Expanding Visions

FALL 2018

Another season of superb art to experience and explore together!

Registration is open only to Series registrants at this time. Membership required.

Wait-lists are available for all programs except – Evie & Larry Aronson, and Peggy Richek Goldberg & Perry Goldberg
Please email info@artencounter.org

Place: Addresses provided upon registration
Time: Selected Wednesdays, 11:30 am-1:00 pm and 1:30 pm-3:00 pm depending upon program location.
Fee: Program Series $205

Laura Letinsky

September 12, 2018

You will not want to miss this opportunity to visit the studio of this internationally acclaimed photographer. The Canadian born artist received her MFA from Yale and is now a Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago. She has shown her work in major museums around the world and has been awarded several prizes including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Laura creates unusual still lifes that appear to be the remains of yesterday’s party or a private moment. They look like landscapes, maybe tablescapes suggesting, at once, time passing, loss and the messiness of life without nostalgia They are beautifully composed and poetically elegant.

Evie and Larry Aronson

October 3, 2018

Enjoy one of Chicago’s premier collections of contemporary art focusing on the Chicago Imagist sensibility.  See major works by artists emerging from the “Hairy Who” in the ‘60s including Ray Yoshida, Jim Nutt, Roger Brown and Ed Paschke as well as younger artists they inspired including Jim Lutz and artists from all over the country who share the Imagist sensibility including Californian William Wiley.  Also view a collection of tattoo art and hear the story behind their collection of Philadelphia wire men.  You will enjoy meeting this lively couple who have art everywhere in their lovely North Shore home.

Madron Gallery

October 10, 2018

Delve into paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by important American artists from the turn of the century to the 1940’s. Not since the Terra Museum closed its doors have we been able view such a rich array of artworks from this period. As we peruse different rooms in this spacious gallery, we’ll discuss works from different movements in American art including American Impressionism, Social Realism, tonalism, Ashcan and modernism. Since the gallery purchases all the works displayed, careful attention is paid to the quality of each piece. Amongst the artists we’ll see in the collection are Oscar Bluemner, Theodore Earl Butler, Robert Vonnoh, William Glackens, Ben Shahn, John H. Twachtman.

Kathleen King, Patricia Owsiany and Michael Miller

October 24, 2018

Explore a studio shared by family members. Kat and her late husband, Michael Miller bought a former industrial building on Chicago’s North side. They constructed living quarters upstairs and devoted the entire first floor to studio space for themselves and Kat’s sister Patricia. We’ll discuss Kat’s fanciful mixed media paintings that combine collage, paint and drawing materials. She creates “Flora Into Fauna Fables” inspired by botanical fragments that allude to comics, wallpaper and Chicago’s “Monster Roster.” We’ll see works by Michael Miller, a noted printmaker and a beloved professor at the SAIC, and talk to Patricia Owsiany about her intensely emotional and richly textured portrait paintings.

Judy Norris

November 7, 2018

Visit this artist’s “house in the woods,” a large and stunning rural, Riverwoods home filled with the artist’s work reflecting different stages in her life. Since graduating from the SAIC, Judy has devoted herself to her painting and to raising a family of four children. Her work is both abstract and representational. Much of it is large scale and includes images of women who always have Judy’s curly hair. Seventeen years ago, Judy lost a son to mental illness. To heal herself she painted and ultimately published a very moving book that includes her art and her son’s writings. After touring her home, we’ll see works in progress in her studio on the

same grounds.

Peggy Richek Goldberg and Perry Goldberg

November 14, 2018

Explore an eclectic collection of art on two floors of this beautiful gold coast apartment. Many of the artists are Mexican including realists Agustin Portillo, Agustin Castro Lopez and Laura Quintanilla. Prints include work by the noted printmaker Mexican artist Nicholas de Jesus and Pablo Picasso as well as sculptural prints by Deborah Olin. We’ll see work by self-taught artists including metal boxes by Stanley Szwarc walking sticks by David Philpot, and a wall hanging from India by women who were abandoned. the collection includes several paintings by the internationally acclaimed Scottish painter, Caroline McNairn. We’ll also see some of the 250 China plates McNairn created for the Goldbergs.

6018 North

November 28, 2018

Experience an exciting presentation in this unique art venue which Paris’ Le Monde magazine called the gallery to visit in Chicago. Meet Tricia Van Eck who left her job as Associate Curator at the MCA to create an exhibition space with a mission to bring residents of greatly diverse community together. Through art, food and performance, 6018 attracts people of many different ethnic groups, races, ages, sexual orientation and economic level. We will investigate Living Architecture a large scale, multidisciplinary exhibition celebrating the artistic contributions to Chicago by exemplary immigrant artists. With over 50 contemporary artists, the show illustrates an evolving legacy of immigrant art and design from the past to the present.

Barbette and Arthur Loevy

December 5, 2018

Meet an artist, designer and collector who has moved several times because she enjoys designing new homes. Now in a beautiful Lake Shore Drive apartment formerly owned by Deborah Lynn Johnson Rice of the Johnson publishing family, she claims she will stay here. Located on an upper floor of a high rise building, we’ll see gorgeous views of the lake and the city. The collection includes art furniture, African art, and paintings by the Zhou Brothers, Philip Pearlstein, Chris Quigley, Martyl, Jenny Learner and Barbette’s own work.


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