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Nature comes to life in “The Exquisite Menagerie” exhibit

Friday, April 05, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 3/26/2013
Contact – Art Gallery Director, Molly Carter (815)226-4105


Rockford, Ill. – The Rockford College Art Gallery will hold a reception for The Exquisite Menagerie, an exhibition featuring the work of contemporary artists Michael Noland, Betsy Youngquist and Lauren Levato. The reception for the artists will be held on Friday, April 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. on the Rockford College campus in the Clark Arts Center, Art Gallery located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. The exhibition will run from March 29 through April 26.

Michael Noland ImageMichael Noland's paintings (image at left) are based on traditional American scenes that are molded to his unique vision. Noland creates vitality though exaggeration in form, repetition of line and saturation of color. Common views and unique animals seem both darkly surreal and amusing.

Betsy Youngquist’s mixed media beadwork reflects a fascination with the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology. Stemming from a life-long love of all creatures great and small, Betsy’s work weaves together the human and animal spirit through a surrealistic lens.

Lauren Levato delves into wonder and memory in her recent drawings that explores how the body itself becomes a Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 3 – 6 p.m. and by appointment. Please contact the Rockford College Art Gallery Curator for more information at 815.226.4105 or


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