It’s A Mad World At Union Street Gallery! Opening Reception Friday March 8

Organic Creatures Taking the White House Tour

Organic Creatures Taking The White House Tour, by Leon Sarantos

The “Mad World”, National Juried Exhibit is at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 8th, 6-9PM.  The juror for this exhibit is Natalie Domchenko (Director: Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago).  The Mad World exhibit will feature art that is absurd, surreal, and simply MAD!  Mad World will display art by 34 artists from 11 different states. Some of the art on exhibit depicts bizarre or imagined worlds, crazy structures not bound by the laws of the gravity, whimsical inventions, and strangely absurd scenarios that appear to be straight out of fantasy or science fiction!

“Mad World” will be on display from March 6 to April 6 with the opening reception on Friday March 8th, 6-9pm. Opening reception is free and open to the public. Patrons will enjoy complimentary wine and food while they explore this strange and beautiful exhibit. Union Street Gallery located at 1527 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.

Exhibiting artists include:  
Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Evelyn Davis-Walker, Karen De Pirro, June Finnegan, Shelly Hokanson,  Anders Johnson, Mark Kennedy, Sarah Krupp, Michael McNicholas, Jenny Meyer, Joe Milosevich, Jennifer Moore, Chris Motley, Lucy Mueller, Erinn Nordeman, Erik Ohrn, Shane Rodems, Stephan Roll, Don Sala, Leon Sarantos, David Simcik, Carrie Spencer, Nathan Taves, Colin Thomas, Jason Walker, Amanda Wood, Jee Yoon, Fotios  Zemenides , John Zilewicz.

For more information visit the website www.unionstreetgallery.org, or call 708-754-2601.

To see more abstract art by Leon Sarantos
check out:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/abstract-and-non-objective-paintings/

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Good news today! My digital art, probably this Blue Flowers at Botany Pond image, was selected for publication in the 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”

I was very honored today learn that the editorial committee selected my digital art for publication in the forthcoming 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”  The photo, Blue Flowers at Botany Pond, portrays the fence and flowers surrounding Botany Pond at the University of Chicago, Main Quadrangle.  Botany pond was originally built as an outdoor research lab by John Coulter, who was the first chair of the botany department at the university.  To see more of my cityscapes, visit my website at:

http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

The book will present selected art from the Art Takes Times Square event held on June 18, co-produced by the artists support groups, Chashima and Artists Wanted.  Art was chosen from over 35,000 entries to display on the billboards of Times Square.  To learn more about this event check out the following links.

Links

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/arts/design/web-site-gives-artists-fame-in-times-square.html

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/art-takes-times-square-by-chashama-and-artists-wanted-slide-show

Hull Court Gate, Digital Art By Leon Sarantos Displayed At Art Takes Times Square

Hull Court Gate, At Art Takes Times Square

My digital art, Hull Court Gate, was one of the artworks selected for display on Times Square this past Monday!  The photo is part of my Digital Gothic series of scenes from the Gothic Revival architecture on the University of Chicago campus.

Art Takes Times Square

This event was hosted by Artists Wanted in New York City. There were about 35,000 artworks submitted for this event from all across the world.  One million people voted on the contest entries.  So I am very grateful to all those who voted to display my art on the billboards at Times Square, and to the event curators who selected Hull Court Gate for display. The event took place Monday June 18, 2012, from 7pm to 11pm.  My art was displayed on a billboard at Broadway and 43rd Street.  A lively crowd of artists and art fans enjoyed watching artworks stream across the billboards.

“An event like this is a celebration of the city, of the artists … of the creative culture that New York City fosters,” said Artists Wanted CEO William Etundi Jr.

More of my cityscapes are at:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

My Digital Gothic series for Art Takes Times Square is at:

http://leonidas.artistswanted.org/atts2012


The International Streaming Festival 6th Edition

This is actually the second international exhibit for my Digital Gothic art.  The Streaming Festival 6th Edition was curated and sponsored by the isfth foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands, in December, 2011.  This online international exhibit included video and sound Artists, and for the first time, also 2D Artists.  I was very pleased that my Digital Gothic series of cityscape photos was selected, and hope you visit the online archives.

2D Art live at International Streaming Festival today – Cityscapes of University of Chicago by Leon Sarantos
http://www.streamingfestival.com/archive/2011/2d.php?s=Leon_Sarantos

For more information about Artists Wanted, see
http://www.artistswanted.org/site/

Art on G+ – My Painting Is Featured On Google Plus This Week

Preacher Man

This portrait painting continues my push to use 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.

Arty Pics Of The Week

Google Plus has many artists and art themes that are open to all G+ artists.  I’m pleased that my abstract, figurative painting, Preacher Man, is featured on Google Plus Arty Pics Of The Week.

It is also on display at CornerStone Art Center & Gallery this May.

Struggle For Art IV:  CornerStone Art Center & Gallery

The exhibit,The Struggle For Art IV, is at the CornerStone Art Center, in the Centier Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana. This exhibit is being held with 119th Street Artists, with curator, Jim Panos. The gallery is located 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.

Links

Arty Pics Of The Week
https://plus.google.com/u/0/102778907837667910296/posts/eB7ZKZYRP2j

Art exhibit organized by 119th Street Artists.

http://www.119streetartists.org/

Artwork by Leon Sarantos
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/

More figurative art by Leon Sarantos:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/figurative-paintings/

Call for artists: CornerStone Photo Arts III, National Juried Photography Exhibit

Photographers are invited to apply.  Hosted By The 119th Street Artists of Whiting, Indiana at CornerStone Art Center and Gallery. Located 20 minutes from downtown Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.  Juror: Martin Martinez.

Eligibility: All photographic works are acceptable, providing the works were originally photographed by the artist. Categories of photographs will be as follows: Architecture, Animals, Black & White, Floral, Landscape, Portrait, Photo Montage, and Transformed (Digitally Altered Photos). Selection will be made from a CD only, image size minimum is 1200 pixels.

Deadline for Entries: Received by May 11, 2012

Exhibition Dates: June 4 to August 3, 2012

Checklist For Entries
Entry Form:
See link to prospectus
http://www.119streetartists.org/PhotoArtsIII01.pdf
Entry Fee:
$15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members for up to three images on the CD.  Additional entries are $5.00 per 2 works of art.
Payment:
Make checks payable to 119th Street Artists.
Send application to:
119 Street Artists
Photo Arts III
1500 – 119 Street
Whiting, IN 46394
SASE:
For return of the CD include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Awards:  Best of Show, Curator’s Award, President’s Award.

CornerStone Art Center and Gallery is located in the Centier Bank Building, at 1500 119th Street, 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.  For further information about the center and this event, view their web site at http://www.119streetartists.org/