URBANA — Amara Yoga & Arts will open the exhibition, "Portraiture," featuring work by Erica Kimmel and Brett Eaton, on Saturday.
The work will include paintings, collage, prints and drawings. The artists' reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Amara on the east side of Lincoln Square Village, Urbana, and feature live music by Dracma, a local group.
"Portraiture" will remain on view through Oct. 10 and may be seen between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and during studio hours or by appointment.
Kimmel of Urbana received a bachelor's degree in art from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Her work combines oil and collage, charcoal drawings and Linocut prints to depict individuals and their internal struggles. For some works, she has illustrated poetry with this theme in mind.
Eaton uses portraiture, a medium traditionally reserved for noble and wealthy patrons, to exalt the "common" person and his or her story. She primarily works in oil paint and charcoal; however, she also has experience in printmaking and batiking.
She recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's of fine arts degree in painting and art history. She teaches art at the Clark-Lindsey Village and works as an assistant therapist at Snell Chiropractic.