Pamela Hobbs

Join ARC for a new exhibit – PAMELA HOBBS

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30 from 5-8pm  

ARC Gallery features new exhibits exploring what we remember, what we keep, and what we’ve lost. Join us for the exhibition of the works of Iris Goldstein, Pamela Hobbs, Ralitza M. Vladimirov and Antonia Duende.

  • Exhibition dates: April 27 – May 21, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Through the Shadows of Home explores the artist’s powerful feelings of separation and loss after selling the family home. A fine-art photographer whose work explores feminine identity and the passage of time, Hobbs creates a surreal and enigmatic sensibility.

Of her current work, Hobbs writes: “After my father died in 2012, my sisters and I had to sell our family home. This house had been in our family since I was a little girl and it held all of my childhood memories.  It also held memories of my parents who are both gone now. So, I had a strong connection to it. I decided to make a miniature replica of the house and use this in my next photographic series.”

Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende

Join ARC for a new exhibit – Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30 from 5-8pm  

ARC Gallery features new exhibits exploring what we remember, what we keep, and what we’ve lost. Join us for the exhibition of the works of Iris Goldstein, Pamela Hobbs, Ralitza M. Vladimirov and Antonia Duende.

  • Exhibition dates: April 27 – May 21, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende  

Contradictions and contrasts, degradation and violence, aggression and human suffering is our reality. Crisis of consciousness, not just economic, social, cultural, racial, national, and ecological, is part of that reality. Yet, most of the world lives in poverty. Children die from hunger and treatable diseases. The West experiences materialistic development while missing the spiritual breath and the Sacred. The traditional, spiritual east looks westward for a more practical and simple life, but imbalance and disharmony exists worldwide. This reality enslaves the human spirit. Can art and its endless capacity to mobilize aid in raising the human consciousness? Can we breathe in light and transform? Can we release these energies? Are we ignoring the energies of the heart and spirit?

Bulgarian artists, Ralitza M. Vladimirova and Antonia Duende have lived and worked artistically internationally. Bulgaria, a unique place, is at the crossroads of east and west, north and south. Located here are two of the most powerful energy centers on Earth. Each artist has been investigating and developing art-based research to explore and penetrate the sacred and mysterious symbolism of the of the Glagolitic alphabet and the Bogomilstvo, a spiritual movement born in 927. Could the endless possibilities of the creative process decode the spiritual? Into the Sacred invites us to explore that possibility.   

 

Michael Fischerkeller

Embracing the rebellious undertone of street art, Michael Fischerkeller captures a shared social conscience to offer truths of increasingly complex and significant socio-political issues of our time.  Social justice and minimalism drive his creative process resulting in stark yet elegant artwork encouraging all to critically view their world, focus on what is habitually overlooked, face what may be uncomfortable truths, and act to improve their and others’  lives.  In his exhibit, The Art of Politics, Fischerkeller pairs the decidedly contemporary medium of acrylic spray paint with imagery from centuries-old artwork. His medium is a voice of the “street” – communities most often and most severely deprived of social justice – and his imagery is from artworks generally commissioned or acquired by their era’s social elite, a fitting population from which to appropriate today in the service of socially-conscious artwork.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00

Sarah Kaiser, Monica J. Brown and Michael Fischerkeller interpret the ideas of psychological transformation and social consciousness.

  • Exhibition dates: March 30 – April 23, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Monica J. Brown

It happened when the light moved in employs the naked, winter tree as a symbol of transition, transformation, gestation and eventual rebirth. The winter tree is used to metaphorically represent the pause that leaves room for deeper work at the roots. The patterns created by the branches become maps and diagrams of interior emotional space manifested through tone, light, shape and color. This multi-media installation also explores the fluidity of identity inside human relationships.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00

Sarah Kaiser, Monica J. Brown and Michael Fischerkeller interpret the ideas of psychological transformation and social consciousness.

  • Exhibition dates: March 30 – April 23, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Sarah Kaiser

The work in Sarah Kaiser’s exhibit, Permeable Boundaries, is about boundaries–both physical and psychological. Kaiser depicts metaphorical objects such as wires, traffic cones, fences, curtains, and nests in order to signify the psychological boundaries that exist between people. Barbed wires are metaphors for the imaginary lines that define blended families. Often, roles aren’t clearly defined, which can lead to confusion.

Traffic cones are often used to keep motorists out of a specific area. They symbolize a desire to remove oneself from environments with narcissistic and controlling people.

Boundaries have a great deal to do with accepting limits in familial situations. Through these paintings, Kaiser is examining the limits that she is encountering and trying to assert. They are permeable because they are not always clear.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00

Sarah Kaiser, Monica J. Brown and Michael Fischerkeller interpret the ideas of psychological transformation and social consciousness.

  • Exhibition dates: March 30 – April 23, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Northern Illinois University – MFA Candidates Exhibit

(l-r) Korkut Akacik, Jeremy Foy, Kellie Hames, Jeanne Ludeke, Corey Stout , Christina Warzecha, Ian Welch and Michael Zang

Denouement features the work of eight Master’s of Fine Arts candidates at Northern Illinois University. In addition to solo thesis exhibitions on view this Spring 2016 at NIU, these fine art graduate students have organized a group show at ARC Gallery to make their work more accessible to the urban public. Over the course of three years, the work of these artists has evolved as they have experimented with new media and technology. They have submitted work that is representative of the culmination of their graduate careers.”

Opening Reception, Friday, March 4 from 6:00-9:00 

The eight NIU/MFA graduates demonstrate their exploration of new media and technology.

Exhibition dates: March 2 – March 26, 2016
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Exhibiting artists:

A Touch of the Blues

No color has as diverse a range or interpretation as Blue. According to painter Raoul Dufy, “Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue.” It is represented by the clearest of oceans and the deepest of melancholy sadness.  It is nature, music, movement, and joy. It is pain and suffering. This juried exhibition is an exploration of this extraordinary color and its seemingly limitless breadth of expression.

Juror Sarah Krepp has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BS from Skidmore College.  Krepp taught in the SAIC Painting Program for seven years before becoming Professor and Chair of the Painting Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Exhibiting artists: Angela Alexander-Lloyd, Scott Andresen, Lino Azevedo, Mariona Barkus,    David Bender, Jennifer Cronin, Theresa Devine, Daniel Eggert, Angelika Ejtel, Hank Feeley,    David Feingold, Nancy Fritz, Shelley Gilchrist, Carson Grubaugh, Will Hafeman, Sarah Welsh Johnston, Mary King, Jean-Claude Lajeunie, ATYL(Alex Lee), Ann Baldwin May, Nicholas Meyer, Chris Motley, Di Novak, Yixuan Pan, Yoonshin Park, Marianic Parra, Selene Plum, Eric Rolek, Stephen Schiff, Gary Schmitt, Kathy Sirico, Wendy Simmons, Derick Smith, Valerie Snyder, Carolyn Owen Sommer, Shyun Song, Anne Smith Stephan, Shulin Sun, Ruth M. Grego Viera, and Evan D. Williams.

  • Opening Reception, Friday, February 5 from 6:00-9:00 
  • Exhibition dates: February 3 thru February 27, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

Ann Patrick O’Brien

Garden of Delights is an exhibit of paintings which provides an inspection of overgrown and otherworldly botanicals set in environments that also seem not quite natural. 

Although the viewer may feel that he should recognize this familiar subject matter, O’Brien’s work focuses predominantly on the medium. Recently, her paintings have grown edgy, immediate and larger than life. On each  canvas, the viewer experiences the exuberance of the paint, senses its movement and may even wonder if the juicy brushwork yet has had time to dry. It is the paint and its properties, rather than any  agricultural still life, which hold the place at center stage.

  • Opening Reception, Friday, February 5 from 6:00-9:00 
  • Exhibition dates: February 3 thru February 27, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm

Thresholds

Absence and intuition. Join ARC for a new exhibit 

Seamus O’Rourke, Judith Roston Freilich and the artists of Thresholds explore the complicated and often invisible relationships between enigma, emptiness and emotion in this provocative new exhibit.

  • Exhibition dates: January 6 through January 30, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Thresholds – Dignity/Distress

Suffering from emotional pain and severe anxiety can be as unbearable as physical pain, yet we don’t see it.  One’s suffering can often be dismissed, or worse, not believed and berated as a moral weakness.  As artists who struggle with mental illness,  we are telling our stories and trying to confront the scourge of stigma.   

Art can serve to heal when one suffers emotional and psychic pain.   These paintings, sculptures, and drawings bring to light the reality of wounds that others cannot see or understand.  There is dignity in having your pain recognized and understood.  Art provides a space beyond the stigma associated with mental illness, where one has voice to express their unique vision and strength. 

Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.

Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois. We reject the notion that anyone is a lost cause, utilizing evidence-based practices and a wide range of supports to treat the whole person, rather than just the disease.

Kathy Osler, ATR, LCPC, is the curator of this art exhibition and works as an art therapist at several Thresholds programs.  She has been working in the field of art therapy for 16 years, developing programs to integrate creative expression in the treatment of mental health.   In working with the artists in this program,  she has observed a transformation in some as they identified themselves as artists and how this empowers them to find their own strength in recovery.  The artwork stands on its’ own,  as objects of beauty and as authentic expressions by individuals who value the process as vital to their personal growth.

Judith Roston Freilich

Absence and intuition. Join ARC for a new exhibit 

Seamus O’Rourke, Judith Roston Freilich and the artists of Thresholds explore the complicated and often invisible relationships between enigma, emptiness and emotion in this provocative new exhibit.

  • Exhibition dates: January 6 through January 30, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Time is measured by living things.  Silver Threads and Golden Needles is a personal collection of intuitive and spontaneous images that live in the enigma of time and space.

As these imaginary organic things evolve, they become a visual measure of time. Their cyclical, rhythmic patterns repeat themselves and we see remnants left in moments of time. The marks, stitches, and materials reflect complex rhythms, incongruities, and relationships. There are bursts of energy- fierce, uncontrolled, uninhibited urgencies- and beautiful swells of serenely floating calm. Like life, some parts are smooth and glittering and others have been torn, sanded, and glued in an unfinished process, leaving traces of journeys. The work, itself, becomes a remnant of passing time.