Artist Exhibition

anthill gallery presents the work of two highly-acclaimed Southern Illinois artists for  the beginning of its 2013 Artist Exhibition Series.

Paulette Aronson, Cobden and Tom Bell, Makanda will exhibit their award-winning artwork in two Cobden, Illinois locations beginning in April.

“Paulette Aronson and Friends” will commence the 2013 season at anthill gallery, while Tom Bell’s digital photography painting will be showcased at the Luna Gallery in the Yellow Moon Cafe.

As a child, Paulette Aronson was art maker, colorist, cutter and gluer – a “constructor” whocome play with me-1 learned to use cast-offs from the world around her to create.   Enticed and enchanted by color and small details, she was unable to resist the lure of exploring multiple dimensions.   “Melding the traditional to the non-traditional is a form of upcycling and repurposing.”  Paulette says that she is inspired by nature and the “humor found in the inconsistencies of life”.   Paulette earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University plus additional hours in drawing, painting, and printmaking.  Her award-winning artwork has been been exhibited at local, state and national levels. Paulette invites you to, “come play with me, and be delighted by small things.”     Students from classes Paulette led at anthill gallery were also invited as friends to share in the exhibition at anthill through June 2.       An artist reception for“come play with me,” will be held Saturday, May 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition hours at anthill gallery, 102 North Front Street, Cobden are Sunday and Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Tom Bell is an international award-winning fine art photographer. He has been a photographer most of his life, becoming involved with digital imaging in the early 1990s.  He has received broad aclaim for his digital paintings, which are featured at the Luna Gallery in The Yellow Moon Cafe, 110 N. Front, Cobden, beginning in April.   Tom is recognized for his cultural photographs of Mayan Indians taken when he served as a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala in 1991. He has worked as educator, journalist and television producer.   Bell explains that the works which are exhibited at the Luna Gallery in the Yellow Moon Cafe “show how traditional art forms of painting and photography blend and thrive in the digital age”.   A concurrent artist reception for Tom Bell’s exhibition of digital photography painting will be held at anthill gallery  Saturday, May 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Luna Gallery hours in the Yellow Moon Cafe are Wednesday through Friday 10 to 2p.m.; reopening Friday 6 to close; Saturday 10 to close.

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