Abigail Engstrand

Exhibiting Signs of Life:  Virtual Opening Reception  Sat. Nov 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

I need to stop trying to transplant my giant old hydrangea, as it’s too deep, wide, and heavy

(I realize now)
             and go back to my computer to reword a proper brief statement about my work.
I need to say something with poetic brevity
                   about what I’ve been observing and contemplating:
the fragility and resilience
                          of human body and spirit.
I feel my delicate decorative clothesline,
with the fleeting sketches on paper, torn, hanging chad’s left in place,
and the temporary nature of fibers (that used to keep living mammals warm and protected),
                                   illustrates my thoughts-
being recycled, in a way elevates to the realm of an art object –
                       a comparison, a dance… sometimes ironic.
I felt

I am a painter

I observe and build relationships. My fiber pictures, I call them “felts”, are often translated from another, more 2 dimensional medium, like a watercolor painting or charcoal drawing, into a multi-dimensional picture, by using fibers that have had another life before being selected for my visual adventure.

This new medium is old; it has either been an integral part of a living, breathing being, like sheep, alpaca, silk worm or dog, or a growing plant like bamboo, milkweed or corn fiber. Sometimes my chosen bits of color or texture have already served even more cycles of purpose, as an article of clothing or a blanket for human life. I feel good about honoring Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, by reusing resources. I also relish including sentimental fibers and fabric scraps, relevant to the subject, drawing more personal connection into the piece…

Like watercolor puddles, and children, fibers have a life of their own that they lend to a planned picture; a spontaneity which toys with levels of artistic, or parental, control. There’s a constant dance working with them; deciding where boundaries are needed and when and where to let go, look, listen and appreciate the altered perception and new definition they’ve created! No matter which medium I use, in all my pictures there is language-sometimes literally, in words, but always imbued with attempts at communication; a story told in color, shape, and scentual* bridges.

*I love to add various natural essential oils to my hands and rubbed into the fibers as I work for an added dimension.

Virtual Opening, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Imagining Futures: ARC Members’ Show

IMAGINING FUTURES:  Opening Reception Fri. September 10, 5pm

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, including artists and arts organizations. As one of the longest standing non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation is pleased to let you know that we are “STILL HERE.” Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition! View artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

ARC, founded in 1973 as a women-run cooperative organization, has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 47 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.

Celebrate another great year of existence during the Virtual Opening Reception on Saturday, October 4th from 4pm-5pm!

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

Affiliate Members: Kina BagovskaNancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo – Monica J. Brown – Virginia Carstarphen – Michele Corazzo – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Kristina Gosh – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

Interns:  Kofi Brooks – Paige Hall-Petry – Sabrina Sabella

 

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Oct 3, 4:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 2 – 24, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition

ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – Online Exhibition
Virtual Opening Reception: Sat. October 3, 4pm

Curator: Virginia Mallon

In response to the current political crises in America, a cadre of diverse and talented artists launched a year-long cross-country show into the heartland of America, united by the belief that art is and should be a catalyst for change.  Waylaid by the pandemic, the exhibit has launched virtually with planned exhibits in 2021.

Exhibiting Artists:
Donna Bassin, Beatrice Lebreton, Virginia Mallon, Susan Saunders, Marrisa Bridge, Lydia Makepeace, Jessica Nissen, Jonathan Talbot, Barbara Friedman, Dee Mallon, Yvonne Short, Jessica Waddington, Holly Gordon, Maggie Rose

Exhibition Tour Details:

ARC GALLERY & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
Chicago, IL
September 30 – November 21, 2020

KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT QUEENS COLLEGE
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
New York, NY
October 2020

NEW HARMONY GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
New Harmony Indiana
August 2021

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, October 3, 4pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 30-Nov 21, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

RESPIRATION(S) NOW! Online Exhibition

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!:  Online Exhibition

Juror: Angela Davis Fegan

Exhibiting Artists: Jillian Bruschera, Stefani Byrd, John Calavitta, Jasmine Clark, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy, Jennifer Farrell, Sabella Flagg, Juan Giraldo, Heidi Hogden, Amy Leners, David Obermeyer, Shevare Perry, Heather Schroering, Amber Taylor, Devon Thompson, Hugo Ximello-Salido

View video of the full exhibition below:

View “The Razor’s Edge” HD video by Stefani Byrd here.
View Shevare Perry’s “30+2” here.
View Heather Schroering’s “The Mouths Chef David McAtee Fed” here.
View Amy Leners’ New Moon, Animated Monoprint here.
View Jen Ferrell’s full “Respiration Book” here.
Did you miss the virtual opening reception? You can view the dynamic artist discourse with juror, Angela Davis Fegan, here.

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!

At the crux of some of the current crises that the world is enduring right now, is breath: African-Americans are being denied the right to breathe; COVID 19 is attacking lungs; and the lungs of the planet are in need of restoration. Life on our planet is inter-connected. Divisions and exclusions will insure the continued separation of humanity. Together we live, or together we perish. Humans are the problem and the solution.

Compassionate, righteous indignation, coupled with action for legislative justice is needed to shape a future that includes racial equality, universal healthcare, and planetary stewardship. What does a future look like that allows us all to BREATHE freely?! Each citizen of this world has a RIGHT to BREATHE.

Juror Statement: Respiration(s) Now! Is a collective portrait of American discomfort. Reconsideration of long existing wounds. These interdisciplinary works weave together a multifaceted narrative about collective grief, breath, isolation, and the value of human life. Public space is forever changed. Public discourse has taken to the immediacy of the streets and social media. Perception is not reality, and with this multi-person perspective, we begin to see a fuller clearer picture. Hopefully the online nature of this show allows for rumination on these works in the viewer’s private space during this collective pause.

Featured image is video still of Shevare Perry’s “30+2”

 

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 25, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic

UNMASKED: Portraiture in a Pandemic
Virtual Opening Reception, Sat. November 7, 4-5pm (via Zoom)

Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University

Exhibiting Artists: Linda Andrei, Larissa Barnat, Margaret Buchen, Patrick Carroll, Jenny Chernansky, Chris Cinque, Kate Conroy, Mary Rose Deraco, Noris Englund, Donna Fleetwood, Charles Goss, Precious Henshaw, Masha Hoffey, Allie Kushnir, Bryce Landingham, David Eugene Lemley, Rebecca Miller, Robert Mullenix, Natalie Pivoney, Sebastian Sandu, Joe Steiner, Jennifer Stofer, Rachael Warner, Christine Wuenschel

UnMasked on YouTube   

In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – this juried exhibition celebrates faces – and the people behind them. This exhibit also examines the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. This genre is defined as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…

Virtual Opening Reception, Saturday, Nov 7, 4:00-5:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 28 – Dec 19, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Fri – 3-7 pm,  Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm  

 

REALITY AND ART

REALITY  AND ART:  Virtual Opening Reception Sat. Sept 12, 4-5pm
JURIED BY ARTIST AND PROFESSOR DANIELLE ANDRESS

Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of  ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality. This show includes work that is representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference.

Exhibiting Artists:
Kristin Anderson, Allison Baker, Selene Bataille, Michael Borowski, Abbi Chase, Alexander Clark, Michele Corazzo, Robert Esau, SP Estes, Jack Flynn, Barbara Hansen, Michael Koerner, Jamie Kost, John Manno, Christopher Miller, Mary Murphy, Erin O’Neill, Daniel Walworth, Kelly Xintaris

(Image: Give Me Your Tired Your Poor by Barbara Hansen)

Exhibition Dates: Sept 2-26, 2020

  • Gallery hours: Fri 3-7pm – Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

 

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!

RESPIRATION(S) NOW!:  Online Exhibition Fri.  Aug 28, 6pm 

Juried by Artist, Angela Davis Fegan
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4, 2020 at 11:59pm
Apply here: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/respirations-now/

What does a future look like that allows us all to BREATHE freely?! Each citizen of this world has a RIGHT to BREATHE.

At the crux of some of the current crises that the world is enduring right now, is breath: African-Americans are being denied the right to breathe; COVID 19 is attacking lungs; and the lungs of the planet are in need of restoration. Life on our planet is inter-connected. Divisions and exclusions will insure the continued separation of humanity. Together we live, or together we perish. Humans are the problem and the solution. Compassionate, righteous indignation, coupled with action for legislative justice is needed to shape a future that includes racial equality, universal healthcare, and planetary stewardship.

ARC Gallery is looking for work that addresses the need to elevate humanity. RESPIRATION(S) NOW! will be an online exhibition in which work not only addresses the problems, but envisions solutions and blueprints for action to create a world which honors BREATH as a RIGHT.

All mediums and materials are eligible for submission including video and performance. Images must be jpg. Videos of time-based work or performance must be 3 minutes or less and include a password-free link to YouTube or Vimeo. Public art and site-specific installation (oustide of the gallery space) will also be considered, and must be in place by July 24. The images selected by the juror will be compiled into a slideshow video. This video will be shown on ARC Gallery’s website and Facebook page. Time-based work will be given a space on Facebook to be viewed. Individual images will be also be highlighted on Instagram and Facebook.

This is a donation-based call for entries. A suggested $5-$50 donation will allow ARC Gallery to continue its mission to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. And to raise public awareness on community-based issues by presenting exhibits, workshops, discussion groups and programs by, and for, underserved populations.

Apply here: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/respirations-now/

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, August 28, 6:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 25, 2020
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Art, and a Time of Solidarity (Images)

Art, and a Time of Solidarity: A Unique Art Collecting Opportunity  Fri.  July 24, 6pm

Announcing: “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” A Virtual Fundraising Event: This is YOUR chance to OWN a Judith Roth or Virginia Mallon artwork and help ARC Gallery continue its mission of supporting artists!! You can purchase tickets for this (online only) virtual fundraising event here: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Following are the available images. Prices listed are the value of the work.

“Self Portrait with Mandolin” by Judith Roth, oil, 36″x48″, $1800

 

“Waiting” by Judith Roth, graphite on paper, 29″x37″, $1000

 

“My Sister, My Friend” by Judith Roth, pastel, 31″x44″, $1500

 

“Maxine Waters” by Virginia Mallon, oil on slate, 12″x12″, $500

 

“Yvonne” by Virginia Mallon, oil on slate, 12″x14″, $500

 

ARC is a woman-run Chicago gallery recognized for its long-standing support of talented artists, showing more than 200 individual artist’s work each year for the last 47 years.  But this year, as we shelter in place, we face our biggest challenge yet. You can help! 

In lieu of a spring fundraiser, ARC is hosting an on-line event both to raise much needed funding and to honor two talented women artists who have supported ARC in the past.

Judith Roth (July 18, 1935 – February 9, 2019), a former member of ARC, was a highly regarded figurative artist in Chicago. Virginia Mallon is a New York painter and ARC supporter, who has shown her work at the gallery.  Through a generous donation of work by Virginia and by Judith’s family, ARC is able to mount a fundraising “event” which gives lucky participants the opportunity to become a collector of their work. Simply purchase a ticket to the “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” event and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a piece of Judith’s or Virginia’s work for your collection. Following is the link to purchase tickets: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Each ticket purchased increases your chances in this unique opportunity to become a collector. Tickets are $10/each. Three tickets are $25. A purchase of five tickets for $50 also makes you an Artist Friend of the gallery. The Artist Friends page gives supporting artists visibility on ARC’s website in appreciation for their support of ARC’s mission. 

On Friday, July 24, ARC Gallery will host this virtual “event” and live drawing announcing the winners of the five paintings and drawings shown here. Your entry(s) will make you eligible to win one artwork. (Please note that this is an online event online. There will be no in-person event at ARC Gallery’s physical location. During the Virtual Event, we will call off names of all donors as we enter their names in a “hat”.  And then pick the winners! )

Thank you for your support in these challenging times!!

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, July 24, 6:00pm

Art, and a Time of Solidarity

Art, and a Time of Solidarity: A Unique Art Collecting Opportunity  Fri.  July 24, 6pm

Announcing: “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” A Virtual Fundraising Event: This is YOUR chance to OWN a Judith Roth or Virginia Mallon artwork and help ARC Gallery continue its mission of supporting artists!! You can purchase tickets for this (online only) virtual fundraising event here: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

ARC is a woman-run Chicago gallery recognized for its long-standing support of talented artists, showing more than 200 individual artist’s work each year for the last 47 years.  But this year, as we shelter in place, we face our biggest challenge yet. You can help! 

In lieu of a spring fundraiser, ARC is hosting an on-line event both to raise much needed funding and to honor two talented women artists who have supported ARC in the past.

Judith Roth (July 18, 1935 – February 9, 2019), a former member of ARC, was a highly regarded figurative artist in Chicago. Virginia Mallon is a New York painter and ARC supporter, who has shown her work at the gallery.  Through a generous donation of work by Virginia and by Judith’s family, ARC is able to mount a fundraising “event” which gives lucky participants the opportunity to become a collector of their work. Simply purchase a ticket to the “Art, and a Time of Solidarity” event and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a piece of Judith’s or Virginia’s work for your collection. Following is the link to see all available work and to purchase tickets: https://artsolidarity.bpt.me

Each ticket purchased increases your chances in this unique opportunity to become a collector. Tickets are $10/each. Three tickets are $25. A purchase of five tickets for $50 also makes you an Artist Friend of the gallery. The Artist Friends page gives supporting artists visibility on ARC’s website in appreciation for their support of ARC’s mission. 

On Friday, July 24, ARC Gallery will host this virtual “event” and live drawing announcing the winners of the five paintings and drawings shown here. Your entry(s) will make you eligible to win one artwork. (Please note that this is an online event online. There will be no in-person event at ARC Gallery’s physical location. During the Virtual Event, we will call off names of all donors as we enter their names in a “hat”.  And then pick the winners! )

Thank you for your support in these challenging times!!

 

Virtual Reception, Friday, July 24, 6:00pm

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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