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Folk art inspired paintings at Princeton gallery

PRINCETON — Paintings and drawings by Valerie Weberpal will bring colors, folk tales and whimsy to Princeton’s Prairie Art Center at the PAC’s February 2018 gallery show.

An opening reception, free to the public, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton. The show will continue on weekends, from 1 to 4 p.m., throughout February.

“From the Heart: Thought In Color” is the theme of Weberpal's exhibit, much of which is done in a primitive, folk art style that bursts with color. She studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While raising her three children, she experimented with many different mediums, including textile, clays, pencils, paint and paper maché. Today, she is a full-time artist, operating as Harvest Moon Designs and specializing in folk art paintings, dolls, clothing and accessories.

Weberpal's studio, The Crib, is on the family's working farm in Sycamore and is an early 1900’s corn crib that her husband refurbished in 2015. More information is available at facebook.com/thecribinsycamore.

Weberpal will be on hand at the Feb. 2 reception in Princeton and welcomes all questions, comments and suggestions.

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