Expanding Visions

FALL 2019

Another season of superb art to experience together! Expanding Visions explores exclusive private art collections, unique exhibition spaces, and artists’ studios with stimulating discussion led by Art Encounter’s Artistic Director Joanna Pinsky.

When:  Wednesdays, October 2 – December 4, 2019

11:30 am – 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Where:  Addresses provided after registration

Fee: $225 for full series

You must be an Art Encounter member to register. 

Registration is not yet open. Former participants will be notified when registration is open.

Ann Cole October 2

Meet a collector with an interesting eye for combining traditional and modern art, antiques, and craft in her beautiful North Shore home. We’ll see a range of art works, including paintings by Richard Anuszkiewicz, Ronald Clayton, James March Phillips, and the late influential Chicago artist Seymour Rosofsky. We’ll also see sculptural work by Joel Urrity, glass work by artist Robin Grebe, and late 19th century furniture including a penwork coffer, China from Dali, and a collection of quilts. A high point is Ann’s elegant arrangement of game boards.

The Cornelia Arts Building October 16

Explore several studios in this north side building. We’ll begin with contemplative figures in landscapes by painter Ellen Holtzblatt. Our visual pace will change as we explore neon text art works by Lindsey Liss. Then we’ll visit Philip Hartigan and learn about his large-scale paintings and films based on “half remembered moments of childhood.” We’ll also stop by Jordan Scott’s studio to see the amazing works he creates from postage stamps.

Rick Laurent and Cheryl Jefferson October 23

Get to know this charming couple at their spacious Printer’s Row loft apartment in the former Mergenthaler building. With its 28 foot ceilings, the apartment sets off Cheryl’s fascinating collection of art and objects, including Mexican folk art, retablo shadow boxes, African totems, child bride caps, and outsider art. Then we’ll take a short walk to Rick’s studio to see his elegantly executed surrealistic oil paintings set in diverse time periods. Rick and Cheryl will also tell about their work using art to discuss social justice issues.

Vidvuds Zviedris October 30

Enjoy a sensual visual journey as we explore our cover artist’s large scale abstractions in his beautiful Ravenswood studio. Vidvuds’ work recalls the quest  for an energetic, non-verbal communication sought by abstract expressionist painters, but what he creates is his own visual language, hovering between calm and tense areas. Vidvuds has perfected unexpected techniques to develop a range of textures. We’ll talk to the artist about why he chose to immigrate to Chicago from Riga, Latvia.

Jim and Donna Aylesworth Date TBD

This week we have the pleasure of visiting a collector couple you may know as Expanding Visions participants. Discover over fifty artworks in Jim and Donna’s lovely Streeterville home. With a preference primarily for abstract art and street art, the Aylesworths have narrowed their focus to concentrate on Chicago artists. There is a range of work from cutting-edge to well-established artists. We’ll see paintings by Pooja Pittle, Mario Gonzales (Zore), Marcos Raya, James Jankowiak and Ted Stanuga, as well as sculpture by Barry Tinsley, Deborah Handler, and Richard Hunt.

Wrightwood 659 Date TBD

Discover a new space in Chicago dedicated to contemplative exhibitions of architecture and socially engaged art. This 1920’s building was transformed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando in his signature style of concrete forms softened by light. We will investigate an extraordinary exhibit, Self –portrait of Other, by Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida. In a short span of 10 years, Ishida produced an immaculately painted body of edgy acrylics that explore the uncertainty of the dissolution of Japanese society as a result of technological and economic changes. The exhibit was organized by the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Tim Anderson November 20

Study the human drama in Tim’s paintings during our visit to his Chicago home and studio. Tim’s portraits ask questions about the interior lives of the subject. They seem real, neither glamorized nor demoted. They are both present and far away at once. Tim paints animals, storms and ships in addition to abstractions. All of them shift between subject matter and the layering of paint and brush stroke, suggesting an unsettled space.

Christine Schwartz December 4

Be amongst the first visitors to see this important collection in Chris Schwartz’s newly built home, designed with a gallery to display the art. Delve into a rich history of art associated with Chicago from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Chris began with a purchase of 36 paintings that she didn’t want to see dispersed to other states. As she researched the period, her fascination expanded, and the collection now includes over 100 works in traditional and modernist styles. Many of the artists had European connections, either because they were immigrants or because they spent time studying art in Europe’s art centers. We’ll see work by Aaron Bohrod, Adam Albright, William S. Carter, Pauline Palmer, Minerva Chapman and Morris Topchevsky.

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