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"Eclectic Selection" to showcase artwork by Marcia Babler in Ferguson Art Gallery


Chicago artist Marcia Babler will exhibit more than 30 fine art pieces in her upcoming art show at the Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago. Entitled "Eclectic Selection," this collection of Babler's work features a wide variety of paintings, prints, collages, drawings and mixed media. The free, public exhibition is on display from Oct. 6 to Nov. 10.

Babler enjoys experimenting with different techniques and themes. She uses her art to communicate and wants the viewer to react to her work. "I use art as my voice. There are always messages in my work and it is important I get a response from the viewer," says Babler. She calls her work "concept art," and portrays those concepts through symbols, color and composition.

All are welcome to attend the artist reception on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., with an artist's talk at 3 p.m.

Part of the collection is a series called "What Ails You," a tongue-in-cheek visualization of common ailments humans face. Pieces include "Itch," "GERD" and "Fallen Arches," along with six others. "This really was a fun and creative project!" Babler said. "How does an artist visualize an itch? I enjoyed the challenge of showing something we have felt, but cannot see."

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall on the campus of Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information contact gallery director BettyAnn Mocek, professor of art at CUC, at or the artist at