Tuesday, December 3, 2013

More great holiday shopping with George C. Clark's miniature rustic twig furniture

George C. Clark's 
miniature rustic twig furniture 
and rocking horses will be featured at the
 Evanston Art Center 
Winter Arts and Crafts Expo 
Rocking Rudolph, miniature rustic twig rocking deer by George C. Clark
(rocker length 8 inches)

Open free daily from November 23 to December 22, 2013
2603 Sheridan Road in Evanston, Illinois on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm Monday through Saturday, 
and 12 noon to 4pm Sunday.
For more information see www.evanstonartcenter.org


ABG friends hold Holiday Open House and Studio Sale

In the spirit of celebrating the season...
Anne Farley Gaines and Geoffrey Novelli present:

The Holiday Open House and Studio Sale 
713 West 19th Street, Chicago
paintings in a  variety of media
folding screens
iron sculpture
ceramic and sublimation tiles
jewelry made from glass and acrylic
Refreshments will be served!
Days and times:  
Friday, December 13, from 5 - 10PM
Saturday, December 14, from 12 - 7PM 
Sunday, December 15, from 12 - 5PM
Join in the Holiday Fun!

Sandra Holubow and Judith Roth: Unforgettable Places, Memorable People December 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014

The Koehnline Museum of Art presents:

Sandra Holubow and Judith Roth: 

Unforgettable Places, Memorable People

A fascinating side-by-side look at works by contemporary Chicago artists Sandra Holubow and Judith Roth, each of whom brings a unique perspective to capturing
the city. Roth’s paintings and drawings focus on the individual from head to toe, while Holubow’s paintings and collages examine the collective aspects of community
and “the ties that bind.” Yet, their art is similar in its use of strong form, color, and asymmetry. Unforgettable Places, Memorable People highlights Roth’s expressionistic depiction of the human form and Holubow’s close study of urban environments.

Public Reception: Thursday, December 12, 5 - 8 p.m.
Exhibition runs thru: December 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014

Oakton Community College
Des Plaines Campus
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016



Sunday, December 1, 2013

ABG members participate in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative 24th Annual International Small Print Show and Holiday Sale

 Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

The 24th Annual International Small Print Show
and Holiday Sale


Opening: Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8
open 11am - 7pm, both days

PREVIEW the show: Friday, Dec 6, 12-5pm with special holiday open hours:
12-5 Tuesdays - Sundays (December 10 - 22 only)

The exhibition runs through January 31, 2013

(in Lincoln Square, just across the street from the CTA Brown line
stop at Western - easy peasy!)

This show will also feature a HUGE selection of small artist-made cards, books, t-shirts, posters and other DIY gifts.

GORGEOUS, whimsical, fun and AFFORDABLE works on paper. We've been doing this for 24 years, and it just keeps getting freakingly better! Lots of new artists, as well as your veteran faves, from all over the planet. Over 60 artists and hundreds of prints, many under 100 bucks. An opportunity to buy local and meet and support the artists in your community and beyond. Purchase utterly unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones this holiday. Meet and greet over hot cider, fresh brewed coffee and artist-made treats in an oasis of warmth on Western Avenue!

"Last Queen", Stamp print & collage © Kim Laurel

Participating Artists: Grazvyda Andrijauskaite (Lithuania), Hiroshi Ariyama, Colleen Aufderheide, Chris Blume, Matt Bodett, George Bodmer, Jill Chittenden, Aaron Coleman, Caitlin Driscoll, Zach Fitchner, Christine Gendre-Bergere (France), Sanya Glisic, Karinna Gomez, Misha Goro, Dan Grzeca, Eric Hoffman, Eric Johnson, Phineas Jones, Ryan Kapp, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Scott Kiefer, Deborah Maris Lader, Jeff Lassahn, Kim Laurel, Andrea Lauren, Letterform, Kate Lilly, Siu Jane Liu (China), Barton Longacre, Maggie Marlin, Ray Maseman, Michelle McCoy, Bert Menco, Maria Mungai, Ashley Nason, Dennis O'Malley, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Neal Pitak, Artemio Rodriguez (Mexico), Maria Sanchez, Justin Santora, Casey Searles, Andrea Schumacher, Jeff Sippel, Sarah Smelser, Shawn Smith, Chase Sperry, Starshaped Press (Jen Farrell), Megan Sterling, Shawn Stucky, Joseph Taylor, Kyra Termini, Charlie Van Gilder, Kim Vanderheiden, Amy Ventura, Scott Westgard, Cleo Wilkinson (Australia), Nele Zirnite (Latvia)

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ABG Members are featured in Straight Up Chicago: Art with a Twist

Straight Up Chicago: Art with a Twist

Artists' Reception:
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-9:00pm

at "Southport and Irving Cafe" and "SIP Lounge"
4002 N. Southport, Chicago, Illinois

"Straight Up Chicago: Art with a Twist"

Nov. 5 – Dec. 5, 2013

An exhibition of Chicago artists' "twists" on the city
Organized by Sandra Bacon

Exhibiting Chicago Artists:

Adam Adamczyk • Elizabeth Ahlem
Nancy Bank • Sandie Bacon
Tom Biegalski • Catherine Cajandig
Noreen Cashman • George C. Clark
Eric Esper • Frank Fitzgerald
Art Fogg • Fletcher Hayes
Jeanine Hill-Soldner • Sandy Holubow
Kim Laurel • Rob McQuillan
Charlie Thorne • Sharyne Tu • Jill Zylke

 "Southport and Irving Cafe" and "SIP Lounge"
4002 N. Southport, Chicago, Illinois



New show coming up at Koehnline Museum of Art in DesPlaines

"Unforgettable Places, Memorable People"

December 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014
A fascinating side-by-side look at works by contemporary Chicago artists Sandra Holubow and Judith Roth, each of whom brings a unique perspective to capturing the city. Roth’s paintings and drawings focus on the individual from head to toe, while Holubow’s paintings and collages examine the collective aspects of community and “the ties that bind.” Yet, their art is similar in its use of strong form, color, and asymmetry. "Unforgettable Places, Memorable People" highlights Roth’s expressionistic depiction of the human form and Holubow’s close study of urban environments.

Public Reception: Thursday, December 12, 5 - 8 p.m.

Friday, November 8, 2013

John Kurtz Open Studio

You are invited to John Kurtz's Open Studio

Ken Gold heading for San Francisco and a new position

Ken Gold will be taking his talents to California!

He has been selected to head up the Gorilla Foundation, http://www.koko.org/index.php
It is definitely Koko's gain and our loss!
We wish you the very best in this incredibly exciting venture!

(While Ken was enroute to SF on a rainy Wednesday, we had a cake in his honor!!)

We'll really miss you, Ken!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Closing reception for Collateral Damage at Bridgeport Art Center

Come on out on this coming Friday evening for a dance, song and art-filled evening.

Collateral Damage                                   
Drawings and Mixed Media by Kathy Weaver                                 
October 14- November 4, 2013                                     
Closing Reception, Friday, Nov 1, 6:00 PM

Amaia Gabantxo,  flamenco singer and Andrea Peterson, dancer with the Chicago Butoh community will be in performance from 7:00-9:00 PM

@Bridgeport Art Center
5th Floor
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609

More of Fred Holubow's Pictures Caffeine VII Opening

Pick Up Work Caffeine VII work on Friday, Nov. 1st

Just a remainder (with the added bonus of photos from the exhibit) to pick up your work
 on Friday, Nov. 1st.

The following photos by Fred Holubow

Reminder to pick up work from Caffeine V!!

Hi all Caffeine VII artists,

This is a reminder from Bill Whitesides to pick up your work from the exhibit at Old Town Art Center on Friday.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jacqueline Moses at Spectrum Gallery in Highwood

Here are some images from the new solo exhibit by Jacqui Moses
at Spectrum Gallery,
Highwood, Il.

Spectrum Gallery is easily accessible via the Metra. Just get off at the Highwood Station and walk one half block south and one half block west. The are lots of good restaurants and antique shops in the neighborhood.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

More images from Caffeine VII. Thanks Ruyell!

Here are some additional images from 
Caffeine VII at Triangle Art Center
Courtesy of Ruyell Ho

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kathy Weaver showing at Human Thread Gallery,Oct. 18th

Tethered, charcoal, gouache on paper, 34" x 28"

Collateral Damage: an exhibit of new drawings and mixed media
by Kathy Weaver
about the effects of war on human beings and other living things

Opening; Friday, October 18th , 6-10
Bridgeport Art Center
Human Thread Gallery, 5th Floor

1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609


Lots going on in the neighborhood. Free parking . Enter on north side off of Racine/34th
Enter through back entrance. Take elevator to 5R

Thanks for Caffeine VII

Sandra Holubow sent a note thanking those who worked to make Caffeine VII a success. 
She writes:

Thanks to the many people who were instrumental in making CAFFEINE VII the success it is. The reception was, again, a fun-filled party because of the efforts of Kim Laurel who got the word out, and the eye-catching postcards by Fletcher Hayes. And we are grateful to Myoko Whiteside, who, again, did an artful job of beautifying the tables, while Bill Whiteside, our accountant and installation "carpenter," once again, sold our cups. Catherine Cajandig, again, did a wonderful job of arranging the art so that each was shown to best advantage,  orchestrating the entire appearance of the exhibit. Newcomers to our tireless team of volunteers were Patricia Clark who expertly proofed for our postcard, and Lorre Slaw, who made certain we had plenty of food, and we did!  Richard Maltz, brought in our wine. Again, Sandra Holubow coordinated volunteers and hyped membership for the event, with the aid of Ruyell Ho, who lent his judgement and wisdom to us all. And Fred Holubow documented it with his photographs, which will soon be posted. (Watch for them on this blog.) THANK YOU CAFFEINE VII TEAM,  AND SPECIALTHANKS TO THE ARTISTS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS UNIQUE EVENT, WHICH COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT ALL OF YOU.THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL!

Understatement: Lots happening in October

Jacki Moses exhibiting at Spectrum Gallery-Highwood.
Jackie writes: we will be going to the corner cafe after the opening:

Tap House Grills

Highwood Location. 260 Greenbay Rd., Highwood, IL 60040. P: 847-748-8695 ...

there is a private room and separate checks
if you are free, do join us

 if you are taking Edens.....on 41
turn east at half day road
east on Western avenue
east on Highwood avenue
if not
gallery is just off Green Bay on Highwood Avenue

People at Caffeine VII Opening

You know who you are. Photos by Fred Holubow. There are many which I will post later.

Monday, October 14, 2013

ABG members Peter Jones, Fletcher Hayes and Kim Laurel are participating in "Open Wall at Dream Box 2013"

Open Wall at Dream Box 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013 to Saturday, October 19, 2013

DreamBox Gallery will celebrate “In The Neighborhood” by opening its door to the community to experience the cultural link between artists and their creative currency:
Word Image Idea.
OPEN CALL for OPEN WALL invites artists established
and emerging to be part of a One Night Only Art Installation.

Chicago-based artists include:
Iwona Biedermann, Fletcher Hayes, Kim Laurel,
Agnieszka Podczaszy and Tom Robinson

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:00pm
Special Event: Create Together
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 1:00pm

Thursday, October 17, 2013 (between the hours of 3pm and 8pm) artists may place only one of the following: One painting, One drawing, One photograph, One sculpture, One poem or One installation on the wall. Curators Iwona Biedermann and Tom Robinson will welcome artists as long as space allows. Bring your own hammer and the label with your information. Create, inspire, and be inspired by Chicago artists becoming part of the creative, curatorial process.

Friday, October 18, 2013 opening reception at 6 pm-10p.m. with special guests: spoken word artist Tracey King and music by JohnnyComesLate – TJSet, Tadek Majewski, Janusz Klonowski. This collaborative, multi-disciplinary project encourages the exchange between visual and performing artists.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm, artists Agnieszka Podczaszy and Tom Robinson will present parents and children (ages 5-10) with a creative inspiration of how to make toys and sculptures from pieces of wood.
DreamBox Gallery
2415 W. North Ave, Chicago
Phone: 773.292.0419


Friday, October 11, 2013

Peter Jones has 2 Works in 35th Regional Exhibit in Elkhart Indiana

Ana as Frida                                                                     Mask Dancers

35th Elkhart Juried Regional Opening   10/11/2013

Members, Exhibiting Artists & Invited Guests are welcome at the Midwest Museum of American Art to celebrate the 35th Juried Regional competition. To be held Friday, October 11th 2013 from 7-9 pm.The 35th Elkhart Juried Regional, an annual competition, opens on Saturday October 12th, and will continue through Sunday, December 8th, 2013. It is the largest awards show in the state, with over $24,000 in awards this year. This competition is open to artists in 18 counties of northern Indiana and 4 counties in southern Michigan. Come and enjoy regional art at its best!
The Midwest Museum of American Art is a non-profit public art museum located in downtown Elkhart, Indiana, United States. The museum's 25,000-square-foot space houses a collection focusing on 19th and 20th century American art. 429 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Caffeine VII Opening Reception Sunday October 13th

Caffeine VII Opening Reception: 
Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2–5 pm

Caffeine VII: Another Stimulating Blend of Work from the Artists’ Breakfast Group

Artists Reception: Sunday, October 13, 2–5 pm

Exhibition Dates: October 8–31, 2013

Featuring works of art by ABG members 

Fabulous art, fund raising artists’ cups and shirts, 
all will be available for purchase!

Featured Artists include:

Colette Wright Adams, Roger Bole, Catherine Cajandig,
Marian Carow, George C. Clark, Pat Clark,
Rita Dianni-Kaleel, Robert Fields, Kathryn Gauthier,
Gil Ghez, Ken Gold, Fletcher Hayes, Alan Emerson Hicks,
Ruyell Ho, Fred Holubow, Sandra Holubow, Jesse Howard,
Sally Hughes, Alan Johnson, Diane Johnson, Gwen Jones,
Peter Jones, Kathy Karp, Kathryn Kucera, Kim Laurel,
Beth Laurin, Richard J. Maltz, Sari Maxfield, Gregorio Mejia,
Anita Ivy Miller, Jacqueline Moses, Didier Nolet, 
Julia Oehmke, Sandra Reibscheid, Lewis Rice,
Dana M. Robertson, Leslie Robin, Judith Roth, 
Robin Samijan, Charlotte Segal, Pauline Silberman,
Lorre Slaw, Eric H. Steele, Michelle Stone, Violeta de Tellez,
Connie Vepstas, Kathy Weaver and William F. Whiteside


Old Town Art Center 
1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago
(between Willow St. & Menomonee St.)

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm

(312) 337-1938 • www.oldtowntriangle.com

Artists’ Breakfast Group Blog: Artistsbreakfastgroup.blogspot.com

Caffeine VII: Another Stimulating Blend of Work from the Artists’ Breakfast Group, is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the eighteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thanks, Pete, for taking care of the ABG Blog!

Hi all ABG blog posters,

                                          Kathy Weaver here.

 Pete, for taking care of the blog and posting all our items. I enjoy reading what everyone is up to, as I'm sure we all do. I will be taking over from Pete for a couple months and am looking forward to receiving your news and posting it.

From my experience of doing the blog a couple years ago (before Nancy)I know that it's lots easier for the person posting if you follow the directions on the right hand side of the blog.
There's not much to it, just the getting around to doing it, so send those messages in via g-mail. Love to hear from you.


Caffeine VII is coming up!
Old Town Triangle Art Center
1763 N. North Park Ave.
Opening reception:
Sunday, October 13, 2 to 5pm

Kathy Weaver Exhibits Drawing in The Art of Drawing

The Art of Drawing
Gallery 1837
1837 W. Grand Ave.
Opening Friday Oct. 11th
Artists participating are: Martin Giese, Gracie Brilmayer, Judy Koon, Don Southard, Vicky Tesmer, Sharon Bladholm and Kathy Weaver

Hope you can come!
Sarra's Work Station, 28"h x 34"w, charcoal on paper,

Monday, October 7, 2013

Caffeine VII is up!

45 artists have work in Caffeine VII this year at the Old Town Triangle Art Center at 1763 N. North Park Ave The opening reception is Sunday October 13 2 to 5pm
A few of the works are posted below.
Bill Whiteside and Dana Robertson hung the show with the advice of Catherine Cajandig, Ruyel Ho and Sandra Holubow

Allen Johnson ©2013

Clockwise from the left: Roger Bole, Gil Ghez, Ruyel Ho, Bill Whiteside

Gwen Jones ©2013
Sandra Holubow ©2013
Catherine Cajandig ©2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Oops, sorry about that

Dear Friends and Art Lovers:
I am really sorry for the inconvenience but the painting demonstration at Spectrum Gallery, 47 Highwood Avenue, Highwood, IL is tomorrow October 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, not Sunday, October 13 as previously announced. I hope that you get this email on time.
Didier Nolet

Monday, September 30, 2013

Reminder to Exhibitors

REMINDER TO EXHIBITORS: delivery of art work is Thursday, October 3, between 4 - 6 PM,  and Friday, October 4, between noon - 3 PM.
ALL WORK MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ARTIST'S CUP. Visitors to the Opening Reception, Sunday, October 13, 2--5 PM, may not buy a piece of art on the walls, but they want a work by the artist--thus the popularity of the cup project. This is our only fundraiser, so please help us cover costs of installation, food & wine, postcards, and other expenses!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

ABG Update: ABG members in Bodies by Design at the Koehnline Museum of Art

Bodies by Design:
Modification, Coercion, and Resistance

"Little Pink Sock"  © Kim Laurel
October 3 - 25, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3rd
5 - 9 PM

The annual Women's International Art Exhibition

Co-sponsored by the Koehnline Museum of Art
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the Koehnline Museum of Art 

Featuring works by fellow ABG artists:
Catherine Cajandig, Sandra Holubow, Suzanne Horwitz,
Kim Laurel, Anita Ivy Miller, Julia Oehmke, Judith Roth,
Lorre Slaw, Kathy Weaver and many more Chicago area artists.

Koehnline Museum of Art 
 Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL.