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  

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  

The Steiners

The Steiners: Three Generations:  Opening  Fri.  Aug 3,  6-9pm 

1463 W Chicago Ave  Note!  This exhibition is at ARC’s new location on Chicago Ave.  There are still 3 exhibitions at our old location at 2156 N. Damen.  Those will be the last exhibitions at the Damen location.

Nature or nurture? A combination of both may be responsible for producing three generations of artists in the Steiner family, each with a unique style and artistic aesthetic.

Patriarch Joe Steiner had no exposure to art as a child but remembers being thrilled when he was able to draw a horse that actually looked like a horse at the age of four or five. Over time, he developed his skills largely on his own, until he won a citywide art competition while still in high school. He followed a different path for a while, majoring in psychology in college. Later, he took occasional art classes, entered art fairs, then ran a successfully gallery and art school in Lincolnwood for a number of years, before closing the gallery to devote more time to painting.

Joe’s daughter, Lisa, grew up around art and artists. A photo of her drawing at her father’s feet during an art fair appeared in a local paper when she was just a preschooler. She also followed a different path as a college undergraduate, but later studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned an MFA at the University of Oregon, and became a painter.

Joe’s granddaughter, Sahar, was immersed in art throughout her childhood by her grandfather, her aunt Lisa, and her father David, who painted early on before becoming a documentary filmmaker. She took art classes in high school and won a prestigious Gold Key in painting from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. She too has chosen a different major at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she is a student, but she continues to study and make art, and it is an important part of her identity and her life.

Opening Reception, Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 3-25, 2018
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Debby Spertus

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  

Tehilla Newman

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.

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  

Granite Palombo (Amit)

The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative: Opening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

Granite Palombo (Amit ) is an activist, interdisciplinary artist who exhibited nationally and internationally. She initiates outreach projects with previously incarcerated clients, youth at risk, and with residents of a domestic violence shelter. Integrating her training as a therapist she exhibits and performs with her clients in professional art venues. She was ordained as a Rabbi at RSI in New York in June 2016, focusing on Jewish mysticism and healing.
Palombo’s (Amit) work has a strong textual component and her installations and performances uses often projected animations and projections of real-time interactive animation reflecting the dancers’ movements. Her narratives concern social issues, which she connects to broader more general questions of humanity and the human condition.

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  

Monica J. Brown

Mythical Memory/Abstract LensOpening  Fri.  July 20,  6-9pm

“My current work is an exploration of memory, history and personal mythology. I believe that gathering the stories from the past, knowing them, and sharing them is a means to healing learned dysfunctional patterns as well as embracing inherited strengths and gifts.  I have been exploring the stories of my maternal ancestors with an inquiry into that which is passed down through generations of women (epigenetics).

What does it mean to remember? Memory is the fabric of life experience. Our autobiographical memories are the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves. Though life events may be experienced with others, memory is a solo journey, as it a reproduction of events filtered through personal perception and an interpretation of past experiences. Beyond nostalgia, memory holds an essence of our awareness of ourselves. It is a template for how we perceive relationships, and informs our interactions inside relationships.

Memory is an abstraction. It holds our entire history, but how much of that is our “real” story? And what stories do we tell ourselves about this story? Which stories do we own and which ones own us? And how do we break free of those that don’t serve our greatest good? And which ones are there for us to uncover/recover/discover for the healing our ancestors/progeny/selves?”

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  

Artists From Bulgaria — ARC Gallery Exchange Exhibition

“REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE”  Exhibition dates May 23-June 16.  Opening Reception Friday, May 25, 6 – 9pm

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is excited to continue our art exchange with artists from Art Movement Krug, Kardzali, and Association of artists from Kardzali, Bulgaria. This exhibition is the second part of the two-way artistic exchange between ARC Gallery and Art Movement ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation is excited to continue our art exchange with artists from Art Movement Krug,

Participating artists: Radost Nikolaeva, Galina Dimova, Ziyatin Nuriev, Zafer Galibov, Laura Dimitrova, Arian Rexhepi, Burhanettin Ardagil, Didem Erbas, Guillaume Hillairet, Gyongy Laky, Diane Roehm, Vanya Petkova, Vladimir Chukich, Emil Penchev, Iveta Stoyanova, Kamber Kamber, Maya Mecheva, Pavlina Chukich, Penka Atanasova, Hari Atanasov, Hristo Gaberov