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Reverse glass painting at KVAL

Local artist Brett Whitacre will demonstrate his reverse glass painting technique at the Kishwaukee Valley Art League meeting at 7 p.m. May 1 in the Hy-Vee Club Room, 2700 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.

Whitacre is a self-taught American artist living and working in northern Illinois. His art is inspired by a mix of vintage and modern advertising, as well as American history. Upon moving to Chicago in 2000, he began collecting otherwise discarded materials from alleyways such as old window panes, television sets, luggage and salvaged wood. He applies his imagery to the found objects juxtaposing old and new. The end result tends to have a strong modern feel contrasted with a rustic warmth.

Whitacre’s art has been featured in exhibits in Chicago, Copenhagen, Nashville, Lansing, Mich., and Grand Rapids, Mich. Some pieces of his art are now sold through Crate & Barrel’s store CB2. His work also was featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

At the May 1 meeting, Whitacre will show all of the steps of the reverse glass painting process from inspiration to execution of the piece. Since he uses spray paint exclusively, he won’t be able to demonstrate that, but he will have a piece in progress and a finished piece to discuss. Visit his website at www.brettwhitacre.net.

The Kishwaukee Valley Art League was formed in 1972 to support the arts in the Kishwaukee Valley area. Its purpose is to encourage the practice and appreciation of the arts in all media and to educate people within the community. The programs are open to the public and free of charge. Visit the group at the Northern Illinois Arts & Crafts Show on the Courthouse lawn in Sycamore on May 31 and June 1, where more than 60 artists and crafters will exhibit.

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