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‘Fuerza en Tres’ (‘Strength in Three’) on display in Everett Gallery

Barry McNamara
“Mujeres Divinas,” a painting by Monmouth College senior Rubi Nogueron, is part of the current “Fuerza en Tres” exhibit on display in the Everett Gallery of the college’s Hewes Library.
Through April 22, visitors to Monmouth College’s Everett Gallery will see the strength of three, in more ways than one.

Three students are featured in the first of two exhibits featuring work by Monmouth seniors. The second exhibit will be on display April 24 – May 6.

Titled “Fuerza en Tres,” the first senior exhibit features the work of Kallie DiTusa of Johnsburg, Ill., Gabrielle General of Skokie, Ill., and Rubi Nogueron of Chicago.

DiTusa says a common theme of her art is the number “3.”

“Not only do I find the triangle aesthetically pleasing, I have a lot of interest in the idea of trinities/triads and the way they repeat in the world,” she said.

A colorful painting of three women, titled “Mujeres Divinas,” is a representative work by Nogueron, who says she “created a distorted reality where vibrant colors and scenery dominated (her) work, knowing wholeheartedly that everything that glitters is not gold.”

Nogueron’s work is very personal to her, and she notes, “I needed to have lived in order to have created my paintings.”

General is drawn to animals in her creations, saying, “I draw a parallel between my emotions and the animals that personify those emotions.”

She added: “I love that through my own patience, creativity, ingenuity, love of myth and passion, I can be an acting force in this magical process of making my imagination a reality.”

The Everett Gallery is open during regular library hours: 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-midnight Sundays.