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.

Joanna Pinsky: 15 Year Exhibition
Joanna Pinsky: 15 Year Exhibition
You are invited to the opening reception of Joanna’s solo exhibit inspired by 14 Art Encounter visits to Cuba since 2000.
Day Tour: Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation & South Side Art 	Wed. June 22, 2016
Day Tour: Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation & South Side Art Wed. June 22, 2016
An exciting day tour to explore how art can impact and change a community.
Northern New Mexico September 2016
Northern New Mexico September 2016
Come sample an amazing smorgasbord of art experiences in the “Land of Enchantment” with Art Encounter Co-founders, artists Joanna Pinsky and Ellen Kamerling. Discover seldom visited art enclaves in Belen and Madrid. Delve into Native American culture and ritual at the Taos Pueblo. Float between the past and the present as you experience ancient petroglyphs at sacred sites and cutting edge contemporary art at Site Santa Fe’s Biennial. Explore the vibrant creative art communities that abound in the “Land of Enchantment”.
YOUTIME visiting Heather Hancock's home studio in April 2017.
“Friends” level members Exclusive  Sunday October 23, 2016
“Friends” level members Exclusive Sunday October 23, 2016
Become a "Friends" level member and join us for mimosas and light brunch to meet Rene Romero Schuler, an artist and collector in her dramatic North Shore contemporary home.
Havana: Here and NOW!   February 11-18, 2017
Havana: Here and NOW! February 11-18, 2017
Our people-to-people trip puts you in direct contact with amazing creative people that have become heartfelt friends over 15 years of Art Encounter trips to Cuba. Our 15 years of experience and contacts provide access to a still uncommercial Havana - Here and NOW - yet poised on the cusp of change.