Expanding Visions Spring 2020

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.

Due to public health concerns involving COVID-19, this series will likely be postponed. If you have already registered for this program, you will be receiving updates from Art Encounter through email. If you have any questions, please email our Art Tours and Travel Manager, Sarah Packer, at sarah@artencounter.org.

We appreciate your patience.

Pieces by this season’s hosts: Chris Froeter, Leslie Baum, and Susan Aurinko

When: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm
Where: Addresses provided after registration
Price: $235 for full series

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Leslie Baum  April 15, 2020
Meet an artist who produces a wide range of exciting work in ceramic, paper, and canvas. Her portfolio includes everything from water color projects, large-scale acrylic abstractions on unstretched canvas, and shaped works to participatory installations with paintings that cover the floor and painted meditation pillows that create a colorful environment. Find out how the 2016 election has affected her work, and learn about her latest project, Plein-air Painting, in which she works outdoors on scheduled dates to create watercolors based on her own work and the work of others.

Chris Froeter  April 22, 2020
Discover an artist who returned to painting after a twenty-year career in design after a fire destroyed his home and artwork. Chris and his wife hired Chicago architect John Holbert for their new home, incorporating elements from the old home, a 1909 farm house with a modern sensibility. Two peaked roof lines come together defining two distinct structures. With a new studio, Chris has focused on painting and printmaking, creating landscapes and large-scale portraits which raise questions of social issues, immigration, and gender.

Anne Loucks  May 6, 2020
Find out how a gallerist selects art for her own home. As the owner and director of Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe since 2001, Anne focuses on abstract and representational artists, representing forty early- and mid-career American and Canadian artists. The collection, in her beautiful north shore home, includes Pegan Brooke, Madeline Denaro, Stephen Dinsmore, Bernd Haussmann, Joshua Jensen Nagle, Melanie Parke, Hunt Slonem and Rodney Smith. She also has a collection of prints by major modern artists, including Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, and Fairfield Porter.

Wendy Thornycroft and Michael Ball  May 13, 2020
Get to know an artist couple who will be featured in the March 2020 issue of Sheridan Road magazine. Although intimate in scale, their Lake Forest home is uniquely decorated, featuring painted floors and walls filled with colorful art that makes their home a virtual art installation. Wendy and Michael create abstract expressionist work both separately and together. Their collection includes their own work as well as pieces by Augustin Portillo, Man Ray, Vasarely, ISz, John Bucci, Sita Rupe, Pato Thornycroft and Tom Masters.

McArthur Binion at Gray Warehouse  May 20, 2020
For over fifty years, Richard Gray Gallery has promoted the careers of world-renowned artists and exhibited work by late modern masters. We will visit their beautiful new space, built in a former West Town warehouse specifically to house large-scale artwork, to see an exhibit by McArthur Binion. This esteemed 72-year-old African American artist’s work has recently soared in value. At first glance, the pieces seem minimal, but under closer scrutiny, the viewer can see that the work is comprised of personal ephemera such as photocopies of birth certificates, newspaper clippings, and fragments of address books.

Maggie and Michael Meiners  May 27, 2020
Explore the art collection of a photographer and her designer husband in their lovely North Shore home. The collectors have filled their walls salon-style, showing a variety of paintings, prints, and photographs. Maggie also creates her own work, which ranges from abstractions to modern takes on Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings. Among the works we’ll see are prints by Matisse and Le Corbusier; paintings by Anna Kunz, Michael Thompson, Abelardo Morell, Sebastian Selgado, and Ellen Greene; and photographs by Aimee Baubien, Jane Fuilton Alt, Anne Stevens, and Whit Forrester.

Susan Aurinko  June 3, 2020
Meet an artist and collector who is a mover and shaker in the Chicago art world. The founder and former director of FLATFILE galleries for nine years, Susan then spearheaded the Chicago Artists Coalition to include a gallery space, artist residencies, and more. Her own artwork is featured in many collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography. We will view Susan and her husband Gary Mostow’s collection in their stunning, newly-built Chicago home and discuss her own photography in her studio.

Ravinia Festival Sculpture Park  June 10, 2020
Home to North America’s oldest music festival, Ravinia park is situated on 36 beautifully landscaped acres displaying a superb collection of modern and contemporary sculptures. We are delighted to have this special opportunity for a private tour of these works by internationally acclaimed artists working in stone, stainless steel and bronze. We’ll see works by Boaz Vaadia (Israel/USA), Lynn Chadwick (England), Jesus Morales (Texas), Fernando Botero, Lattika Katt (India) as well as Chicago artists Abbot Pattison, Joseph Burlini and Richard Hunt. A highlight is Jaume Plensa’s Silent Music, which can be crawled through.