FREEPORT, Illinois – If You Only Knew, an art exhibition that first premiered in Woodstock, Illinois will open at the Freeport Art Museum on Saturday, September 8th from 5-8 p.m. Featuring work by artists from Wisconsin and Illinois, the show provides ways for the audience to interact with the art on a much more intimate level. Each viewer will be given a letter corresponding to a work in the show that reveals something surprising, funny, heartfelt or private about the artist and the work of art.
Participating artists have dared to open themselves up to vulnerability by writing personal letters to visitors in an effort to break down the barriers between artist and consumer. One artist shares a tantalizing story that includes family fights, a machete, and secret night burials. Another realized after 20 years that her father wasn’t a cowboy after all, despite the evidence to the contrary displayed on the mantle. These are just a couple of examples of the stories shared at the opening reception and during the run of the exhibition, which ends on November 3rd.
Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to divulge their own stories and secrets by leaving anonymous notes in our ‘truth box’, which will be shared on our social media sites daily.
If You Only Knew is curated by J + K Isacson. Find out details about J + K Isacson and other shows at: www.xculturearts.com
Participating artists include: Joel Armstrong, Debra Balchen, Susan Behrens, Dorothy Bury Shaw, Michael Coakes, Rachael Corey, Katrina Davis-Salazar, David Feingold, Frank Fitzgerald, Lynn Garwood, Graehound, Rick Houser, Joe Isacson, Karl Jahnke, Michael Klaus Schmidt, Kurt Kreissl, Boruch Lev, Gabriella Leyva, Lynn Neumann, Didier Nolet, Paul Nitsche, Teresa Parod, Robin Monique Rios, Alan Thomas, Christine Sandvik, Jolanta Soares, Jen Schneck, Mary Solberg, Jeff Stevenson, Kathleen Sullivan Isacson, and Liz VonBorden.
The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00- 5:00. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.
For more information, call the museum at 815-235-9755.