Kina Bagovska

“Rituals”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 27,  6-9pm

In the series of art works entitled ” Rituals” Kina Bagovska uses mixed media and collages to depict memories of her growing up in a small village, surrounded by prehistorical rocks, in the southern part of Europe.
Bagovska’s interest lies in the ancient female figurines made of clay and used for rituals over 5000 years ago. She developes her minimalist art using transparent materials such as plexiglass and silk. To achieve her goals, she combines various techniques including ink, sand and plaster, in collaboration with music and dance.
At the opening reception, there will be a live performance by”Duo Utopia” with the musicians Zhivko Nikolov – guitar and Margarita Nikolov – flute, starting at 7pm. They will present music by Bartok, Ibert and rhythms from the Balkan.


Exhibition dates:     Oct 25 – Nov 18, 2017

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

Iris Goldstein

Investigations:  Colored Pencil Drawings”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 27,  6-9pm

After working many years creating painted plaster wall-relief sculptures, Iris Goldstein has been experimenting to see whether she can create a sense of three-dimensional space using colored pencils on paper.  This exhibit features a collection of drawings meant to mimic and elaborate on some of her sculptural ideas.  Some of the drawings show a slice of nature abstracted and made mysterious.  Other drawings are studies in spatial relationships and positive and negative space. Goldstein is always interested in the mysterious.  She tries to find visual images that are suggestive and allusive.

 

Exhibition dates:     Oct 25 – Nov 18, 2017

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

Irmgard Koehler

Retrospective and Introspective”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 27,  6-9pm

Irmgard Koehler speaks about her work: “This body of work comes out of the catastrophes of Central Europe during the 20th century. It comes through my encounter with engaging personalities who illustrated this historical period for me through their lives and their work. The events of the 20th century are illustrated in this body of work by a series of pieces relating to a museum installation entitled  “10,000 Lights Of Extinguished Lives Of Children “, which hit me like a thunderbolt when I saw it. Struggling to show the enormity of the Ten Thousand Lights, I tried to create infinite space by creating an X-Ray and hologram effect, superimposing many layers of material.  This theme occupied me for a long time. I reached a temporary catharsis and put it aside. But today, writing this, I realize anew that the undertones of doom are still there and fresh and continuing in the world today.

As a respite from history, my work then turns inward. The sculpture shows the intimate world of my growing family and expresses feelings about Motherhood.

I want to dedicate this exhibition to my great love, G. E. F. Our lives together were lived out of a deeply felt, mutual and surely historical need.”

 

Exhibition dates:     Oct 25 – Nov 18, 2017

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

ARC Gallery Fundraiser @ Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends

“ARC Gallery Fundraiser at Jazz Showcase featuring Marlene Rosenberg & Friends” Wed.  Nov. 1,  7-9pm

 

This ONE NIGHT ONLY Jazz Showcase event features renowned bassist, Marlene Rosenberg & Friends.

Hear some great music and support a great cause!

Your ticket price to this event includes beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Space Limited! Buy your ticket today! http://arcjazzshowcasefundraiser.bpt.me

THANK YOU to Wayne & Joel Segal and the Jazz Showcase for their generous support of this event!

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES–OPEN WALLS SHOW at ARC: “IT FIGURES, 2017!”

NEW PRIZES ANNOUNCED –ARC JURORS WILL SELECT 10 ARTISTS FROM THE “IT FIGURES, 2017” TO SHOW 2 PIECES OF THEIR WORK IN ONE OF THE SPACES OF ARC GALLERY IN JANUARY 2018

An Open-Walls Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. November 22, 2017 – December 16, 2017

In Nov-Dec. 2017, ARC will present “It Figures, 2017”

Click here for prospectus and application form:

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/open-walls-show-at-arc-ait-figures-2017a/

Expanding on the extraordinary response to our first “It Figures” juried show in 2016, ARC Gallery will re-visit this subject for an open-walls show this December. The exciting breadth and quality of work submitted for the first figurative review suggests that representational art is indeed thriving in the contemporary art world. This new (part 2) show seeks 1) to expand the call to include more broadly defined figuration–not necessarily confined just to the human body, and 2) to open the gallery to all artists/submissions. We expect this exhibition will be an exciting and eclectic collection of works reflecting the myriad ways in which artists conceive contemporary figurative imagery.

Added benefit! This show goes up right before Thanksgiving and will be open almost until Christmas, so it is perfectly timed for holiday giving and sales. And ARC does not take a commission on sales.

 

The Annual Member Exhibition

“The Kaleidoscope of ARC Gallery”  Opening  Fri.  Oct 6,  6-9pm

 

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Member’s Exhibition!  View current artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

As one of the oldest and largest non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation (ARC) has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. Founded in 1973 as an all-female, all-volunteer organization, ARC not only provided exhibition space to 2-D and 3-D artists, but installation and video arts.

ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 44 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.  

 

Opening:     Friday Oct 6 from 6-9pm

Exhibition dates:     Sept 27 – Oct 21, 2017

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

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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