September kicked off the David Adler Music and Arts Center's Exhibition Series with "The Messengers" by Jeanne' Sapienza. Coming the month of October is "Hop On" by local Libertyville artist Stephanie Toral.
Toral discovered her love of art at an early age, spending most of her life drawing, painting and designing. Throughout her career, she has been inspired by many subjects and her creative journey has taken her down many paths: Graphic Designer, Painter and Printmaker.
Her preferred mediums are watercolor, copper intaglio etching and painterly monotypes. They are very different disciplines, but they allow her to explore two different aspects of her creative personality.
Watercolor painting allows Toral to put the brush to paper, not entirely certain where the flowing paint will lead her imagination or how it will shape each composition. Copper etching allows her to explore her affinity for drawing and create highly detailed works. Toral's monotypes result in painterly textures and surface effects that she can't achieve through painting or etching alone.
From portraiture and illustration, to nature-inspired subjects and vintage and travel themed painting and prints, Toral seeks to communicate her impression of the subject matter on many levels. Often incorporating text, pattern and graphic elements into her work, she is able to express herself in a unique and satisfying way.
This show chronicles Toral's creative journey, highlighting collected works from various points in her career as well as featuring new paintings, etchings and monotypes that demonstrate her desire to fuse painting and printmaking to create pieces expressing her artistic vision.
"Hop On!" and enjoy the ride.
There will be an opening reception Friday October 5 from 7-9pm at the David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville, Illinois (1700 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
The event will include wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
Gallery hours for the exhibit will include:
Mon 12pm-5pm, Weds 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-8:30pm and Sat 9am-2pm (closed Sun).