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High Heights (2020)
40" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
Beverly Kedzior is an abstract modern artist. She realized she was destined to become an artist when in the 1st grade she spotted her painting of a snowman among the rest of the classes' and thought to herself that it was really good. As most youngsters her age, she was fascinated by Disney films, Saturday cartoons and the Sunday funnies. Years later, when she was in art school, she wasn't aware that these childish attractions had affected her work until a classmate commented that she was painting "blobs" again. Since that time, she started to acknowledge where her curving bulbous images originated. She decided to not only embrace this imagery but to expand and enhance it. Years later, she started adding images from medical and DNA books which coincided with the soft curving images she was already using. Her work has been called both whimsical and sophisticated. She often starts her work with a joyous dance of splashed, spilled and splattered paint or she layers found and hand painted paper and fabric to her canvas. Working in an intuitive manner until the background starts to take shape. It is then that she starts "seeing" the imagery and develops the images. She often used children's books) to suggest shapes. The books are turned upside down to see the designs in a pure abstract way.
9" x 12" x 1/2"
Watercolor, Burn Marks
and Graphite on Wood Panel
Ana Zanic was born and educated in Croatia, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, in 2002. She has been living in the United States since 2003. Zanic's art practice is an exploration of the formal visual elements, as well as personal feelings, through an intuitive process. Through abstract form she investigates questions of memories, origin and past. The spontaneous and gestural activity of mark-making in Zanic's work is closely tied to calligraphy, language and symbolic communication. Zanic exhibited in twenty solo and over a hundred group exhibitions, in the United States and Croatia. Her work is in numerous private and public collections in the United States, Croatia, Italy, Germany, China and Australia. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York, Chicago Art Source Gallery 1871 in Chicago, and Walker Fine Art in Denver.
Imagination Generation (2019)
48" x 36"
Spray paint, acrylic paint, ink and marker on canvas
Participated: 2017, 18, 19, 20
Curator's Choice Award
CJ is a Chicago mural artist and creates private commissions for individuals and corporations.
Finding Inner Courage (2020)
30" x 30"
Unique mixture of beach sand, plaster, metal and acrylics formed on the canvas without the use of paint brush, using only the artist's hands to apply the layers.
Participant: 2019, 2020
Chicago based artist born in Canada creates unique botanical and abstract landscape works of art inspired by nature and the world that surrounds us. The use of an emotive color palette combined with acrylics, beach sand, industrial staples, wood and recycled paper fibers create a profound message along with their interplay of light which focus on the dynamic shapes of the natural world.
Hidden City (2019)
32" x 32"
Photography/Digital Mixed Media
Custom wood silver and black floater frame
Participant: 2017, -18, -19, -20
Award-winning artist/photographer, Gail Mancuso, captures the unique pulse, silhouettes and reflections of the urban landscape, the female form and pop culture. With a discerning eye for color, balance and composition, she utilizes materials uncommon to traditional photography, including paint, torn papers, glass and fabric, along with digital imaging techniques, to subtly blur the boundary between photography and painterly impressions. In her evolving abstract compositions, she uses the art of photography as a medium of experimentation. She often uses fragments of photographs together with other artistic elements to explore and develop ideas. Her diverse process is influenced by an ever-evolving aesthetic, which often leads to reinventing something new from its original context, lending a different perspective to the familiar. Gail has received international recognition as the recipient of numerous photography awards, including those in France, Russia and Japan. She has shown her work in both solo and group exhibitions in the US and worldwide, including galleries in Chicago, New York, Venice, Paris, and Tokyo. Beyond creating large-scale art for public and corporate installations, her limited-edition works are held in the mayors' offices in Chicago and San Francisco, in the permanent collection at UIMA museum in Chicago, as well as private collections throughout the US, the UK and Italy. Gail has been featured in various media, including World Art Dubai, Michigan Avenue, Modern Luxury and Chicago Woman Magazines, Voyage Chicago, Splash and on television with NBC Universal's "Chicago Justice."
Out Beyond Ideas (2018)
42" x 42"
Oil on Canvas
Originally a Jersey girl from an Italian-American family in Bloomfield, New Jersey the last 28 years has seen her painting from her beloved home and studio on Keswick Ridge in New Brunswick, Canada where she lives with husband Gerry Clarke and their dog Mela. Her extensive exhibition record includes shows in Canada, the US and Italy. Her work is held in Public, Private and Corporate Collections in Canada, the United States and Italy. She recently created and hosted the first New Brunswick virtual art gallery and opening of her actual exhibition, Trouver Mon Chemin/Finding My Way 1994-2019,, 17 July-12 August @galeriedouze, in Moncton, NB curated by Paul Édouard Bourque.
Orange Abstract with Circles (2020)
35.45" x 47.25"
Oil, Acrylic, Spray paint and Gesso
I am a multi-media artist. The representation of the circle and its universal appeal is repeated in a serial format. On the canvas a visual tension goes below the surface to a subliminal area of existence. Coexisting from both a philosophical and physical standpoint. Referencing to an outward and inward spatial relationship, the deconstructionism of the picture to a single item; the circle or dot. When I travel, I often carry a painting kit and sketch pad to create watercolors of the towns and regions I see. Watercolors quickly capture the beauty and essence of a place. My oil paintings depend on color. The backgrounds in the paintings have patterns and shapes to capture a mood or emotion. I create street art using an illustrator program before cutting with a 3D printer to get an exact fitted stencil. I use these stencils along with spray paint to cover various surfaces.
Stan Lee (2020)
17" x 14"
Jessica Archer is an emerging artist who from an early age loved to draw and colour. Throughout her school years she had difficulty academically as she was diagnosed with dyslexia and although she never maintained the same level of grades as her peers, she excelled in her art classes. She finally got the opportunity to be at the same level of education as her peers when she got accepted into the fine art program at Fanshawe College, where she studied from various established artists such as Gary Spearin who encouraged her greatly not to give up on her dream on being in the arts. Even though Jessica still struggles with her learning disability it has not deterred her and strives to make a career in the art world. She has been very fortunate to have participated in many group shows and has been mentioned on such platforms such as SYFY and Previews Magazine for her portraits. Now into middle age, she hopes and is more determined than ever to create a life for herself in the arts, and hopes to pass on her knowledge and experience to other aspiring artists to help get their "foot in the door" as so many have done for her. She currently has a show on at the Leslie Jones restaurant in Toronto, Ontario, and a piece in the newest virtual show from the Beaux Arts Brampton- A-Typical.
Little Bird and Nature's Dance (2020)
12" x 16.5"
Limited Edition Digital Print
My artist journey truly began as a small flicker, a spark of imagination and possibility, whilst visiting a student art exhibition that perhaps I might be able to do what they were doing. What followed was a period of unbridled joy and happiness when I took time out to study Art and Creativity at The Learning Connexion Art School in Wellington, New Zealand, 2012-2014. After having returned from New Zealand I am now located in Chester, UK. My art studio is my dining room table where I create innovative artworks that draw on the idea that simple motifs can be transformed into complex artworks with the underlying theme, "Together We are Powerful".
Three Little Girls (2020)
14" x 11"
Participant: 2017, -18, -19, -20
Isabella Scott was born in Winnebago, Illinois. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Isabella works in a wide range of mediums. Her primary focus is pen and ink. Isabella is heavily influenced by the surreal. She loves the creating a world where she combines fact and fantasy. She uses distinct line structures to capture the complexities of life.
Kathleen Ellen Marshall
Nervous System (2020)
10" x 3" x 1"
Resin, Acrylic Paint, Ink, Copperleaf and Found Bone (avian ilium)
Participant: 2017, -18, -19, -20
A lifelong Midwesterner, I was raised by an artist and a philosopher so my passion for creation and curiosity began at an early age. Starting with fine art studies in drafting and figure work I moved into photography and then digital abstract collage photography after college. I stayed creatively in that medium for almost fifteen years until my health caused me to steer away from it. Due to chronic migraine forcing me away from screens, I needed to find a way to make art. After fumbling through paints, clay, papers, glues, metals, I found resin to be an interesting tool to merge my love of capturing a movement, freezing color blending, and manipulating my surroundings. By using found objects such as plant life, bone, bugs, I've created small scale tableau of nature in a photographic and collage like way but in a medium where one can touch and not just look at the scene.
She Speaks To Me A Language That Is No Longer Language (2017)
8" x 8"
Mixed Media Mounted on Canvas
Jen is an artist currently based in Chicago, IL. She has a BA in Studio Art and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. She has been a member of Agitator Cooperative Gallery since 2019 where she co-runs the Agitator Gift Shop and the Figure Tuesdays figure drawing meetup. Jen founded Duck & Dog, Co. in 2008 as a means of promoting handwritten correspondence through handcrafted stationery. You can purchase these products on Etsy or at these brick & mortar locations. She is also working with a local women and artist-run business, State of the Art, to bring Chicago artists into Chicago businesses. When she isn't making art she is most likely thinking about food or hanging out with her cats, Picasso & Kitty Sanchez.
20" x 16"
Watercolor and Embroidered Fiber
I am an artist in Chicago. I work out of a studio in the Cornelia arts building. My work is inspired by the traditional fiber arts of quilting, weaving, knitting and embroidery. I have worked many years designing for the needlework industry before turning to works on paper. I have an unrestrained love of color and the joy it brings. Each painting begins with shapes and layers of transparent watercolor and no real plan, as I like to let the painting evolve as I work. During the final phase of the piece I sew threads onto the paper to give energy and life to the patterns and shapes. I aspire to create art that makes the viewer feel happy.
Diana Leviton Gondek
6" x 6"
Observations of human nature are seen throughout her work. Inspired by real and imagined images, she works primarily with oil on canvas. Her work shows a certain kind of kinetics, and even at times transparency, to color and uncomplicated straightforwardness. Her own visual vocabulary Diana majored in Fine Arts and went on to become Art Director at Northwestern University. Diana is back to Fine Art and is now an artist-in-residence at Chicago's Zhou B Art Center. She is well established in the Chicago art scene with numerous group shows, solo shows, gallery representations, Artsy representation and multiple publications including two book covers. CBS News also did a special segment on her and her art. She has designed and painted three public art horse statues for Horses of Honor, owned by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Ed Burke and Alderman Tom Tunney. Diana was commissioned, by Special Olympics, to create a painting to be used nationally and internationally to promote their 50th Anniversary. The painting is now owned by Timothy Shriver. Outside of the US, Diana has sold artwork in Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. She was also part of art fair exhibitions in Busan, Korea, Aqua Art Miami, New York, New York, London and the Hamptons, New York.
Flavia Nasrin Testa
Death Bed (2020)
16.5" x 11.7"
Acrylic, Ink, Pencil on Archival Paper
International Artist, I make raw, visceral pictures in ink and mixed media. I am here to reach you.
Borrego Nest (2020)
10" x 12" x 1"
Mixed Media; Encaustic and Photography
Heidi F Beal is an interdisciplinary artist. She works primarily in mixed media painting using photography and encaustic. Her art is content driven and explores concepts of fertility, our relationship with the common vital life force in all living things, and the edge where life meets death. Beal's artwork often references nude studies, architecture, transparent forms, fertility symbols, illumination, and found objects. As evidence of one of nature's most dramatic expressions of our planet's life cycle, nests and eggs are especially present in her work.
Brighter Days Ahead (2020)
36" x 36"
Collage and Acrylic Paints
Young Artist Award
My name is Adison and I am a 14-year-old. I am going into my freshman year of high school and recently have found a passion for making mixed media, painted, collaged canvases. I have found an interest in artistic experimentation and enjoy seeing the outcomes of each of my projects. They each turn out so different from each other and that is what is so unique and special about each of my pieces.
22" x 15"
Ink, Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper
Participant: 2019, 2020
Susan has dabbled in art forever. Themes come and go as do materials and styles of art. One thing remains consistent, however. It is a thrill to take an idea and make it appear on canvas or paper. The notion that an idea can in some way become real is exciting. Even more exciting is when others enjoy the creation.
12" x 12"
Encaustic Mixed Media
Working with fluid art materials, Tammy Haman has a whimsical style that makes your imagination go wild! Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she was exposed to many different art forms. Starting with ceramics, fiber art, and papercrafting, everything seemed to lead her on her artistic journey beginning with opening a photography studio. Learning how to hand-paint emotion into her children's photography opened the door to the painting world which eventually worked into encaustics, which blends the textural elements of ceramics into painting with beeswax and fire. Tammy is currently the Exhibit Chairman for the Artists' Association of Elk Grove Village and has been loving the learning process of applying for and curating exhibits. Her current series, Fractured Memories, is dedicated to her Mom who is experiencing the beginning stages of Dementia. Tammy shares, "I hope to bring awareness to Dementia and how so many simple pieces of a story fall apart and out of grasp from memory even though the person is still strong ."
The Tattooed Wonder (2018)
48" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas with a Slim Wooden Frame
Participant: 2019, 2020
Aaron Wooten has been a working artist in the Chicago area since 2006. He paints cityscapes, portraits and comics in a whimsical style. You can view more at aaronrwooten.com.
Free to Be Me (2018)
40" x 30"
Acrylic and Graphite on Canvas
Participant: 2017, -18, -19, -20
Pam Hamilton is a visual artist known for her abstract figure paintings. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, specializing in illustration and visual communications. Pam's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the United States. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in both Chicago and Knoxville. Her work can be found in private collections, internationally. Pam has received numerous awards and grants for her work. She has curated exhibitions in both Chicago and Knoxville, taught classes, and mentored up-and-coming artists.
4721 Delta mound (2019)
29" x 22"
Lotus Ink on Watercolor Paper
International Artist Award
Morrison Polkinghorne is an Australian artist based in Battambang, Cambodia. His grey and black toned paintings are made with lotus stems and artisanal ink, which he distills from its petals. A tassel maker and weaver by trade, Morrison also designs and recreates intricate 18th and 19th century reproduction decorative arts. Since his move to Southeast Asia nearly a decade ago, he branched into his unique concept of Pointillism, using lotus as both theme and application. It is the perfect imagery for a Buddhist region as this flower symbolizes the Lord Buddha's spiritual awakening, emerging from the muddy dark depths into light and becoming a flash of beauty. "I envision my pieces ecologically, holistically and spiritually, with Asian nature and culture as the inspiration," explains Morrison. "Lotus stems are my paintbrush, while its flowers create my tones." Since the commencement of this artwork, Morrison has counted a total accumulation of 509,111 lotus impressions to create his paintings. During the early 2020 lockdown, it was often difficult to collect lotus flowers, so Morrison branched out to create a new series of art using his handmade inks, crayons and pigments, which he paints with brushes that he hand-makes from bird feathers that he collected collected amongst the kingdom's ancient Khmer ruins, such as Angkor Wat. "My work is holistic and environmental: I distill black lotus ink from lotus flowers that were donations to the temples. The brown washes I create derive from dried lotus pods. My crayon skies are created from natural beeswax formed with lotus petal ash. A hint of orange within the sunrise comes from shattered colonial roof tiles I collected after a severe storm in Battambang. The 24 karat gold I purchased from the artisan gold leaf makers in Mandalay, Myanmar. The glimmer of pure gold leaf I apply to these works reaches through us to show us reflect a new road during these troubled pandemic times."
30" x 28"
Mixed Media on Canvas
Participant: 2017, -18, -19, -20
My body of work is a conglomeration of my past, present, and even future perceptions of life's fascinating and enigmatic happenings. At first glance, my work might seem dark in context with an intentional juxtaposition of vibrant colors. But I challenge you to venture deeper - beyond the canvas surface - and identify what each piece evokes within you. Much of the satisfaction I gain from sharing my mind's creations is witnessing how the minds of others translate each piece according to their own life's occurrences and individual perceptions.
20" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
I am a self taught artist who works in a variety of media. I am known mainly for my abstract acrylic paintings of musicians and celebrities, but sometimes I venture off to various other subject matters. My work is in numerous collections across the country. My paintings are either acquired through my website or private commissions. I was the featured artist in ACS Magazine's March/April issue and I am currently working on a large commission for CineCity Studios Chicago.
The Pool Deck (2020)
40" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
Participant: 2019, 2020
Bumpy Wilson is an abstract and landscape artist and a recent graduate from the University of Kansas. His degree in Visual Art with a focus in Emerging Media has led him to work in the auction industry. Bumpy is a goofy, spontaneous, and relational person who creatively responds to the desires of those around him. He enjoys entertaining people and views the world in a quirky way.
Satisfied Hunger (2019)
16" x 12"
Oil Paint and Color Pencil
Participant: 2019, 2020
Born in Chicago but raised in Bellwood IL. At an early age drawing was always a passion that brought a smile to my face. I stopped drawing for many years but got back into it four years ago. I picked up oil painting on canvas. I love it because I can take a simple pencil drawing and bring it to like with oil paint. I've had two solo art show and many group exhibitions shows. I had my work displayed in Lockport art museum. I've showed in Pancake n Booze, 4Art Space, Art for Life, CONCEPTION Art and countless of other shows.
Exit Music (2019)
18" x 27"
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted to Cradled Board
Nathan Beard's richly-layered paintings combine playful Abstract Expressionism with fields of color that transition slowly through hue and temperature. He slices blue painter's tape, strip-by-strip, and methodically applies it to create cyclic patterns that enhance the dimension and movement of roughly-hewn serpentine forms. Nathan chooses colors for their metaphorical possibilities, and the dance between chaos and order helps him meditate upon the weaving of human will with natural forces as a creative activity that sculpts Space-Time.
47" x 25" x 3"
Mixed Media Wall Sculpture
Pedro Igrez is a self-taught artist who has been creating art since youth. He devoted time between his work schedule to come back to his true passion of painting, drawing and sculping. To realize his dream of a dedication life of fine art, he committed himself to creating artwork full-time in 2010. Igrez was born in Mexico under the name of Pedro Gutierrez, and has living in the U.S. since 2000. The artist has adopted the last name Igrez to distinguish his identity.
30" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
Emerging Artist Award
Born in 1987 in the border town of Acuna, Mexico, Fernando Andrade has lived in San Antonio, Texas, since he was seven years old. During Andrade's early childhood years, it was considered safe for children to play outside and he remembers playing outdoor games with his family during those years. As an artist, Andrade copes with the turmoil in his native homeland with two distinct bodies of work: representational drawings and abstract paintings. While the drawings are narrative explorations of the events taking place, the paintings are vehicles for nurturing feelings of hopeful joy and optimism. In his figurative drawings, Andrade creates simple narratives based on stories he has heard or experienced relating to social political events. Believing that everyone has their own childhood memories and can identify with the innocence of youth, Andrade stages some of his work using scenarios of children in place of adults, a strategy for enticing viewers to engage in his conversation. In the series Tierra y Libertad, groups of children appear to be playing childhood games but, upon closer inspection, are surrogates for the perpetrators and their victims. In his abstract paintings, Andrade expresses a freedom from the anguish that underlies his figurative works. Working improvisationally, the artist creates organic compositions that are colorful and animated. Viewing his process as a kind of spiritual meditation, Andrade becomes free to imagine cosmic visions that have rhythmic affinities with music or dance, and which celebrate the splendor and preciousness of life itself.
Portrait, we all start at a different spot (2019)
15" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
Frank Vega is a Chicago based artist born in Ecuador. He is currently working on his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In 2018 he received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Vega works with forms and characters that arrive in new representations deriving from the familiar and the imaginary. Vega uses symbiotic processes that introduce a degree of improvisation to his paintings and sculptures. Some exhibitions include "Visceral" a two-person exhibition Extra Projects with Bobbi Meier and Curated by Karen Azarnia, Chicago, IL. Solo Exhibition, "De Huesos Blancos" La Casa, the office of inclusion and intercultural relations, Champaign, IL. Group Exhibition, "8 to Create" at Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL. Group Exhibition "Small Works" Harper College, Palatine, IL. "GIFC" Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL. "Families" Lincolnwood Village Hall Gallery, Lincolnwood, IL. "Carvanal" Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL.
13.78" x 13.78"
Acrylic on Linen
I have always been interested in the study of the human figure. It is awesome how human body can be a vehicle to express deep thoughts and moods which we go through during our lifetime. Portraits: The face is like a portal, you can enter into people feelings through the look.
8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas, Framed
Participant: 2019, 2020
Ricky is an Andersonville based artist and a recent transplant from Boston. He has studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He has spent most of his life in New England which can often produce very creative spirits. It has much visual diversity. There are urban centers, small towns, big towns, green mountains, rocky shores, serene beaches, historic properties, and abandoned mills. It is broad, beautiful and inspiring. Much of his work is focused on vintage or abandoned manmade structures. There is often visual interest created with intersection of man-made and nature; light, shadow and green growth. Something that was once thoughtfully planned, constructed and celebrated is now no longer used; sometimes the thought, care and beauty still shows through.
4" x 6"
Oil Paint on Wood
Participant: 2019, 2020
Painter, printmaker and photographer Ira Harth has been working as an independent artist since obtaining his BFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. Always interested in the connection of the everyday landscape and objects to us, Ira has been focusing on the urban and rural landscapes for the past number of years. The result has been a series of small, heavily worked oil paintings depicting the everyday midwestern settings.
Jade Recess (2020)
36" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
Mary Fedorowski is a multi-disciplinary painter who works primarily in acrylics and ink and has recently introduced murals to her catalog. Fedorowski focuses on the beauty of modern cityscapes and greenery without the stain of human touch and how light and color fundamentally bring shapes to life. Fedorowski implements hard-edged abstract techniques and pushes the boundaries of basic visual concepts aesthetics of contrast, balance, proportion, and movement. She is influenced by the colors of the desert sunset, mid-century designs such as Alvar Aalto, Ludwig Meis van der Rohe, and Staatliches Bauhaus. Fedorowski is also inspired by the quest for home and finding calm in an overstimulating world.
Scenic View (2020)
8" x 8" x 1.5"
Acrylic Paint (palete knife) on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
I'm an artist and I focus primarily abstract and expressionistic paintings. My artwork often features bright, bold, rich colors layered upon each other to create dimension and texture. I focus on nature as well as abandoned buildings that nature has taken back over. I like to bring a calm feeling with my paintings. I primarily paint with just a palette knife.
Gabriel Sanchez Viveros
Primitivo #3 (2017)
48" x 96"
Body Print with Acrylic Paint on Handmade Amate Paper
Gabriel Sánchez Viveros is an architect from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. To date, he has completed 60 projects between architectural design, interior design and application of art in spaces. He worked for 15 years in Saudi Arabia, where he built and completed architectural and interior design proposals in palaces for various clients including the royal family. Although he's an architect by profession, it's impossible to classify him in a single area since he is creative by nature and that has led him to explore various artistic methods since he was a child. Currently and for some years, he has prioritized the development of his career as a visual artist. His work is manifested in several disciplines such as sculpture, art-object, painting, photography, engraving, among others; but what makes his work so particular is that the artist juxtaposes concepts and materials typical of architecture in his pieces. In the last 4 years, his artistic work has been shown individually and collectively in Mexico and abroad in more than 30 exhibitions, which include: The Shade of Silence in U Gallery, Beijing, China (2020), Flora's Soul in Galería Ixcateopan, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico (2020), Synergy: From Manila to Acapulco in Zhou B Art Center, Chicago (2019), Flora's Soul in Galería Oscar Román, Mexico City (2019), Rojo: Historias Sobre Papel Amate in Museo de Culturas Populares, Mexico City (2018), Flora's Soul in Latin American Art Fair, San Diego, U.S.A. (2018), El Origen in Palacio de la Autonomía, Mexico City (2017), Del Boceto a La Vida in Palacio de la Autonomía, Mexico City (2017), Woven Heritage in A4 Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2017), ROT in Bad Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Germany (2017), Entre Líneas in Galería Ixcateopan, Acapulco, Mexico (2017), Islamic Art Revival Series in Dallas, Texas (2015 and 2014), Undress & Not, Barebrush in New York (2014). During 2019, several exhibitions were presented, including Flora's Soul, the collective exhibition of the Beijing International Art Biennale, among others nationally and internationally. Currently, Gabriel Sánchez Viveros is working on new projects and continues a long list of exhibitions.
London House (2018)
30" x 24"
Original Oil Painting (plein air painting)
Luna is a Ukrainian painter who has been studying in the United States for the past four years. Originally she is from Zhytomyr, Ukraine; Luna moved to Chicago in 2016 to study architecture at IIT. In Chicago, she found the beauty of the architecture, which inspired her to start making plein-air paintings. The energy from buildings and the hum of public transportation, both significant sources of inspiration for her art.
Red Line Series (2020)
18" x 18"
Mixed Media on Panel
LAURIE KWO is a Hawaiian-born artist based in Chicago, Illinois who is building a following as an abstract painter. Her creative journey, which began at age six, has taken her through the fashion industry and high-end interior design, and sharply attuned her passion for capturing the essence of the world around her. She has produced works for featured display and for sale in galleries and executed commissioned pieces that are part of private art collections. Her original abstract artwork, sourced from personal experience, is an exploration of classic feminine themes and delves deep into human vulnerability. Through the years, Laurie has honed her signature painting style. She studied interior design at Indiana University and expanded her learning at the Harrington College of Design. Chief among her influences is Nicholas Wilton, whom she cites as having the greatest impact on her creative process. He taught her to paint from her soul, not from a picture, to trust her intuition, and let the expression take its own course. In late 2019, as an extension of his Creative Visionary Path Program (CVP) in Sayulita, Mexico, she met and worked alongside Wilton and his coaches. Since this life-changing experience, her work has become a true reflection of herself as the artist. Having collaborated with architects, designers, and homeowners, Laurie understands the importance of meeting deadlines and what goes into the delivery of a superior customer experience. She brings a keen sense of design and many years of practical managerial experience in the corporate world and is prepared for the challenges of running a creative business. Laurie knows that realizing her goal of obtaining gallery representation for her artwork will require discipline, commitment, and a high degree of accountability. She will continue to practice gratitude, champion the success of others, and pour her heart and soul into each project.
Angela Anela Cantrell
Girl Running on Pier Sheboygan, Wisconsin (2019)
28" x 64"
Photography Printed on Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print
I am Native Hawaiian and a former teacher. Last April, I moved to Wisconsin to be near my dad's family (Chicago family moved to Wisconsin recently). In October, I was hired as a limo driver taking Wisconsin corporate managers from Sheboygan to O'hare Airport. Then COVID and all work stopped. That was early March. Since then I've had more time to work on my art and volunteer at galleries. With the Covid pandemic and recent protests against police killings of blacks in the U.S., people worldwide are facing death, hate, uncertainty, and grief. My new work is a response to these troubles. Since 2018, I've used my iPhone camera and Photoshop to create 1) impressionist, candid "Beach Scapes" (shot street style) that focuses on people in movement especially kids and families, and 2) two conceptual series with a spiritual message: "Gothic Soul" and "Namaste." "Namaste" is a conceptual self-portraiture series where I characterize the attributes of Brahman, the Divine Consciousness and Atman, our true Self. Brahman (God) and the Self are not two separate beings according to Hindu non-dualism philosophy, Advaita Vedanta. Therefore, an image of me can be read as both Atman, the true Self and Brahman, God. I call this series, Namaste because it is a greeting that means "The divine in me respectfully recognizes the divine in you." I use collage and Warhol-like replication of imagery in different hues in a 9-square format for my self-portraits. As you view the work, the colors and shadows vibrate next to each other but move as one, like a mantra that keeps your mind focused during meditation. My work is printed as posters because I like the lightness and fragility of paper free from the bulk, weight, and cost of glass and frame. However, I do offer works on stretched canvas on my website for people who want more durable pieces. Because of the higher cost, I will be donating prints on photo paper posters. They are large and quite sturdy, protected with an anti-UV light coating. I'd like to help people see through the veil of ignorance that emphasizes our tribal, and "racial" differences. We need to stand together to heal ourselves and the planet. I believe that understanding our divine nature is an important first step to fight racism and hatred. My art promotes oneness because although we are many tribes, we one people.
Study of Body (2020)
24" x 16"
Kobi Walsh (b. 1995) is a Brooklyn-based photographic and sculptural visual artist whose work focuses on highlighting the subjectivity of our perspective. He captures intricate impressionistic fragments of light and time in order to parallel the fragile nature of our individual reality. Not relying on digital manipulation, Kobi's work explores themes of authenticity and the transience of the present moment. Kobi received a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts University, incorporating an understanding of the neurological foundations of perception to play with the expectations of visual observation. Kobi's work has been exhibited internationally with upcoming exhibitions in Italy, France, at both The Other Art Fair Brooklyn and Chicago, and Superfine! Art Fair in Seattle. He has won 33 awards for his photography from organizations such as PX3 Prix de La Photography Paris, the International Photography Awards, Moscow International Photo Awards, and Photographers Forum. Kobi's work has been published 12 times in international publications such as Inside Artists UK, Art Reveal Magazine, and 123 Art Magazine.
8" x 10"
Britni Petitt is a Wisconsin native and is finishing up a degree in commercial photography at Madison College this fall. She has a love for dramatic and emotional imagery. While her main focus has been photojournalism and editorial photography, she enjoys experimental work as well.
8" x 10"
DSLR/Digital Photography with Matte
DSLR/digital photography Chicago based photographer. Studying urban life photography. Use of light, color, shape, and expression to convey an idea.
10" x 10"
I don't know what constitutes a good composition... Sometimes, for me, it's the contrast, a serendipitous reflection, or an emerging pattern...Other times it's just a funny mistake.
08.03.20 7A (2020)
14" x 14"
I'm a local, amateur photographer who likes to capture life and moments around me. I'm particularly interested in landscape and people as my main subjects. Over the last 5 months, I've been capturing Lake Michigan and the ever changing sky from the confines of my apartment through my dining room window. Being able to document this landscape throughout each day and consequent months has provided some beautiful images that capture moments of peace and tranquility, drama and activity. I've framed my images in a way to capture that, but also act as fields of color, showcasing how the lake and sky complement each other.
A Glimpse of Infinity, No. 112 (2017)
30" x 20"
Dye Sublimation Photograph on Aluminum
Aric Attas, MFA is known for his metallic silver photographs, immersive video installations and ambient sound environments. Engaging the lenses of ancient spirituality and modern science his meditative works explore the mysteries of the universe asking questions such as: Where did we come from? Why are we here? How are we connected?
Les Montêier-les-Bains, France Part 2 (2018)
27" x 36"
Photograph on Metal
Participant: 2017, -18, -19, -20
Rachel Gilman is an interior designer and owner of Rachel Gilman Designs. While interior design is Rachel's passion, her greatest passion is photography. When Rachel isn't working on site with clients and designing homes, she likes to travel and take photos of landscapes, architecture, people, etc.
Figure #1 (2020)
11.5" x 8" x 4"
Charred Locust Wood, Finished with Natural Wax
Christian Nyberg uses fire and embers to create his sculptural and functional pieces. Using coals and embers placed directly on the wood, he lets them decide the final shape of the depression and outer surface. After many steps of burning and scraping away the charred wood, each piece is oiled and waxed. Christian sometimes uses lumber, and other times uses felled tree branches for his pieces. Each piece has his signature inlaid brass dot.
We Are More Than the Sum of Our Parts (2019)
18" x 26" x 13"
Michelle lives nestled between the hills and sky, steeped in endless inspiration gifted by nature. She is compelled to make art that embodies empowerment which comes from inner searching, speaking one's truth, and reaching out to connect with others. Her revolutionary method of transforming macro photography into 3-dimensional sculpture enables new beings to emerge from imagery seeking release from 2-dimensional planes, reflecting the transformative quality inherent in us, all. She thrives on getting lost in the details of nature and pushing the boundaries of her medium, combining her love of ceramics, drawing, painting, and encaustic. Her previous career as a social worker enabled the privilege of witnessing the cathartic power of art, fueling her as she continues to utilize art as a healing force. Her groundbreaking work has received recognition in the national and international encaustic community, and resides in private and public collections in the United States.
Gedogan Espresso Bar (2020)
12.60" x 9.45"
Watercolor on Paper
Fernando Flores, was born in Mexico City, Architect from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), into his work is felt the subtle teaching from the modern and minimal trend taken from his studies. "My work is a search of harmony, I am searching that by my art work the spectator be involved into that harmony ambient, build a bridge between the piece and the spectator to go into a journey of peace or introspection. Everything has influence into my artwork, literature inspire me to create worlds that exist in there but that doesn't exist on real world however exist on my mind or on authors and other readers mind, so I am pretend to recreate them. Music also is an influence for me, classical and electronic music those symphonies that take you to places that did not exist, this paradigm change is the same that is on digital painting to me." He makes a Wide experimentation on techniques from the traditional pencil and oil to digital painting. His work delves into overlay, harmony and Science fiction themes, then subtle mixing these trends to sprout the painting of Fernando Flores. Since 2006 my principal thematic is about wine.
They are Dreaming in Color #3 (2020)
10" x 8"
Watercolor Pigments on French Paper
Sally Ko was born in Seoul, Korea in 1971. She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was two-years old. She grew up in the city and north suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Chicago. Sally attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. Sally works in a variety of styles and media but is especially known for her style of pouring and manipulating paint to create the loose, yet controlled sensation of her paintings. The organic patterns and appearance of this variety of her paintings reflect not only the actual theme or content of the particular painting in which they appear but also the mental process that gives life to the work.
Practically a visit to Michigan wine country!
No need to get in your car for this trip to the "Napa Valley of the Midwest". This raffle package includes a wonderful selection from White Pine Winery Wines in St. Joseph, Michigan, including Red Expression, Dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Ice Wine. This package also includes 2 white wine glasses and 2 red wine glasses, as well as a corkscrew! Value: $250
Donated by Rachel Gilman Designs
The brush with fame package, AKA "The Ellen Show Favorites Prize"
Get ready to really enjoy hunkering down this winter! This package, which was very generously donated by The Ellen Show, includes a 65" TCL Roku TV, TCL Sound Bar, Master and Dynamic Headphones, and a Nintendo Switch! Value: $1200
Donated by The Ellen Show
Be the host with the most!
This package is a glamorous Tito's Handmade Vodka Copper Cooler Premium Gift set. It includes a 54-quart Copper Cooler, a copper mixology kit in a very handy canvas satchel (includes branded copper shaker, stirring spoon, strainer, jigger, and a muddler), plus a HUGE assortment of other Tito's branded merchandise! Value: $500
Donated by Tito's Handmade Vodka of Austin, Texas -- also our Signature Drink Kits sponsor! Thank you, Tito's!
Get Away to Beer City, USA
Aside from being a beautiful city, Grand Rapids, Michigan was also voted Best Beer Town and Best Beer Scene by USA Today readers. After partaking in the Beer City Ale Trail, you can enjoy a couple of nights in blissful comfort with this raffle package, which includes two nights at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Includes parking. Value: $635
Donated by the JW Marriott Grand Rapids
While you're out, help stay safe with 50 Public Thread fabric face masks, a woman owned & operated business that makes masks, accessories and other sewn goods that keep textiles out of landfills and supports creating living wage jobs. Value: $750
Donated by Steelcase and Public Thread
Enjoy a seven (7) course dinner for two (2) with wine at one of Grand Rapids' top restaurants Amore Trattoria Italiana.
Donated by Amore Trattoria Italiana
$100 Gift Certificate to Elk Brewery ~- Grand Rapids, MI Value: $100
Donated by Elk Brewery
Escape for a day of fun
Just a quick 30-minute trip from downtown Chicago, start your day with a drive up to Whiting, Indiana and enjoy the five-star rated Region Escape Room, then head back to Chicago for dinner at the beautiful and highly rated - including the Michelin Guide -- Herb Thai Restaurant. On the way home from dinner, you can stop at Target and pick up some dessert with your $50 Target gift card. While you're out, help stay safe with a $125 credit for expertly crafted fabric face masks created for Masks for Mom (M4M) by Lisa Kincaid.
This package includes:
Dinner for Two (2) at Herb Thai Restaurant, Value: $125
Donated by Herb Thai Restaurant
Region Escape Room voucher for one, Value: $25
Donated by Region Escape Room
Target Gift Card, Value: $50
Donated by John McInteer
Masks for Mom (M4M) Fabric face masks, Value: $125
Donated by Lisa Kincaid
OMG, I can't eat any more.
Get ready to indulge and be indulged! This raffle package allows you access to a VIP Luncheon & Shopping for four (4) with complimentary wine or cocktail, and four (4) $50 Gift Certificates for Space 519 -- a stunning concept store in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, just off the Magnificent Mile. Value: $300
Donated by Space 519.
Also included in this package is a $100 gift card for the ever-popular -- with very good reason -- Beatrix restaurants. Value: $100
Donated by Lettuce Entertain You
Spend the weekend "away" in your own city!
This raffle package could help you to spend some serious down-time enjoying our amazing city. Enjoy 2 nights at a Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel. Value: $350
Donated by Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
And a $100 gift card for a meal at the absolutely stunning ABA Restaurant in Fulton Market. Value: $100
Donated by Lettuce Entertain You.
Frog's Leap Collection of 3 wine bottles, Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2014, Chenin Blanc 2019 and Field Blend 2018.
Donated by Dr. Steven Edelstein
Bring home the sizzle
Serious style for the seriously stylish! This design-centric raffle package includes amazing design accessories and furniture pieces that will make an impact, including:
A Bellhop Table Lamp, Value: $195
Donated by FLOS USA,
Set of three (3) wide corduroy velvet, 17" x 17" pillows - color & fill TBD, Value: $600
Donated by Maharam
Luxurious Bamboo Throw, woven in an Eco-friendly bamboo and cotton blend, 44" x 72", Value: $420
Donated by Pauline Grace
Two (2) Axyl Chairs (Coral), Value: $1000
Donated by Allermuir
The functional AND beautiful home office package
Working for home is a fact of life and ensuring that you can do that in supported comfort and style, is what this package is all about. Included, are:
· AIS Task Chair, value $820
Donated by AIS-Inc.
· Dash mini LED light, value $225
Donated by Steelcase
· A Fused glass and iron display stand, value: $100
Donated by Ann Pullano Virtual Assistant
· A Hoot Stool from Boss, value: $450
Donated by Boss Design and Buckley Redner
Art & Design Lover's Package
Made up of a curated selection of beautiful items ready to grace your home or office, the Art & Design Lovers package includes:
· A custom fashion illustration portrait, Value: $300
Donated by Kristine Steiner, Fashion Illustrator
· "Making Architecture" - an "alluring overview to the thirty-year, award-winning output of Brininstool + Lynch", Value: $50
Donated by Brininstool + Lynch
· Jayson Home gift card, Value $50
Donated by Jayson Home
·Nelson Cigar Bubble Lamp with Shade and table stand Value: $350
Donated by Herman Miller
You're going to need a designated driver.
Start with a fun tour of Goose Island Fulton Brewery,! This includes a 1-hour tour of the main production facility, samples of limited production beers, and a souvenir pint glass to take home - for up to 10 guests. Value: $120
Donated by Goose Island Fulton Brewery!
Also included in this package is a Binny's Gift Card, value: $100.
Donated by our friends at LG HI-MACS.
West Elm Slope Lounge Chairs
2 Slope lounge chairs from West Elm Work Collection. This chair curves in by the seats and back for extra comfort an top grain aniline-dyed leather upholstery develops a beautiful patina with age and use. Value: $800
Donated: Steelcase / West Elm Work
Steelcase / MG+BW Black sheep
Painted by Chicago-based urban contemporary street artist, Czr Prz, of Ava Grey Designs. Czr's painting shows his abstracted, floral-like design, where the paint blends and showcases the textured surface of the sheep. This life size, sculptural conversation piece is suitable for any home or office! 23hx38wx14d inches. Value: $1,500
Donated by Steelcase / MG + BW
Check out more of Czr Prz's work
Cottage Terrarium from Lead Head Glass.
Handcrafted and made in Detroit from Glass taken from the windows of houses long abandoned. Value: $150
Donated by Steelcase / LeadHead Glass
Jayson Home Gift Card Value $250.00
Donated by: Jayson Home