Expanding Visions


Please email sarah@artencounter.org if you would like to add your name to a waitlist for individual programs (exceptions: April 17 and June 5)

Another season of superb art to experience and explore together!

Registration is open only to Series registrants at this time.
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Place: Addresses provided upon registration
Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 am-1:00 pm and 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Fee: $225 for full series

Maggie Ledbetter

April 3, 2019

Visit a collector who bought her contemporary Roscoe Village home because of a window that “provided back-up for one of my prized paintings.” Maggie has over 100 art works, and although she makes art herself, she sees her collection as her more serious art endeavor. Her collection includes oil and acrylic paintings, ink, graphite and marker drawings, collages, photographs and prints. She has several works by four of her favorite artists, painter Katherine Lee from Santa Fe, Filipino-American artist Florencio Yllana, now living in Brazil, Alfredo Zagaceta, a mystical painter from the Peruvian Amazon jungle and Thelonious Stokes, a young Chicagoan creating art about social justice.

Nicole Gordon

April 10, 2019

Delve into the vivid, richly detailed world of this artist in our visit to her lovely North Shore home. Her work recalls the “magic realism” movement of the 20th century in her realistic and impeccable style of painting imaginary people and objects. At first glance, Nicole’s paintings seem playful but a closer observation reveals darker stories. We’ll find out how the artist balances raising three young children with a very active life of creating and exhibiting work, and how family life contributes to her ideas.

Mary Bendix

April 17, 2019 (series registrants only)

Visit an intriguing artist and collector who has transformed her beautiful apartment in a Streeterville high rise building into a virtual installation work of art. Mary collects buttons, jewelry, feathers, beads, fabrics and manikins from estate sales to make extraordinary sculptures, boxes, fans and dolls, often with a feminist edge. She intersperses her sculptures with collections of outsider figurative sculptures, Haitian beaded banners and sophisticated narrative paintings. Her collection includes works by Roy De Forest, Ellen Lanyon, Lee Godie, Howard Finster, David Sandlin, Tony Fitzpatrick, Pedro Friedberger, Roger Brown , Hollis Sigler and Mary’s mother, Claire Prussian.

Corey Postiglione and Kathie Shaw

April 24, 2019

Explore the work of a married couple who share a studio in Ravenswood’s Deagan building. Corey Postiglione has pursued abstraction throughout his career, creating intellectually rigorous works inspired by late modernism. Diverging from modernism in its content, his art symbolizes issues in contemporary life. Trained in photography, painting and interior architecture, Kathie creates photographs and paintings that seek to juxtapose nature, the built environment and fleeting time. Corey will tell us how his work as an art professor and critic influenced his art, and Kathie will talk about her former experience as a gallerist.

Chicago Mosaic School

May 8, 2019

Find out how mosaics are created at this premier center for Mosaic arts education in the United States. Meet Karen Ami, the Founder and Executive Director of CMS, and a former President of the Society of Mosaic Artists. Having trained and studied in Italy, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico and Ireland, she will tell us how she brings her international interests to the center. In addition to visiting the workshop spaces, we’ll discuss an exhibit of mosaics in Gallery of Chicago Mosaic, and meet visiting artist Verdiano Marzi, a venerable Italian artist who leads annual workshops at the school.

Nancy and Sandy Richman

May 22, 2019

Delight in a charming collection of fine art and craft both indoors and outdoors at this lovely North Shore home. See a colorful and whimsical contemporary collection of artists reflecting Chicago and favorite vacation destinations spanning Mexico, Thailand, the Southwest and West Coast. The tranquil garden highlights colorful sculptures, lending an air of a more temperate climate. We’ll view enamel, beaded purses, Turkish saddle bags, ceramics, bronzes, mobiles, porcelain glass and paintings.

Nancy Rosen

May 29, 2019

If you’ve watched the delightful Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie, you are familiar with this artist’s work. Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin, is a colorful artist creating beautiful large scale expressionistic paintings, mostly figurative, all of which are Nancy Rosen’s! We’ll investigate the different emotions portrayed in her richly layered, mixed media works on hand-made and exotic papers, linen and rice paper. We’ll find out about her artistic processes, and also how paintings by a nice girl from Chicago, became an important element of a Hollywood series, now in its fifth season.

Marcia Fraerman (series registrants only)

June 5, 2019

You won’t want to miss our season’s final visit to the lovely North Shore home and collection of Marcia and Tom Fraerman. Discover a diverse and fascinating interplay of art from different cultures including Oceanic art-masks, shields, totems, an Indian basket collection as well as works by contemporary artists, Roger Brown, Ruth Duckworth, Charles Gaines, Sarah Morris, Ken Fandell, Scott Reeder, Julia Dault, and Erin Hayden. They also have works collected by three generations of family members including Tom’s grandmother, internationally renowned fiber artist, Claire Zeisler, ceramicist and jewelry and bead-maker Joan Brinkly and host Marcia Fraerman, a painter whose studio resides in her beautiful home.

Studio:Cathy Bruni-Norris,April 3
Studio:Cathy Bruni-Norris,April 3
Meet an artist who has designed her expansive 8,000 sq.ft. home to be a work of art in itself. Cathy brings her love of color and drama into both her home and her art. She creates large canvases, as well as work on plexiglass.
River North Galleries, May 18
River North Galleries, May 18
Consider time, place and cultural history on today’s tour. We will be visiting the Martha Schneider Gallery, Perimeter Gallery, Jean Albano Gallery and more. We’ll conclude at the Carl Hammer Gallery with inventive sculptures by Aristotle Georgiades who reconfigures everyday objects to give them new purposes.
FREE Members Party: Emmett Kerrigan, Shannon Kerrigan and Bryan Kerrigan, April 7
FREE Members Party: Emmett Kerrigan, Shannon Kerrigan and Bryan Kerrigan, April 7
Join us for our FREE Members Party! Meet three fascinating artists who gutted and rehabbed a former powder coating factory to create beautiful living and work space. Emmett Kerrigan, Sharon Kerrigan, and Bryan Kerrigan bring us through an incredible tour of their spaces and various mediums. Wine and refreshments will be served.
Special Evening Series: Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, April 30
Special Evening Series: Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, April 30
This Spring, join us for a unique Special Evening Series. We will visit Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, including The Tullman Collection of Contemporary Realist Art; and the private showrooms of Suzanne Lovell. Light refreshments will be served.
Forgeries and Fakes, April 18
Forgeries and Fakes, April 18
How To Be a Savvy Collector in Today's Market. Hosted by Attorney Ricki Harris, Chicago/Midwest Regional Representative for Bonhams
Private Collection: Donna and Tom Stone, May 8
Private Collection: Donna and Tom Stone, May 8
Discover one of the finest print collections in the Chicago area. We’ll see several Picassos, Bonnard litographs, Matisse prints and sculpture by Richard Hunt. The house, designed by Michael Gelick, won an A.I.A. award.
Private Collection: Esther Saks, May 15
Private Collection: Esther Saks, May 15
Visit a collector with a very eclectic and fine collection of sculpture, paintings, ceramics and ethnic jewelry. Accumulated over a lifetime of private collecting, the artworks are representative of the aesthetic of Saks’ former gallery.
FRIENDSHIP DAY: Albany Carroll Arts Building, May 29
FRIENDSHIP DAY: Albany Carroll Arts Building, May 29
Members can bring a friend for free to today’s program. Make a day of it with your friend and visit the Garfield Park Conservatory, lunch at Inspiration Kitchens and then join Art Encounter to meet several artists involved in different artistic processes in a large studio building.
Private Collection: Carol and Ed Kaplan, June 5
Private Collection: Carol and Ed Kaplan, June 5
The last program in this series takes us to the gorgeous North Shore lakeside home. Their major art glass collection contains over 200 pieces. Space is limited.