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MCC Student Painting Exhibit to Open Nov. 2 at Satellite Gallery in Woodstock

[Tuesday, October 31, 2017]


"Talky Tina," by Michelle Mathis of Crystal Lake and "Grandeur Askew," by Jacquelyn Serak of Algonquin, both oil on canvas paintings, are featured at "Accretion Interrupted," a MCC student group exhibition at the Woodstock Courthouse Satellite Gallery from Nov. 2, 2017 through Jan. 11, 2018.

McHenry County College (MCC) will host a student painting exhibition titled “Accretion Interrupted” at the Woodstock Courthouse Satellite Gallery, 101 N. Johnson St., in Woodstock from Nov. 2 through Jan. 11, 2018. An opening reception takes place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

“Accretion Interrupted” features new work by MCC students in Mark Arctander’s painting class. The title came about due to the loss of an adult student, Richard Grusdis, whom had taken painting classes with Arctander for about seven years.  Grusdis died suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving an interruption in the gathering of people, artwork, energy, and friendships forged in Arctander’s painting classroom/studio.

“Mr. Grusdis will be truly missed,” Arctander said.

The exhibit showcases the work of three returning student artists: Michelle Mathis of Crystal Lake, Kathleen Jagman and Kayti Sault, both of Woodstock; and debuts the works of four other students: Jacquelyn Serak of Algonquin, Julia Fuhler and Craig Kirchoff, both of Crystal Lake; and Peyton Thatcher of McHenry.

In its second year, this is MCC’s eighth show at the Satellite Gallery, which opened in September of 2016 in the Old Woodstock Courthouse in partnership with the Northwest Area Arts Council.

The reception is free and open to the public. Satellite Gallery is located inside the Old Courthouse Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson Street in Woodstock. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Monday through Wednesday. For more information, contact Matt Irie at (815) 455-8552 or send him an email at


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