Gale West

“Art to Fear II,” video

“Art to Fear II” Masks Fundraiser

Chicago Artist-made masks for sale as a fundraiser for the Gallery


Mask by Patricia Otto

“Art to Fear II” Juried Exhibition

various media, various artists

Artwork pertaining to all things spooky, ghastly, eerie and/or fearful.

Costume Party on Friday, October 29, from 6-11 pm with D.J., refreshments, costume prizes, and artist-made masks for sale for fundraiser.

“Members Open”

various media


Image by Ana Fernandez, Scholarship member


Marks, form and color unite in various media as pathways to memory, vision and fantasy in the artwork made by the “Trio.”

Charlotte Segal’s mixed media paintings address a figurative theme with surfaces activated by collage. Segal is on the faculty of the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago, teaching fundamentals of design and color theory. She is represented by Atelier Arts International Gallery in New York City. Carol Haliday-McQueen presents paintings in varied media that focus on color, light and space. She is a professor of Fine Arts at Columbia College, Chicago. Joan Taxay-Weinger, best known for her paintings, exhibits her photographs of the Chicago area and Millennium Park with the same attention to detail she formerly put onto her canvases. She is represented in Chicago by Sonia Zaks Gallery.


Image by Charlotte Segal

“Blue Bridges”

paintings and photographs

Five native Bulgarian painters now living in the U.S. show a visual smorgasboard of styles and philosophies. Those coming to catch a glimpse of Bulgaria will find that the personal visions of these artists are assimilated to those that live in an increasingly globalized world. Participating artists: Jordan Ivanov, Peter Mitchev, Iva Shentova, Vassilen Vassevski and Kina Bagovska

Internationally-recognized double bass soloist Petya Bagovska will perform at the opening reception.

Nancy Bechtol and David Bechtol

Landscapes, digital imagining

This photographic installation by Nancy & David Bechtol is a dialogue of visual interest in the landscape motif. David Bechtol presents his high resolution realistic imaging of the landscape, then Nancy Bechtol takes that image and explores it, re-thinks it, and remixes it. Although the collaboration as spouses has been there for decades, this is a first for an artistic presentation.

Embedded in the images are many hours of mind-bending discussions to come to this place. It is said that opposites attract. The visual dialogue works from this premise, exchanging information, awareness of the influences, but each one containing their own perspective.