Mansion becomes temporary gallery

DeKALB – From Oct. 19 through Dec. 9, the Ellwood House Museum Visitors Center will host an exhibition of work by 21 artists who are regular exhibitors on, an online fine art gallery.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

DeKalb Gallery was created by Dan Grych in 2000 to bring visual arts to the DeKalb community. The number of featured artists grew from the original 12 to as many as 90 showing their work at any given time on a consignment basis. Literally hundreds of artists were represented between 2000 and 2008 in solo and group exhibitions that even included high school art students. The art venue reached talents from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Sycamore and the greater northern Illinois area. 

The gallery website was created by David Galica, owner of Snare Systems in downtown DeKalb, and has offered global exposure to artists. Talent ranges from professor emeriti from the NIU School of Art to those who are just beginning their art careers. When Grych  moved to Arizona in 2008, the physical gallery closed, but the online gallery remained.

Grych moved back to DeKalb in the spring of 2011 and opened The Art Box that June as a frame shop. That November, he began offering solo exhibitions to artists. His first featured artist, Gingie Noe, died three days before the opening of her exhibit of original watercolors. Noe was one of the original 12 artists whose work graced the walls of the DeKalb Gallery in 2000. 

Another half dozen artists have joined since Grych’s return. The gallery can viewed from any computer with an Internet connection. It represents the visual arts from gifted individuals using a variety of media.

All of the pieces in the Ellwood House Visitors Center exhibit are for sale, and 30 percent of the proceeds go directly to The Ellwood House Museum. The online gallery is currently being redesigned by David Wennemar, and should be ready for viewing in the near future.

For further information, contact Dan Grych at 815-758-0313 or email The Ellwood House Museum Visitors Center is open 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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