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Weizenblatt Gallery Features Exhibition by Mars Hill Alumna Biljana Kroll

Kroll PrincessAs a little girl growing up in Macedonia, Biljana Kroll loved listening to her grandmother tell and read fairy tales and folk tales. Even as a child, Kroll began creating pictures that illustrated the fantastical stories in her mind.

"Imagining and making those worlds come alive on paper was one of my favorite past times. I have many fond memories of reading exciting stories filled with magic, mystery and mythical creatures," she said.

Today, Kroll is an artist who is inspired by those memories and creates illustrations for children's books which are works of art.

Weizenblatt Gallery, in the Moore Building at Mars Hill University, will feature Kroll's work in its first exhibition of the spring semester, from January 12 through February 26, 2015. The public is invited to an opening reception on January 13 from 6 to 8 pm.

Kroll said that everywhere she goes, she collects inspiration from architecture and gardens, especially nautical, art deco, and art nouveau elements. "I believe in mixing the old with the new; mixing ink and graphite techniques with digital means of color application. My visual storytelling doesn’t end with the image; I pay special attention to any lettering incorporated in the design, which I hand-draw as well," she said.

Kroll lists Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, and Virginia Frances Sterrett as illustrators who have influenced her work.

Kroll is a 2004 graduate of Mars Hill University and a current adjunct faculty member. She received a bachelor's degree in fashion and interior merchandising at Mars Hill, and later obtained a master's degree in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Recently, she completed her MFA degree at Marywood University.

Weizenblatt gallery is free and open to the public, open Monday through Friday from 10am - 4pm during the academic year.