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December 2013 (2.3MB pdf file)
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Lowbrow art hits Elmhurst
(Issued Nov. 2013)
"Deviant Pop," an invitational show of pop surrealism, or "underground" lowbrow art, is being exhibited in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery from December 1 through January 17. The unusual, often humorous and cartoon-like art is the product of five talented Chicago artists associated with OhNo!Doom, a Chicago artist collective made up of designers, illustrators and plush artists, all of whom work creative jobs during the week.
The opening reception is Friday, December 6, from 7pm to 9pm. It is free and open to the public. The EAG Gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois.
Lowbrow art, according to Wikipedia, describes an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music, and hot-rod cultures of the street. It has a sense of humor, often being gleeful, impish, or sarcastic.
Four of the exhibitors are OhNo!Doom members. For Lana Crooks, plush has become her main focus, with her Octoplush series based on her attraction to cephalopods. Max Bare, who says he was brain-fed in Savannah, makes narrative mixed-media pieces filled with "paint, tapirs, bears, wood and love."
Joey Potts works with a wide variety of media to create illustrations, animations, graphic prints and collage. With 13 years of design experience, seven of them designing mobiles, Andrew Thompson now designs fulltime for Roundarch Isobar in Chicago.
Shawn Smith, the fifth exhibitor, is the originator of "Shawnimals," a line of character-branded simple handmade plush toys, based on designs from Smith's own sketchbooks,
The EAG gallery is open to the public during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Friday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 5. Friday is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.
Elmhurst Artists’ Guild showcases members’ unique talents
(Issued Oct. 2013)
More than 50 artists are exhibiting their latest works in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Fall Member Show, running from October 22 through November 29 in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois.
A reception open to the public will be held in the gallery Friday, October 25, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the gallery and the museum is free all day Fridays.
The show features unusual artwork such as Laliberte’s acrylic on Ugandan tree bark cloth; Lee’s oil, cold wax, sand on wood panel mixed media; Loane’s acrylic on board butterfly-series painting, and Lucietto’s ceramic and polychrome sculpture of St. John the Baptist.
EAG members are exhibiting landscapes, portraits and abstract works, most of which are for sale. “Many of our members work in the arts professionally, and the artwork included in this show is equal to that found in many commercial galleries,” according to Heather Jones-Pryor, EAG President. Entries show different approaches to art, using watercolors, ceramics, oils, acrylics, collages and photographs. A portion of the proceeds from sales benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Judging the show is Cristy Corso, an award winning multi-disciplinary contemporary artist, who has studied at The American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Parsons School of Design in New York City. She is owner of Corso Studio Premieres and has a gallery in Chicago.
The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Friday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 5. Friday is the Museum’s free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.
Tribune artwork displayed in EAG retrospective
(Issued Sep. 2013)
With 20 years as illustrator and Editorial Art Manager for the Chicago Tribune behind her, Judie Anderson is still constantly re-inventing her skills in the visual arts.
A retrospective of over 55 years of her art, old and new, is on display in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from September 10 through October 18.
An artist's reception, open to the public, will be held in the Gallery,
on Friday, September 13, from 7 to 9 pm.
Examples of her diverse styles as fashion illustrator, children's educational designer and artist, free-lance illustrator, Chicago Tribune art director, graphic designer, editorial artist and, now, fine-arts painter are included in the show. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S. Anderson has a BFA in Advertising Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
According to the SAIC alumni publication, Anderson devoted her first year at SAIC studying design, drawing and painting before spending the summer at Ox-Bow, where she developed a friendship with well-known artist LeRoy Neiman. She recalls, "LeRoy was one of the first people who exposed me to the business side of art and inspired me to focus my studies on fashion illustration and art advertising."
Anderson's "Phases…Coming Full Circle" exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm; Friday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Friday is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.
The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. Each year it hosts several group shows featuring the artwork of Guild members, an invitational show for a significant local artist, and the National Art Premiere, a nationwide juried group show. Exhibits are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.