Marilyn Sward

“Handmade Paper”

The artist suggests new ways to consider what we hold precious. The forms of nature and natural elements are “transfered” to book objects and photographic elements. The arieal land forms are printed on handformed paper that was once the forest of that land. The “books” are also built from the remnents of those woods. The work transgresses the modernist desire to depict in a harsh or cold environment and instead makes real the nature of objects.

Poetic Dialogue Project 2005

Ten award-winning women poets from throughout the country wrote poetry in response to the visual art of 22 women artists from ARC Gallery, Chicago.  The Poetic Dialogue Project 2005, curated by artist Beth Shadur, is the second collaboration of ARC artists with women poets.

Visual artists from ARC Gallery in the exhibition are: Granite Amit, Kina Bagovska, Nancy Charak, Esther Charbit, Laura Ann Cloud, Kathleen Dugan, Ana Fernandez, Iris Goldstein, Kristina Gosh, Carolyne King, Lynnette Mohill, Cheri Reif Naselli, Patricia Otto, Judith Ross, Charlotte Segal, Beth Shadur, Michele Stutts, Danielle Togtman, Mirjana Ugrinov, Kelly Weime, Chiyeko Yuki, and Amy Zucker.

The poets from California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Wisconsin, and Illinois responded to the visual works with ekphrasis, defined to denote poetry or poetic writing concerning itself with the visual arts or artistic objects. The poetry in this exhibition follows that tradition by using poetic expression to create visual images inspired by the works of 22 contemporary artists. Poets participating in the event are Amy Quan Barry, Jan Beatty, Robin Behn, LR Berger, Lucia Cordell Getsi, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Lois Roma-Deeley, Margaret Rozga, Maurya Simon, and Judith Vollmer.

A poetry reading at ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 4-6 PM. Suggested donation: $10.00, students $5.00

“Artists in the Time of War”

Curated by Phyllis Fredendall, Joyce Koskenmaki and Bonnie Peterson

Artists from across the U.S. respond to the war and its effects.


Image by Mary Ellen Croteau

Songyl Kim

Video installation

The exhibition will consist of Songyi Kim’s two ongoing video projects: The Polaroid 1,2 & The Self Portrait, where she explores elusive and ephemeral existence in the passage of the time through moving images produced with accumulated layers of images in everyday life. Throughout months or years, she acquires images from Polaroid or drawings, which are drawn from the personal matter of desire, anxiety, fantasy and obsession with time, memories, and the meaning of the self. Reconstructing and transposing these visuals into moving images, she pursues different ways of appreciating the previous images in low-tech digital media.