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"Into the Woods" showcases art developed during solitary stay in mountains


Taking RootThe Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents the exhibit “Into the Woods” by Deb Herman, featuring artwork developed during and after a six-week stay alone in a North Carolina mountain cabin. The show, which will run from Jan. 11 to Feb. 25, is free and open to the public.

Herman is a professor of art and chair of the Art Department at Concordia-Chicago. In this exhibit, Herman’s art captures the quiet, transitional moments of life cycles found in nature. The materials used in the works include manipulated and reclaimed cloth, handmade paper, wood and clay.

“Nature serves as metaphor for the human condition, inviting viewers to reflect on the condition of their own life,” said Herman. “I hope that the viewer will become engaged aesthetically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally with the art as they move from the public to the personal.”

An artist’s talk will be held on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. in McCormick Hall, directly next to the gallery, followed by a reception until 4 p.m.

Herman exhibits her work in local, national and international communities. Much of her work as a fiber artist includes textiles, handmade paper and book arts. She has been an educator for nearly 40 years and frequently shares her expertise at education conferences and workshops.

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 708-209-3013.