Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, email@example.com Feb. 2, 2010—Abstract paintings by artist Cheryl Holz of Aurora, IL, will be exhibited in the show “Natural Order” Feb. 21 through April 1 at North Central College. Visitors are welcome to view the free exhibit at the Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. Holz will greet visitors during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Holz has won critical acclaim for mastering a delicate balance between the material world of organic life and the ethereal realm of thought and idea. Her abstract paintings have sensuous surfaces that offer meanings that satisfy intellectually as well as aesthetically. "Fall Figures" by Cheryl Holz“As a child, I roamed the woods and fields collecting moss, bugs, leaves, and to my mother’s chagrin, snakes and salamanders,” Holz says. “I still collect all kinds of things, including butterfly wings, overdue notices, leaves, labels, eggshells, stamps and kelp. These collections have found their place in my work.” While socio-environmental messages inspire Holz’ works, the beauty of her painting’s lush colors, tactile layers and harmonious materials seem to eclipse any type of didacticism or strident call to action. “The symbolic implications of the methods and materials I use in my work are as important as the concepts and forms,” she says. “I might build up and then wear away a surface, exposing underlying images … I seek a textured surface that combines natural marks, artifacts, signs, tracks, wings, shells (and) leaves with such human creations as language, diagrams, calligraphic marks, technical or poetic texts and song lyrics.” Visit www.cherylholz.com to learn more about the artist. The Oesterle Library Gallery is open 8 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to midnight Sundays. Contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This exhibit is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).