Spassimir Stoitzev

PortraitureOpening  Fri.  Nov 30,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Mr. Stoitzev’s ability to capture the essence of the individual shows his passion for the figure and the characteristic features of his subjects. Even as he works on a figure he seems to focus on the facial features and capturing the personality of the individual. This exhibit shows his thought process and his pull to the head and face, capturing the individuality beautifully.

Opening Reception, Friday, November 30, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 28-Dec 22, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Martin Beck

pal*imp*sest: bearing traces of earlier formsOpening  Fri.  Nov 30,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Capturing the immediacy of the model’s presence maintains a connection to an empirical reality at a time when media intrusion can be overwhelming. By working from life, the model and artist reveal the truth of a specific time, place and act. This cannot be faked; the finished work is a direct artifact of past activity. Rather than think of these as pictures of people, for me these are authentic depictions of selective experiences. They stand for something real, timeless and human.

The nude expresses the human condition because our bodies are road maps of our individual experience. To study another’s face and form is to understand their essential humanity, their frailty and imperfection. When studying anyone with the level of intensity my kind of figurative work requires, you see their beauty and strength as well.

My art engages the viewer to confront the immediacy of the human condition. It reminds them of their humanity at a time when digital life threatens to consume us. My work has been described as having a quality of urgency. I appreciate that word as there is an urgent need to know and understand each other as technology creates more distance between us.

Opening Reception, Friday, November 30, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 28-Dec 22, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Toni Alexia Roach

CANTABITAN:  Performance  Fri.  Nov 30,  7pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

 

Performance, Friday, November 30, 7pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 28 – Dec 22 , 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

REINVENTION II: Open Walls Exhibition

REINVENTION II: Opening  Fri.  Nov 2,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave

To celebrate our move to a new location in the West Town Arts District on Chicago Ave., we invited artists to submit small works – of no more than 15 inches wide – to our Open Walls Exhibition: REINVENTION II.

Once a year, ARC Gallery hosts an Open Walls show for artists to exhibit their work. This is an opportunity for emerging artists, young artists, first exhibitors, as well as experienced artists to present new ideas and experimentations together; and to create an exhibition with a wonderfully diverse array of work. These have proven to be very successful shows, with a wide range of art, all expressing a visual voice. You are invited to join us for this 45th year celebration in our new gallery space.

Please join us for this exciting exhibition of visual expression consisting of work by all levels and ages, and help us celebrate our 45th year as a women-run, non-profit, alternative arts space!

Exhibiting Artists:
Luke Ahearn, Nancy Bechtol, Krystal Boney, Virginia Carstarphen, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Carol Chang, Esther Charbit, Ashley Chase, Michele Clair, Maribeth Coffee-Sears, Manel Deeb, Rosemary Desplas, Linda DeViller, Todd Dieringer, Dorit Jordan Dotan, David Dow, Linda Eisenberg, Abigail Engstrand, Sally Freeman, Nancy Fritz, Mirentxu Ganzarain, Rachel Gluski, Conner Goodwin, Becky Griffith, Lucy Hale, Lindsey Higgins, Robert Hilger, Jake Himovitz, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jordan Ismaiel, Damien James, Steve Juras, Pauline Kochanski, Christopher Krymski, Kathryn Kucera, JM Lakely, Karen Lange, Judy Langston, Beatriz Ledesma, Cote Lind, Melissa Loney, Ifra Mahmood, Erika Mayberry, Valerie McCune, Lucia Miller, Christine Mitchell, Ruti Modlin, David Morris, Jamie Murphy, Cheri Naselli, Bryan Northup, Abigail Olson, Denise Orlin, Dale Osterle, Mary Jo Parker Ohearn, Natalie Pivoney, Wendy Rabinowitz, Laura Reyes, Gina Robbins, Fran Sampson, Nicole Schonitzer, Randi Shepard, Michael Silvetti-Schmitt, Michele Stutts, Jonathan Syltie, Susan Teller, Rhonda Urdang, Cynthia Vaicunas, Francesca Vitale, Juliane Von Kunhardt, Jack Vonty, Ginger Ware, Kristen Woodward, Susan Zale

 

Opening Reception, Friday, November 2, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 31-Nov 24, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun 12-4 pm  

 

 

Michele Stutts

Anomalous:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 5,  5-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Anomalous showcases Stutt’s interests in creating conceptual assemblage with found objects that have nothing in common, except the glue that binds them.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 3-27, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Lee Stanton

Glimmer:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 5,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

Exploring themes of identity, voice, and agency, Lee’s current body of work draws from recent research on themes of personal identity and what it means to have, and find, a voice. Her work depicts figures that may appear childlike and innocent at first, but often have an underlying psychological undercurrent. Some figures include crowns, others antlers which work to suggest relating to regeneration and transformation.

After working in large scale for most of her life, Lee’s paintings explore imagery on a much smaller scale, drawing the viewer in, and a square format. Line, deliberately varied and expressive, is an important element here. Color is also an integral part of the work, including experiments with silver leaf. Repetition in some of the work invites the viewer to interpret, dispute, challenge, and reinvent repeated imagery and mainstream narratives.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 3-27, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Jason DeBose

Presidential: Public Depictions Overseas of U.S. Leadership:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 5,  6-9pm 

Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location: 1463 W Chicago Ave   

The exhibition Presidential examines how America’s political leaders are viewed outside of America. California-born photographer Jason DeBose brings a widely varied series of portrayals of occupants of the White House, as seen in public spaces from 2003 up to the present day. From shining statues to graffiti to protest rallies and several settings in between, DeBose calls attention to how each portrayal reflects the time in which it was created, given the precise nature of the country’s relationship with the Oval Office at the time each piece was created. Featuring work drawn from 14 countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia and Finland, Presidential offers a microphone to both congratulatory and concerned neighbors of the United States.

As described by the Helsinki-based DeBose, “Fifteen years ago when I shot the first piece in this collection, I never would have guessed I’d run into the faces and names of our presidents so regularly while outside of our borders; I knew our culture had garnered plenty of the world’s attention, but not on the scale where everyday people would name their restaurant after them or have imagery of them on their clothing. The level of variety in how they are portrayed has also been crazy to encounter: some of the messages and imagery that this exhibition shares look like passive-aggressive Post-It notes hung on an office refrigerator, others looked more like Renaissance-era frescos painted on the ceiling of a church. In the wake of the actions of four U.S. presidents, it has been enthralling to see how the feelings of the public overseas has differed from administration to administration as well as geographically, from region to region.”

 

Opening Reception, Friday, October 5, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 3-27, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

REINVENTION II

Click here for application form:   Link to Application Form Reinvention II

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR REINVENTION II !!  An OPEN WALLS Exhibition at ARC Gallery

Coming in November to ARC Gallery.   To celebrate our move to a new location on in the West Town Arts District on Chicago Ave., we invite artists to submit small works—no more than 15 inches wide— to our open-walls exhibit  REINVENTION II.

You are invited to exhibit your work and join us for the 45th year celebration of our new gallery space,  Reinvention II, an Open Walls Exhibition.  Once a year we open our gallery for artists to exhibit their work with many other artists. This is an opportunity for emerging artists, young artists, first exhibitors and experienced artists to show new ideas and experimentations together, and to create an exhibition with a wonderfully diverse array of work.  In the past these kind of shows  have  been very successful exhibitions, with a wide range of art, all expressing a visual voice.

While we are Reinventing ourselves with our new space and location, we invite artists to join us in this opportunity to Reinvent their work and show their artwork in a professional exhibition space. All entries will be exhibited that follow the criteria laid out in the application form.  This is the chance for artists to show young ideas, experimentation, polished work, and for emerging artists to exhibit their work. All who have a visual voice and use art as an expression of their experiences are invited to participate.

Please join us for this exciting exhibition of visual expression consisting of all levels and ages and  help celebrate our 45th year as a women-run, non-profit, alternative arts space!

Please be sure to fill out the application below,  so we know you’re exhibiting with us.

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/open-walls-show-at-arc-areinvention-ii/

 

WOMEN STRONG: New Space–1463 W. Chicago Ave, New Work–by current and former members

WOMEN STRONG: New Space, New Work:  Opening  Fri.  Sept 14,  6-9pm

This September we present ARC Gallery’s 45th Anniversary Exhibition featuring work by current and past members.

This is the year that ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is celebrating 45 years as an alternative, not-for-profit gallery founded by women artists and celebrating women as artists and curators.  We have invited former members to participate in this exhibit, and more than 35 of them have agreed to do so, including some of the founding members from 1973.

We invite you to come to the gallery at its new location at 1463 W. Chicago Avenue for our inaugural exhibit in our West Town location — our 8th location in 45 years of serving women, artists and the Chicago art community.

Participating Artists

ARC Current Members:  Granite Amit – Virginia Carstarphen – Laura Cloud – Carly Colvin – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Karen Lange – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

ARC Affiliate Members:  Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Monica J. Brown – Michele Corazzo – Anne Farley Gaines – Jessica Gondek – Carolyne King – Pauline Kochanski – Judith Roth – Jane Stevens – Chiyeko Yuki

ARC Former Members:  Melanie Adcock – Monica Bauer – Gerda Meyer Bernstein (first president) – Dawn Brennan – Esther Charbit – Leslie Eliet – Jeanne Martinelli Engelkemeir – Sheila Finnigan – Kristina Gosh – Kerry Hirth – Pamela Hobbs – Nicole Jacquard – Irmfried Hogan Lagerkvist – Renee McGinnis – Rosemary Meza DesPlas – Mary Min – Lynnette Mohill – Julia Morrisroe –  Kathy Pappas-Parks – Tamara Petrov – Civia Rosenberg – Katherine Steichen Rosing – Cherie Sampson – Marilyn Schulenburg – Beth Shadur – Deva Suckerman – Myra Toth – Laurie Wohl – Jodi Younglove

Please note our new location: 1463 W. Chicago Ave. 60642.

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 14, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 12-29, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Tehilla Newman & Debby Spertus

Tehilla Newman:  Opening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

While my legal name is Heidi, mostly everyone calls me Tehilla: my Hebrew name which means “Praise Gd with song.” I love to sing, yet also praise the Gd of my understanding with visual art. I use clay, (MotherEarth Herself) and while I work from live nude models, I sculpt the neshama  (soul/essence) rather than the physical body. People who see and touch them in person comment on the “Kabbalstic” healing energy emanating & vibrating from within them. I welcome your touch and feedback.

Debbie Spertus:  Opening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

Spertus’ artwork is both dreamlike and evocative. Not everyone who looks at it will see the exact same thing, but they will see something. I love to explore the use of color, line, shape and texture to also elicit strong feelings and emotions as well as the other four senses. I have no fixed subject in mind in the process of creation itself and I paint by intuition. Once my artworks are finished they exist entirely for other viewers. The most truthful interpretation of each of my artworks is the one that is your own.

Opening Reception, Friday, July 20, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: July 18 – August 11, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm