Last night, I participated in the opening of "Voices and Visions IV: Standing on the Bridge between Health and Disease". This exhibition expresses the concerns dealing with and surrounding cancer, as an illness becomes a metaphor for facing mortality. It was a wonderful opening and great attendance despite the rainy weather we had. It was inspiring to see so many great artists and hear their amazing stories. The show will run September 5th - October 25th.
Off The Grid, an abstract art show in any medium held by Oak Park Art League. This show is running July 11th - August 1st. My piece, Industrial Manikin 24" x 24" Acrylic on canvas - 2013 lower right. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to the opening.
Thunder Mountain Monument is right outside Imlay, Nevada off of Route 80. (So basically in the middle of nowhere.) However, if you happen to be traveling in the middle of nowhere, I definitely suggest stopping and exploring. Thunder Mountain was built by Frank Dean Van Zant who was self-proclaimed as Chief Rolling Thunder Mountain. During a mid-life crisis he built multiple buildings along with over 200 statues. Many thought he was crazy, maybe, but I imagine he was depicting modern consumerism and American junk. He also depicted Indian statues with misery, despair and agony. American junk, "white mans trash" is layered in the fence and buildings, including old cars, baby dolls, telephones, boots, bottles and windshields.
The Elmhurst Art in the Park Festival is a juried show of fine art, craft and design. It was one of the earlier festivals for the year, held May 3rd and 4th. I helped booth sit for a friend, John Nester whose work is inspiring and beautiful. It was a chilly day of 55 degrees, however Enlighten Cafe had free refill's on their coffee. So with the endless coffee I was able to enjoy the festival and meet a lot of new artists. I hope these festivals continue and stay successful both for the artists and the communities.
This was when I was participating in the "Feeling Blue" show at Arterie Fine Arts. They created an artist book of all the artworks and it was lovely. ~ February 2014
Lake County Magazine, July 2013 Issue pg. 28 and 29
A nicely written article about ArtWauk in Waukegan, IL.
After the "Do More Than Exist" show was taken down, I placed the Andy Warhol soup cans around downtown Waukegan. They were free to whomever wanted them and would care for them. During the month long show the grass grew tremendously and overwhelmed the soup can.
Andy Warhol soup cans after the show.
Thank you to everyone who came out to my featured artist show last weekend. I had a lot of fun and I hope you did too. I really appreciated seeing everyone there. THANKS :)
I have a featured artist show coming up in May 2013. As I am finishing up a few new art pieces I decided to continue experimenting with painting my body. I covered a 24" x 24" canvas with prints of my breasts. (using Acrylic paint).
This concept and idea was created about two years ago when my college roommate and best friend got diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26. I decided my boobs would paint her boobs a "get well" card... which lead to a painting.
I am interested in the female figure and I continue to take drawing classes at the Elmhurst Art Museum. A feminine presence is evident in some of my previous entity paintings. I hope to continue to merge this creative feminine experiment with my new artwork.
Free Art Scavenger Hunt in the City of Waukegan.
Free Art Friday is a global art movement that has cities participating all over the world.
Today I found a Photograph from Free Art Friday Waukegan
To promote creativity in the city, celebrate art in all forms and get people out there exploring the city.
Here's how it works:
1. An artist creates a custom piece of art – anything from a painting to a screenprint to a sculpture.
2. They write their Twitter handle and the hashtag #FAFWauk or artist facebook page and "Facebook: Free Art Friday Waukegan" on the back of the piece. They may even include a note offering more instructions.
3. Then they hide their art somewhere in the city.
4. The artist posts a photo clue of the drop spot to the FAFWaukegan Facebook page and tweets the same clue with hashtag #FAFWauk
5. Anyone who finds it is free to take the artwork home. We just ask that they tweet or post a photo to this page letting us know it has found a good home.