s
author he has published for Scholastic Inc., Macmillan Publishers and the Children’s
Television Workshop, and his photography has been shown at the Mitchell Gallery, the
Maryland Federation of Art and the University of Maryland’s University College Gallery.
On Oct. 8, there will be an opening reception for both exhibits in the galleries from
5 to 6 p.m. The galleries are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evening from 7
to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed for
Fall Break on Oct. 10. Extended hours for Homecoming Weekend Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 will
be from 11 to 5 p.m., and a special reception for Illinois Wesleyan alumni will be
held on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the galleries.