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First Friday opening at Prairie Arts Center

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 4:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — “Timeline - New Challenges” is the title for the upcoming one-man art exhibit at the Prairie Arts Center during the month of April as the Prairie Arts Council presents Sharyl Iwanski from Plano.

An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception for Iwanski will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will remain open through April 21 with open hours on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

A self taught, mixed media artist, Iwanski didn’t start out in life as an artist. Growing up in a small town in Arkansas, she was far too intimidated to ever try creating anything artful. But during her senior year in high school, she was forced to take an art elective class.

“I think that the fear of failure is what keeps many people from expressing themselves creatively,” Iwanski said. She’s been experimenting with different materials ever since.

Iwanski uses ceiling tiles as her canvas. When first experimenting with tiles, she found that the roughness achieved by carving into them and peeling away the surface lent itself to trees and other natural shapes. After working with tiles for some time, she found them to be somewhat fragile. After a suggestion of a fellow Kendall Art Guild member, she started using a two-part resin. She continued experimenting while working with the resin and acrylic paints. After applying the paint to the tile and sometimes mixing paints with the resin, she then pours the resin over the tile and watches as the abstract image takes on a new form creating vibrant movement and color.

Iwanski has worked at the Yorkville Public Library for 15 years. She is currently employed at the library as manager of the circulation department.

Iwanski has exhibited her works extensively throughout Chicago and the southwest suburbs since 2005. Her exhibit represents the timeline of her art from when she first experimented with carving into the tiles to her most recent series of cityscapes.

The Prairie Arts Council’s opening artist’s receptions and exhibits are always open and free to the public.

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