Anne Farley Gaines and Geoffrey Novelli

“Magia Mani”  Opening  Fri.  Sept 1,  6-9pm

“Magia Mani” means “Magic Hands” in Italian.  Chicago artists, Anne Farley Gaines and Geoffrey Novelli, arrived at this title for their joint exhibit at A.R.C. Gallery.  “When our collaborative clay forms are removed after the kiln has cooled, the results are usually a pleasant surprise – magical, in fact.  A “third artist” seems to emerge whose work is a combination of both of our sensibilities.”

Gaines is a painter who has worked primarily in mixed-media and watercolor and has recently become immersed in ceramics. Her subject matter in “Magia Mani” is mostly nature-based, some combining architectural elements. One work is a double-sided folding screen, depicting the urban landscape surrounding Buckingham Fountain on one side with a montage of her neighborhood, Pilsen, on the verso. Among the media used are acrylic paint and oriental papers. By contrast, “Black River Movement,” a large clay assemblage, reflects her feeling for the natural environment around South Haven, Michigan, which is her home town.

Gaines and her sculptor husband, Novelli, first collaborated on a clay platter he formed at Lillstreet studios in Chicago.  After Gaines painted Phalaenopsis orchids on the platter in high-fire glazes a mutual enthusiasm for working together in clay began. Gaines’ clay plaques in this exhibit are based on floral scenes and some of them on Texas landscape elements like cacti and tumbleweeds, as in the Wichita Falls area where she just spearheaded a community mural project.  She will also show clay plaques interpreting Shakespeare sonnets, thus incorporating her literary interests.  Her watercolors shown are nature scenes that have informed her ceramic works.  Some are reflected in the circular collaborations with Novelli in casted iron from sand molds she carved. Novelli is currently immersed in forming clay ‘baskets’ onto which he incorporates copper handles that he anneals and twists through a complicated process.  Gaines’ input is the abstract glazing in the inner bases.  Neutral tones of fired clay are most predominant on the exteriors of his forms.  As New York native who grew up in El Paso, Texas, Novelli viewed numerous clay pots that his mother collected from archeological excavations in New Mexico.  He also remembers clay works created by his great aunt Hazel, a sculptor in Connecticut.

Gaines and Novelli have both been influenced in some of the works in ‘Magia Mani” by the multifarious architectural designs of Antonio Gaudi, the Spanish architect noted for his otherworldly organic forms.  The couple studied his buildings in Barcelona in October 2016 on a trip that they took to France and Spain, absorbing the ‘magia’ he had to ‘teach’ them.  A portion of his influence is reflected in the works both artists have produced in 2017 but not derivatively. Ever curious, both Gaines and Novelli remain interested in keeping their work ‘fresh,’ and are always looking for the next challenge.


Opening:     Friday Sept 1 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     August 30 – Sept 23, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Julie Rotblatt Amrany

“Continuum”  Opening  Fri.  Sept 1,  6-9pm

” We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”  – Rumi
For the past several years, my passion as an artist has been to render the 3-D figure moving through space. Today I am incorporating infinite space around us; it is packed with energy, in the tiniest of forms, they call it quantum mechanics. Energy and life emerge from this enigmatic place. I wonder whether there is really a beginning and an end or is it only a continuum of time and space, an infinite cycle of creation, explosion, implosion and death? Whether it’s the birth of stars, the human race, or just life itself, there is an endless expanse that is interconnected and entangled.

 

Exhibition dates:     August 30 – Sept 23, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

“Heaviness, Hardship, Heft”  Opening  Fri.  Sept 1,  6-9pm

Gender-based burdens resonate in images populating mass media, social media and art history. In early world history lack of transportation led to women literally being the conveyors of goods; conversely, the 21st century finds women stagnant within burdensome roles despite feminist advancements. Within the societal stratification, images portray hardships – inclusive of poverty, violence and politics – carried by women. Weight hauled by women can have a palpable physical existence or take on a psychological shape of enormous proportions. Fluctuating states of poverty, violence and politics encumber women on a daily basis. Feminine onus is heightened by entrenched patriarchal institutions and reaches a crest during political unrest and instability.


Exhibition dates:     August 30 – Sept 23, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

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ARC ‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

WE ARE MOVING!!  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS SPECIAL PLACE GOING.  Please read on… and help support ARC’s continued existence!

‘MOVING UP’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation has been an integral part of the Chicago art community for almost 45 years! 

While we have always survived on the commitment of our members and friends(!), this year we are facing significant challenges. The 25% increase in this year’s rent — now coupled with the necessity to move in 2018 to a new exciting space — means we must mount a capital campaign to raise $30,000. 

ARC today remains true to its original mission to adhere to a high standard of quality in all its exhibitions, to support and show the work of talented and emerging artists, and to mentor fellow female artists/students.

Although we show the work of all artists, whatever their gender, we bring a uniquely female perspective to the running of this gallery — cognizant always of the challenges many artists face to get their work shown in a professional space and mindful of the value of support.

Also, as part of our mission, we subsidize the cost of mounting individual shows for talented emerging artists. Our juried shows attract both national and international submissions; and many past members of ARC have gone on to further critical recognition. Currently we are expanding our programming to include more performance and video work; and we are reaching out to mentor younger artists via our “Launch Member” program.

ARC remains a unique gallery space in Chicago. We would love to have your support! 

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SHOUT!

“SHOUT”  Opening  Fri.  July 21,  6-9pm

This exhibition brings together a host of voices, culminating in a collaborative SHOUT! for justice, democracy, and equality.

As political passions sweep the country, public expression has taken the form of marching, petitioning, donating, writing to congress…. While ARC Gallery encourages all these voices of outrage and resistance, the gallery is particularly committed to supporting creative expression as a vital and essential avenue of engagement as well.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Sobia Ahmad
Jenny Balisle
Heather Beardsley
Lisa Bjornstad
Laurie Borggreve
Jordan Ferranto
Nancy Fritz
Francesca Gagliano
Stano Grezdo
Karen Hanken
Michael Hubbard
Lyle Kleinhans
Ryan Lewis
Song Park
Monica Quist
Caison Wang
Margi Weir
Yiqing Zhang

JUROR:

PATRICIA NGUYEN was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a performance artist, educator, and scholar. She has performed at the NHA SAN collective in Vietnam, the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, Links Hall, Oberlin College, Northwestern University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Prague Quadrennial, and Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile.

Patricia has worked in the United States, Vietnam, Brazil, and the Philippines with over 15 years experience working in arts education, community development, and human rights. She has facilitated training and workshops with The Fulbright Program, American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Jane Addams Hull House, Christina Noble Foundation, Social Workers Association in Vietnam, Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New Orleans, Asian Human Services, and 96 Acres on issues ranging from forced migration, mental health, youth empowerment, and language access. Patricia has published work in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian American Policy Review and The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays edited by Siyuan Liu and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. She is the co-founder and executive director of Axis Lab, a community-centered art, food, and design studio in Chicago.

 


Exhibition dates:     July 16 – August 12, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Sela Koren

“Drawings”  Opening  Fri.  June 23,  6-9pm

Israeli artist Sela Koren presents a series of drawings representing a woman, a man, and a child (from infancy to six years old) as well as self-portraits.  Among some drawings are Hebrew letters, made with the artist’s left hand, very early in the morning while working with his father on the family farm.  These were drawn this way to represent an ancient anger since drawing with the left hand develops the right hemisphere, where mercy and forgiveness are found.  Several drawings include text of the insights the artist had while in the process of creating the work.  The last group of drawings are of crows and cows, meant to represent the outside world.

 


Exhibition dates:     June 23 – July 15, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Cynthia Vaicunas

“Clusters and Interruptions”  Opening  Fri.  June 23,  6-9pm

Inspired by encounters of all sorts, everywhere – visual, musical, gatherings and disassembling of people, nature and art – these new paintings by Cynthia Vaicunas use positioning of shapes and marks to investigate what happens at their convergence.

By intersecting and overlapping, new shapes begin to form. As the background becomes interrupted additional shapes appear out of negative space. This is sometimes carefully planned and at other times the element of chance comes into play.

Engaging the eye and playing with the space on the canvas invites the viewer to participate in exploration within the rectangle. Her muted palette allows still clusters to join and hover. Once again chance comes into play with her use of premixed random colors.  Her bright palette encourages movement and flow.

Opening:     Friday June 23 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     June 23 – July 15, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

Cheri Reif Naselli

“Deconstruction”  Opening  Fri.  June 23,  6-9pm

As a consequence of burgeoning wealth disparity and a misguided belief that money somehow constitutes “free speech” we are now engaged in a great “Deconstruction” of established public institutions, societal norms and, even, accepted science and history.

This installation exhibits the intentional misrepresentation of facts and the efforts to misinform and misdirect a trusting public by a consortium of powerful wealth interests and their willing cohorts in politics, academia and the media.

 

Opening:     Friday June 23 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     June 23 – July 15, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm

After Supper Visions

“After Supper Visions ”  Opening  Fri.  May 26,  6-9pm

After Supper Visions is a self-supporting photography enterprise for the poor, homeless and near homeless of Chicago. Five nights a week the needy are supper guests at Catholic Charities at 721 North LaSalle Street. On Tuesdays, those who wish to participate in the program are given cameras, disposable or inexpensive digital, and instruction by professional photographers. When the cameras are returned, guest-photographers choose 3 or 4 images to be printed and included in an exhibition for the public.

The motto for the program is that it “Develops Film, Talent, and Hope.” Observations and conversations with supper-guest photographers provide a picture of people who are able, through the program, to engage with volunteers and one another in a meaningful way and to find a sense of self through their photographic endeavors. It provides an objective intellectual opportunity beyond their efforts just to survive. One guest states that photography makes them feel as though that they are worth something. Another tells that he has two precious possessions-his blood-sugar monitoring kit and his camera. While yet another talks about trying to capture something of experiential homelessness and being able to see the glory and grace of everyday existence.

Proceeds from the sale of the work supports both the program and the guest photographers personally. Please note: This is a non-religious endeavor.  Catholic Charities and After Supper Visions supports all races and religions.

 

 

 

 

Opening:     Friday May 26 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     May 24 – June 17, 2017

Gallery hours:     Wed-Sat 12-6pm    Sunday 12-4pm