Gabriela Leyva: Heaven on Earth

Thursday, May 9, 2024

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  • Friday, May 10, 2024
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • Monday, May 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Friday, May 17, 2024
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024

1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

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“During 22 seconds, I felt my soul leave my body and enter a heavenly garden filled with vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, and a radiant sun. Overwhelmed with excitement, joy, peace, and love, my soul was a body of white light, free from pain, sorrow, regret, and the past. When asked if I wanted to continue living, I instantly said, ‘Yes!’ and opened my eyes in the surgery room.”


This exhibition expresses the artist’s desire to reconnect with heaven after a near-death experience. The weightless tulle and 3D compositions create a subtle body of light, evoking peace without fear. Gabriela Leyva is a Mexican artist who specializes in the creation of mixed media works and installations. She is also a psychotherapist who skillfully integrates her interest in psychology with her artwork. 


The Public Reception is on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Viewings take place Thursday, May 9 - June 28, 2024, during regular museum hours.

  • Jill A Zylke

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