Expanding Visions Spring 2017: Private Art Collections and Artist Studios

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

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Place: Addresses provided upon registration
Time: Selected Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm depending upon program location.
Fee: Program Series $180 (a $240 value!)
Only wait list available for individual program registration.

Membership required unless this is your first Art Encounter program.

 April 5, 2017
Sedgwick Studio 
We will be visiting four artists in an extraordinary sculpture studio and live-in space. Located in a former elevated substation under the Brown Line, it serves as a home and studio for these artists and sculptors who rent the spaces. It’s the perfect place to produce large scale public sculptures. Michael Young will talk about his large scale metal works that suggest movement and flight seen in national and international collections, including the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. We will learn about John Bannon’s use of mixed media materials including light to create outdoor sculptures as well as smaller works, geometric paintings with light, photography and video. In addition to producing his own large scale geometric public sculptures adorning parks and buildings in the U.S. and Canada, John Adduci will tell us about his major business as a fabricator for other sculptors. Ted Sitting Crow Garner has public sculptures throughout the Chicago area, as well as in Iowa and Palm Springs. He’ll talk about his recent interest in curating sculpture exhibits.

April 12, 2017
Scott Lang and Jo Ann Seagren    Open to series only
See why Chicago Imagists artists were so enamored with “Outsider” art and how it influenced their work as we explore an outstanding collection of “Outsider” art in a beautiful vintage Gold Coast apartment. Find out how Scott Lang fell in love with art by untrained artists when he bought an Elijah Pierce wood carving called “Pickin’ Cotton”in the 1970s. This work, eventually loaned to the Black Folk Art in America show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, sparked an interest in a wide range of naïve artists now in the couple’s collection. We’ll see work by Joseph Yoakum, James Castle, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Lee Godie, Frank Jones and William Dawson. Mixed in are paintings by Chicago Imagists, Ed Paschke, Roger Brown, Christina Ramberg, Gladys Nilsson as well as works on paper by New York artists Jasper Johns and Robert Longo.

April 19, 2017
Oscar Luis Martinez (see artwork above)
Delve into a metaphysical world of time and space as we try to decipher secret stories in Oscar Luis Martinez’s vivid paintings in his Chicago studio. Raised in Puerto Rico, the artist incorporates memories of landscapes and figures into his work. Having created numerous murals throughout Chicago, Martinez develops large scale as well as smaller paintings. He uses a “scratchboard” technique of building up layers of paint before carving into them to reveal underlying colors. Learn about his journey from training as a medical artist to creating imaginative textural works. The artist will also tell us about his community work as founder and President of the former Latin American Museum of Art in Chicago and his involvement

May 3, 2017
North Shore Art Collection 
Explore an exceptional amount of art and gorgeous views of nature in this spacious home situated on a ravine. Beautifully decorated by the owner, a former interior designer, the home and furnishings are modern and contemporary. The works of art traverse the world by artists from Africa, South America, Mexico, Sweden, Israel, and throughout the U.S. ranging from abstract to representational. Among the large collection of glass, we’ll see pieces by Rick Beck, Dafna Kaffeman, Richard Royal, Laszlo Lukacsi and Danny Perkins; sculpture includes Boaz Vaadia, John Buck, Lawrence Mukomberanwa, and Hebru Brantley. We’ll see paintings by David Kroll, Ricardo Mazal, Rene Romero Schuler and Ed Pashke and contemporary and vintage photography including Henri Cartier Bresson and Lucien Clergue. Additionally, we’ll view the husband’s room dedicated to all things cowboy.

May 17, 2017
Camille Iemmolo
Meet an artist who blends life and art to the fullest. Camille Iemmolo, recently featured in Sheridan Road, has created truly unique installations throughout her Glencoe home, mixing materials such as fabrics, found objects, and elements from nature, paintings and more to create personal stories that hover between, dreams, reality and performance. She has also collaborated with theater artists who have created performances for her spaces. Participating in several art shows this season, Iemmolo has used her home as her painting studio and place for envisioning imaginative works that incorporate Americana, modernist painting and personal history.

May 24, 2017
Heather Heinlein 
Experience a gorgeous home that was completely gutted and is open through three floors to feature exposed brick and wooden beams creating a loft-style space in what was once a traditional building. The collector, former owner of the Arms Akimbo Gallery, has an extensive collection of African antiques. Most of the work comes from the Western region but she has some art from all over the continent including costumes, masks, sculpture, textiles beads, terra cotta, metal work, bibles, and paintings. Complementing the tactile works is a collection of photography including Peter Beard, William Wegman, Keith Carter, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Luis Gonzalez Palmas, prints by Rufino Tamayo and paintings by Lorna Marsh.

May 31, 2017
Pearl Dick at Firehouse Art Studio
Consider different ways people connect to each other as we investigate Pearl Dick’s psychological studio art glass and paintings. Committed to community involvement, Pearl co-created ARTreach Chicago with psychologist Bradley Stolbach to bring fire-based art and ceramics to Chicago, using these art forms to heal victims of psycho abuse and violence as well as to provide classes for the public. She and ARTreach Chicago moved into the oldest firehouse in the city in 2015 to develop safe creative spaces for underserved Chicagoans. After learning more about this project and viewing artists’ work, we will observe a glass-making demonstration.

June 7, 2017
Len and Bobbie Tenner
Focus on the magic of studio art glass today in a lovely North Shore home as we talk to a couple who have amassed over 150 pieces. Probe into works by world-famous glass artists and learn more about different ways glass is created including blowing (last week’s program), slumping, fusing, casting, etching and lampwork. Amongst the works we’ll see are pieces by Dale Chihuly, Nicholas Africano, William Morris, Howard Ben Tre, Jose Chardiet, Marvin Lipovsky, Flo Perkins, Toots Zinsky, Richard Marquis, John Torreano, Bertil Vallien, Ann Wolf and Lino Tagliapietra. In addition to the glass, we will see paintings including works by Roger Brown and Ed Paschke.

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