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DeKalb artist featured in Skokie festival

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 12:13 p.m. CDT

Dorothea Bilder, nationally- and internationally-known local artist, has been invited to exhibit at the Skokie Public Library, Radmacher Gallery from Jan. 18 through March 10 during the “Coming Together in Skokie” event.

“Coming Together in Skokie” is a cultural event that originated three years ago. Skokie residents speak more than 90 different languages and dialects,and each year a different culture is explored in depth. This year is a celebration of Greek culture.

Bilder’s art exhibition, “Layers of Days,” will consist of nearly 70 pieces of original art, including hand-pulled stone lithographs, oil paintings on canvas and collages. Her work depicts landscapes of an ethereal nature. More important than capturing the landscape in realistic terms is to capture the mood and the texture of a landscape, creating a universal image. Many of her images are created with the use of aerial photographs, microscopes, telescopes, maps and map symbols, an abstraction that also includes wisps of her Greek heritage. She is a professor emeritus at the Northern Illinois University School of Art.

An opening reception is set 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the library. Bilder also will  appear at the library from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 and will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. A closing reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

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