Art By Leon Sarantos In Juried Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago  

 Artistic License Exhibit At Studio 659

This cityscape by Leon Sarantos, C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, is on display in the “Artistic License” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana, until November 30th.  Indiana artist and art professor, Lou Shields,is this year’s juror.  Artists were invited to use artistic license in selecting the best of their art, and applied from across the country.

Opening Reception is on this Friday, November 8, 7-9PM.  Prizes and awards will be given in the first hour.

The C-Shop painting is from a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangle on the University of Chicago campus. Leon describes the development of his UChicago art:  “I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and have enjoyed walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup of coffee at the C-Shop on a winter’s day.  I’m also an architect and my paintings are inspired by the beauty of the Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle.  In my art I see the architecture as symbolizing the conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.”

Preacher Man

 Preacher Man  

His second artwork that was accepted for the exhibit, Preacher Man, is a figurative painting that combines both abstract and realistic approaches.  In this artwork, he uses high contrasts of light and dark to present a quickly readable abstract pattern, which in turn contains realistic details and modeling in the shaded and highlighted areas.

A Little About Us – Studio 659: Studio 659 is an Art Studio in the heart of the historic downtown district of Whiting, Indiana at 1413 119th Street.  Located only 30 minutes from Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Studio 659 is not only an art gallery but a studio which offers classes to youth and adults as well as puts on live music events, book signings and more.The Studio is headed by the Whiting Arts Council which was a brainchild of Mayor Joe Stahura.  The Council is made up of representatives from all of Whiting’s artistic organizations including: Whiting Lakefront Symphony, Marian Theatre Guild, Arts Alive!, 119th Street. Artists, Calumet College, Whiting High School’s Art Department as well as at-large members of the community who have art backgrounds.

Hours of Operation:  Thursday & Friday – Noon – 7 pm;  Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm.

Links

Studio 659 http://www.studio659.org/

C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, details http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/c-shop-coffee-shop-at-university-of-chicago/

Preacher Man, details http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/preacher-man/

Reception: Networks Exhibit By Leon Sarantos

Networks Exhibit At CornerStone Art Gallery

Abstract art by Leon Sarantos

Abstract art by Leon Sarantos

 Loopy Llama

New paintings from Leon Sarantos’ Networks series are on display at CornerStone Art Gallery.

When:  Opening reception this Friday, October 11, 6-8:30, the exhibit continues until November 15th.

Where:  CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The Networks Exhibit is in the East Gallery – about 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana.

What:  Networks & Other Works.  Leon describes his new abstract art which explores the theme of networks.  “In this series, I use painted networks to create a single result from its many individual lines. Just as a social network of thousands and thousands of individuals creates a phenomena, such as making Justin Bieber an instant star, or stirring an outpouring of money to fight hunger in Bangladesh, or fomenting a  revolution in Tunisia, I use a network of random lines that all join together to create an unexpected result, or in my case, a surprise image.  I start by applying swatches of color to the canvas in a random but controlled composition.  Then, using a single color, I start outlining these swatches. Eventually, a figure or scene starts to emerge as the lines are laid in, just as a social network starts to take on a life of its own to create its final phenomena.  Like reading a Rorschach inkblot, my subconscious offers up a recognizable shape or scene from the materializing network.  In this process, my painting Loopy Llama, evolved.”  He will be displaying art from other genres as well.

Replay Exhibit:  Brenda Farris, sculptor, is also displaying her art In the Center Gallery at CornerStone. In her Replay exhibit all the artwork is upcycled and has at least 80% recycled materials in it.

Tweet, by Brenda Farris

Tweet, by Brenda Farris

Whiting ArtWalk is also this Friday.  This event involves Arts Alive, 119th  Street Artists and Studio 659. Artists will display artwork in storefronts along 119th Street between CornerStone Art Gallery and Studio 659.  Studio 659 will be open until 7 pm;  the current exhibit at Studio 659 is the Day Of The Dead show.

About CornerStone Art Gallery.  Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery is located about 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.  The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists.

Links

More Abstract Art by Leon Sarantos:   http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/abstract-and-non-objective-paintings/

BS Farris, Artist:  http://www.facebook.com/brenda.farris.129

Cornerstone Art Center and Gallery: http://www.119streetartists.org/

Studio 659:  http://studio659.org/

“Insider Art” Opening Reception At Union Street Gallery June 21st

Insider Art artworks

 Insider Art Exhibit   

Each year Union Street Gallery hosts a group exhibit featuring recent work by our studio and guild artists. This year the exhibit includes 34 local artists exhibiting a broad range of media and styles, from surreal illustrations to serene landscapes, from sacred installations to whimsical sculpture. Artworks include painting, drawing, pastel, photography, illustration, digital art, mixed media, collage/assemblage, sculpture, and installation.

Insider Art is a visually stunning exhibit that will captivate your heart and soul. The work itself is approachable while still challenging our perceptions and evoking emotion. There is something for everyone in this exhibit and it is impossible for the viewer to leave and not have connected with a piece on some level.

Join us and meet some of these fabulous artists Friday June 21st, 6-9pm. Refreshments and adult beverages will be served. Admission is free but a minimum $5 donation is appreciated. Thank you and see you there!   Union Street Gallery is located at 1527 Otto Blvd.  Chicago Heights, IL 60411.

Exhibiting Artists:

Richard Benoit, Margaret Brady, Rexanne Coad, Mary Compton, Claudia Craemer, Suzanne Dreher, Pam Eberlin, Barbara Edwards, Irene Ganas, Margi Hafer, Linda Lane Haynes, Madeline Henry, Eve Jensen, Aline Keith, Mark Kennedy, Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, Allison Kortokrax, Jean Lewis, Elaine Martin, Diane McGarel, Joe McIlhany, Harriett Miller, Alexis Moulds, Michele Owens, Roger Paris, Stuart Pearson, Linda Peterson, Ginny Raftery, Pamela Rodey, Leon Sarantos, Richard Schmidt, Jean Schuster, Carolyn Sims, Mary Ann Trzyna.

http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/

Ordinary Things Exhibit At Studio 659

Ordinary Things Can Be Extraordinary

L.Sarantos.Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth

Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth, by Leon Sarantos

The opening reception for “Ordinary Things” is this Friday evening, June 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  In this exhibit, the art reminds us that what is ordinary in one life might not be ordinary in another.  Some artists have re-imagined “ordinary” in extraordinary ways.  Many Midwest regional artists will be in attendance at our reception, which is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will remain on display until July 6, and is curated by Dawn Diamantopoulos, a graduate of Pratt Institute.

Exhibiting artists include: Myra Veazquez, Paul Benninghoff, Sarah Benning, Kellie Lachata, Brian Harmon, Tony Lipka, Mike Lewandowski,  Carol Estes, and Leon Sarantos.

 A Little About Us – Studio 659

Studio 659 is an Art Studio in the heart of the historic downtown district of Whiting, Indiana at 1413 119th Street.  Located only 30 minutes from Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Studio 659 is not only an art gallery but a studio which offers classes to youth and adults as well as puts on live music events, book signings and more.The Studio is headed by the Whiting Arts Council which was a brainchild of Mayor Joe Stahura.  The Council is made up of representatives from all of Whiting’s artistic organizations including: Whiting Lakefront Symphony, Marian Theatre Guild, Arts Alive!, 119th Street. Artists, Calumet College, Whiting High School’s Art Department as well as at-large members of the community who have art backgrounds.  For more information visit our website at http://studio659.org/

Hours of Operation:

Thursday & Friday – Noon – 7 pm

Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm.

Website for featured artist: Leon Sarantos

http://www.leonsarantosartist.com

The Making of One Pain/One Dolor at the NMMA

Loved the exhibit and the museum!

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There is something thrilling about approaching a piece of paper bigger than oneself. For the last few years I have challenged myself by making charcoal drawings in the style of an art performance. I approach the drawing process with a slight idea of what I want and then let the moment and the place dictate the final outcome.  I have done this with live audiences as well and I enjoy the thrill of finishing with something meaningful at the end.

This week, I had the chance to do my largest charcoal drawing at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago as part of my solo exhibition titled Open Doors/Puertas Abiertas. The work took 5 hours split in two day sessions. The drawing is 100″ x 176″ on stonehenge printmaking paper. The idea came about as I was driving to the museum for the drawing. I had a One Dollar…

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