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Winter Members Show 2018

November 27, 2017
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host the annual Winter 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 December 17, 2017 through January 26, 2018. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The Winter Members Show presents an opportunity to view and purchase affordable original contemporary artwork by 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. The inspiration for each artist is as diverse as the spectrum of media employed.

Toys, a vibrant watercolor by Lasma Maher, depicts common toys strewn around a toybox of a young child. Maher explained her goal with this painting, The bright colors, shapes of different animals, cars, and Legos™ are appealing. Painting the still life of these objects is creating a lasting memory of the beautiful events in one's childhood.

Terrance Johnson also incorporated memories into his acrylic painting, Poe in the Attic. Johnson said, The title just came to me and wouldn't leave me alone. It is less complex than most of my paintings because I decided to do a literal depiction of the title. As I began painting, I started to add objects from my past and objects associated with old friends.

Photographer Kathy Lisle blended mythology and astronomy with Morton Arboretum's light show, Illuminations as her inspiration for Aurora. The colorful, undulating striations evoke the Aurora Borealis, Polar Lights, and the Goddess of Dawn, 'Aurora,' who lost her only son, Lisle commented about her photo taken at Morton Arboretum.

Robin Liefeld used the pages of an old ledger book dated 1859 as the backdrop for her mixed media paint and collage work, September 1859, because she was so struck by the beauty of the handwritten entries. She explained that the pages were almost a work of art in themselves. I wanted to give the pages a new life so I used them as a sort of canvas for my art so they will see the light of day again!

Consider a holiday gift of original art this year, whether for yourself, or someone special on your list, suggested Cassie Swierenga, EAG President. The EAG Gallery provides an opportunity to acquire great art by living artists at affordable prices. Original art inspires the viewer and makes our homes and work places more interesting. Finally, purchases provide three-way support to the artists, the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum, she continued.

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 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.

Chicago Women's Caucus for Art: Transmogrification

November 2, 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.