KC Gallery Hosts Why I Fly Joint Exhibition in February

MALTA (KC) -- The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting a joint exhibition of the works of two local artists, Gingie Noe and Julie Sorensen, titled Why I Fly.

The exhibition will run through February 24. Gallery hours for the spring semester are Mondays, 1 – 5:00p.m.; Tuesdays, 11:00 - 9:00p.m.; Wednesdays, noon – 9:00p.m.; Thursdays, 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.; and Fridays, 1 – 3:00p.m. There will be an Artists’ Reception on Wednesday, February 23 from 5 – 7:00p.m. in the Gallery. The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the Artists’ Reception are free and open to the public.

Gingie Noe holds a BA in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University and has taken 15 hours of graduate level art classes at NIU as well as 27 hours of fine arts classes at Kishwaukee College. Noe has been showing her work since 1991 across the area and she has had works in 33 regional invitational or juried shows since 2000. Sorensen holds a MFA in Jewelry and Metalwork, an MA in Fiber and Metalwork, BFA in Fiber, and a BSEd in Visual Arts Instruction, all from NIU. Sorensen is currently the Visual Arts instructor for Genoa-Kingston Middle School. She has shown her work at galleries and exhibitions across the region in solo, group and juried shows.

Noe and Sorensen described Why I Fly: “With this show we hope to take viewers in flight with us to those places in our hearts and minds that spur us to create art—to share with you what we see and how we see it.” The two women work in different mediums but the show is distinctly cohesive, with each piece complementary to the whole while simultaneously intriguing on its own.

Both draw their initial inspiration from the natural world. Gingie Noe works in watercolors with a captivating richness. “For me, it always begins with nature—the wild array of colors, the profundity of wildflowers that just sprout up annually,” she explained. “Butterflies fascinate me. Those intricately designed wings exposing faux eyes, flashing colors on one side and closing to dull camouflage on the flip. I saw an etching done by another artist called Butterflies in Space. The idea soared in my mind and out of it grew a series of paintings. Many of those are part of this show.”

Julie Sorensen works primarily in copper enameling and Why I Fly features several splendid wall pieces. She cites the medium as providing a unique method of creating the breathtaking deep colors of her works. “The medium of enamel (glass) fused to copper combines the traditional and conventional effects of painting with an intrinsic, gemlike luminescence,” she said. “My imagery has been inspired primarily by the complex order of the natural world.”

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