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    Descriptive info: Nancy Charak: Drawing on Experience.. June 27 - July 24, 2008.. For a larger view and/or more information, click on the thumbnails below:.. I see art as a series of visual problems asking to be defined and perhaps not necessarily to be solved.. As I work, I ask myself: How much is enough, when is it done, is more needed, another color, another line, what should that color be, how thin, how thick, how many, how much, how flat, how full, is this painting about the edge or the center and when is it finished?.. The making is unselfconscious, but it is definitely not unconscious or arising out of any hypnotic or automatic process.. As I work, I am making a thousand-million decisions while trusting my hand, touch, eye, and years of experience.. I am always looking at the work of other artists for two big reasons: for the sheer joy of it, and also to see how other artists are solving visual problems.. I am in constant dialogue with the work of other artists.. I stand on the shoulders of giants.. My function as an artist is not to tell the truth, it is to captivate viewers for as long as I can hold their attention.. If I stumble onto my viewer s particular truth, then I am lucky..  ...   who knew about turning out a large quantity of work from the inside, and the guys and gals in the caves at Lascaux and Altamira.. Nancy Charak is an affiliate member of the A.. R.. C.. Gallery and Educational Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, one of the oldest womens art cooperatives in the country.. Her art has been exhibited in Edinburgh, Scotland, New York City, and has traveled nationally with the Poetic Dialogue project to the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha and the H.. F Johnson Gallery at Carthage College.. A native Chicagoan, Nancy has studied photography and design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and painting and drawing at Northern Illinois University, where she received her M.. F.. A.. Her work has been shown in several significant juried exhibitions including: the Chicago and Vicinity Show at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition, and awarded a purchase prize from the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association.. Nancy s work has also been represented by several galleries, Van Straaten and Bernal in Chicago and Genesis in New York.. Nancy s studio is located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.. Her work is in several corporate and private collections throughout the Midwest, including Cleveland, the Chicago area, and the Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast of Saugatuck, Michigan..

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    Descriptive info: Beth Shadur: Poetic Vision.. May 23 - June 19, 2008.. ”The inception for my most current works, in the.. Poetic Response.. series, lies in the poetry of Arizona poet Lois Roma-Deeley, among others.. I created the works in response to Roma-Deeley’s poetic text, spurred by the many rich visual images made manifest while reading the poems.. This group of works had its conceptual origin in a residency at the Ragdale Foundation, where I met fellow resident poet Roma-Deeley in 2004.. As I read poetry while there, I found that the written imagery, cadence, and rhythms of the poetic language were being integrated into my own paintings.. The language of poetry, so copious in metaphor, provides a natural impetus for visual metaphor.. The idea of the evocation of memory inherent in language draws its parallels in the visual memory informing my work..  ...   collaboration to create works in response to the visual or written work of the other.. The curating of these exhibitions further encouraged my own interest in pursuing a larger series of pieces created in response to poetry.. These new works deal with issues of fragility and vulnerability, utilizing visual metaphor, combining symbolic images and words to convey meaning.. My works are narrative in nature, telling stories, and creating memories and connections through symbols and sometimes jarring combinations of images.. The work combines plant forms, the symbolic interpretation of landscape, architectural references, objects both real and imaginary, and cultural symbols traditionally associated with women through history, with text and language, to weave a narrative that is oblique, often personal, and sometimes political or issue-oriented.. The works are mixed media on paper, combining watercolor with acrylic, colored pencil, pencil and collage.. ” -Beth Shadur..

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    Descriptive info: Dorothy Hughes: Full Circle.. April 4 - May 15, 2008.. This exhibition called Full Circle is allowing me to show how my work has connected from the beginning to the present time.. Early work in clay, followed by years in fiber sculpture moved into a mixed media format, and then back to clay.. The work over the years became less conservative and more sculptural.. Clay went from wheel thrown to hand built.. All of the different forms are influenced by the natural environment.. I am still very much interested in further work in all of  ...   Academy of Art and the University of Illinois at Champaign, Hughes taught Fiber at various institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Evanston Art Center and Wolverhampton College of Art and Design in England.. Her works are located in both private and public collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.. Recently, Hughes completed a large-scale mixed media installation for Shure, Inc.. , Niles, IL that is on her website www.. dorothyhughes.. com.. Hughes maintains a studio in Chicago and teaches Clay classes at ArtScapeChicago for Harold Washington College..

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    Descriptive info: Diane Cooper: Wrapped.. Diane Cooper s subtle use of materials is inspired by Japanese aesthetics and by “the old, worn look” of objects such as Amish quilts.. Cooper gained an appreciation for the aged surface during her time spent living in Japan, a much older culture than our own.. Her work is comprised of salvaged, everyday items that are used and then discarded, such as textured fabric,  ...   together, working in an intuitive manner.. The final form of each piece is directly inspired by the materials with which it is created.. These individual pieces are often displayed together on a grid, giving the impression of a single larger piece.. Diane Cooper spent several years abroad, living in both Japan and London.. She currently resides in Chicago and is represented by Jean Albano Gallery - www.. jeanalbano-artgallery..

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    Descriptive info: Courtesy of Jean Albano Gallery.. NEXT..

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    Descriptive info: Shelly Jyoti: Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative.. February 29 - March 27, 2008.. Woman Made Gallery is proud to introduce Shelly Jyoti, a contemporary artist from Baroda, India who also delves in traditional decorative art forms.. She is an international exhibiting artist and her interdisciplinary work in garment design, painting and poetry writing has appeared in solo and group exhibitions within India, Singapore and North America.. ”My present body of work represents a fantasy of heritage: the patterns and confluence of traditional art forms and references to embroideries and embellishments from India.. I like to explore and reinterpret indigenous decorative traditions within my art practice.. The decorative style of art  ...   inherited.. The ideas, designs and patterns eventually become my connection with visual media and other creative expressions.. ”.. Please join us for an exploration into the imaginative and colorful world of artist and writer Shelly Jyoti, who will be present at the opening reception on February 29, 2008, from 6 to 9pm.. In addition to her solo show, with more than 15 paintings, Shelly Jyoti is offering insights into the inspiration for and creation of her art at a workshop on March 15th.. Included will be a lecture, slide presentation and the creation of a piece of art.. Workshop with Shelly Jyoti: Madhubani Art of Mithila.. March 15, 2008 / 10am-4pm..

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    Descriptive info: Mary K.. Connelly: Topophilia: New Interiors.. ”Inspired by my reading of.. The Poetics of Space.. , this current body of work is entitled Topophilia--small paintings of room interiors that convey an intimate sense of ‘love of place’.. I agree with Bachelard’s notion that “the house is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.. My paintings are a distillation of perception and memory, where color and light convey a world psychologically and spiritually charged.. Interior space is presented as a chamber for mediation, evoking memories or daydreams of a beloved solitary place.. As ‘home,’ the interior is fraught with conflicting feelings of entrapment and private repose.. Architecture is used in this series as a formal and conceptual devise to represent a tension between the interior and exterior world.. The empty interior can also be viewed as a metaphor for consciousness container for my ruminating, restless mind.. In the process of creating this work, I have rediscovered the practice of perceptual painting, which allows me to still my mind and transcend ‘self’ through a responsive and empathetic relationship to the visual world.. At  ...   but that it can mirror consciousness and embody the paradoxical truths of impermanence and ‘The Eternal Now’ (Tillich).. As a painter, Mary K.. Connelly’s studio practice is strongly rooted in the illusionist tradition, influenced by the intimate interiors of Vermeer, Bonnard, and Hopper.. She began her formal education at the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Summer Program and received her BFA in painting at Washington University in St.. Louis, Missouri, in 1983.. Mary earned her MFA in painting in 2000 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.. The artist’s work has received numerous awards: ‘Curator’s Choice Award’ in 2001 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 73rd Regional, and a ‘Purchase Award’ at the museum in 2002.. Her paintings are included in the permanent collections at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and the University of Arts and Science in Oklahoma.. In the spring of 2007 Mary’s work won ‘First Place’ in the 10th International Open 2007 at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and most recently her paintings were featured in an invitational four-person exhibition at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco in January 2008..

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    Descriptive info: Jana C.. Perez: Objectify.. January 18 - February 21, 2008.. objectify.. is a series of photographic diptychs which uses the female body paired with objects to satirize advertised ideas about women.. At first glance, these images seem curiously combined as the viewer seeks a connection.. The poses of the female body are familiar from advertising; a waist with measuring tape, a leg with shaving cream, a hand showcasing an engagement ring.. But it is the combination of the pose with object that changes the meaning of both and creates a curiously familiar, sardonic, and simultaneously disturbing connection.. In addition to the visual comparison of imagery, a word, placed within a divisional black line, complicates the composition’s inferred meaning.. The word slowly emerges, similar to the surreptitious nature of advertised messages, and surprises the viewer by adding a verbal dimension to the visual.. Restraints in the form of bras, buttons, and panty hose are combined with a measuring cup, speed bumps, and a trussed frozen turkey.. A measuring tape around the waist becomes partner to  ...   our culture where female viewers are persuaded that something is wrong with them and can be fixed or remedied by the purchase of a product.. In addition, media images of women have themselves become symbols of standards defining what is expected and accepted as ‘the norm’ when in reality, the images have been transformed through digital technology and perfected to advertising’s ideals.. Like the products propelled at them daily, images of women are objectified, packaged and commodified.. As a reaction to this manipulation, ideas of restraint, constraint and emancipation lurk behind the humor evoked by.. Perez holds an M.. in Graphic Design and an M.. in Photography, and is currently assistant professor of graphic design at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, and is a freelance designer.. Perez’ work has been featured in several exhibitions nationwide including the 4th Photography Biennial, the ReFresh Print Biennial I, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and as a Portfolio Winner at The Houston Center for Photography.. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband Rolando and son, Kelly..

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    Descriptive info: Colette Gaiter: We Are All Poets, Cuba 2007.. Colette Gaiter is a new media artist who has worked with computers since 1982 and in interactive multimedia since 1990.. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and an MA from Hamline University in St.. Paul, MN.. She has exhibited her work internationally at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), SIGGRAPH, and in numerous galleries, museums, and public institutions in the United States.. To support her multimedia work, she has received many grants and awards.. Her work ranges from editioned prints and artist books to web sites and interactive installations.. She has also researched and written about graphic design of the Black Power movement, particularly the work of Emory Douglas, who was the artist for the Black Panther Party.. After working as a graphic designer in Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, and New York City, Gaiter has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, University of Minnesota, and Columbia College Chicago.. She is now an Associate Professor of Visual Communications in the Art Department at the University of Delaware, Newark.. ”I made this  ...   Communist country with no billboards or overt advertising, my definition needs amendment.. I would call the texts I captured “Public Communication”.. I imagine that except for small discreet scribblings of names and politically benign graffiti, in Cuba any public writing must be approved by the police and government.. Parallel to the way that public advertising reinforces our American values, the revolutionary slogans that proliferate in Cuba remind everyone of what should be important.. In addition to public messages, I photographed objects, people, images, and events that made an impression on my African American female world view.. By juxtaposing images, including vintage ones I found after my trip, I illustrated some of my thought process in making sense of what I saw.. I spent time in the months after my return reading, having many conversations, and trying to understand what I could learn from visiting a country that is virtually the ideological polar opposite of my own.. The final prints show some of what I found beautiful, ordinary, surprising, and disturbing during my carefully guided ten days on the tropical island that is officially forbidden to American tourists..

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    Descriptive info: Ursula Kammer-Fox: Ode to Tools.. October 12 - November 8, 2007.. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that I had a “thing” for tools - especially tools that showed wear or some personal mark, any trace of their lives before I saw them.. Eventually I remembered experiencing the magic of tools when I was only four or five.. Some man would come to our home, unpack strange items from a metal or wooden box, and “fix” things.. I marveled at the way men and tools could cause so much change in their object.. I would always ask questions.. And the plumber or the  ...   memory until I began making assemblages.. But I found myself buying tools, even parts of tools, not to work with but as an aspect in my art.. There is no greater joy than to discover a pencil mark, initials, a dent! The pantheon of workmen in my childhood appears before me again when I make a good find.. With the body of work in this show, I sometimes feature tools as a political or aesthetic statement - often just to have fun, but always to thank the people who invent tools, build tools, and use tools to fix broken worlds.. For further information, visit:.. www.. ursulakammerfox.. womanmade.. net..

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    Descriptive info: Peggy Lipschutz: Women in Dangerous Professions.. Woman Made Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition.. Women in Dangerous Professions: Work by Peggy Lipschutz.. Lipschutz presents portraits of women who inspire her such as Amelia Earhart and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to the U.. Congress.. Her piece entitled, “The Most Dangerous Woman in America” depicts Mother Jones, whose many achievements include the organization of striking miners to fight against the poor working conditions  ...   Pratt Institute.. A longtime Chicago area resident, Lipschutz worked as an illustrator, political cartoonist and served as editor for the newspaper, Labor Today, before devoting herself fully to painting fifteen years ago.. Her work has been shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the ACA Gallery in New York.. She maintains a rigorous studio practice and contributes to the arts through her powerful and expressionistic works that celebrate female achievement..

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