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.


Call For Entries ART/TECH:interface at ARC in December



Juried by Jan Tichy
  Technological advancements have expanded exponentially over the past several decades. This explosion has impacted all aspects of our lives and experiences from every day personal uses of technology, to developments in medicine effecting our survival, to new discoveries and changing perceptions of our universe and beyond.
The relevance to our culture is undeniable. It has altered and adjusted the way we interact, receive, interpret and share information. Has this changed our perceptions of what art is? How has this informed an artist’s perceptions, expressions, or interactions with the world and their art?
This juried exhibition invites artists to submit work that investigates, discusses, or is influenced by these issues. Submitted work can:
Address the issue of cultural impact as a concept Use technology as a medium for a creative concept Is directly informed by technology though might not necessarily use technology within the
artwork itself or as a sole means of expression. Focuses on how technology has altered artists’ perception of their vision and work
All media will be considered. Please read the sections on Submission Requirements / How to Submit Work, and Acceptance Requirements before beginning submission process.


 Deadline approaching...
 Use this link to download the prospectus:
Use the link below to apply online for this exhibit: About Jan Tichy
Born in Prague in 1974, Tichy moved to Israel in the mid-1990s. After studying at Musrara School of Photography in Jerusalem and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, he moved to Chicago in 2007, where he earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute where he currently teaches. Tichy has had solo exhibitions at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago; and the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kathy Weaver Collateral Damage

Info for images is: Despair, detail, airbrushed, gouache,charcoal on paper; "Habeas Corpus: The Great Writ", 35h x 68w, cottons, nylon line, digital prints, airbrushed, hand-stitched
Human Thread Center/Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibit “Collateral Damage”, drawings and mixed media work by Kathy Weaver.

Opening – Friday, October 18th, 6 - 10 pm.

Weaver’s large scale airbrush and charcoal drawings portray the effects of war on citizens and their environment. The drawings are inspired by people’s endurance in the face of the dogs of war. Several fiber pieces are also on view, among them one  depicting suspension of Habeas Corpus at Guantanamo.

HumanThread Center/Gallery for Nonviolence, Arts & Education is an NPO that engages individuals in conversation about peace, nonviolence and human dignity through art, education, and discussion. Open Mic performances will take place at the gallery during the exhibition.


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

Kathy Weaver

ARC 40th Anniversery

Hi Everyone~

This is such a  groundbreaking event by a groundbreaking group of women - the founders and  members of one of the longest-running women-run feminist galleries in the country - the 40th Anniversary Exhibition/Celebration of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation - of which I am honored and proud to be a member.  

I have a favorite recent drawing in this show, see below, and  though I will be unable to attend the opening myself because of recent surgery (still plowing through the rehab and recovery!)  I hope you will try to make it there for the opening on 9/27 and /or to be there for the panel discussion on the 28th which should be a fascinating insight into the early years of the feminist movement and the gallery's own establishment, by some of its founding members!

Judith Roth

Editors note: Blogger Emeritus Nancy Charek  is also a part of this exhibit.

ABG members exhibit in Urbs in Horto: 36 Views

"Urbs in Horto: 36 Views"
 FRIDAY Sept. 27 5-8pm

Urbs in Horto: 36 Views 
Chicago Artists interpret our city's motto
Original Cello compositions performed by Shannon Hayden  

Opening reception Friday 27th, 5-8pm

Kevin Gruber - Kim Laurel - Larry Hart - Jimmy Wilnewic - Larry Green - William Test - Robert Pockmire - Elizabeth A.H.Wilson - Ben Salus - Barbara Yaross - Ivonne Cruz - Piotr Wolodkowicz - Angela Giacalone - David Nigh - Tanzen Lilly - Scott Hemsey - Chad Allen - William Whiteside - Fletcher Hayes - Paul Whittaker

Chicago Artists Month (CAC) highlights our
OPEN STUDIOS...Friday September 27th 6-10pm
Join the festivites, Music, food,adult  beverages and more

UptownWalks  an interactive installation during Open Studios September 27th.
Uptown Arts Center in Preston Bradley Center, 
4th floor & 3 1/2 east & west floor
941 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL

ABG members Fletcher Hayes and Kim Laurel are exhibiting at Mars Gallery's 25th Anniversary Show

Mars Gallery's 25th Anniversary Exhibition and Party!

Thursday, September 26, 2013
6pm - 9pm

Lots of artwork from favorite Chicago artists and special artwork from private collectors personal collections! One lucky party-goer will win a Peter Mars painting!
Gift bags for the first 25 guests!
Art, drinks, beautiful people, great conversation…all makes for a fabulous party!

Featured artists:
Joey Africa • John Bannon • Erik DeBat • Shannon Tebben Favia • Rev Howard Finster 

Marty Garcia • Glitter Girl • Lee Godie  • Dustin Harris • Fletcher Hayes • Mark Huddle
Craig Kersten • Deborah Maris Lader • Kim Laurel • Sioban Lombardi • Kevin Luthardt
RA Miller • Betsy Nuti • Aron Packer • Karen Parisian • Maria Pinto • Patricia Ryan
Eric Skaggs • Ben Synstelien • Tomek • Steve Tritt • Wesley Willis

Mars Gallery
- EST. 1988 -
1139 W. Fulton Market St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 226 7808

Gallery Hours
Wednesday, Friday 12pm - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 7pm
Saturday 11 - 5pm
Other times by Appointment 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bodies By Design

Lorre Slaw ©2013
"Bodies by Design," is this year's annual Women's International Juried Art Exhibition at the Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL. The Exhibit dates are October 3 - 25, 2013, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 3, 5 - 9 PM. Artists' Breakfast Group members who have been juried into the show are:
Catherine Cajandig
Sandra Holubow
Suzanne Horwitz
Kim Laurel
Anita Ivy Miller
Julia Oehmke
Judith Roth
Lorre Slaw
Kathy Weaver

Monday, September 23, 2013

Artwork Delivery and CUPS!

Here's the logo for info on the blog. Please send a memo using this logo (reduced) to remind members of dates for the big event, October 13. Here's the copy for the blog:
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!

George Clark at The Avondale Art Walk

N 8330 George Clark © 2013
GEORGE C. CLARK will be showing his watercolors and his miniature rustic twig furniture in a two day group show at ARTS ON ELSTON, 3446 N. Albany in Chicago.  The gallery is located on the corner of Albany and Elston Avenues across the street from Chief O'Neill's Pub, two blocks east of Kedzie and south of Addison.  The exhibition will be open Friday, September 27 from 6 to 10pm, and Saturday, September 28 from 11am to 7pm.  The Friday night reception features musical guests Sean Cleland and the Irish Music School of Chicago.  The exhibition features the art of 15 artists, most of whom will be present both days.  On Saturday the gallery will be a stop on the AVONDALE ART WALK.

Friday, September 20, 2013

"from where we came..." Artist reception tonight!

ABG member Robin Samiljan will be hosting her artist reception tonight along with Michele Thrane, Karen Tichy, Pat Lagger, and Catherine Keebler. Each of these five artists include works in other mediums along with current works in the encaustic medium, all five artists are members of the Fused Chicago group of Midwest encaustic artists.

This event is free and open to the public.

"from where we came..."
6pm - 8pm tonight, September 20.
2nd floor Gallery
Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Breakfast Groupers in Urbs in Horto

News from Rounder Studio....

First of all, a reminder that Rounder Studio is now in Tucson, as I have pulled an Agnes Martin and decamped to the southwest. You can see some photos of my walks with my dog Samwise Gamgee at my Facebook IOS album.

In Chicago, good things. The ARC is having its 40th Anniversary show, they are the second oldest continuing artist cooperative in the country. I won't be there but my painting Realization 5216 will.

ARC Gallery, 2156 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773/252-2232
  • Exhibition Dates, September 25--October 19, 2013
  • Gallery Hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 12--6pm and Sunday, 12--4pm
  • Opening Reception, Friday, September 27, 6--9pm
  • Panel Discussion, Saturday, September 28, 3--4:30pm, including our founding sister, Gerda Meyer Bernstein

You can see my work and the work of other fine artists (including Agnes Martin) at The Nevica Project, under the good auspices of Jayson Lawfer, in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago, just a short 2-block walk from my former studio at the Cornelia Arts Building. Note that Jayson Lawfer is encouraging all of you who are attending the Art Expo in Chicago (September 19 – 22, 2013) this weekend to get to the showroom at

The Nevica Project, 3717 N. Ravenswood, Unit 115W, Chicago, IL, 60613, 406/360-0164

And then, the Cornelia Arts Building is having an Open Studio, Friday, October 4th from 6--10pm, you should go. My studio mates and friends will be there, Randi RussoScott SimonsEmily RoynesdalDoug BirkenheuerDoug FrohmanKevin SwallowJason MessingerDarrell Roberts, over 40 artists!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Peter Jones at The Out of Line Gallery

Valkyries ©Peter Jones 2013
Peter Jones has two digital prints included in The Mad Hatter Tea Party at Ayala Leyser's Out of Line Gallery. "Multi-media wacky, whimsical art show inc. mixed media sculpture, soft sculpture, 3-D photography, paintings inspired by  Lewis Carroll’s ‘ Alice in Wonderland’ and other classical story-books,  reinterpreted by the artist. Masks, puppets and all whimsical things as allegories and metaphors are welcome."
Mask Dancers ©Peter Jones 2013        

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Manifest Gallery Call for Watercolor, Aquachrome

Manifest is an internationally recognized Cincinnati-based non-profit organization founded in 2004 by students and professors dedicated to creating high quality experiences of visual art through exhibition, publication, artist-support, and education.

Deadline: October 2, 2013
For details and to enter visit:

An International Competitive Exhibit of Contemporary Watercolor

With watercolor, you can't cover up the marks. There's the story of the construction of the picture, and then the picture might tell another story as well. 
– David Hockney

-on painting a watercolor...  Make the best of an emergency.
– John Singer Sargent

Watercolors is the first and the last thing an artist does.
– Willem de Kooning

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Caffeine VII

Chicago Artists Month

October 2013

Caffeine VII: Another Brew of Work from the Artists' Breakfast Group

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013
The "Caffeine VII: Another Brew of Work from the Artists' Breakfast Group" exhibition comprises a portion of the Artists' Breakfast Group membership. Over forty artists participate in this exhibition. At the opening reception member artists will talk about their work, exchange ideas and techniques with fellow exhibitors and guests. The annual exhibition provides the opportunity to dialogue and connect with the Chicago neighborhoods through visual art.
We meet weekly at S & G Restaurant, 3000 N. Lincoln Ave on Wednesdays, 10 am to noon. Members form networks to share information about upcoming juried exhibits, attend exhibits together, visit each others studios, and go to each other's art openings. Each weekly meeting forms its own community, because at each meeting the mix changes and evolves. Another opportunity to meet is at the Sunday night dinners held at various restaurants about once every six weeks. The conversations are as diverse as the artists who attend the meetings and dinners, but all are professionals who have the opportunity to dialogue and connect with colleagues.
Our annual exhibit, The Caffeine Exhibit, further solidifies the group and helps familiarize each other with our work. Some artists traditionally exhibiting are: Didier Nolet, James Mesple, Judith Roth, George C. Clark, Peter Jones, Eric Steele, Ruyell Ho, and Jackie Moses. The Breakfast Group e-mail announcements are sent to the full membership list which totals over 90 people.
Our blog further disseminates information on members shows, awards, grants, and special achievements.


Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 2:00pm
Old Town Art Center
1763 N. North Park Avenue
Phone: 312.337.1938
See map: Google Maps


Lincoln Park

Chicago-based artists include:

Caffeine VII exhibiting 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 Samiljan • Charlotte Segal • Pauline Silberman • Lorre Slaw • Eric H. Steele • Michelle Stone • Violeta de Tellez • Connie Vepstas • Kathy Weaver • William F. Whiteside

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Emily Rapport, My Webmeister...

Emily Rapport, my guru, my webmeister, is having an Open Studio, details below. I'm posting this because I love her artwork and because she's also a website designer and her services are extraordinary. I'm doing a bit of shameless advertising here for her.

She does my website, and here's her webwork website which is
Damen Sunset, Emily Rapport, 10"x14", watercolor
Emily Rapport, artist, is having an open studio, here's her artist website. I picked "Damen Sunset" because I truly love Emily's feel for watercolor and because this is a scene that fills me with nostalgia for my hometown and for the Brown Line, one of the mellowest transit rides in the world.

Ravenswood Open Studio One Day Only… Saturday, September 14, 4pm – 9pm Featuring all new oil paintings by me PLUS work by studio mates Marion Kryczka, Amavong Panya and special guest artist Leo Kogan. Location is 4541 N. Ravenswood at Wilson, #403. Older works will be available and priced to sell. RSVP to our Facebook event here. Free to enjoy, close to Ravenswood Metra, Damen Brown Line and plenty of free parking.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Peter Jones at Woman Made Gallery

Michele with the Ayala Alter
'Michele Fitzsimmons at the Art Institute' is a collaboration of 3 artists across a span of 30 years. One summer afternoon in 1981 Michele Fitzsimmons and Diane Schmidt did a daring photo shoot in the galleries of the Art Institute for their groundbreaking book ‘The Chicago Exhibition’. Out of 72 images shot only three photographs were published. Thirty years later Michele thought there might be further images and stories in the unused shots. She worked with Peter Jones to produce a series of digital prints.

Our window back to that afternoon was two 20 x 24 contact sheets that contained all the images made in that intense, panicked, fun photo shoot. The digital prints in this exhibition are all out takes. In some, only minor corrections and cleaning were done. In others, the full force of Photoshop has been used to combine and remake images in the hope that some new light can be cast on that distant afternoon."


Robin Samiljan is showing at The Fine Arts Building

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kathryn will be be busy this month

Dear Friends, Fellow Artists and Jazz Lovers,

Next Wednesday, Sept. 11th, is the Opening Reception for "CITY RHYTHMS":  an exhibit of selections from both my "Urban Reflections Series" and a collection of limited edition giclee prints of sketches made through the years of the many players in Chicago's Vibrant Jazz Scene.

The wonderful jazz pianist Tom Muellner will provide live music and, if there's time, I may be coerced into singing a few standards.

Please join us for cocktails, fine art, and a beautiful skyline view at:

 Cliff Dwellers
 200 S. Michigan Ave.
 22nd Floor,
Chicago IL

Wednesday Sept. 11th,
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Dinner Reservations:
or call:  312-922-8080

Discounted parking after 4 pm at System Parking, 55 E. Jackson St

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Please invite your friends and pass the information along.



*Note:  the show will hang through September 27th,
but access is limited to Members and their guests with the exception of the opening reception.

PS. Also of note...
is a group show I worked hard to put together of 15 Chicago artists who draw inspiration from the Urban Landscape
Now on exhibit at the Beverly Arts Center thr/ Sept. 22nd called "PAINTING THE TOWN".
Artist RECEPTION will be held on:

7PM - 9PM

 Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655

Gallery Hours:
M-F 9 am - 9 pm
Sat. 9 am - 4 pm
Sun. 1 pm - 4 pm

Participating artists:

Barbara Kay Herring
Roger Bole :
Meredith Dytch
Sandra Holubow
Jane D'Angelo:
Jill Zylke
Karen Perl
Lynn Merel
Betty Ann Mocek:
Nick Bridge
Jack Siegel:
Ken Hirte
Kathryn Gauthier
Nancie King-Mertz:

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Didier Nolet Schedules Fall Classes

The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park,IL60035

Monday: The Beauty of Soft Pastel
September 9 toDecember 8, 2013
12:30 to 3:00 pm(#1417)
No Class 11/25

You will learn and investigate painting with pastel. Pastel is a medium that allows you to use pure dry pigments. Learn tricks and techniques from an expert in a friendly studio atmosphere.

TAC Members $360
Non-Members $380

Tuesday: Plein Air Painting (Oil and Acrylic)
12:30 to 3:30 pm(#1425)
September 10 to October 29 (8 week session)

Learn to paint landscapes by direct observation of nature. Composition, color mixing, use of tools (brushes and palette knives) will be discussed in class. Instructor will be painting in class alongside the students. As well as giving weekly demonstrations on painting techniques.

TAC Members $250
Non-Members $270

Tuesday: From Landscape to Mindscape (Oil and Acrylic)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm(#1430)
No Class 11/26
September 10 toDecember 8, 2013

Learn to create landscape paintings that reflect your state of mind, your different moods, and your soul. You will be guided from start to finish learning to compose, mix paint, use different strokes (and brushes), and even palette knives. Referring to photos, memories of places, and sketches as a visual support, you will be guided to develop paintings that are especially "yours."

TAC Members $375
Non-Members $395

Wednesday: Oil and Acrylic Painting
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm(#1446)
No Class 11/27

In this multilevel class you will learn to create paintings by planning ahead, from preliminary drawings, to studies, to a finished piece. Start with small sketches and advance to small paintings.

TAC Members $379
Non-Members $399

The EvanstonArtCenter
2603 Sheridan Road

Monday: Pastel Drawing
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Soft pastel is a unique medium that combines the qualities of drawing and painting, such that dry pigments look like velvet catching the light. Learn to create pastels from nature, photographs, or memories as you explore composition, color, light, shadow and perspective.

Skill level: Beginners/Advanced
Ages 18+
EvanstonResident $305
Non-resident $315
Class Size: Limit 8

Thursday: From Landscape to Mindscape
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Learn to create landscape paintings that reflect your state of mind, your different moods and your soul. You will be guided from start to finish learning to compose, mix paint, use different strokes (and brushes), even palette knives. Referring to photos, memories of places, and sketches as a visual support, you will be guided to develop paintings that are especially "yours" using oil or acrylic paint on canvas and/or canvas-covered boards.

Skill level: All Levels
Ages: 18+
EvanstonResident $305
Non-resident $315
Class Size: Limit 8

The Old Town Art Center
1763 N. North Park Ave.
September 11 to November 13

Wednesday:1:30 to 4:30 pm
Oil and Acrylic Painting
In this class each student works on a personal project. Didier guides you in the process of creating your artwork.

Studio/Gallery Didier Nolet
3461 S. Archer Ave.

Thursday:4:30 to 5:30 pm
Children's Class (8 to 12 yrs.)
Instructor: Laure Nolet
September 12 toNovember 14, 2013

Creative and fun! Make decorative objects, collages, drawings and paintings, as well as crafts using crayons and water-based paint. We will be making masks and serving pizza for Halloween. Dress for messy fun! All supplies included.

Thursday:6:30 to 9:30 pm
Adult Studio Painting Class (18+)
Oil and Acrylic
Live model will be available depending on student interest.

Saturday:9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Adult Studio Painting Class (18+)
Oil and Acrylic
September 13 to November 15

Vanderpoel Museum
95th St.andLongwood Dr.

Friday:1:30 to 4:30 pm  
Class starts onSeptember 13, 2013and ends onNovember 15, 2013
Oil and Acrylic Painting/Soft Pastel Class
For information call Didier Nolet at (773) 470-7833