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Chicago Women's Caucus for Art: Transmogrification

October 29, 2017
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host will host TRANSMOGRIFICATION, a themed exhibit featuring artwork by the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from Nov. 4, 2017 through Dec. 14, 2017. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The exhibition will include twenty-six artists, including guest artist, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, and a memoriam piece by Andrea Harris.

TRANSMOGRIFICATION is as simple as transitioning from who we are by entering a cardboard box the transmogrifier, as seen in the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon series. Or: it can be as complicated as altering ourselves, art, institutions, and beliefs into the fantastic, magical, or bizarre, as seen in the metamorphosis from a chrysalis into a butterfly, or in game arts. The artist's interpretation makes it personal: in its dramatic change of shape and form, appearance, emotion and mood. The medium, in most cases, transmogrifies: the line becomes energy, the circle becomes a sphere, the portrait becomes self. TRANSMOGRIFICATION is transformation with a powerful kick, a unique twist.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $9 adults / $8 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free

CWCA is a chapter of the national organization Women's Caucus for Art, with a mission to create community through art, education, and social activism. CWCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing leadership opportunities, professional development, networking and exhibition opportunities, supporting art activism and equity in the arts for all.

The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. It features contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Elmhurst artist, Wes Baker, to exhibit paintings of iconic American images

Issued July 2017
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild is pleased to announce, American Images, an exhibition featuring the paintings of Wesley R. Baker, to be held in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery in the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. The exhibition will run from August 13 to September 22, 2017. The public is invited to meet the artist at the free opening reception on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The exhibition will feature a diverse collection of abstract iconic American images, ranging from motorcycles and landscapes to Civil War and Native American themes, exploring current and historical political issues.

Baker's style tends toward abstract representational. Artistic inspiration has come from two centuries of sources, ranging from 19th Century impressionists to 20th Century symbolist and abstract painters like Gustav Klimt, Franz Kline, and Chicago Imagist, Ed Paschke. Kline's influence is clearly visible in Jake's Bikes, employing broad splashes of blue and white that evoke the motion of roaring motorcycles. Paschke's electric luminescence prompted the technique in Past Flows to Future. Correspondence between grief-stricken Elmhurst-area brothers during the U.S. Civil War inspired Death Comes Home, a diptych previously displayed in the Elmhurst History Museum Letters from Home exhibit honoring the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Baker says of his art, The passion in these paintings is personal. Through my paintings, I strive to communicate experiences of life-joy, freedom, fear, grief. Referring to a painting that was part of a four-year traveling exhibition of motorcycle art at the National Motorcycle Museum and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Baker explained, Some of my paintings, like 'Cloud Chaser,' are about the wind in my hair, and two wheels in motion. It's unclear where the rider is going, and whether the ride is free-spirited and joyous, or whether imminent danger looms ahead.

Works such as the textured Broken Lands, invite critical thinking about current or historical events. Baker described a large abstract landscape, 'In Between-Ormond Beach' shares that wondrously peaceful moment when the last bit of sunlight slips beneath the horizon on a secluded beach. He continued, 'In Between-Ormond Beach' shares that wondrously peaceful moment when the last bit of sunlight slips beneath the horizon on a secluded beach.

Baker began his artistic career as a teenager, working as a sign painter and pinstriper. After a four-year stint as an artist in the U.S. Air Force, working as an illustrator for the flight magazine and the flight school, he returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design. After a thirty-five-year career in the construction industry, he came full circle and returned to painting full time. Learn more about the artist at www.wrbaker.com

Most artworks in the exhibit are available for purchase. Sales benefit the artist, the EAG and the Elmhurst Art Museum. The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $9 adults / $8 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are always admitted 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. The guild hosts an array of member group shows, solo and invitational exhibits by local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org. EAG exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Local artists exhibit contemporary artworks in EAG Summer Members Show

Issued June 2017

The Elmhurst Artists' Guild ("EAG") will host the annual Summer Members Show, featuring a variety of its members' original artwork, in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from June 25, 2017 through August 4, 2017. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The Summer Members Show presents the current artwork of 50-plus emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area. Their breadth of styles and medium encompasses dramatically different artworks, such as "Skeletons of Fukushima," a stone sculpture by Ted Strandt, who developed his skill during a career as a tombstone carver, and "War(hol) & Peace," a small acrylic painting by Terri Shimkus, with a repeating grid take on the peace sign.

Artist Fred Moss, whose jubilant painting, "Cubs Winning the World Series," will be exhibited, described his inspiration, "Like all of Chicago I was happy and excited and wanted to create a painting of the occasion. I used abstract orange brushstrokes behind the players to convey the excitement." Jack Nixon's large pencil drawing of an iconic Chicago monument, "The Bowman and North Grant Park Commissioner's Memorial," took six months to create. Art by other exhibiting artists include watercolor, ceramics, oil, acrylic, digital, collage and photographic works involving landscapes, portraits, abstract and other styles.

Most artworks in the exhibit are available for purchase. "We offer affordable, great art by living artists, that is a gift that keeps on giving. Artwork purchases bring joy to the collector, while the sale proceeds bring 3-way support to the artist, the EAG, and the Elmhurst Art Museum," commented Cassie Swierenga, EAG President.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $8 adults / $7 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org.

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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

EAG Fall Members Show Features Original Art by Local Artists

September 6, 2017
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host the annual Fall Members Show, featuring a variety of its members' original artwork, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from Sept 24, 2017 through Nov 4, 2017. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, Sept 29, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The Fall Members Show presents the contemporary artwork of 50-plus emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area. Their breadth of styles and medium encompasses dramatically different artworks including watercolor, ceramics, oil, acrylic, digital, collage, photographic and sculptural works involving landscapes, portraits, abstract and other styles.

Printmaker Ben Calvert will exhibit Josh' Rocks, a softly colored woodblock relief print on paper, inspired by a hike in Joshua Tree National Park, in California. I enjoy creating prints which reflect my life experiences, commented Calvert. Sometimes the subject is easily identifiable, sometimes, less so. Hearing how others interpret and relate to my work adds to my personal story.

Personal experiences by the artists inform other works, such as Corner Diner, a watercolor by Bret Steinhaus, which is an exquisitely urban image of a man and his glass reflections, seated inside a diner underneath the Chicago CTA L tracks. The urban experience continues with Tony Abboreno's painting Crown Fountain at Millenium Park, depicting the tall iconic fountain with a face spitting a stream of water on the crowd of children and adults, tourists and locals, delighting in the cooling spray and the splash on their feet.

Fall Birch, an acrylic painting by Kera Bjerga, is one of a series of boldly colorful birch trees painted in different seasons. I love experiencing every season and especially the colors and weather of Fall. I love that the change of a season can instantly change my mood and affect my joy, explained Bjerga.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $9 adults / $8 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org and elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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. The guild hosts an array of member group shows, solo and invitational exhibits by local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org. EAG exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Elmhurst artist, Wes Baker, to exhibit paintings of iconic American images

Issued July 2017
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild is pleased to announce, American Images, an exhibition featuring the paintings of Wesley R. Baker, to be held in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery in the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. The exhibition will run from August 13 to September 22, 2017. The public is invited to meet the artist at the free opening reception on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The exhibition will feature a diverse collection of abstract iconic American images, ranging from motorcycles and landscapes to Civil War and Native American themes, exploring current and historical political issues.

Baker's style tends toward abstract representational. Artistic inspiration has come from two centuries of sources, ranging from 19th Century impressionists to 20th Century symbolist and abstract painters like Gustav Klimt, Franz Kline, and Chicago Imagist, Ed Paschke. Kline's influence is clearly visible in Jake's Bikes, employing broad splashes of blue and white that evoke the motion of roaring motorcycles. Paschke's electric luminescence prompted the technique in Past Flows to Future. Correspondence between grief-stricken Elmhurst-area brothers during the U.S. Civil War inspired Death Comes Home, a diptych previously displayed in the Elmhurst History Museum Letters from Home exhibit honoring the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Baker says of his art, The passion in these paintings is personal. Through my paintings, I strive to communicate experiences of life-joy, freedom, fear, grief. Referring to a painting that was part of a four-year traveling exhibition of motorcycle art at the National Motorcycle Museum and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Baker explained, Some of my paintings, like 'Cloud Chaser,' are about the wind in my hair, and two wheels in motion. It's unclear where the rider is going, and whether the ride is free-spirited and joyous, or whether imminent danger looms ahead.

Works such as the textured Broken Lands, invite critical thinking about current or historical events. Baker described a large abstract landscape, 'In Between-Ormond Beach' shares that wondrously peaceful moment when the last bit of sunlight slips beneath the horizon on a secluded beach. He continued, 'In Between-Ormond Beach' shares that wondrously peaceful moment when the last bit of sunlight slips beneath the horizon on a secluded beach.

Baker began his artistic career as a teenager, working as a sign painter and pinstriper. After a four-year stint as an artist in the U.S. Air Force, working as an illustrator for the flight magazine and the flight school, he returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design. After a thirty-five-year career in the construction industry, he came full circle and returned to painting full time. Learn more about the artist at www.wrbaker.com

Most artworks in the exhibit are available for purchase. Sales benefit the artist, the EAG and the Elmhurst Art Museum. The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $9 adults / $8 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are always admitted 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. The guild hosts an array of member group shows, solo and invitational exhibits by local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org. EAG exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Local artists exhibit contemporary artworks in EAG Summer Members Show

Issued June 2017

The Elmhurst Artists' Guild ("EAG") will host the annual Summer Members Show, featuring a variety of its members' original artwork, in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from June 25, 2017 through August 4, 2017. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The Summer Members Show presents the current artwork of 50-plus emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area. Their breadth of styles and medium encompasses dramatically different artworks, such as "Skeletons of Fukushima," a stone sculpture by Ted Strandt, who developed his skill during a career as a tombstone carver, and "War(hol) & Peace," a small acrylic painting by Terri Shimkus, with a repeating grid take on the peace sign.

Artist Fred Moss, whose jubilant painting, "Cubs Winning the World Series," will be exhibited, described his inspiration, "Like all of Chicago I was happy and excited and wanted to create a painting of the occasion. I used abstract orange brushstrokes behind the players to convey the excitement." Jack Nixon's large pencil drawing of an iconic Chicago monument, "The Bowman and North Grant Park Commissioner's Memorial," took six months to create. Art by other exhibiting artists include watercolor, ceramics, oil, acrylic, digital, collage and photographic works involving landscapes, portraits, abstract and other styles.

Most artworks in the exhibit are available for purchase. "We offer affordable, great art by living artists, that is a gift that keeps on giving. Artwork purchases bring joy to the collector, while the sale proceeds bring 3-way support to the artist, the EAG, and the Elmhurst Art Museum," commented Cassie Swierenga, EAG President.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $8 adults / $7 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org.

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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

A mix of traditional and digital media explored in Stringer art exhibit

Issued May 2017
Paintings in a highly-rendered digital style by Chicago-area artist Randal Stringer are being exhibited in "Pause," a solo show in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from May 14 through June 23.

The opening reception in the gallery from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, May 19, is free, and the public is invited.

Stringer has developed a style through which he explores themes that reflect a wide variety of subject matter that deals with imaginative content. "I continuously reinvent the process of mixing traditional and digital media, creating unique methods of expression and exploring the ways it filters my ideas," he says.

This juxtaposition of new and old ideas results in the end expression of his work, simple yet complex modern fine art with infinite interpretation and possibilities that challenge convention. Besides finding joy in mixing the opposite approaches for a unique creative expression of traditional and digital culture, he has also been drawn to the influence of urban style art, according to the artist.

Stringer works as a commercial designer and artist for clients in advertising, design and publication. His paintings have been shown in galleries locally, nationally and around the world. He resides in Glen Ellyn. Further information on his art can be obtained from his website, www.randalstringer.com.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org.

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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits are being supported partially by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

New members show off artwork in Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery

Issued March 2017
Many of the new members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild are exhibiting their art for the first time in the EAG Spring Member Show in the EAG gallery from April 2 through May 12, 2017. The opening reception on Friday, April 7 from 7-9pm is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

Nearly 50 Chicago-area artists have joined the guild since last July, according the Bret Steinhaus, EAG membership chair. "Many join specifically to be able to hang their original artwork in our excellent exhibit space and have it judged," he said. The Spring Member Show features well over 50 pieces of art from both old and new members.

Artwork being exhibited in the show is judged by a prominent area artist or gallery owner, and prizes are awarded to winning entries during the opening reception. Included are oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed-media pieces, photos, ceramics and sculptures in many distinct and, often, unique styles. Most pieces are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting both the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum, both non-profit community organizations.

Among the exhibitors is Susan Janssen of Naperville, showing her recently finished 36x24 oil on canvas entitled Prairie Sky. New member Robin Liefeld has entered Surrender to the Wind, a small acrylic on wood piece, which she says is about internal acceptance. "Once accepted, flight is possible," she claims.

EAG member Kevin Lustrup pays homage to musicians in a series of paintings started in 1999. His oil painting in the current show, entitled Ain't no Burnin' Hell, is of John Lee Hooker, known to music fans around the world as the "King of the Boogie."

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted 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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits have been partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council. More information is available at www.elmhurstartistsguild.org.

Elmhurst Artists' Guild displays "Space and Sound" art exhibit

Issued February 2017
Michael Klaus Schmidt's solo show "Space and Sound" is being featured in the Elmhurst Artists Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from February 19 through March 31. A reception will be held in the gallery from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, February 24; it is free and the public is invited.

Schmidt's work revolves around the intersection of traditional painting, audio-visual generative design, science and spirituality. Often, his work will incorporate different aspects of each of these elements. Work in one medium will inspire work in another, which then informs the work in the first. It is this interplay of different media and how they interact which defines Schmidt's most recent work.

"If there is an underlying message to my art, I remain intentionally unaware of it," he said. By trying to impart meaning into one's own art, the deeper intention of the artist may be obscured. It is this deeper intention that inspires the artist to continue producing work in a constant effort to learn more about the inner (soul) as well as the outer (universe) in which we exist, according to Schmidt.

In addition to being the proud father of six, the artist has a long r鳵m頯f exhibitions: Chicago, New Orleans, Toronto, San Francisco, London and Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild and works as a freelance graphic designer and children's book author and illustrator.

For further information, contact Michael Schmidt at 708-296-3738 (www.schmidt-gallery.com) or visit www.elmhurstartistsguild.org.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted 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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits have been partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Local artists exhibit at EAG Winter Members' Show

Issued December 2016
Artists from Elmhurst and other Chicago-area communities are participating in an exhibition of their works during the Elmhurst Artists' Guild 2017 Winter Member Show, running from January 8 through February 17 in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is being held in the gallery Friday, January 13, from 7 to 9 pm.

All of the artwork is judged by a prominent area artist or gallery owner, and prizes are awarded to winning entries during the opening reception. The exhibit features over 50 oil, watercolors, acrylics, photos, ceramics and sculptures in many distinct and unique styles. Most pieces are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

EAG member Cherylyn Gnadt's entry is Domestic Nuance, a mixed-media piece consisting of a myriad of layers, starting with paint and paper, then applying digitally manipulated and merged personal photography. She says of her work, "Every layer and inclusion is personal reflection, but the message of perseverance is universal." It is part of a series entitled "Looking In & Letting Go," reflecting her interactions and observances over the last five years.

Another entry into the EAG Winter Member Show is by Carol Hamilton. Her piece, Breathe, is an encaustic diptych, 12x24 in size. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Hamilton's abstract paintings are inspired by "the floating world of transience and impermanence and the mystery of what lies beneath," according to the artist. "I want them to be a vehicle for contemplation," she said.

Charlotte Cziperle is exhibiting Dextrocardia, a recent oil and cold wax painting that made its debut in her recent solo exhibit 'Organic Spaces'. Cziperle is a professional artist who paints both abstract and representational art in oil. She enjoys painting plein air, as well as in her studio in the western suburbs. She says she is inspired by the vibrant colors and texture found in nature and the reflection of one's own being during quiet moments in nature preserves.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted 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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits have been partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

Colorful abstracts by Holly Cohn displayed in Elmhurst art show

Issued November 2016
An exhibition of paintings entitled "A World of Colors: a celebration of the life and art of Holly Renald Cohn" is being held in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery from November 13 through January 6, 2017. An Elmhurst resident since 1964, the artist was a strong supporter of both the Elmhurst Artists' Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum. She died two years ago. Many of her paintings from the last 15 years of her life are included in the show.

A reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for November 18 from 7 to 9 pm in the EAG Gallery, which is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

Holly was devoted to art and a perfectionist in all she created, according to Bert Cohn, her husband of over 50 years. Her lifelong interest started in high school. She majored in art at Antioch College, followed by graduate courses at the School of the Chicago Art Institute. But she never stopped studying, taking lessons from several established artists. "She was always seeking critiques of her work from other artists, always seeking perfection," he said.

After college, she worked for many years as a package designer for Container Corporation of America, first in Chicago, then in Carol Stream. She quit when her first daughter was born and became a traditional stay-at-home mother for her two daughters. By the time she strived to get back into the design field, the technology had changed drastically, becoming computer oriented, and she felt she couldn't master it. Instead, she again took up painting.

Holly's paintings hang in both private and public collections. She exhibited many times, mostly in the Chicago area but also in downstate Illinois and Indiana, and her paintings won prizes. In 2010, she exhibited in the Elmhurst Art Museum in a show entitled "The Search for Form," described in the show's brochure as " the work of two remarkable Chicago artists, Eleanor Himmelfarb and Holly Renald Cohn." Himmelfarb was Holly's teacher for many years and greatly influenced her style.

The exhibition, presented by Atkinson Collection Gallery, can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Friday from 11am to 7pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

A portion of the proceeds of any artwork sold benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum. The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild separate from the Museum. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

Guild artists exhibit new works in Fall Member Show

Issued Septbember 2016
Members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild are exhibiting their latest oil, watercolors, acrylics, photos, ceramics and sculptures in the EAG Fall Member Show, running from October 2 through November11, 2016, in the Guild's gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois. Works in many, distinct and unique styles from more than 50 members are being shown.

The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is being held in the gallery Friday, October 7 from 7 to 9 pm.

Judging the show's entries is Ren饠LaVerne Rose, director of the ACS gallery at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, and she is the founder and publisher of the ACS Magazine. Awards will be made during the reception.

"I am always amazed at the creativity shown by our members in their works of art," said Cassandra Swierenga, who assumed the presidency of the Guild this summer. "Many are professional artists, but we there are a large number whose hobby is art," she said. The EAG Gallery has a large, permanent exhibit space in the Elmhurst Art Museum building. Most of the artwork on display is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Among the pieces being exhibited is Jeff Anderson's oil on canvas "so near so far." He explained that he paints in a combination of styles that includes impressionism, post-impressionism and abstraction. Another entry is by Judie Anderson (no relation), a watercolor entitled "Covered Bridge-Madison County," part of a plein air series called "Heartland." This watercolor was painted on site in Iowa, while the bridge was still in use.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted 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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits have been partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org.

Strong feeling for nature embodied in artist's work

Issued August 2016
"BenJamin' Beckons Grains and Grooves" is the unusual title of Ben Calvert's unusual art in the solo exhibition of his block prints in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery from August 21 through September 30, 2016. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled in the gallery, on Friday, August 26, from 7 to 9 pm.

Benjamin F. Calvert III, as he is more formally known, has a daytime job as customer service representative, but his joy lies in pulling prints from his wood blocks. "I have a strong feeling for nature, and the wood complements my images. Different types of wood provide varied and often fascinating backgrounds, depending upon on the subject," he explained.

He believes in creating images that are at once familiar, yet open to interpretation. "For some images I use linoleum blocks in order to get more detailed lines in a small area. The majority of my creations are printed on Japanese Kozuki paper, using oil-based inks," he said.

Calvert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, which published his first print, "Invasions," in Catch, its literary magazine. He has entered juried art shows at Beverly Art Center and Bridgeport Art Center. He lives in Villa Park.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Friday from 11am to 7pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

A portion of the proceeds of any artwork sold benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild separate from the Museum. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

Elmhurst art exhibit showcases Chicago-area artists

Issued June 2016
Chicago-area artists are exhibiting some of their newest works in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Summer Member Show, running from July 3 through August 12 in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois.

A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the gallery Friday, July 8 from 7 to 9 pm. Over 50 entries in a wide array of form, style and media are on display.

Judging the show's entries is performed by an outside Chicago-area artist or gallery owner. Prizes are awarded during the reception.

"The breadth of styles and media included in the show results in dramatically different approaches to art, encompassing watercolors, ceramics, oils, acrylics, collages and photographs," according to Randy Irion, EAG President. "We are fortunate in having an excellent, permanent exhibit space in the Elmhurst Art Museum building, and this has helped to attract a high-caliber membership from the entire Chicago metropolitan area," he said.

Most of the artwork on display is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted 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. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits have been partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

Elmhurst artist couple showcase eclectic work in new exhibit

Issued May 2016
Husband-wife team Dave and Heather Pryor are collaborating in an exhibition of their collection of original and imaginative artwork in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from May 22 through July 1 during regular Museum hours. Both are members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. An opening reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled in the gallery, on Friday, May 27, from 7 to 9 pm.

Entitled "Red Wagon," the exhibit is an eclectic assortment of stylized realism and graphic design, with a range in mediums including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, graphite, ink, digital and animation, according to the artists. The show contains themes from many of Dave and Heather's influences, including comics, movies, cartoons, children's books, games, and many animals, including bears and dogs.

Dave is a professional artist, animator, and director with 24 years in the entertainment business. He has worked in television animation (Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Hysteria!) and in gaming, developing art for several of his favorite movie licenses including "The Wizard of Oz" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Since 2012, Dave has exhibited in several pop culture group shows in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. His most recent exhibits include "30 Years Later" (a tribute to movies released in 1986), "Bob's Burgers" (celebrating 100 episodes of the Fox animated series), and "Idiot Box" (a tribute to classic television). Awards he has received include a regional student academy award, Emmy nomination as an animation director on Animaniacs, several gaming design patents, and numerous game honors from gaming publications and global gaming expos.

Heather Jones-Pryor was born and raised in the western suburbs. She met her husband Dave while attending Columbia College, studying film and animation. Since then, she has worked professionally on animated video and television series, post-production for television advertising, and until 2008, visual effects for feature films. Now, she is active in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild, enjoys creating art in her home and working part-time at K&T Colors.

Heather and Dave reside in Elmhurst. They say that they spend most of their time painting, animating, going to movies, and playing with their dogs.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. A portion of the proceeds of any artwork sold benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild separate from the Museum. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

More than 50 artists join in Elmhurst art exhibition

Issued April 2016
More than 50 Chicago-area artists, all members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild, are exhibiting their latest creations in the Guild's Spring Member Show in the EAG Gallery from April 10 through May 20. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled in the gallery, on Friday, April 15, from 7 to 9 pm. The entries to the show display greatly varying styles, form and media, from realistic to abstract and beyond. Judging the show's entries is performed by an outside Chicago-area artist or gallery owner. Prizes are awarded during the reception.

For the member shows, each member can enter one piece not previously shown in the EAG gallery. Among those being exhibited is Eve Ozer's "Raven's Journey," a mixed-media piece on cradle board. She says that ravens have been appearing in her abstract paintings for several month, and this one is her most ambitious representation. She uses a mixture of brushes, sticks and paint pours.

Mey-Mey Lim has entered "Storks & Red Flanked Duiker," which is porcelain with Celadon glaze, about 7.5 x 6 x 4 inches in size. "In the summer I visited Brookfield zoo," she recalls, "and saw a pair of storks in their nest. A red-flanked duiker, a small type of antelope, was prancing in the grass near them. One of the storks watched the duiker while it guarded its nest . This porcelain sculpture captures that scene."

Moving to the abstract, Cynthia Lee is showing her very dark, oil and cold wax on wood panel entitled "Attraction," which, she says, explores the space between. She is fascinated by the dynamics and energies that exist between one point in time and space and another, between one person and another.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

Most of the items entered into the show are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Award-winning mixed-media artist exhibits in Elmhurst

Issued February 2016
A solo exhibition of works by Chicago-area artist Dianne Martia is on display in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from February 28 through April 8 during regular Museum hours.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled in the gallery, on Friday, March 4, from 7 to 9 pm.

Entitled "Transiens," the exhibit, according to the artist, is a collection of abstracted atmospheric landscape paintings that explores the ephemeral, yet abiding, nature of our natural surroundings. "Surface treatment, layering and texture work together to create images that suggest a sense of mutable history while conveying the invariable essence of place," Martia said.

Martia is an award-winning mixed-media artist who has exhibited internationally. She earned an MAMS degree in Biocommunication Art (medical illustration) from the University of Illinois and graduated cum laude with a BA degree in Graphic/Fine/Craft Arts from Columbia College Chicago. At a young age she attended classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. Over the years she worked as a medical illustrator, computer graphics artist, media producer, graphic designer and editor, and returned to her love of fine art in 2003. She is a long-time member of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild and a resident of Darien, Illinois.

Martia works with oil and wax media, acrylic, and collage, and in 2010 she created a field sculpture on five acres of farmland in Oregon, Illinois. She teaches classes and workshops and facilitates an art studio and media lab for adults with developmental challenges. She says she enjoys jurying and judging exhibitions and has collaboratively curated shows. Her work is in private and corporate collections. She is represented by Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

A portion of the proceeds of any artwork sold benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild separate from the Museum. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

New work by local artists showcased in Elmhurst exhibition

Issued January 2016
Area artists, members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild, are exhibiting their recent works and competing for prizes in the Guild's Winter Member Show being held in the EAG gallery from January 17 through February 26. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled in the gallery, on Friday, January 22, from 7 to 9 pm. More than 50 entries, displaying greatly varying styles, form and media, are on exhibit. Judging the show's entries is performed by an outside Chicago-area artist or gallery owner. Prizes are awarded during the reception.

For the member shows, each member can enter one piece not previously shown in the EAG gallery. Included in this show's entries is a piece entitled "Jane on the Heath," an oil on panel by Susan Janssen of Naperville, who uses brush as well as palette knife. "The inspiration for this painting is Jane Eyre," she said. "I've always admired the character's resilience. If she were a real person, I'd imagine she could look you square in the eye." Susan graduated with a business degree from the University of Notre Dame, but during her senior year, she took a studio art class, which "introduced her to the other side of her brain." She has taken studio classes ever since. Her painting "Leaving the Borghese" is the cover art for Daniel Burns' novel, Recalled to Life.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

Yellow House Artists exhibit in Elmhurst

Issued November 2015
Yellow House Artists, an organization of artists who work in oil pastel and oil stick present their winter show, Festival In Color, from December 6, 2015 to January 15, 2016 in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. Elmhurst.

The artist's reception on Friday, December 11, from 7:00-9:00pm provides the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists. The reception is free and open to the public. Most of the paintings are for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Elmhurst Artists' Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Yellow House Artists is a group of oil pastel artists who promote both their art and the medium. The group originated with 17 oil pastel artists who had a gallery in a yellow house during the 2007 St. Charles Fine Art show. The group has since grown to include over 50 members, all interested in creating and showing their work, as well as informing the public about the qualities of this little-known medium. Members of Yellow House Artists use unique techniques, taking advantage of the special qualities of the medium.

Oil pastels were developed in the 1940's at the request of Pablo Picasso, who wanted a medium with the qualities of oil but with ease of application and portability. Pure pigment is suspended in inert mineral oil, formed into sticks with a color palette much like oil paint. To the casual viewer the appearance of the round or square sticks may belie the serious artistic application of this medium. Colors can be layered and blended, smeared or smudged, using fingers, some type of tool, or left as applied, all at the artist's discretion. The works are generally framed under glass to protect the surface image.

More information about the group and the medium can be found on their web site: www.yellowhouseartists.com or by contacting them at yellowhouseartists@yahoo.com.

The exhibit is open during regular Elmhurst Art Museum hours. Through December 11, hours are 11am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and 11am-7pm on Thursday and Friday. Winter hours beginning December 12 are 11am-5pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and 11am-7pm on Saturday. The first Friday of each month is the Museum's free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. Elmhurst Art Museum members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

This show will feature original paintings by 34 participating artists, including: Bartlett: Eve Sofferman, Batavia: Nancy Gatfield, Carol Stream: Elaine Clauson, Chicago: Jen Stanley, Elburn: Judith Niemet, Elgin: Ed Zack and Carol Zack, Elk Grove Village: Diane Danese, Downers Grove: Carol Kazwick, Geneva: Mary Enck, Fran Stilwagner, Glen Ellyn: Carol Gorman and Donelle Flanyak, Hampshire: Lillian Pagni, Lombard: Shirley Fippinger, Naperville: Roberta Sieber, George Bruce and Maureen McKee, Oak Brook: Pat Tuglus, Oswego: Dotti Matson, Park Ridge: Carolyn Seng, Plano: Donna Ostrye, Roselle: Beverly Miotke, St. Charles: Jim Foght, Rupali Kumbhani, Sandy Povall Smith, Patricia VanDusen, Teri Tossey and Sandy Antonelli, Sugar Grove: Deann Alleman, Wheaton: Carol Kincaid, West Chicago: Victoria Wortley, West Dundee: Bette Costello, Yorkville: Mary Hyatt.