Expanding Visions Fall 2017

PROGRAM IS FULL. Thank you for your support!

“Expand your visions” by meeting collectors and artists in their homes and studios
for insightful, interactive discussions with fellow arts enthusiasts.

Registration is open only to Series registrants at this time.
(See “Add to Cart” below)

Please email info@artencounter.org if you would like to be notified in the event we are able to open registration for individual programs.
Thank you!

Place: Addresses provided upon registration
Time: Selected Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm depending upon program location.
Fee: Program Series $205 (a $270 value!)
Only wait list available for individual program registration.

September 27, 2017
Marsha and Michael Goldstein
Visit this must-see stunning home and vast collection of art before the owners downsize. Situated on a hill adjacent to a beautiful wooded area, the house is surrounded by lovely gardens and a built-in waterfall. Inside, you will encounter paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics ranging from whimsical to provocative by Chicago and internationally acclaimed artists. Included is a life size horse by renowned artist Deborah Butterfield, a portrait of Marsha by Ed Paschke along with several other Paschkes, and a suite of prints by Salvador Dali.  New to the collection are works by South African artist Willie Bester, John Buck, Gustav Klimt, Andre Masson, Jesus Curia, Wifredo Lam, Vivian Maier, Don Baum and Felix Labisse.

October 11, 2017
Paschke Art Center  
Explore the underbelly of urban life, viewing outsiders such as circus freaks, tattooed ladies, cross dressers, wrestlers and hairy wingtip shoes united together in Chicago Imagist Ed Paschke’s strange, neon-lit world.   In this special exhibit, Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968-2004, presented in conjunction with the Hall Art Foundation, we are able to delve into the artist’s masterful paintings in depth.  In addition to discussing his often bizarre subject matter, we’ll investigate his startling use of color, his strong composition and how he connects with art history.  Enjoy light refreshments as we learn more about the center from the gallery’s director and Board Chair Vesna K. Stelcer.

October 18, 2017
Neal Ball    
Meet an interesting collector and find out more about African Art in his Gold Coast home decorated with mid-century furniture.  These works of museum quality pieces have been on loan to the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The collection includes sculptures and masks with a broad representation of Makonde objects.    In addition to the African art, we’ll see a fiber work by the teacher of Magdalena Abakanowicz and lithographs by Picasso, Chagall and Ben Shahn.

October 25, 2017
November 1, 2017  
Janet Austin and Artists at Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center (CIADC)
Learn how different processes are used to create three dimensional work as we tour metal casting studios including a bronze and aluminum foundry, and cold casting along with a wood shop. We’ll see how different equipment and tools are used before we visit CIADC’s exhibition spaces.  On view will be Fault Lines, a juried exhibit featuring works with material irregularities that utilize inventive solutions to address unforeseen complications in the process of their creation. Because the center is only available for tours in the afternoon, we are conducting the program over two weeks.    Please wear close toed shoes and long pants.

November 8, 2017
Renee and Kenneth Moses  
Relax in this elegant, turn-of the century Queen Anne home in Evanston.  In this historically significant house, we’ll find an eclectic collection of interesting art that is carefully arranged so that each piece is seen at advantage.  We’ll find paintings, pottery, masks, photographs and textiles including work by Leonard Baskin, Jiri Anderle, Claude Conover, André Masson as well as interesting items the couple acquired on travels around the world.

November 15, 2017
Michael Richman and Harrison Parker
Visit a distinguished residence with mesmerizing city and lake views in the high-rise condo of one of Chicago’s top interior designers.  The Streeterville home is typical of Richman’s work which is often a collection of unique pieces of both furniture and art embracing different time periods and sensibilities which create an interesting visual dialogue.  We’ll see limited edition works by famous artists Joan Miró, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Mangold and Donald Sultan juxtaposed with works by current younger artists including Adam David Brown, David Kramer, Kim Dorland and Kim Curtis.  A backdrop of exceptional sculptural furnishings includes pieces by Jean Royère, Carlo Bugatti, Pierre Jeanneret, Karl Springer and Pace as well as Michael Richman.

November 29, 2017
MacLean Private Collection of Asian Art  
Enter the spirit of the Far East in a private museum that industrialist Barry MacLean commissioned renowned Chicago architect Larry Booth to build for his brilliant collection of Asian artifacts.  Curator Richard Pegg will provide insight into the collection that consists of mostly Chinese and Southeast Asian  objects.  The collection is focused in three media: bronze, pottery and stone, each displayed in separate galleries.  The collector’s ambition has been to seek the best and most unique examples that can be displayed and investigated by scholars and connoisseurs.  We’ll also see works reflecting a variety of cultures from the current geopolitical areas of Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.

December 6, 2017
Zhou B Art Center Artists
Begin at the studio of Sarvin Haghighi who brings her Iranian culture and experience into her art.  Raised in a privileged home, her life and freedom turned upside-down when she experienced war first-hand. Art saved her, and she now merges traditional Iranian art forms with a contemporary sensibility combining Farsi calligraphy and architectural designs with mixed media.  Next, we’ll meet Robin Monique Rios who enjoys exploring two and three dimensional media as well as photography.  Robin also manages the 4Art SPACE collective in her space.  We’ll conclude with striking realistic work by Cesar Conde, an artist creating work about “Black Lives Matter” and social justice.

December 13, 2017
Bonus Program for Series Subscribers:  Gail Bentivegna      
You won’t want to miss this bonus program and holiday celebration at the home of a distinctive collector/artist/designer.  Enjoy Gail’s many skills including baking as we peruse her thought-provoking collection.  It is well worth the three flight climb to enter a beautiful apartment where art and objects are carefully appointed.  The collection focuses primarily on 20th and 21st century works characterized as edgy, containing numerous images in rubber, oil, water color, mixed media, glass, pottery and wood.  We’ll see work by Ed Paschke, Stephen Luecking, George Dan Blue, Dustin Harris, Xavier Cugat, Kurt Stell and many works by Chuck Walker along with some African, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian art.  Furniture includes Eames, Bertoia and Nelson along with unique metal pieces, and artful and innovative easels which Gail helped design.

Membership required unless this is your first Art Encounter program.

Online registerations are now closed. Please email info@artencounter.org for availability.