URBANA — Amara Yoga & Arts will host a reception Saturday evening for an exhibition of works by four artists: Debra Domal, Aleksandra Sarnicka, Nathan Westerman and Nichole Sexton.
The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m.; the show will remain on view through Dec. 19 during studio hours or by appointment at Amara, which is on the east side of Lincoln Square Village.
Originally from New York City, Domal arrived in 1995 for graduate school at the University of Illinois and stayed. Her work is informed by her study of jazz with students of Lennie Tristano, along with her study of occ- ult spiritual symbol languages.
She works primarily with India ink on rag, "sealing" each piece with a dab of red paint and ground dragon's blood resin. Her current series explores jazz music as an alchemical process, examining themes of improvisation, counterbalance and fusion.
Westerman received his bachelor's of fine arts degree in painting and sculpture in 2001 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a master's of fine arts degree in sculpture from the UI in 2004.
He has exhibited nationally and his work includes painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.
"In my current work I use reclaimed materials to produce color fields, stripes and patterns," he said in a news release. "I draw inspiration from the visual composition of language, repetition of music and the rhythms of machines."
Sarnicka earned her BFA at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia, in 2009. She majored in photography.
Since graduating, she's explored more traditional forms of visual media such as drawing and painting, allowing them to spill over into the realm of digital image creation and manipulation.
Sexton, a multimedia artist who works in ceramics, collage, charcoal and textiles, has studied at Southern Illinois University, Parkland College and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.