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Watercolorist Tom Lynch showcases dramatized landscapes in North Central exhibit

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Artist Tom Lynch strives for a level of excitement and intensity in the exhibit “Dramatic Watercolor” April 1 through May 3 at North Central College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. An artist reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Guests can meet Lynch and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Lynch’s dramatic use of color, contrast, sunlight and shadow will stimulate the imagination. He strives for movement and resonance in his paintings, pushing beyond what the environment provides on its own by embellishing the already striking features of nature.

Referred to as one of the nation’s premier watercolorists, Lynch has written seven books and hosted several award-winning PBS TV Art Series. For more than 35 years, Lynch has been teaching students from around the world. His natural teaching abilities, rooted in intuitive student development, earned him a spot as one of America’s Top 20 Teachers by American Artist magazine.

As part of his artistic mission, Lynch says: “I feel it is my responsibility to paint something that showcases for the general public the best of where art is today, and opens a door of possibility as to where art is going in the future. Additionally, I want to stimulate the public to embrace art by educating, entertaining and enlightening the viewer, hoping they will come back for more and/or explore their own creativity.”

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. Visit for details.

Art, art history and art education are among more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central College.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 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 or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).