Lee Stanton

Shadow Walks:  Opening  Fri.  Oct 1,  5-8pm 

Trees reach, extending upward, branches forking. Lines wandering with purpose. Reaching and growing. Similarly, their roots weave themselves as they descend into the earth below. Shadows in between, patterns, lines, and shapes crisscross the path.

The sun casts shadows that change dramatically through the day. Shadows cast, long and short. They vary based on time and season, but also because the sun is not a single point source of light. Light generated by the sun emanates from different points in space along the sun’s surface creating sharp and soft edges, lines, and shapes.

Shadow Walks explores these patterns, and the way trees, shadows, and reaching and forking branches become metaphors.

Lee Stanton is an artist and art history instructor currently living in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

https://www.leestanton.org/

 

 

Opening Reception, Friday, October 1, 5:00-8:00

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30 – Oct 23 , 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6pm, Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Kina Bagovska

Song After Song:  Opening Reception  Fri. October 1, 5-8pm

Kina Bagovska follows her path of existence as an immigrant in a multicultural society. As an artist living between different cultures, she believes keeping the tradition alive is key to preserving ones unique identity.

Kina studies and explores the symbols of handmade embroidery from Bulgaria and how they are transmitted across generations. In her most current series of paintings, she attempts to reevaluate the aesthetics of the traditional craft and how its assigned value changes nowadays. To emphasize the semantics she combines symbols from Bulgarian embroidery and texts from modern poetry.

One of the most ancient symbols – the Octagonal Star (an eight-pointed star) associated with the circle of life has been a reoccurring motif used not only in Bulgaria, but also in Central, Northern and Southeastern Europe. This alludes to a possible unified creative spirit of the prototype of the world and explains the symbolic similarities between geographically distant and unrelated cultures. A range of similar geometric and floral motifs are used in the embroidery of traditional clothing symbolizing fertility and the tree of life.

The sentences in the paintings are from the contemporary poem “Thracian Sun” by Zdravka Vladova-Momcheva. The poem is part of the poetry collection “Thracian Treasure”, Palabrass Press Publishing House, Canada, 2012.  The words in Zdravka’s unique poetry are subordinated to uneven rhythm which is innate to Bulgarian traditional music. Thus the text reverberates the encoded language of the embroidery.

Transparent silk is used as a collage and together with the hand stitching reflect the cultural layers passing through the memory of the artist and her main idea of keeping the spirituality of the generations alive.

Kina Bagovska was born in Bulgaria and graduated from the Academy of Arts in Poland with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Throughout the years Kina had many solo and group exhibitions, and won numerous awards in Europe and United States. In 2007 her painting was a part of Mark di Suvero’s Piece Tower at the Chicago Culture Center. In 2003 and 2008 the artist was awarded with grants by the Illinois Arts Council for her collaborative arts. In 2003 she became a member of ARC Gallery. Since 2000, she has been living in Chicago, teaching art at Triton College, and her Private Art Studio.

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 1, 5:00 – 8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30 – Oct 23, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

 

Nancy Fritz

“Mira!” Experiments in Figuration:  Opening Reception  Fri. September 10, 5-8pm

I love the formal challenges of composition, color, and craftsmanship involved with painting in oil on a canvas in 2 dimensions.  But what I love most of all is figurative imagery – trying to express something interesting about a (usually human) form in space and time.  For my last show, I concentrated on using mostly classical painting techniques to create intimate realistic little portraits of the women in my family. As a newly retired person with (finally) more time to paint, I am now trying to figure out what kind of painter I’ve become in the interim.

So, this show re-plays some ideas from the past (mirrors, patterns, spatial ambiguity), re-purposing some old canvases in new ways, and experimenting with more spontaneous, stylized types of representation.  What holds it all together is a desire to find new and interesting ways to think about figuration and see where that leads next.

The first painting, “Self-Portrait in My Studio” is an old painting done soon after I graduated from the post-bac program at SAIC, about 25 years ago.  All the other paintings are recent, but have to do with “looking,” in the same vein as that painting – examining what it means to make and see art in new ways. The mirror that appears in many of the paintings is meant to portray that act of self-examination. All these paintings are simply documentation of that experimentation in self-examination.

The painters who have most influenced me are also diverse—Charlotte Saloman, Alice Valenstein, Eduard Vuillard, Jorge Castillo, and the Bay-Area Figurative painters from the 60’s—just to mention a few.  I am grateful for all those artists and their visions, who have in turn inspired mine.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 10, 5:00 – 8:00pm

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

 

Jane Stevens

Fragments from the Past: Photographs by Jane Stevens  Opening Reception  Sat.  July 24, 2-4pm 

Stevens’ photographs combine images from past and present moments to create a transformed reality.

Fragments and portals into the past are powerful reminders of the passage of time and the ever-changing environment. These photographs are a reflection on how the past affects our personal lives and alters the future.

The landscapes in the photographs are visual metaphors for the artist’s transformative process and journey of reclaiming a sense of self and connection to the world/community.

Stevens has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including the Los Angeles Photography Center; Galeria Tonalli, Mexico City; University of Arizona, Tucson; Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; and Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas.

 

 

Opening Reception  Sat.  July 24, 2-4pm

  • Exhibition dates: JULY 22 – AUG 14, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

Monica J. Brown

Roots, Branches: Ancestor(s) Stones: Opening Reception Fri.  June 25, 5-8pm / Virtual Opening Sat.  June 26, 4pm

This journey has its beginnings in a seed that was planted in a seed, that was planted ages ago, across the oceans of time and space, in the land that birthed the first mother. When her firstborn daughter came of age, her mother asked her to remember. “Remember what?” her daughter asked. “Remember this.”

Still not comprehending, though understanding the depth of what she was being asked to do, those words resounded in her spirit, and so, almost without knowing why she did it, she passed this message on to her own daughter: “Remember.” And so, it was passed down through generations, across continents, over oceans, through rivers, atop mountains, written on clouds, intertwined in tree branches, and encoded in dreams when those memories had been forgotten. And so… I heard my grandmothers speak in a whisper, softly, yet firmly: “Remember.”

Ancestor(s) Stones are intuition mining tools. They represent ancient wisdom, antiquity. They are the knowing inherent in having bourn witness to the ages. They align with the string of memory that lives in DNA, passed down through generations. They represent grounding, leverage, or steps to take. The stones have taken many shapes.

Sticks are fuel for flame. They feed the fire. Inspire it to burn. They are motivation for the fire to continue. They are place markers. They are divination tools used in the location of underground water. They are broken branches: once connected to the tree.

I am the branch, extending back, resting on the bough of my mothers. I am the daughter of Elizabeth, Flora, Grace, Ora, Parthena, Zilpha, YOMHN… and her mother, and her mother, and her mother…

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

  • Exhibition dates: June 25 – July 17, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

Virginia Carstarphen

  • VIRGINIA CARSTARPHEN
  • WANDERINGS, MAPS AND MEMORIES
  • Exhibition dates: May 28 – June 19, 2021
  • The video below is the online opening reception of the exhibit.  It took place on Zoom on May 29, 2021

Click on play above to see the video of the online opening reception on Zoom

While in college I discovered the writings of American geographer John Wright who coined the term “geopiety:” geo from the Greek for earth and piety from the Latin pietas meaning sense of duty of filial love. This word so perfectly expresses my love and sense of devotion to the places that have filled my life. The landscapes of Georgia, New England, Florida, and the Midwest; the waters of the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico all figure prominently in my work.

Although my work edges mostly on abstraction, I have always thought of myself as a landscape artist.  Artists like Eva Hesse, Anselm Keifer, and Cy Twombly inspire me. Cartography and asemic writing are devices I rely on to explore my subject matter. Through line, color, material and gesture I attempt to honor the landscapes that I am deeply attached to. These landscape explorations are filtered through both experience and memory. Imagination plays an important role as well.

At times these abstracted landscapes can be internal mappings of the human body on a cellular level – a way of finding myself in the world.  Other times they verge on more macrocosmic abstractions – a landscape as big as a galaxy.  Often they navigate the space in between. It is within that space that I find balance between destruction and renewal, entanglement and order.

In this body of work, maps themselves become the vehicle to explore these ideas.  Where am I? Where do I come from?  Where am I going?  These questions are at the heart of the manipulations of the maps.  They become transformed by my wanderings, both literally and symbolically.

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ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE (NIU MFA Group Exhibition)

ERA OF PREPARATION AND DESIRE  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Apr 3, 4-5pm

Humans searching for meaning in times of crisis often ask, “what matters NOW?” That question is especially significant for emerging artists as they consider their role in society and their contribution to contemporary art. The nine MFA students graduating from Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design have persevered during a global pandemic in pursuit of their creative searches. The work featured in Era of Preparation and Desire answers, in different ways, the question of what matters now. Addressing issues ranging from identity and perception to social engagement, the artists highlighted in this group exhibition vary in discipline. Included are drawings by Andrew Elsten and Christina Kang; fibre works by 5355AH DelaRue; paintings by Larissa Barnat, Angie Redmond, and Aimee Valentine; a photograph by Amy Fleming; and sculptures by Nate Gilchrist and Gretchen Schreiber.

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Jeanette May

Tech Vanitas  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. May 1, 4-5pm

Click on Play below to see the online Zoom opening reception that took place on Sat. May 1.

Jeanette May’s “Tech Vanitas” photographs embrace anxiety over new technology and love for beautifully designed, obsolete machines. Her still lifes suggest 17th Century Dutch vanitas paintings with their air of craft guilds, international trade, and personal wealth. Her carefully disheveled arrangements of familiar devices also allude to product photography and advertising. “Tech Vanitas” examines the present and the past of technology with a sense of wonder and trepidation.

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, May 1, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Apr 30 – May 22, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

PLUCKED & GLEANED

Plucked & Gleaned… an exhibition of fine art prints  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Mar 6, 4-5pm 

Exhibition dates: Mar 5 – 27, 2021

For a gallery view of the exhibition, see the video below:

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Click the following link to view the Virtual Opening:

https://youtu.be/TmgLhejFR1k

The virtual opening on YouTube contains a slideshow of the exhibit that includes the name of the artist and info about each piece.

Plucked and Gleaned is a group exhibition of fine art prints. The work on display touches on themes of identity, Midwest culture, place, and personal ecosystems. All of the works in the exhibition are by print artists living and making art in Northern Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

Exhibiting Artists:
Wes Beeler
Rachel Beer
Sasha Bitzer
Alex Bridges
Marco Camacho
Zoë Couvillion
Mikey Crotty
Jayden Dale
Jan Gerenstein
Nathanial Gilchrist
Christina Kang
Greg Padgett
Nick Phan
Sixing Qi
Saffron Williams

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, March 6, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Mar 5 – 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Aviva Kramer

1000 Mirrors  Virtual Opening Reception – Sat. Feb 6, 4-5pm 

The glistening of gold in Japanese landscapes, scrolls and screens. Rich gold, pale gold, antique gold. Summoned up from ancient secret recipes. Sacred light and embodied reality encased in golden light.

Light trails, accidental objects, diaphanous forms which barely cling to existence. But the real world emerges, botany, unexpected.

The persistence of Eastern landscapes, forgotten, veiled in fog. If only to capture its spirit. Gravity and veils of paint that reveal of laws of the universe. Painting the invisible (or maybe it is humming of the breath we breath)…..emerging, receding…..lost in nature’s landscape, creation, destruction…..This is where I begin.

Aviva Kramer at ARC: Feb 2021. Click to download video of exhibition.

Note: click the diamond in a white box icon to the far bottom right of video to view the full screen.

 

See a slideshow of the exhibition below:

Note: click the diamond in a white box icon to the far bottom right of video to view the full screen.

Find out more about Aviva Kramer here: www.avivakramer.com

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb 6, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 5 – 27, 2021
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm