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Gary artist exhibiting work in Chicago gallery

Carmella Saraceno is showing her work at the DreamBox Gallery in Chicago.

Sculptor Carmella Saraceno, who lives in Gary's Miller neighborhood and Chicago, is exhibiting her art at a Chicago gallery.

Saraceno's "Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces" will be displayed through Nov. 10 at DreamBox Gallery at 2415 W. North Avenue in Chicago. She's showcasing watercolor paintings that will inform new sculptures that will be displayed next year at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts on Lake Street in Gary's Miller neighborhood and sculptural work constructed from plywood, as well as found objects and materials.

"The daily practice of writing has led me to a new daily practice of painting watercolors,” Saraceno said. “These access a substrata of emotion and thought beneath the language of words—leading me into new trailheads of exploration.” 

Saraceno, a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia who also studied art in Rome, runs the Chicago-based company Methods & Materials, which does installations for galleries, museums and private collectors. She previously served as the Director of International Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

"Each individual sculpture is intended to initiate a conversation," DreamBox Gallery said in a press release. "Stripped from their initial meaning, the objects are chosen for their shape, form, and color. In the process, the utilitarian is transformed into something new, yet familiar, ushering the viewer into a place of discovery and fresh insights."

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit dreamboxgallery.com or call 773.292.0419.

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