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ICC Art Gallery Shows Featuring Watercolors, Photomontages Open March 18

A pair of exhibits opening Wednesday, March 18, will feature watercolors and photomontages in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Still Life Reflections, an exhibit of watercolors of Peggy Flora Zalucha, opens March 18, with an opening reception with the artist from noon to 2 pm, in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. The exhibit will be on display through April 17.

Flowers and Phenomena: an exhibit of the desert photomontages of Les Barta, will be on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery from March 18 through April 13.

Zalucha earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1980, she put aside acrylics and canvas for watercolor or acrylic on paper. Soon after, Zalucha became a member of the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic and the National Watercolor Society, winning first place at the NWS National Juried Exhibition in 1987. She is also a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society and many others. She also owns and runs a graphic design studio that specializes in graphics for hospitals. Zalucha enjoys teaching workshops, especially beginning watercolor.

Barta was born in Hungary, grew up in San Francisco and attended Columbia University in New York City. He now resides in Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Sedona, Ariz., as an artist and entrepreneur. Barta developed his artistic concept in the 1970s mainly as photocollages, which evolved into digital constructions around 1990. The subjects of his work are often landmark settings from the western and southwestern USA. Barta’s artwork has been shown or featured in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the country. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard University Art Galleries and the Denver Art Museum are among the collections which include Barta’s work.

Regular hours of operation for the art galleries at ICC are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Galleries are closed during college holidays and breaks. Galleries will be closed on April 3. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.

The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com, or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.