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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, Nehring Gallery
(815) 758-6363

January 13, 2009

Nehring Gallery to host exhibition
of WWI, WWII movie posters, events

DeKalb, Ill. — A flurry of activities will swirl around the last two weeks of the Nehring Gallery exhibit in downtown DeKalb.

WWI and WWII movie posters will be on display Wednesday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, Jan. 24. Free viewing hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays when there is an exhibit in place, and by appointment at (815) 758-6363. 

The first guest speaker, Dale Cozort, is a local author and World War II history specialist who is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. Saturday, Jan. 17, will feature Don Shoo, WWII veteran at 1 p.m., followed by John S. Wright, owner of the movie poster collection and Wright’s Jewelry on Lincoln Highway, at 2 p.m.

Jeffrey Chown, professor of communication at Northern Illinois University, will present clips and lead an audience discussion of rarely seen Hollywood WWII films from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. The vintage movie posters in Wright’s collection all reference black-and-white films made in the 1940s.

On the final day of the exhibition, the Egyptian Theatre, one block north of the gallery, will screen “The Great Escape” at 12:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. The film, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Richard Attenborough, is a 1963 release set in the European theatre of WWII. General admission is $5 per adult or $4 for students and seniors. 

Saturday, Jan. 24, is the last day for participation in the Nehring Gallery drawing for an approximately 9-inch-by-12-inch poster printed by the U.S government in 1945 which Wright has donated. Proceeds are used for gallery expenses.

The 2008-2009 gallery season is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council and Castle Bank. Friend of Nehring Gallery is currently open for contributions from individuals and businesses. Brochures are available immediately outside of the second floor gallery or by mail if requested at (815) 758-6363.

The Nehring Gallery, housed in the historic First National Bank building and cooperatively operated by the DeKalb Park District and the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Outreach Program, is free and open to the public. Parking is available on-street and in adjacent city lots. The accessible entrance is under the awning at 111 South Second Street in the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism.

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