Thursday, February 25, 2010

Members' news

George C. Clark has an ink drawing in the exhibition Au Naturel:  The Nude in the 21st Century at the Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon.  The show runs February 25 - April 8.

Amanda Ross-Ho, daughter of member Ruyell Ho, has a solo show at the Pomona Museum of Art in Los Angeles, through April 11th.  She also has an upcoming show, opening April 1st, at Mitchell, Innes and Nash Gallery in New York City.

Opening March 5 at the Irish-American Heritage Center Gallery (ergo, this should be a wingding of an opening):  A Touch of the Poet.  Forty artists interpret the work of Irish poets, including Kim Laurel, Fletcher Hayes, Tom Robinson and James Mesple.  Reception is 6-9PM.  The exhibit runs through April 3.

Address:  4626 N. Knox, Chicago.  Gallery hours:  Sat. and Sun. 1 - 4PM.  (Fundraiser Sat. March 13, noon-6PM, $15.)

Summer will arrive some day, but March 1 is the deadline for applications to three outdoor art fairs:  Oswego (IL) Art Fair, August 21-22; Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, September 11-12; West End Arts Festival in LaGrange,  September 18-19.  The "common application" for these fairs can be found at, and images are accepted by email.  Contact Erin Melloy ( for questions.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Members' news

Vicky Szilagyi heartily thanks all of us who contributed to a gift for her when she passed the ABG blog baton recently after two years on the job.  She very much appreciates the recognition.   Thanks to everyone who pitched in for the gift.
[FYI, R. van Winkle:   Vicky conceived this blogsite, composed our announcements,  made us all look professional week after week, on time, organized our meetings, and made the job look easy.]

Alan Emerson Hicks hosts a figure drawing workshop in his studio (1800 W. Cuyler, in the JK Chicago first floor space) every Sunday, 11AM-2PM.  It's a bargain at $10 per session, and open to all artists.  Easels and horses are available; BYO drawing supplies.

Catherine Cajandig is participating in Drawing the Line, an exhibit by members of the Jewish Women Artists' Network, at the Beverly Art Center, through March 6.  2407 W. 111th St.  (

Jennifer Scott has an exhibit Stories Behind the Post Cards - Jim Crow at Murphy Hill Gallery, 3333 W. Arthington.  Opening is February 27, 6-11PM; the show runs through April 3.
Three Generations by J. Scott:

Dave Sheehan, David Gista and Todd Narbey are in a 3-person exhibit, War & Peace, at ThinkArt, 1530 N. Paulina,  Suite F.  Reception is 6-10PM, Friday, Feb. 26.  A panel of French emerging leaders will participate.  It will be an evening of cross-cultural dialog on diversity with conversation, cuisine, music and art.  See  .

 Artists, start your engines.  The 4th Annual Square Foot Show is coming up at The Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry.  Time to warm up your paints; canvasses are now available.   See  for guidelines and sign-up.

Opportunity for artists:  DreamCycles exhibit at the Aurora Public Art Commission, curated by Rena Church.  Deadline is April 2.  For details, see .

Scroll back to previous posts for information about ongoing exhibits.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eat, paint, look

Sunday's dinner bash at the Red Apple was a definite hit!   Forty Artists' Breakfast Group friends and members enjoyed great conversation and a wonderful chance to connect with old friends.   Oh, yes, the food was good, too.  Thanks, Jackie Moses, for arranging a memorable evening.   Save the date for the next dinner:  April 18.


Anita Miller has an opening at her gallery on Friday, February 12, 5-9 PM.  She will be displaying Valentine gifts and art work.  Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan, Studio 827.

Sierra High, an encaustic wall sculpture by Shelley Gilchrist received a first-place award at the National Art Premiere 2010 exhibit at Elmhurst last week.  The show was juried by Duncan MacKenzie; Lori Waxman was the judge for the awards.

Brief reminders about openings this week (see Jan. 27th post for details): 

Michelle Stone and James Mesple are participating in Pathways and Portals at the Illinois State Museum; reception is Thursday, February 11, 5-7:30.  

Fused 2:  Art + Wax in Chicago is opening in Gallery 537 and Studio 470 at the Fine Arts Building,  Feb. 12, 5-9PM.

Off Center at ARC Gallery includes the work of several members:  Laura Cerf-Dahl, Shelley Gilchrist, Sandra Holubow, Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Anita Miller, Joan Minsky, and Judith Roth. Reception is February 12, 6-9PM.

Scroll back for news about ongoing shows.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

And still more to see

Scroll back two or three posts to see what else is going on in February.  There are many exhibits and openings this month  - perfect antidotes to the gray weather streak we've all been "enjoying."  The next couple of weekends are packed!  And yet, there's more . . .

Eric H. Steele is showing sculptures in the exhibit Simply Chicago Art, 1318 Oakton Ave. in Evanston.  The show opens Feb. 6, reception 1-5PM, and is up until Feb.28.  Gallery hours are 11-7 on Sat., 1-6 on Sun., or by appointment.  Telephone (847) 738-0716.
Work by Eric, shown at South Haven Art Center last summer:

At their home in Oak Park, Holly Holmes and Tom Burtonwood are hosting What It Is:  Permission to Work, a group show by seven artists from SAIC.  It opens Sat. Feb. 6, 3-8PM.  It's probably safe to say the reality of this intriguing show is bound to exceed anything you can imagine about it; it includes performance pieces, installations and interventions, all exploring boundaries (such as they are) between art and the rest of life.  Schwitters will be there in spirit.  Check this website for address, catalog and more details:

At ARC Gallery, as well as the CWCA Off Center exhibit mentioned below, there is painting and drawing exhibit Conversations  by Rine Boyer.  The show runs Feb. 3-28; the reception is Friday, Feb. 5, 6-9PM.  832 W. Superior, 2nd floor.
What a cute dog, Rine Boyer:

Bill Whiteside is showing acrylic paintings in a solo show Hexagon, at the Lincoln Village Art Gallery, 6900 Lincoln Ave. in Lincolnwood, through Feb. 25 (9-5, Mon-Fri).
Detail from Bill's invitation:

The Galaxie (2603 W. Barry)  invites artists to enter the 4th Annual Square Foot Art Exhibition.  Read all about it:

Remember the big blowout at the MCA - Feb. 4 (see below).  Be there or be square.

More stimulating than the Superbowl:  The Artists' Breakfast Group Dinner, Sunday Feb. 7th.  Check your in-box; it's not too late to RSVP.