Central Illinois Artists Bring Familiar Scenes to State Street Art Gallery at Robert Morris University Illinois

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The combined work of three artists from central Illinois make up the summer exhibit at the State Street gallery.

A drumset in a music shop window by John Scarborough

The State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University Illinois has brought together three artists from the central part of the state in a joint exhibition at the RMU State Street Gallery, 401 S. State in Chicago. Bernie White-Hatcher of Rochester, Barnabas Helmy of Springfield and John Scarborough of Granite City demonstrate different styles and media but include themes of the Midwest and nature.

Bernie White-Hatcher, a retired draftsman and drafting supervisor for the Bell System, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Land Community College, is an artist who believes her art reflects her personal evolution and development. Her landscapes and farm scenes are in hundreds of private and public collections in the US.

Barnabas Helmy chooses his subjects, carefully balancing color, line and composition, conveying everyday views in a new light. His work includes dramatic seascapes from around the world as well as cityscapes from downtown Springfield.

John Scarborough is a self-taught artist whose passion for art goes back to early childhood. A steel worker by day, he used his free time to continue studying the techniques and styles of the world’s most renowned painters. His realist style delivers beauty hidden in mechanical parts or store windows.

The exhibit continues through to September 17. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Robert Morris University Illinois is a not-for-profit, baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.* The University serves over 6500 students interested in getting an education in business, graphic arts, nursing and health care, culinary and computer studies at its main campus in Chicago, as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Bensenville, Springfield, Peoria, Schaumburg and Lake County. For more information, call 800-RMC-5960 or visit the web site at http://www.robertmorris.edu.

*Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-263-0456.

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