Meet Oak Park artist Alex Velazquez Brightbill and see her exhibit, In the Land of Barbie Dolls and Blonde Beauty Queens. A Mexican artist who immigrated to Chicago at age 10, she creates artwork that embodies the hybridity of growing up with two cultural experiences.
Artist Marcos Flores is an Oak Park resident who was born in Peru, traveled around the world with the Greek Merchant Marines, married a French woman, and lived in France for 20 years. A self-taught artist, he was inspired by visiting museums, public libraries, and art shows in Paris.
The reception is free and open to the public.
See the work of the talented art faculty at Oak Park-River Forest High School in the exhibit titled 117 Years of Teaching Art at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery through Friday, Jan. 30. The faculty artists include Department Chair Melinda Novotny, with the other art teachers Sandy Campbell, Michelle Carrow, Mark Collins, Pennie Ebsen, and Tracy VanDuinen. A variety of media, painting and photography, and a variety of subjects are represented in the show.
River Forest artists Judy and Bob Steed, along with daughters Bridget and Kathryn, will showcase the family's art talent in an exhibit titled "A Family Affair: Art X 4" in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery through Jan. 3, 2015. A reception for the Steed family artists will be Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. While Bob Steed concentrates on portraiture, his wife Judy Steed makes stained glass mosaics. Bridget Steed is a painter and Kathryn Steed is a photographer. The artwork will be available for purchase.
Oak Park Artist Lindsay Olson interviewed scientists, engineers and operators at the worlds largest waste water treatment plant in Stickney, Illinois, to learn the real story about water in a dense urban area. Her art exhibit, "Manufactured River" is a celebration of this live-saving service most of us take for granted.
Oak Parkers: A Portrait of a Villageexhibit by Eileen Molony will be on display at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery from Sept. 2-29. Oak Parkers is a series of 52 images that capture who and what Oak Park is but could be Anywhere, USA, according to Molony, an Oak Park resident herself.
Newly restored paintings by Oak Park artist Reginald Mars (1901-1973) featuring sports activities will be on display in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery in August. Originally installed in Ridgeland Common in 1968, these paintings depict sporting events within the community and were commissioned around 1962 when local architect Jack Barclay designed the building at Ridgeland Common. As time passed and the facilities were remodeled, the paintings were eventually put in storage.
Artist/photographers Kari Neuliep, Bryan Northup and Jerry Olejniczak will have an exhibit of photographs titled "TRESPASS: Exploring Urban Decay" in the Library Gallery in July. The gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours.
A reception for the artists will be Sunday, July 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Library Gallery.
Oak Park Artist Jennifer McNulty's exhibit titled "Coming Together" consists of nineteen 3D Photo Mosaics. These works combine the graphic elements of photography with the sculptural qualities of tiled mosaics. A mixed media artist, McNultys recent works were inspired from her love of genealogy paired with pop culture and history.
Before Robert K. Elder became an author and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, he cut his teeth as arts photographer in the 1990s. Slinging a Pentax K1000 camera with a broken light meter, Elder found himself photographing artists such as U2, Pearl Jam, Beck, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine and Sarah McLachlan. The young photographer's odyssey led him to take portraits of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel and filmmaker Oliver Stone, who had just published his first novel.