Arts Illiana opens new exhibit, ‘Masks,’ Friday

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A mask by Terre Haute artist Rod Bradfield.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Arts Illiana will open “Masks,” its first exhibit of 2021, on Friday, and gallery director Michael Tingley will conduct a virtual tour of the exhibit in a Facebook Live event from 7-8 p.m.

The “Masks” exhibition call was extended to artists in North America and yielded 111 entries from 49 artists. Guest Curator, Terre Haute artist David Erickson, chose 70 pieces from 41 artists representing 15 states, Washington, D.C., and two Canadian provinces. All work in the show is available for purchase.

“It’s interesting to find such a wide variety of unique visual responses to a current common object by so many local, regional, and national talented artists,” Erickson said.

In addition to exhibiting his work locally, nationally and internationally, Erickson has designed sets and art work for Community Theatre of Terre Haute and Theater 7. In 2012, he designed and painted a large mural for the Terre Haute Children’s Museum entitled ‘Flightful Fantasy’ – about the history of flight. An exhibit of David’s work will be featured in the North Gallery during the run of “Masks.”

Arts Illiana, 23 N. 6th St., is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Patrons may also visit the gallery on Saturdays by appointment only, arranged by emailing artsillianagallery@gmail.com. A catalogue of the work in the show and video of the Facebook Live event will be available at the gallery’s website.

Arts Illiana asks that those visiting the gallery please wear face masks.

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