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Lewis professor to give talk on I & M Canal photography exhibit

11/19/2013, 7:50 a.m.
Dennis Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center and history professor, will present a free illustrated Gallery Talk placing ...
A Lewis University professor will give a discussion today about an I & M Canal photography display on exhibit at the university in Romeoville.

Dennis Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center and history professor, will present a free illustrated Gallery Talk placing the photographs in the context of the I & M Canal history from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Art Gallery.

The collection of photographs by Dolan Eargle captures the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor 45 years ago. Professionally, Eargle was an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1962-1968. He was known for his guidebook on California railroads in 1978, and he continuously updated two historic guidebooks to the Indians of California.

The I & M Canal exhibit and “Art Exhibition” by Elizabeth Kowats will be on display in the Lewis University Art Gallery through December 1 on the Main Campus in Romeoville. The free exhibits are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Starting her training at Lewis University, Elizabeth Kowats has been an artist for over 20 years. She can often be found in a studio at the Lillstreet Art Center where she spends much of her time refining her artistic skills and learning new techniques. Her main body of work is primarily comprised of oil painting, but her range includes pottery, metal crafts and glassblowing.

Kowats finds her inspiration in the colors and beauty found in nature and in the world around her. She strives to capture the vibrancy of the sky, water, mountains and cityscapes in her pieces. Kowats hopes that through her artwork others will experience the feelings of awe, which nature inspires.

More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at swainna@lewisu.edu.