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Art Box to premiere "Under the Starry Night" show Sunday

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on 11/12/2015

Art Box to premiere "Under the Starry Night" show Sunday
Published: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 1:01 a.m. CST
By BRITTANY KEEPERMAN bkeeperman @shawmedia.com
Daniel Grych is looking forward to bringing a variety of work from local artists to the community with his new show “Under the Starry Night,” which will open Sunday at The Art Box in downtown DeKalb. 
The show will feature a variety of visual art works including paintings, lithographs, wood carvings and photographs, all completed by artists in the DeKalb and northern Illinois area. One of Grych’s goals is to keep the arts alive in DeKalb, he said. 
“There is a certain uniqueness to the art in this area,” Grych said. “I want to be able to share that with people who maybe don’t have an art background. There are also a lot of collectors in this town and I want it to be interesting to them as well.” 
Many artists draw upon their surroundings, even if they work in the abstract, Grych said. 
“There is a certain energy about this place,” he said. “It’s a mini-cosmopolitan area in these vast fields of farmland and there is something romantic about that.” 
Robert Bornhuetter, a printmaker and retired Northern Illinois University professor, is one of the artists who will show his work in the “Under the Starry Night” exhibition. He has shown at The Art Box for years, he said. 
“It’s a really good cultural spot that [Grych] has put together,” he said. “You always hope the people around here will come out and see the shows.” 
Bornhuetter said he drew much of his inspiration for his work from his time spent working in Brazil, where he experimented with incorporating color, politics and humor into his work. He also has shown work in Italy and Ireland.
“A lot of it is being seen,” he said. “You really have to be visible as an artist.” 
Dorothea Bilder said that DeKalb has inspired her work to a certain extent. She has created paintings based on the garden at the Ellwood House and said the peaceful atmospheres in the county bring up something creative in her. 
“Northern Illinois has so much going for it,” she said. “I like the town and community a lot. It’s not as much of a hub as Chicago is, so it gives you space where you live to conjure up different scenes.” 
“Under the Starry Night” will run Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. An opening reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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