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La Grange gallery to display work of Downers Grove artist

LA GRANGE - An art exhibit featuring 22 new knife paintings by Downers Grove artist Maggie Capettini opens with public reception from 3 to 5 p.m June 1 at La Grange Art League Gallery, 122 Calendar Ave., La Grange.

The exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Capettini had a collection of photos she wanted to paint, but was unable to crop to standard-sized painting surfaces. 

“Something essential about the scene was lost if I tried to confine these landscapes to eight by 10 or 12 by 16,” Capettini said. “What I really wanted to see was a 12 by 24 – a more panoramic view – to tell the full story.”  

In November, Capettini set about creating a new series of paintings, a project which is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. In addition to their size, Capettini’s paintings are unique for another reason: she paints them entirely with palette knives.

The series includes 20 paintings. Starting May 28, the public may view the collection at the La Grange Art League Gallery, where Capettini is a member and an instructor. The exhibit runs through June 28.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Capettini’s work can be seen at www.maggiecapettini.com.

Capettini holds a bachelor of arts degree in studio art and a master of arts in teaching. Capettini has won awards for her paintings, and her works are held in museum collections in Warrenville and West Chicago.