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    Descriptive info: Ginny Krueger: Gathering.. September 7 - October 4, 2007.. For a larger view and/or more information, click on the thumbnails below:.. I began making things at a very young age, and the desire to create has been life long.. I was formally schooled at Northern Illinois University, receiving my Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing in 1995.. I am fortunate to have my works represented in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States.. I paint on wood panel using the encaustic medium: a mixture of beeswax, damar and pigment.. The hot, liquid wax mixture is painted, and then fused to the wood with a  ...   medium suits me because it has a warm aroma, a lush, sensuous touch, and an unrivaled luster.. The land is the inspiration for my abstractions.. As a child, I was fascinated with the wonders of the natural world that I experienced in my own backyard, in the forests of Girl Scout camp, and in the gardens of my grandparents.. I find that these wonders have laid claim on me.. Gathering the findings and symbols of my past, and connecting them to the present, I am driven to make something elemental and evocative.. I envision each painting as a medley, a melded place, where both the gritty and sublime combine..

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    Descriptive info: Julie Karabenick: Recent Paintings.. Julie Karabenick is an abstract painter who has been exhibiting for almost twenty years.. Her work explores complex relations of color and form in a geometric idiom.. Critic Lilly Wei writes:.. ”Julie Karabenick takes the constructivist grid and explodes it - [giving] a new spin to dynamic equilibrium.. ”.. Pursuant to her longstanding interest in geometric form in artistic expression, Karabenick has curated exhibitions focusing on this genre in New York City and Philadelphia.. She is also the co-founder and editor of an online scholarly resource and international forum called.. Geoform.. , which features abstract geometric art from around the world and in-depth artist interviews.. Prior to  ...   and resolutely geometric.. In my ongoing ‘Composition Series,’ I limit myself to squares and rectangles of flat, uninflected color.. Each shape arises from an implicit, underlying grid of small, same-sized squares.. Thus a grid governs the space, making all forms and intervals proportionally related to one another.. From these stable beginnings, I develop compositions that are asymmetrical and dynamically balanced.. Variations and contrasts in color and shape all but obliterate evidence of the grid.. Stability is challenged as intricate and changing networks of color and shape are discovered and vie for the viewer’s attention.. A precarious order prevails, but its rules remain elusive.. ”.. For further information, see:.. www.. karabenick-art.. net..

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    Descriptive info: Louise Pappageorge: PERFECTATIONS: The Allure of Advertising.. June 29 - July 26, 2007.. Louise Pappageorge is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.. Her work is included in the Collection of the City of Chicago and the Abstract Mind Mural.. Artist Statement.. My art is an outgrowth of living in a media driven 21st century urban environment.. A  ...   chaotic randomness.. The daily conscious and perfunctory viewing of billboards, signage and magazine advertising informs and infuses my art.. Working with text and imagery culled from fashion magazines and other periodicals, I examine and scrutinize the covert, subliminal messages imbedded in the media.. The subsequent visuals explore ideas and values of beauty and perfection, consumption and objectification.. To view more of her work visit.. louisepappageorge.. com..

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    Descriptive info: Lauren Levato: Entomomancy - New Insect Assemblages.. With her beetle, wasp, and cicada filled shadowboxes, Lauren Levato presents a new and engaging solo exhibition of insect assemblages at Woman Made Gallery.. Levato creates intimate shadowbox assemblages and collages that include carefully selected found objects.. Horsehair and books on Cheiromancy as well as insects are re-invented through the artist s imagination.. For this exhibit, the artist explores the world of fortune telling while wearing a sometimes poetic, sometimes scientific lens.. But instead of  ...   and the suffix -mancy (=divination), opens June 29 and continues through July 26.. In addition to her assemblage and collage work, Levato is an accomplished painter, writer, and activist.. She exhibits regularly in the Chicago area and works as the gallery director for the Lillstreet Art Center.. Chicago publisher Fractal Edge Press published.. Marriage Bones.. , her first collection of poetry, in 2006.. Currently, Levato is available for interviews and her studio, located in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, is open for insect exploration..

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    Descriptive info: Rosemary Luckett: Out of Balance - Nature Collages.. May 25 - June 21, 2007.. A native of Idaho, Rosemary Luckett graduated from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, KS.. After working many years as a mother, painter and fiber sculptor, Rosemary began to construct small collages, which are sometimes springboards to larger works assembled from wood and found objects.. Her numerous series reveal a continuing interest in the natural world as well as archetypal representations of the feminine.. In addition to maintaining a studio in Prince William County, she teaches collage and sculpture at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA.. Rosemary’s work has been exhibited nationally in many galleries and art centers including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Catholic University (Washington, DC), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Visions Gallery  ...   in both the earthly and the spiritual realms.. All the works presented in Luckett’s “Out of Balance” invite the viewer into a contemplation of the wonder of the natural world and humanity’s multifaceted connections to it.. In her artist statement, Rosemary Luckett writes:.. Out of Balance imagery reflects my response to human interaction with the natural world.. Limiting myself to a language of objects like trees, ledger pages, fish, air fresheners, axes and birds, I form landscapes connecting parts of Earth’s web of life to human activity.. I try to link up living species endangered by pairing them to seemingly innocuous human made items: tree-shaped deodorizers and tree stumps; SUV and polar bear; real birds and fake birds; whales and submarines.. In many works I write names of extinct or endangered species over and over, a litany of sorrow, a prayer that this killing will cease..

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    Descriptive info: Mary Ellen Croteau: Bag World.. Mary Ellen Croteau is a multi-media artist who has exhibited extensively across the U.. S.. as well as in Italy, Iceland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Korea and Colombia.. She has lectured internationally, has been widely reviewed and won numerous awards for her artwork.. She has also organized and curated many exhibitions.. Croteau studied sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA in mixed media from Rutgers University.. Calling her work ‘cultural critique,’ she uses a variety of media, from painting and photography to sculpture and installation, ‘to lay bare the underlying bias in our social icons.. ’ As one reviewer stated: “The beauty of Croteau’s work lies largely in the humor employed to deliver some serious trouble.. ” Her work has appeared on the cover of.. The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair..  ...   bags, they still try to put the stuff in plastic bags before they put it in the ones you brought.. And no matter what they tell you, these bags are not recycled.. They are just collected and disposed of.. We are swimming in a sea of plastic.. We are drowning in plastic.. Even Sudanese refugees are drowning in these bags.. Worse, these bags are made from petroleum.. Yep, the same thing we’re fighting in Iraq for.. So take one big step for humankind: carry your own bags to the store.. ”The function of the visual in consumer culture is to overwhelm and imprint, rendering us passive vessels for received wisdom.. My work is an attempt to counter this trend toward disembodied ‘intelligence,’ using liberal doses of humor to get people to look at things in a slightly different way, to expose the underlying bias in the everyday objects we are surrounded with..

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    Descriptive info: Karen Rechtschaffen: Primary.. April 6 - May 17, 2007.. “I originally started painting to entertain myself - a pleasant diversion after 30 plus years of direct social service and advocacy work.. Now, as I make my creations open for public viewing, it is my hope that people will enjoy my art, while maybe finding a social or political message worth considering or even embracing.. As a self-taught artist I see my work as highly accessible.. For some it  ...   designs or detailed narrative will be the reason to look further.. Part of my creative process is to locate discarded items.. Whether I find the item at a garage sale, thrift store or abandoned in the street I know that every piece has a story.. My challenge is to rework these items to have a new tale, often with a written message and a piece of my own interpretation of the past, present and future.. ” -Karen Rechtschaffen..

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    Descriptive info: Roberta Reb Allen: Look at Me.. “I am a self-taught artist and, like most self-taught artists, I began doing art in childhood and never stopped.. Over the years I have experimented with many media and styles, including rather traditional floral watercolors, quilted male nudes and cut, dyed unprimed canvas sewn into natural shapes such as stretches of grass and waterfalls.. I have exhibited works from various series both locally and nationally, but my favorite and most widely exhibited has been the series of small watercolors which depict a young girl at play which I began over ten years ago.. It is the one I keep coming back to.. In creating this series I was interested in three things.. First was to convey the exuberance and sense of freedom which children find in play.. In recreating these feelings from my own childhood experiences, I also wanted to express the unique physical sensations which each different type of play produces..  ...   counterweight to the images of passive females found in so many fine art and popular images.. I vividly recall sitting down to read my daughter a popular children’s book which illustrates words only to find that all the active words like ‘jump’ and ‘throw’ were portrayed by male figures and the words associated with sedentary activities were are depicted by female figures.. There is still a conscious need to present a more balanced and realistic picture of growing up female.. In addition to this water color series, I have begun over the past year to explore in acrylic and in a somewhat different style some of the scarier aspects of being a child, male or female.. I was not interested in exploring major traumas, but more the kind of feelings of fright or helplessness that everyday situations can produce, often not acknowledged by grown-ups.. These too form who we are and deserve artistic expression.. ” -Roberta Reb Allen..

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    Descriptive info: Joyce Owens: Black, White and Colored.. March 2 - 29, 2007.. Joyce Owens won this solo show as first prize for her work at WMG s 9th International Open, juried by Margaret Hawkins.. Joyce Owens is a professional artist who earned degrees from Howard University (B.. F.. A.. ) and Yale University (M.. ).. She is the curator of the Galleries Programs at Chicago State University and has exhibited her work in museums and galleries across the United States, including the Spertus Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Art, the Athenaeum Museum in Schaumburg,  ...   Chicago.. Statement.. ”I am attracted to human faces.. The organic forms, unexpected bits of color, the light and shadow, and of course, the facial expressions fascinate and intrigue me.. I see every face as a mask that I want to remove or peek through.. Painting portraits is my attempt to know and understand my real or imagined subjects, express my personal hopes and dreams for the world and help end racism by filling gaps in American history and showing the images and stories that have been left out of most history books.. ” –Joyce Owens..

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    Descriptive info: Joyce Owens.. Woman with Hoop Earring.. acrylic on wood box.. 10 3/8 x 12 7/8 x 7/8 inches.. Out of the Box Series.. NEXT..

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    Descriptive info: and/or a Mystery">.. Barbara Aubin.. A Dream or a Nightmare.. and/or a Mystery.. mixed media and watercolor.. 16 x 15 inches.. $2,500..

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