Opening Reception At Studio Oh: Tonight, 12/12, In Chicago Arts District

Preacher Man

Preacher Man, by Leon Sarantos

Join us this Friday! Come celebrate the latest exhibition at Studio Oh in Pilsen.  Then explore 30+ creative spaces for 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District.

When:  You’re invited to the opening reception this Friday, December 12, from 6 – 10 PM.  It is free and open to the public.  Enjoy light refreshments and see vivid, engaging artwork.The art is on display until Sunday, January 18th.

What:  “Who’s Afraid Of Red” – The exhibit features an exuberant burst of art that explores the color red.  Twenty-five artists from metro Chicago are participating.  My abstract figurative art, Preacher Man and Young Lady With Long Pipe is in this exhibit, curated by Pam Hamilton.

Where:  Studio Oh is in Pilsen in the heart of the Chicago Arts District at 1837 S. Halsted Street, Chicago.  Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 PM till 6 PM.  Outside of these hours, you are welcome to make an appointment.  Phone:    (773) 474-1070.

Young Lady With Long Pipe

Young Lady With Long Pipe – Limited edition fine art print.

2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District

The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, the monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago. The event begins at 6:00pm and runs til 10pm.

Come visit the 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted and 18th Streets as they showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists.   Pick up a map at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted and explore the city’s most vibrant art community, the Chicago Arts District, where people meet ART!


To see more of my figurative art, check out

Young Lady With Long Pipe – This Limited edition fine art print is also available at Artfinder

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South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show

4th anniversary show at Paul Henry'sThe South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery will feature art by 25 Midwest artists, with several artists creating live in the gallery with music.   

Where:  Paul Henry’s Art Gallery is located at 416 Sibley Street, Hammond, Indiana.

When:  Reception is this Saturday, November 9th, 1-8 PM.  The exhibit will continue through the New Year.

MUSIC TOO.  As gallerist, David Mueller says:  “Not only will you be treated to seeing the spectacular work of the members of our group adorning the walls, there will actually be artists there LIVE working in front of your very eyes …. we will also enjoy the amazing musical stylings of Mario Zavala, Mark Biegel’s Cool Wind Jazz Band, The Brave Day, Jeff Martinez, Cleo Michelle Kifer Milan, amongst others!!!

FOOD DRIVE & BENEFIT …  Also we will be collecting donations for a food drive and will be producing a collaborative painting that will be part of a silent auction to benefit The National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana.  All of the art created during the show will be part of a silent auction for which the bids will be begin to be taken on the day of show, while the work is in the process of being produced!!!! 10% of each work will go to The National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana, 10% will go to Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, and 80% will go to the artist. The artist, if she or he desires, can increase the amount that can be donated. The final auction will be held on the day of the Closing Reception for the show with the completed art, which will be in January at a date to be announced later.”

Musical Lineup

1-3 Mario Zavala

3-5 Mark Biegel’s Cool Wind Jazz Band

5-6 Cleo “Michelle” Milan – Pianist

6-7 The Brave Day

7-8 Jeff Martinez

Live Artists

Paul Benninghoff, Dawn Diamantopoulos, Leslie Mason, Chris Guzman (of Guzman Gloves LLC.), Shelley Hermes, Al Castor, Gary Price, Brabant Lenting and Ryan Matijevich (of The Brabantijevich Art Revolution)

Exhibiting Artists

Larry Brechner, John Brudek, Sal Cambell, Nicholas Cialdella, Dawn Diamantopoulos, Christian Diaz, Carol Estes, Brenda Farris, Thomas Frank, Shelley Hermes, Jen Jackson, William Kazak, Leslie Lambert, Mike Lewandowski, Amanda Lininger, Max Perez, Jayde Petersen, Bryan Pirosko, Gary Price, Leon Sarantos, John Stephens, Rick Therrio, Jenn Thompson, Carla Winterbottom, Ken Wolak.

We hope to see you there.


Paul Henry’s Art Gallery on Facebook

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:

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

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

For more information about Artists Wanted, see

Rogers Park ArtWalk 2011 Exhibition

Rogers Park ArtWalk is a project of Rogers Park Business Alliance: A storefront art installation within the Glenwood Avenue Arts District

October 15 to November 6, 2011

Young Lady With Long Pipe by Leon Sarantos is at Act One Pub / Mayne Stage  1328 W. Morse Ave

Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) presents the 1st Annual Rogers Park ArtWalk during Chicago Artist Month. The curated sidewalk exhibition will take place from Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, November 6, 2011 along the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  This event was created to be part of Chicago Artist Month which has been held every year throughout October by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with more than 200 program partners. Chicago Artist Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.The exhibition consists of a gallery of artwork displayed in windows of local businesses in a walking path including the information center at RPBA’s office. Each artist submitted paintings or art pieces that were handmade by the individual and not mass-produced to keep the originality of the exhibit.  Storefronts display art from 25 invited professional artists. This lively mix brings life to the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. ArtWalk organizers view this event as both a blissful cultural month and a boost to the local community.

Featured Businesses, Galleries and Artists
B1E Gallery                                6902 N. Glenwood Ave.     Participating Exhibit
Caribbean Cuts                         6904 N. Glenwood Ave.     Artist: Jeremy Tinder
Lifeline Theatre                        6912 N. Glenwood Ave.      Participating Exhibit
Duke’s Bar                                 6920 N. Glenwood Ave.      Artist: Luis A. Galvan
Evil Squirrel Comics              6928 N. Glenwood Ave.      Artists: Christopher Royal,  Steve Armstrong, Lewis Lain
Finalmente Aquí Salon          1411 W. Morse Ave.             Artist: Jon Bollo
SubBrothers                               1417 ½ W. Morse Ave.        Artists: Katie O’Conner, Jean Reindl, Juan Gerena
The Common Cup                  1501 W. Morse Ave.             Artist: Diana Berek, Molly Costello, Chiara Padgett, Juan Carlos Pérez
Rogers Park Community Council 1530 W. Morse Ave.  Artist: Shaun Vain
Rogers Park Business Alliance 1448 W. Morse Ave.  Artists: Matt Blake,  Mercedes Inez Martinez, Alenna Marie Sandy, Craig Tews, Molly Zakrajsek,  Josh McCallister
Los Portales Restaurant     1418 W. Morse Ave.         Artist: Mercedes Inez Martinez
Chuckie’s Bar                             1412 W. Morse Ave.         Artists: Brenda Barnum, Keith Pollok
The Glenwood                           6962 N. Glenwood Ave.  Artists: Star Padilla, Leah Tumerman 
Act One Pub / Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave.      Artist: Leon Sarantos

Free Customer Parking at Misión Cristiana Elim parking lot 1615 W. Morse Ave. (Ashland & Morse) every day from 8:00 am to 3:00 am WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS: no parking Fridays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, no parking Sundays until 5:00 pm. LOT TOWED AT 3:00 AM DAILY.

Mile of Murals The Mile of Murals is a community public art project that is creating a mile of murals along  the concrete embankment of CTA Red Line tracks within the Glenwood Avenue Arts District from Pratt to Touhy on both sides of the tracks. This summer we are continuing the project with a new installment on the east side of Glenwood Avenue from Morse to Lunt. Local artists Lea Pinsky and Dustin Harris coordinated this wall; they led last year’s block-long mural from Lunt to Greenleaf. For this project RPBA and Clark/
Morse/Glenwood SSA #24 recruited, coordinated and oversaw a small group of professional artists that worked together as a cooperative: Diana Berek, Chiara Padgett and Juan Carlos Perez. This year’s theme for the project is “Patriotism in Everyday Life”.

Street Sculptures 12 sculptures were created by local resident, artist and business owner Andy DeLaRosa  (B1E Gallery) and other artists working at his gallery to be displayed on the street. These pieces of art, created entirely of recycled materials, are displayed on the sidewalk on Morse Avenue as a permanent exhibition.