Macomb Art Center Opens New Exhibit

MACOMB, IL – The Macomb Arts Center (MAC) has announced the opening of a new exhibit in their gallery. Titled “The Art of Bernita Barney-Cummiskey”, this new exhibition on opened Tuesday at the MAC. The works in this exhibit have been gathered from family collections by Bernita’s great-granddaughter Emily Fess. Roxy Fess of Macomb is Bernita’s daughter and Emily’s grandmother.

Born in 1908 in Mankato, MN, Bernita Barney attended Mankato State Teachers College in where she was in the Art Club. After graduating from Mankato State she attended Carleton College with the goal of becoming a doctor, but decided to pursue art, opting to study at the Art Institute of Chicago instead. In 1936 Bernita would marry Jerome Cummiskey, and the two would live in Minneapolis, Chicago, Pennsylvania, before eventually returning to her native Minnesota. The artwork that Bernita created throughout her life reflects the beauty she saw in the many places they lived.

The public is invited to attend a free reception at the MAC on Friday, June 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. to honor Bernita and her work, as well as learn more about the love story of Bernita and Jerome, and to meet several members of their family.

The exhibit will be in the MAC Gallery through Saturday, July 9th.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the Gallery is free and donations are welcome.

For more information, call the Macomb Arts Center at 309-836-2782 or email them at [email protected].

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