Patrice S. Nelson

Into the Vanishing Prairie:  Virtual Opening Reception  Sat.  Jan 8, 4-6pm

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89831904735?pwd=alh0UE1CcHE1dzdpZCt3VDNCNnJKUT09
Meeting ID: 898 3190 4735   Passcode: 601074

Although I was born in Chicago, from a young age I was always hiking through prairies, sandy beaches and forests with my amateur botanist, photographer father looking for rare native plants to identify and photograph. Nature has always been one of my greatest inspirations, but I am deeply worried about it. This collection of paintings and drawings of wild native Midwest flora and fauna appear to be fading away because too many species are threatened and endangered. So, get outside and enjoy nature and her varied habitats before it all gets destroyed and disappears.

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Zoom Opening Reception, Saturday, Jan 8, 4:00-6:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: JAN 6 – 29, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

BODY POLITICS

BODY POLITICS  Virtual Opening  Sat.  Jan 8, 4-6pm 

JUROR: Ginny Sykes

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See a video of the exhibition below:

Watch “Blue Broad: The Feminist Reframing of Monica Lewinsky in the #metoo Era” by Heather Saunders and Erin Finley:

In January 1973, Roe v Wade dramatically extended women’s options for bodily autonomy. Notwithstanding, women’s bodies remain a battleground – not just around reproductive health, but in myriad other areas, including (but not limited to) decisions around consent, safety, employment and beauty. Roe v Wade faces new threats to its existence – leaving reproductive rights in ever greater peril. Beginning with the policing of women’s bodies, and expanding to examine all forms of body policing and discrimination, ARC will host a juried exhibition in January 2022 to address these themes. Body politics shape the socio-political climate and affect basic human rights, from the #metoo movement and rape culture, to domestic violence, to gender politics, and right down to the politics of hair in the classroom and workplace.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: 

Nelson Armour, Elizabeth Ashe, Jenny Balisle, Bea, K. Johnson Bowles, Danqi Cai, Jeanne Ciravolo, Lauren DeRosa, Abigail Engstrand, Erin Finley, Sarah Fitzgerald, Kate Forer, Ghislaine Fremaux, Elizabeth Hall, Sharon Harper, Lydia Kegler, Delphin Keim, Gina Lee-Robbins, Beth LeFauve, Theresa Lucey, Sally Machlis, Bette McAvoy, Fiona McCargo, Socorro Mucino, Heather Saunders, Suzanna Scott, Randi Shepard, Dafna Steinberg, Li Turner, Darlene Tyree, Kathy Weaver, Gary L. Wolfe, Christine Wuenschel, Tina Ybarra, Alex Younger

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Ginny Sykes is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing performance, video, sculpture, painting, installation, ceramics and more. Her personal and political approach to art incorporates a Jungian and feminist perspective, working with symbol and myth to critique patriarchal codes that have occupied and over-determined artistic content through much of history. Resisting prescriptive and institutional classifications of a universalized female experience, Sykes instead asserts and affirms the complexity of identities women negotiate. She employs a poetic, layered, and visceral aesthetic across the genres of her practice to suggest the transforming and healing potential of art, and to invite new cultural, emotional, and psychological understandings. An example of this is Sykes’s recent project 100 Women: Collaborations Beyond the Veil, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Through a photographic and performative lens, 100 diverse women posed for Sykes to create a contemporary visual archive of women on the subject of liberty.

Recent selected exhibitions include Art Performing Festival, Naples, Italy and Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy; Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy; Water Tower Art Festival, Soifa, Bulgaria; LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Legler and Woodson Regional Libraries, Chicago; Loyola University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; top Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany; Saltillo Contemporary, Saltillo, Mexico; Pinacoteca Communale de Arte Contemporanea, Gaeta, Italy; and Can Gelabert Casal de Cultura, Mallorca, Spain.

Sykes has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lill Street Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, and was a teaching artist for twenty five years, including After School Matters and the Illinois Arts Council. She has presented her work at the Jungian Institute International Conference and at the College Art Association Conference. She is a former board and advisory board member with Woman Made Gallery, has been a board member and core artist with the Chicago Public Art Group, and currently serves on the advisory council for the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University. Sykes has co-created over 40 public artworks, including On the Wings of Water at O’Hare International Airport, and Rora at Erie Terrace on the Chicago River, which received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is recipient of several DCASE grants, a Chicago Percent for Art commission, Ragdale residencies, and Artegiro residency in Conzano, Italy.

Sykes holds an MA in Women Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL, where she received a Community and Global Stewards Fellowship, and has a BFA from Washington University, St Louis, Missouri. She studied painting and art history for three years at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. She divides her working life between Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Italy.

 

Virtual Opening, Saturday, Jan 8, 4:00-6:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: JAN 6 – 29, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Manal Deeb

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Laminated Heart:  Opening Reception Fri.  Dec 3, 5-8pm

my heart broke in silent sound
my tears did not touch the ground

“Laminated Heart” is an internal landscape, directed at no particular audience.  A powerful drive to reproduce oneself. A journey that takes you into replications of self that kept me alive.  A glance into a biding time revealing memories stolen by the time.  A quest for a golden note.  A dare to dissect the inner of the unknown without fear.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Dec 3, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 27 – Dec 18, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

GO MAKE A THING!

GO MAKE A THING!  Opening Reception Fri.  Oct 29, 5-8pm

JUROR: Jessica Gondek

Click on the slide show below to see the exhibition.

Free exploration often opens doors to imagination. With tongue in cheek, GO MAKE A THING is interested in play to overcome stress and frustration! This show includes ‘things’ in many different media.

The exhibition will run from October 29 – December 18, 2021.

Gallery hours are: Thursdays & Fridays, 2-6pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm. Masks for all visitors are required. (Hours subject to change.)

Exhibiting Artists: Danica Antich, Grant Brownlow, Liz Callahan, Leslie Getz, LucyJulia Hale, Deborah Hirshfield, Cynthia Holzum, Jill Kolker, Doug McAbee, Laura Moore, Bryan Northup, Eia Radosavljevic, Judith Shepelak, Robin Strand, Michele Stutts

Juror Statement:                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was my pleasure to serve as the juror for “Go Make a Thing” which celebrates the nature of artists as makers of objects and things.  I thank everyone who entered their work in the exhibition and gave me the privilege to consider it.  In jurying the exhibition, I began to see relationships emerge, and in the end, I selected 28 pieces from 15 artists.  Below I touch on some relationships particularly enjoyed.

Michelle Stutts’ creative work embodies the essence of “Go Make a Thing” in that she continually transforms and transports objects to recreate them as in her work, Sinner Saint. She turns an animal’s vertebrae into an active figure ready to embrace the world. The Green and Orange Baccarat Bunnies by Liz Callahan sparkle, reflecting the color of their surroundings, elevating this common crystal figurine into a vivid object of wonder.  Anarchy in the Garden by Judith Shepelak presents a luminous color pencil drawing where an abstract botanic scene comes to life.  Shown in proximity to this drawing are Eia Radosavljevic’s sculptures Corner Hive and Copia that seem to have been extracted from the neighboring garden and taking root in our gallery. Ester and Josephine by Doug McAbee are a playful pair of opposites that complement each other not only in color but also in their physical attributes.  Ester is lanky and tall while Josephine is short and grounded.  Hop Scotch and Daydreamer by Jill Kolker are luminous works transporting the viewer to distant yet fleeting childhood memories.

I hope you appreciate the exhibition and explore the dialogue that is created between these artists and their works.

About the Juror:

Jessica Gondek is an artist/teacher living in the Chicago area. She received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago and teaches drawing and painting in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Ms. Gondek has received a number of prestigious awards recognizing her creative work over the years. Notable are the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant, and a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

Ms. Gondek has been recognized with a number of international artist residency awards. She has been an artist in residence at the Can Serrat International Art Center in Spain, and at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium.

Jessica Gondek has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is represented in many public collections. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum, the Loyola University Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art Beecher Center.

Ms. Gondek is a member of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 29, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: OCT 29 – DEC 18, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Jessica Gondek

Ironmades:  Opening Reception Fri.  Oct 29, 5-8pm

My work endeavors to blur the distinction between hand and machine. The title of the exhibition, Ironmades, is a nod to the early 20th Century Dada movement engaged with machinery and readymades.  As an artist, I continue building on this tradition to bring it into the digital era of the 21st Century as our relationship with technology continues.

The forms I explore are inspired by vintage domestic utilitarian machines and gadgets I have collected as well as related trade catalogues, advertisements, blueprints, and patent drawings.  Digital manipulations derived from these source materials lay a foundation that launches their evolution. The drawing medium allows for both transparency and mutability between layers of information.  The mechanical forms within these compositions are simultaneously transformed casting off their intended function and asserting an animated physical presence and internal narrative that allows me to explore a multitude of dualities: male vs female, hand vs machine, organic vs mechanical, playful vs menacing, analog vs digital, and functional vs dysfunctional.

 

 

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 29, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 28 – Nov 20, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm  

OUR PLANET: OURSELVES

OUR PLANET: OURSELVES Opening Reception  Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

JUROR: Jane Stevens

The beauty of our natural world is apparent. The earth is warming in the sun. However “the warming earth” carries a more somber message as well – a reminder of the fruits of our greed, the fragility of our planet, the reality of our losses. And, as we face the urgency to respond, we raise our artistic voices – to celebrate, to mourn, to activate, and to contemplate how we live together in relationship to this one planet we must all share and nurture. “Our Planet: Ourselves” addresses nature in all of its complexity — its beauty, its fragility, its ubiquity to everything else that we are.

Exhibiting Artists: Alice Becker, Denise Bellezzo, Rose Bonacorsi, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Joelle Dietrick, Jeffrey Doyle, Leslie Ann Eliet, Donna Fleetwood, Jane Flynn, Donna Hapac, Bob Hilger, Margaret LeJeune, Nora Moore Lloyd, Julie Mars, Jeane Kat McGrail, Jane Michalski, Jacqueline Moses, Lucy Mueller, Louise Pappageorge, Adriana Poterash, Linda Robinson Gordon, Cherie Sampson, Autumn Schaefer, Beth Shadur, Michelle Shipka, Juliane von Kunhardt, Brooke White, Marjorie Woodruff, , Ryan Zoghlin

ABOUT THE JUROR:

Jane Stevens is Curator of Art, Emeritus at the Illinois State Museum. as well as an art educator.  She curated over twenty-five exhibitions of Illinois artists at the Illinois State Museum. She is interested in documenting the art of Illinois artists and has published five books on Chicago artists including: Don Seiden: An Artist’s Life; From Light to Dark: The Life and Work of Ellen Roth Deutsch; The Legacy Continues: The Chicago Society of Artists; Barbara Aubin: A Life of Art 1928 – 2014; and Dusty’s House: A Victorian Treasure. She is currently working on a new book that is scheduled to be released in early 2022.

She received an MFA from the State University of New York, Buffalo and studied at the School of the Art institute of Chicago.

 

Opening Reception  Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

  • Exhibition dates: JUNE 25 – AUG 14, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Jenny Chernansky

In the Shadow of the Feminine:  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Dec 5, 4-5pm

SEE THE EXHIBIT ON YOUTUBE BELOW:
Join us here Saturday, December 5, 4pm via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 915 8673 3882
Passcode: 130261

The depth of the shadow is equivalent to the strength of the light. They are relative and dependent on each other without hierarchy   Shadows are often subtle, unseen yet necessary for sight. They play with our imaginations, our fears and dreams. The idea of a shadow has many implications; from the interference of light, the mysterious unknown, the Jungian idea of repressed aspects of the psyche, even the beginnings of painting have been associated with the tracing of a shadow. Throughout history, religion, and culture the feminine is often condemned to darkness, kept in the shadows, divided into categories such as virgin and whore. The show attempts to shine a light on the feminine shadow.

 

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Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm

In Cynthia’s new work gestural big brush strokes run into dense repetitive areas of bold color – challenging the flow by their placement. Her willingness to switch materials contribute to stops and starts to emphasize a point. Introduction of lozenge like shapes drop from the top to the bottom of the picture plane and interrupt the underlying primary movement. Both gently and boldly they reveal themselves. Like bombs they carry weight both visually and emotionally as they alternately float and drop redefining space and altering our perceptions. They force us to see what happens when an opposing force is introduced.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm 

Working with sumi ink and brushes of many sizes, Katherine Nemanich paints with broad movements that echo the rhythmic flow and rhetoric of selected musical compositions. She then transforms these marks into three-dimensional constructions as she tears and combines her calligraphic paintings, bending and layering the durable 100% cotton paper and fastening it in places with industrial elements—grommets, bolts, and wire. Nemanich’s constructions are non-rectangular and extend outwards across the wall or floor, or suspend from the ceiling.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm

Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and consequences of natural disasters, both on a personal emotional level and on a more global scientific level. Using paper, Tyvek (a plastic paper), and drawings she explores the scenes of destruction and the imagery of loss. The wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, and found objects and photos that recall lost mementos of home.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 3, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: May 1 – 25, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm