Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blog takes a holiday

May your stockings be stuffed with quality paints, sable brushes and an extra 200 square feet of studio space.

Send your news for the next blog publication on January 7th.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holidays = PLENTY of time to make more art

As the holidays approach, there are still a few days to catch a glimpse of work by some of our members.  James Mesple's exhibit Aurora, Apollo and Others (Schingoethe Gallery at Aurora University) ends on January 2nd.  Call the gallery (630-844-7843) or check for holiday hours.

Reality and Beyond, with work by Catherine Cajandig, Rita Dianni-Kaleel, Sandra Holubow, Eric Holubow, Jim MacRoberts, James McNeill Mesple, Jackie Moses, Didier Nolet, Julia Oehmke, Robert Putnam, Sandra Reibscheid, Pauline Silberman, Eric Steele, and Maureen Warren,  closes this Friday at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.

David Leigh of Morpho Gallery invites artists to apply to the Fourth Annual  Emerging Artists Winter Exhibit.  E-mail images by December 18th to, and specify the exhibit slot you prefer (Jan. 8-21, Jan. 22-Feb. 11, or Feb. 12-26).  Indicate "emerging artists exhibit" in the subject line.  There are hanging fees, but the gallery does not take a commission.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

First snow can't stop the art

Bonnie Peterson invites us all to her house in Michigan for a weekend of wine-tasting and cross-country skiing. We wish.  This view from her (to-die-for) studio is toward a ski trail in a forest just a quarter-mile from Michigan Tech and the city of Houghton.

Ruyell Ho's daughter Amanda Ross-Ho is participating this week in Picturing the Studio at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 7th floor.  The opening is Friday Dec. 11th, 4:30 to 7PM.  Amanda arrived in Chicago on Sunday and had 5 days to design and create her exhibit.  Other artists include Bas Jan Ader, Conrad Bakker, John Baldessari, Stephanie Brooks, Ivan Brunetti, Ann Craven, Julian Dashper, Dana DeGiulio, Susanne Doremus, Joe Fig, Dan Fischer, Julia Fish, Nicholas Frank, Alicia Frankovich, Judith Geichman, Rodney Graham, Karl Haendel, Shane Huffman, Barbara Kasten, Matt Keegan, Daniel Lavitt, Adelheid Mers, Tom Moody, Bruce Nauman, Paul Nudd, Frank Piatek, Leland Rice, David Robbins, Kay Rosen, Carrie Schneider, Roman Signer, Amy Sillman, Frances Stark, Nicholas Steindorf, and James Welling.
The exhibit continues through February 13.

This exhibit is part of a year-long project, Studio Chicago.  Interviews and upcoming exhibits at the MCA are covered at the website:, well worth book-marking.

Meg Guttman, friend of the breakfast group, is participating in the Holiday Art Fair this Sunday, December 13, from 10-5 at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood in Chicago.  About seventy-five artists will be showing their work.  Meg creates fabric purses and pillows, incorporating her photos of architectural details of Chicago buildings.

Scroll back to recent posts for more news and information about ongoing shows.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More to see

This week the the Tribune reported that protests killed the proposal to turn the Three Arts Club building into a columbarium.  No word on returning the Three Arts Club building to artists, for whom it was built.  Information about this landmark structure:

Anita Miller announces an opening at her gallery Friday December 4th, 5-10PM, featuring affordable fine art.  Magic with Michael Merlin begins at 7PM.
Anita Miller Gallery, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 827, Chicago.

Gallery hours Tues., Wed., 2-5PM; Thurs. Fri., 9AM-5PM or by appointment,
410 South Michigan Avenue,  Suite 827, Chicago, (847) 767-6875.

Didier Nolet has an exhibit of his paintings, pastels and watercolors, A Twist on Nature, at the Heller Nature Center, 2621 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
(located north of Half Day Road, not south as shown on Google maps and Mapquest).
The show runs Dec. 2 through January 2010.
Reception Saturday, Dec. 12, 1-4.
Heller Nature Center (847) 433-6901; Didier Nolet (773) 470-7833.

George C. Clark has work in  Small Wonders, an exhibit at the Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD.  The exhibit runs through December 27.

Bonnie Peterson has a short 5.5 minute interview on WTTW, at this link:,8

An exhibit entitled Three +Two opens this Friday:

The show includes the work of three SAIC alumni artists (Beatriz Ledesma, Tracy Jones, Catariza Barron)  and two social worker artists (Janice Fleckman, Mary Lou Petty).
410 S. Michigan Ave., #609.  (773) 561-0825.

Check recent posts below for ongoing exhibits and other openings this weekend.