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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.

Award-winning artist exhibits at Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery

Issued October 2015
With more than 200 awards to her name, Addison artist Annette Perone Leiber is hosting an exhibition of her artwork from October 25 through December 4 in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Entitled "Intrinsic," the show includes some 75 works of art in mixed media paintings, mixed media sculpture and watercolor in abstract and impressionistic styles.

An artist's reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, October 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the EAG gallery.

According to Leiber, the exhibit includes work done within the last 20 years but concentrates on pieces completed within the last five years. Her artwork is included in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the White House. Among the citations she has received are AAUW Woman of Distinction in 2003 and the Sidney R. Yates Arts Advocacy Award in 1993 by the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation. She obtained her BA with a Comprehensive Art major from Northern Illinois University.

Leiber says that her works of art were inspired by her exposure to images viewed on an electron microscope. "Viewing the natural wonders close-up led me to go my own way as an artist," she said, "For instance, the compound eye of an insect, a spinal cord or mushroom fungus will take on an abstract quality when incorporated on a canvas with fiber, modeling paste, cheese cloth and found objects."

The Leiber exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday 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 members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

Local artists exhibit new, unusual pieces of art

Issued September 2015
Elmhurst Artists' Guild members are exhibiting their newest works and competing for prizes in the Guild's Fall Members' Show being held in the EAG gallery from September 15 through October 23. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Prizes are awarded during an artists' reception, free and open to the public, in the gallery, Friday, September 18, 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.

For the member shows, each member can enter one piece not previously shown in the EAG gallery. Included in this show's entries is the oil painting "Leaves 2" by Paul Callahan, a professional artist working in oil and watercolor (paulcallahanstudios.com). It is one of his "reflection" paintings based on his wanderings through Morton Arboretum, where he took numerous photographs along the DuPage River. "A difficulty I had with this piece," he said, "was that painting the leaves alone took so much time. I impatiently waited for them to dry so that I could paint the bleached grasses covering them."

Another entry is Bert Cohn's "Entanglement," a photograph of a subject matter that he leaves to the viewer to figure out. He indicated that his photographs reflect the world as he sees it, focusing on interesting perspectives and unusual compositions. "Sometimes," he said, "there is some embellishment and a degree of fantasy." Cohn is retired, after working for over 50 years as a consulting engineer.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday 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 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.

Artist turns real experiences into abstract paintings

Issued July 2015
Oil paintings being exhibited by Abbie Ansburg in a new, solo show visually edit what is real and add in the abstract as the paintings develop. Entitled “The Spaces in Between,” the show can be seen in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from August 4 through September 10.

An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, August 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the EAG gallery.

Ansburg, who lives in Elmhurst, says the title of the show refers to both physical space and the perception of time as actual space. “There are things that happen in these spaces that can only be imagined,” she said, “I experience the real and express the abstract.” She received her art training at Taylor University and with Aletha Jones and exhibited recently at the 57th Street Art Fair. Later this year, she will exhibit at the Fall Festival of Fine Arts at Oakbrook Center, where she received an Award of Excellence in 2013. Her paintings have been used on the NBC television shows “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Fire.” She is represented by The Leigh Gallery in Chicago.

Although a marketing communications manager by day, Ansburg has been able to concentrate on her paintings for the last five years.

The Ansburg exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday 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 members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

Artists display new, unusual works in Elmhurst art exhibit

Issued June 2015
Elmhurst Artists’ Guild members are exhibiting recent works in the Guild’s Summer Member Show being held in the EAG gallery from June 16 through July 23. More than 50 entries, displaying greatly varying styles, form and media, are included.

 The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

Prizes are awarded during an artists’ reception, free and open to the public, in the gallery, Friday, June 19, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the gallery and the museum is free all day Fridays.

Judging the show’s entries is Erin M. Washington, lecturer in painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she received a Master in Fine Arts. She is a frequent exhibitor in the Chicago area.

For the member shows, each member can enter one piece not previously shown in the EAG gallery. Included in this show’s entries is Marlene Vitek’s acrylic painting “Glassies,” an unusual still-life of bottles and tableware. Recently retired, she says she can now pursue her interests in painting, drawing, exploring wire sculpture, jewelry and experimenting with fused glass. Vitek lives in Villa Park.

Elmhurst’s Abbie Ansburg is exhibiting “Blue Lights Shining,” done in oils on canvas. Explaining her artwork, she said “I begin with a few large strokes to indicate the shape or atmosphere. I let these strokes indicate the next and the next, letting the painting tell me what to do. I become engaged in a conversation with the painting and I pay attention to what has just appeared from the end of my brush or knife.”

Also entered in this show is a small, en plein air watercolor by Beverly artist Judie Anderson, entitled “Monroe Harbor Sunrise (Even the joggers aren't out at 5:30).” With 20 years as an illustrator and Editorial Art Manager for the Chicago Tribune behind her, Anderson now concentrates her talents on fine-arts painting.

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. On days other than Fridays, Museum admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.

A surprising mix of media in new Elmhurst solo art exhibit

Issued April 2015
Hair pieces, pieces of old tires and other discarded items find their way into the mixed-media "drawings" on paper being exhibited in Dana De Ano's show in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery from May 5 through June 2. Entitled "Town and Country," the show features, what she calls, 2-1/2 dimensional, nontraditional art that combines traditional media with throw-away materials, presented as abstracted landscapes.

An artist's reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the EAG gallery, located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst.

De Ano, an artist who resides in Chicago, received a B.A. in Studio Arts from DePaul University and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been an instructor at the International Academy of Design & Technology and The School of the Art Institute. In addition to her membership in EAG, De Ano is a member of the Arts Club of Chicago.

"Artificial landscapes move stealthily through my work," she says. "By incorporating domestic throw-aways, fled treasures, and broken scraps and bits, the borders (between the traditional and non-traditional) get fuzzy and illusionary." What she collects for incorporating into her pieces, she says, is what is usually referred to as "garbage." She may use pencil, paint, graphite, oil, cloth, thread and other materials. Additional details on her art can be found on

her website, danadeano.com.

The De Ano 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.

Local artists try for prizes in Elmhurst art exhibit

Issued March 2015
Competing for prizes, more than 50 Elmhurst Artists' Guild members are displaying some of their best and recent works in the Spring Members' Show being held in the EAG gallery from March 24 to May 1. EAG members, primarily from Chicago and the western suburbs, are known for unusual interpretations in varying styles, form and media. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Prizes for top entries are awarded during an artists' reception, free and open to the public, in the gallery, Friday, March 27, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the gallery and the museum is free all day Fridays.

Judging this show's entries is Joshua Thomas Atkinson, owner of Atkinson-O'Rourke Gallery, noted for its vast collection of local, national, and imported original pieces by active, professional artists of fine art, original photography, custom jewelry and rare imports.

For the members' shows, each member can enter one piece not previously shown in the EAG gallery. Included in this show is Bret Steinhaus" 24x30 inch watercolor "Our Town - Times Square," the seventh and final painting of his Times Square montage, which debuted in 2014 in Grand Rapids. "I strove to capture the iconic image (of Times Square) in a fresh and unique perspective," he said. "This was a very challenging composition, with an incredible amount of detail all coming together at one point."

Among the other entries are Eve Ozer's "Aladdin," a 20x15 inch framed piece in oil and cold wax and Robert Proce's "Wine and Cheese," a 16x16 inch acrylic piece on panel. 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. On days other than Fridays, Museum admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, 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.