A two-woman art exhibition
“Marks Made” is coming to The Next Picture Show for a first-time special exhibition from December 13-January 7, 2023. It is free and open to the public during gallery hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or by appointment).
About the show
“Marks Made” is a two-woman show featuring Dixon natives Sydni Reubin and Heather Shore.
Reubin and Shore’s mixed media portraits are literal and metaphorical illustrations of the marks made by one woman on another. Through their mark-making and layering of media, they attempt to explore the marks these women have made on them.
In this series, they attempt to look beyond the basic tropes of sisterhood by taking a deeply personal look at their relationships with other women. While Reubin explores the strength and resilience of those women closest to her, Shore investigates her own strength and the effects of relationships with the women of her past.
An art teacher that made a difference
Not to be overlooked is the role one woman has played in their life. Reubin and Shore share a mentor in Dr. Lisa Kastello, who taught both artists while serving as their art teacher at Dixon High School from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Reubin and Shore consider their relationship with Dr. Kastello fundamental in their development as both artists and women. Their collaborative work featuring Dr. Kastello blends their mark-making to show appreciation for the marks Dr. Kastello left on them.
Meet Sydni Reubin
Sydni Reubin was born and raised in Dixon, IL, and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 2009. Since graduating from MIAD, she has won numerous awards for her work, including Best of Show at the Grand Detour Arts Festival in 2013 and Best of Show at the Phidian Art Exhibit in Dixon, IL, in 2018. In 2021, her work was featured in four national and international watercolor exhibits and included in the “Best of 2021” issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. She currently lives and paints in Madison, WI.
Meet Heather Shore
Illinois-based artist and educator Heather Shore has been teaching and creating art for the past 20 years and is most well known for her mixed media mandalas inspired by the women in her life.
In her most recent work, she turns her focus inward, looking at the effects of being alone through a series of mixed media portraits and self-portraits. In this series, she attempts to reflect on the loneliness, contentment, and even joy that can be found in being alone.
It’s on our Calendar!
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The opening reception for “Marks Made” is Friday, December 16, from 6-8 p.m.