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Abstract and realistic, artists compete in EAG member show

(Issued Apr. 2014)
Elmhurst Artists' Guild members are exhibiting their newest works and competing for prizes in the Guild's Spring Member Show being held in the EAG gallery from April 15 through May 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, April 18, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the gallery and the museum is free all day Fridays.

Judging the show's entries is Gregg Hertzlieb, director and curator of the Brauer Museum of Art, home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, world religious art, and Midwestern regional art, on the campus of Valparaiso University. Hertzlieb, instructor in Museum Studies at Valpo, has a master's degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Among the entries are two different nature-related acrylic paintings. Using a contrast between organic textures and man-made forms, Michael Klaus-Schmidt's piece, "Twisted Oak," provides engaging patterns in a muted palette, creating almost a nocturnal mood. In a different approach, the soft palette of Marlene Vitek's "Spring Woods" evokes the lighter nature of sunshine on a spring day.

Other works in the show are oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, collages, sculptures and photographs recently completed by EAG members, each displaying their interpretations and approaches to art with new and, often, unique perspectives.

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.

Steinhaus watercolors featured in EAG solo show

(Issued Feb. 2014)
A Midwestern impressionist watercolor artist, now residing in Woodridge, is the featured artist in a new solo show in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery. Bret Steinhaus' exhibit, "Glimpses-Expressions in Color," runs from March 4 through April 11, with an artist's reception open to the public on Friday, March 7, from 7 to 9 pm. The EAG gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

Formal art training began for Steinhaus at the age of 7 and bloomed under the tutelage of his Libertyville High School art teacher. During that time, he won a National Honorable Mention from the Wieblot's Scholastic Awards, and his winning oil painting was displayed in the Wieblot's National Art Show in Washington, DC.

He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from Northern Illinois University. Concentrating on watercolors, his art was then and still is greatly influenced by the Midwestern everyday scenes found in Illinois and surrounding states. About six years ago, he made the decision to make art a top priority in life. "I released my passion for art, and I am inspired by it daily," he said, "In the past, I was lucky to paint one or two paintings a year. Now that I am devoting time to my art, despite a full-time job and a busy family life, I am happy to do almost one painting a month."

Steinhaus has evolved from a realist to an impressionist painter over the last three years. Based on his own photography, his watercolors capture the ambiance, vistas, and details of cityscapes, landscapes and portraits. He is a frequent exhibitor and prizewinner at art shows in the Midwest.

The Steinhaus 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. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,

Variety of new art on exhibit at EAG gallery

(Issued Jan. 2014)
More than 50 artists are exhibiting their latest works in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Winter Member Show, running from January 21 through March 1 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, January 24, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the gallery and the museum is free all day Fridays.

Oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, collages, sculptures and photographs are included among the works, and each entry tends to show a new perspective and a different approach to art. Leon Oks’ oil-on-canvas “White Rhapsody,” for example, reminds us that beauty can be found in nearby winter scenes where our reality usually only shows us miserably cold, snowy weather.

Another entry, the oil painting “Morningstar” by Mary Phelan realistically depicts an ordinary urban setting of a beauty salon on an early morning in spring, while Eve Ozer’s “Until We Find Each Other We Are Lost,” a mixed-media piece inspired by Rich’s poem “Hunger,” uses a combination of color and texture to try to communicate in an abstract manner the “spiritual hunger that drives us to ask questions that have no answer.”

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.

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.

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.