David Bechtol

David Bechtol: THROUGH THE EYES OF A TRAVELER  Opening Reception Fri.  Mar 3, 5-8pm

This expansive imagery was selected over the last several decades from travels to Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Paris, and several majestic locations in Canada. Included are Inkjet wall print panorama installations, running 4 feet by 12 feet, custom printed by the artist.  These are taken hand-held and are stitched involving up to 30 images in a single photo. David remarks: “Each image captured attempts to take the viewer on a journey, to transport them to that place of wonder and grandeur as I experienced it.”

Photography has been a dedication and integral part of his life for over 50 years.  He is a self-taught photographer. David has an Engineering Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

His work history includes 31 years with the Hyatt Corporation as a Senior Computer Scientist/IT.  He is a member and Treasurer of the Chicago Society of Artists (CSA), his fine art photographs are included in “The Legacy Continues: The Chicago Society of Artists.”  His photo silk screens are in the major portfolios, “Illinois” and “Route 66”.  A member of the PSA, Photographic Society of America; Co-producer/Photographer with Shadow Bechtol Studio’s  indie films, listed in IMDb, and most notably, “This is Indian Land~Okee-Chee’s Vision”, which premiered at the American Indian Center of Chicago, and is in the collection of the Newberry Library. David’s exhibition record includes shows at August House Studio, ARC Gallery, Lost Artist Colony, and Trickster Gallery.  His photography received the Editor’s Choice Award from Art & Beyond Magazine.

 

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

  • Exhibition dates: March 2 – 25, 2023
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

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Nancy Bechtol

Nancy Bechtol: no RAIN no RAINBOWS    Opening Reception Fri.  Mar 3, 5-8pm

no RAIN no RAINBOWS is a Hawaiian saying, and indeed has deep meaning universally. Art has Social Impact and saves lives. Welcome to my self -curated show.

Ideally, the pain, the rain, the difficult times yield to the earned results, visionary colorful, kaleidoscopic lights of personal achievements. Past. Present. Future collides.

If done right, we get there standing on the shoulders of giants that came before us and show gratitude. Tribute to Don Baum,  Painting Class with Imagists in 2 years at Roosevelt University; and Mentored by Phil Morton, Time Arts/Video Founder, MFA 84, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

If done right, we get to hold hands with others to help them to their goals and achieve too.

To speak of the highlights of this show, creating a multitude of art images, over 50 years, in multiple formats — Surprises me.  The Pandemic gave me time to pause and reconsider my art history. The volumes of work I created, no matter what my “real job” was, daily life influenced me.  The indie/art films, fine art media from an array of materials (everything is a crayon) acting and interacting in social-political arenas for 12 years as a Photojournalist.  Here are a few of my favorite things over the years. Believe me, the Studio carries enough to fill a museum. Sending this out to the universe…

 

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

  • Exhibition dates: March 2 – 25, 2023
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

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Call for Entries: SCULPTURE

Call for Entries: SCULPTURE : Motley Cruise

Curator: Bernard Williams

Application Deadline: April 16, 2023

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/sculpture-motley-cruise/

SCULPTURE : Motley Cruise

In her essay titled: Motley Efforts, Sculpture’s Ever-Expanding Field, Anne Ellegood speaks of the myriad sculptural practices at work among today’s artists. She speaks of the inability to locate clear categories for much of contemporary sculpture… the profusion of cultural and historical references, the range of materials and an eye towards experimentation.

Ellegood speaks of appreciating artworks for their sensitivity to form or physical flair…”these are after all, objects in space that we encounter with our bodies- but the conceptual underpinning are often as complex and layered as their forms and encourage a certain amount of unpacking. In her essay, Samuel Beckett is quoted as saying, “It is the artist’s task to find a form that accommodates the mess.”

You are invited to participate in this exhibition, titled: Motley Cruise.

The works in this exhibition embrace disorder and precariousness, pristine surfaces and the predetermined, the messy, decrepit, clumsy, expressive,  flamboyant, corporeal, ambiguous, enigmatic , and more.

This is a call for sculpture in any form. Sculptures can: hang on wall, suspend from ceiling, sit on a pedestal, or stand on floor. Works can be either indoor or outdoor but should be no larger than 36 inches in circumference (W or D). Indoor works are limited to 9’0″. All sculptural mediums are welcome and non-traditional mediums are encouraged.

EXHIBITION DATES: May 25 – June 16, 2023
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Sunday, April 16, 2023

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 11:59pm CST

Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on April 26, 2023
Deliver wall-hung and pedestal work to ARC: Thurs & Fri, May 18 & 19, 2-6pm; Sat, May 20, 12-4pm
Deliver all larger floor work  to ARC: Sat, May 20, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat,  June 17, 2;30-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: the week of  June 18
*Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image. (Lower charge for students: high school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $30 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry. Please include copy of Student ID.) If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

About the Curator:

Bernard Williams is an established artist based in Chicago, IL and working in painting, sculpture, installation, and public art. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Northwestern University. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S., and has been represented by the  N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, the Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago, and the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York.  Williams has received recognition both regionally and nationally, including grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Artadia in New York in 2001, The Meier Foundation in Chicago in 2013, and The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in New York in 2015. He has completed artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA., and the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2013.

The artist began painting outdoor murals in the early 1990’s with the Chicago Public Art Group. While continuing with CPAG, Williams has added outdoor sculpture to his practice. In recent years he has created several outdoor steel sculptures in Chicago, and completed the Black Tractor Project at the Arts Club of Chicago 2019. In November 2020-May 2021 he debuted a large sculptural work in the “Long Dream” group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In 2021 the artist has won two significant outdoor Commissions: The Naomi Anderson installation for Michigan City, Indiana, and in 2023 a large steel sculpture will be installed at Nate Manilow Sculpture Park at Governor’s State University in University Park, IL.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 26, 5:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Discussion: TBA

  • Exhibition dates: May 25 – June 16, 2023
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

COLOR

COLOR   Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 3, 5-8pm;  Exhibition Discussion: TBA

JUROR: Ann Rintz – Art Gallery and Permanent Collection Curator of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County, Grayslake. IL.

COLOR 

Color is one of the most exciting elements of art. It personifies beauty, expresses emotion, and creates a mood. The power of color has a profound effect on the viewer. It’s one of the first ways we learn to decipher the world around us. Color can sway thinking, and cause reactions both joyful and extreme. Color can seem absolute, but it shifts and changes.

Artists manipulate color to turn our perceptions on their heads; to challenge our understanding of reality. Color is magical. Color is cultural. Color is symbolic. Color signifies. How do our interpretations of color affect our perceptions? Our prejudices? Our stereotypes? Does color reflect the racial, social, and political forces shaping our communities? The LGBTQ community, for example, has taken the rainbow of all colors for their symbol of strength and unity.

This exhibition considers artists’ relationship to color, and shares the ways in which they experience and celebrate it. It honors color and its vibrant expressions. Join us in the gallery for an exploration and celebration of color!

Exhibiting Artists: James Ackerman, Angelus, Andrew Arkell, Leslie Bellavance, Louise Boruque, James Bowden, Annelise Bronsveld, Owen Brown, Thomas Celewicz, Laura Cerf-Dahl, Cristina Chopalli, Leisa Corbett, Chantal Danyluk, Debra Davis-Crabbe, Erica Dincalci, Amel Dockery, Emily Dormier, Tom Duffy, David Feingold, Mary Fosrer, Iris Goldstein, Michael Goss, Cait Hardie, Freddy Hovey, Jeannine Hunter Lazzaro, Laurel Izard, Katsy Johnson, Claire B. Jones, Donna June Katz, Chanhee Kim, Jamie Kost, Ginny Krueger, Ashe Laughlin, Laurie LeBreton, Michael Litewski, David Lozano, Justice Macklin, Monika Malewska, Susan Marx, Doug McAbee, Amanda Mulcahy, Aaron Ollero, Mesoma Onyeagba, Denise Presnell, Letitia Quesenberry, David Reninger, Amy Renzulli, Patrick Schmidt, Simone Scigousky, Edwin Shelton, Judith Shepelak, Matthew Shirrell, Gaby Silva Bavio, Katherine Skwira-Brown, Constance Volk, Jenny Wu, Connor Young, John Zilewicz

About the Curator:
Ann Rintz is the Art Gallery and Permanent Collection Curator of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Ann attended Northern Illinois University and earned both a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and installation art in which the curriculum included foreign study of contemporary art and design in England and France. She is a fine artist and college art professor. Her fine art exhibition history encompasses galleries in Chicago including one-person shows at ARC Gallery, Gallery 1633 and the Pilsen Arts Invitational. On a personal level, Ann celebrates visual grace and is dedicated to the propagation of all beautiful things.

Opening Reception, Friday, February 3, 5:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Discussion: TBA

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 3 – 25, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

GoFundMe

ARC Gallery celebrates its 50th Birthday in 2023! ARC’s longevity and unique Chicago impact over these 50 years has always depended on the unfailing support from a multitude of talented artists and dedicated patrons.

Now, as we celebrate this Jubilee Year, we want to express our gratitude to all those people who have helped ARC impact so many lives and helped us to reach this moment. We are reaching out to friends who believe in ARC’s mission, and want to help us continue for the next 50 years. Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/happy-50th-birthday-arc-gallery

Over the course of 2023, ARC will host various events feting our artists and supporters, and celebrating both the gallery’s history and its future potential. In preparation for these events, we are reaching out to old and new supporters, asking you to help us prepare for the celebration of this milestone.

The Athena Fund has graciously committed a $5000 matching grant to ARC to help us continue our mission. We ask all those who support emerging artists, women artists, diverse artists or small impactful galleries, to consider joining us by donating a birthday gift to help match this support. (And stay tuned for invitations to join the upcoming birthday celebrations.)

About ARC: ARC (Artists & Residents Chicago) Gallery is proud of its status as the only surviving not-for-profit women’s cooperative gallery in the Midwest. For 50 years, it has been committed to the arts community via exhibitions of quality contemporary art regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity of the artist; showing the work of over 6000 unique artists from around the globe! The gallery also remains committed to both professional and financial support of artists, particularly young, female or emerging artists.

How does ARC love and support the art community? And what will your donation help provide? Let us count the ways:
• Bringing a feminist perspective to the management of a contemporary art gallery
• Working with the vibrant West Town arts community to welcome artists, patrons, and those curious about experiencing art to a safe, beautiful, and professional gallery space
• Presenting themed group juried exhibitions, so that artists with various and diverse talents and mediums meet and exhibit their work together
• Exhibiting high-quality original art for sale at non-exorbitant prices
• Substantially subsidizing the cost of solo exhibitions for artists
• Supporting emerging artists with their first exhibitions in our professional gallery
• Working with art students at colleges and universities to mentor young women artists
• Donating exhibition space to underserved or naïve artists
• Presenting exhibits, workshops, discussion groups and programs of interest to the general Chicago art world.

Won’t you help us celebrate our 50th year of supporting emerging artists? ARC Gallery is a 501c3 organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. Any donation will help make an impact. And thanks to the generosity of the Athena Fund, your dollar counts twice! Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/happy-50th-birthday-arc-gallery

Suggested Donations:
$20 – ARC Supporter
$50 – ARC Friend
$100 – ARC Angel
$250 – ARC BFF
$500 – ARC Jubilee Giant

Thank you for your support!

RESOLUTE

RESOLUTE:  Opening Reception Fri. January 6, 5-8pm

Opposition only strengthens the resolute.
Time makes the resolute more persistent.

To be resolute is to feel the force of an idea and to remain dedicated despite what crumbles and grows around it. Dedication is measured by painstaking increments of effort over sustained periods. The resolute take every chance to memorialize and preserve each small gain, to perpetuate their own survival.

In this first month of 2023, ARC kicks off its 50th year with a celebration of the spirit of determination that got us here. We are, and have been for 50 years, a women’s cooperative not-for-profit art gallery run by artists themselves. Our time, money, sweat, organization and talents have kept the doors open for 5 decades. Through sustained work and dedication, ARC will continue to be a community anchor for artists sidelined by the traditional art world system.

Resolute features artwork by the current members of ARC who work daily together to run the gallery. Each piece interprets what it means to be resolute in the here and now, with the deepest respect for all of the brilliant women artists who came before us.

Participating Members: Sessah DelaRue –  Nancy Fritz – Stacy Lee Gee – Iris Goldstein – Diane Jurado – Beth LeFauve – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

 

Opening Reception, Friday, January 6, 5:00 – 8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 5 – 28, 2023
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm  

Cait Hardie

STILLSCAPES  Opening Reception Fri.  Jan 6, 5-8pm

There is something about travel that leads to a particular way of seeing. In a new place, the mind is fresh and open; our senses are heightened. We notice things that we might have overlooked in our everyday life. Certain things stand out – color, structure, direction, patterns – as the mind seeks to make sense of the unfamiliar.

Travel involves an act of imagination, when our curiosity of another place gives us a window into a life that isn’t our own. The making of art can take us further along that path, as lived experience is transformed into the imaginary.

Inspired by travels in Japan and Hong Kong, these pieces embrace the speed, the noisy and chaotic in the urban landscape, while finding the order, quiet and stillness within them.

Cait Hardie was born in Australia, and educated in Australia and the United States. She lives in Chicago.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, January 6, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 5 – 28, 2023
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

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Call for Entries: COLOR

Call for Entries: COLOR   Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 3, 5-8pm;  Exhibition Discussion: TBA

JUROR: Ann Rintz – Art Gallery and Permanent Collection Curator of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County, Grayslake. IL.

CLICK THIS LINK (OR CUT AND PASTE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER) TO APPLY: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/color/

 

COLOR 

Color is one of the most exciting elements of art. It personifies beauty, expresses emotion, and creates a mood. The power of color has a profound effect on the viewer. It’s one of the first ways we learn to decipher the world around us. Color can sway thinking, and cause reactions both joyful and extreme. Color can seem absolute, but it shifts and changes.

Artists manipulate color to turn our perceptions on their heads; to challenge our understanding of reality. Color is magical. Color is cultural. Color is symbolic. Color signifies. How do our interpretations of color affect our perceptions? Our prejudices? Our stereotypes? Does color reflect the racial, social, and political forces shaping our communities? The LGBTQ community, for example, has taken the rainbow of all colors for their symbol of strength and unity.

In this call, we invite you to consider your relationship to color and share ways you experience and celebrate it. Let’s honor color and its vibrant expressions. Join us as we transform and saturate the gallery with an exploration and celebration of color.

All mediums and materials are eligible for submission including video and performance. Due to space limitations, no large projections will be accepted.

EXHIBITION DATES:  Feb 3 – Feb 25, 2023

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Friday, Dec 30, 2022 at 11:59pm CST

 

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Friday, Dec 30, 2022 at 11:59pm CST

Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Jan 6, 2023
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, Jan 26 & 27, 2-6pm; Sat, Jan. 28, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Feb. 25, 2;30-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: the week of Feb. 26 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

FEES:
$40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image. (Lower charge for students: high school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $30 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry. Please include copy of Student ID.) If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

About the Curator:

Ann Rintz is the Art Gallery and Permanent Collection Curator of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Ann attended Northern Illinois University and earned both a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and installation art in which the curriculum included foreign study of contemporary art and design in England and France. She is a fine artist and college art professor. Her fine art exhibition history encompasses galleries in Chicago including one-person shows at ARC Gallery, Gallery 1633 and the Pilsen Arts Invitational. On a personal level, Ann celebrates visual grace and is dedicated to the propagation of all beautiful things.

Opening Reception, Friday, February 3, 5:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Discussion: TBA

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 3 – 25, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Charlie Goss

FACES OF 2022  Opening Reception Fri.  Dec 2, 5-8pm

Faces of 2022 is a collection of modern portraits representing Charlie Goss’ take on tonalism and impressionism.

 

 

Opening Reception, Friday, December 2, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 26 –  Dec 17, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

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Pamela Sloan

BATS TO BUTTERFLIES: ART OF THE CHICAGO WILDERNESS  Opening Reception Fri.  Dec 2, 5-8pm

It’s odd to think “Chicago” and “Wilderness” in the same breath. The concept of a Chicago Wilderness seems contrary to the concrete and steel grid that defines our dazzling magnificent city.  And yet a wilderness persists, albeit vastly fragmented and depleted from its earlier form. More complex than most of us realize, we depend on it to maintain fresh water, flood control, agriculture, and breathable air. Migrating animals depend on it for their yearly journeys across the planet. Many of us retreat to it, as we must.

A native Chicagoan, my art focuses on animals and plants of the Chicago Wilderness with intention to educate via the artists’ process.  The more we know, the more responsibility we have to maintain, restore, and resolve the complexities of coexisting within a necessarily biodiverse environment.

All original art is for sale. For those who prefer to spend less, fine art signed-edition prints are available for each image.  50% of all sales go towards conservation organizations.

 

 

Opening Reception, Friday, December 2, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Nov 26 –  Dec 17, 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.