North Central College - Naperville, IL

Artist Nancy Legner exhibits whimsical creations through March 31

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Jan. 5, 2011—Mixed media creations by artist Nancy Legner will be exhibited Feb. 9 through March 31 in North Central College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville.

The exhibit “Whimsical Chapters of a Secret World” is free and open to the public. The artist will greet visitors during an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Legner’s mixed media and acrylic paintings are carefully articulated whimsical fantasies that communicate highly personal narrative themes. Combining these charming vintage qualities with a bizarre surrealistic twist, Legner’s works remind one of a juicy romance novel or a playful children's story.

“Influenced by a long-ago secret world of objects, creatures and places, the paintings have a vintage ambience,” Legner says. “With an understanding of the Victorian period, the canvasses are rendered in a ritual process being full of a busy abundance. The compositions explode with color and movement ... being outrageous, humorous, playful or absurd.”

Legner, an Evanston native who now lives in Sandwich, Ill., is a full-time artist who previously taught art education in Batavia School District 101. She holds master of arts and master of fine arts degrees from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor of fine arts from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

She was honored as the Illinois Art Education Associations’ Elementary Art Educator of the Year for 2006-2007. Legner’s exhibitions frequently have been in the Chelsea and Greenwich Village art districts of New York City as well as colleges, universities and galleries throughout the United States. Visit to learn more.

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 to learn more about the exhibit.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

The exhibit is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).