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.
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 ."