Fine Arts Building Second Fridays Open Studios


You’re invited to the Fine Arts Building on Friday, September 13, 2013, for our monthly Open Studios.  A wide variety of artists make their work here in The Fine Arts Building, from established professional artists to emerging artists.  Talk to the artists in their studios and visit gallery openings, fine crafts studios, musicians, and alternative businesses. Browse the book and music stores, then stay for dinner or a drink in the first-floor café.

SECOND FLOOR GALLERY: September Exhibition
September 6th-October 1st, 2013

…From Where We Came
Five artists explore the connections between their earlier work in various media and their current work in encaustic medium…

Michelle Thrane-Karen Tichy-Pat Lagger-Robin Samiljan-Catherine Keebler
Opening Reception September 20, 6-8 pm

To see this month’s participating studios:

Tim Liddy and Fumiko Toda at ZIA|Gallery


Join ZIA|Gallery in welcoming two very different artists and aesthetics represented by their mixed media paintings and works on paper.

What do games have to say about culture, memory or an era? Tim Liddy raises questions with his hyper-realistic depictions of seemingly old game board covers. “There are so many games, and they’re such an important part of who we are. We’ve played games throughout the history of civilization, and play is a very important part of the human experience- whether you’re kicking a ball or engaging in more intellectual play.” Liddy makes a game of the idea of games as he constructs and paints images that look “real” that have had some wear through time- “taped” together (paint), tattered and bent cardboard (copper), and price stickers suggesting the games have been sold at garage sales (again a painted illusion). What’s more, is the wording on the “cover” accurate? Did the game even exist? Or is Liddy such a master at illusion that he only convinces us that we “knew” that game, that we “played” that game. Tim Liddy brings more questions for us to ponder when his featured exhibition opens at ZIA Gallery on Saturday the 7th.

Also featured are the ebullient paintings of Fumiko Toda. Her paintings dance with color, texture and joyful imagery and abstraction. Growing up in Japan, she spent time in nature fascinated by insects, plants and life around her. These influences are found in her work today. Now she lives and paints in NYC and explores Central Park for inspiration from the natural environment. Her work is intuitive, layered and experimental- combining collaged elements from her printmaking along with painting. She explores scale, working from tiny, intimate pieces to unusual panoramic canvases of playfulness.

Both artists will be in attendance at their opening reception Saturday, September 7, 5 – 7pm.

Learn more about Tim Liddy at and
Learn more about Fumiko Toda at and

Tim Liddy and Fumiko Toda at ZIA|Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, September 7, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition continues through October 12.

ZIA Gallery
548 Chestnut St.
Winnetka, IL 60091

Lindsay Olson: Manufactured River

Lindsay Olson will be a featured speaker at Symposium Day September 26th at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She will be speaking about her project “Manufactured River”

” I create art about the waste water treatment process. I am fascinated by the science and engineering required to turn sewage in to clean water. Most people think of government as an abstract concept. I’m delving into this gritty business to learn about the biological, chemical and physical processes used to treat waste water and then create art that highlights this industry.

Water is an intimate substance and for that reason I have chosen to work in textiles for this project. Scientists, engineers and tradespeople work side by side in the treatment plant and the materials reflect this diversity. The art is mounted on a workmanlike, heavy duty canvas and collaged with dress shirts, fine linen, silk wool and denim. Because water is essential for life, the colors chosen lean toward red, yellow and blue.”

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Season Opening at Zg Gallery

Please join us for our Season Opening!
Friday, September 6th, 2013, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Artist will be present.

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
New Paintings & Works on Paper
September 6 to October 19, 2013

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph has high friends in low places.  Her new paintings and drawings explores the intersection of class, race, and gender through the lens of “white trash,” which can be best understood as a complex set of social representations and stereotypes.  She states “Placed within varying and often ambiguous backdrops, the female subjects of my paintings are accompanied by carefully chosen objects and articles of clothing that subtly speak to a codification of our bodies, identities, and environments based on our level of access.

Each image begins by establishing an environment and choosing a model to occupy it, providing her with props and a role to play.  These images are informed by both research and personal experience, culminating in portraits of young women that explore the intricately woven relationship between one’s class, race, and gender in America.  I purposely choose to construct the images in this manner as a way to assert that our understanding of others, based on their class standing, is just that – constructed.

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph recently received her M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. from the University of Saint Francis in Indiana.  This will be her first solo show at Zg Gallery.

Preview more works:

Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654
T. 312.654.9900  |
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

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Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Muscles’s $ister”
oil on panel, 2012
24″ x 18″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago


Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
oil on panel, 2012
8″ x 8″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago


Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
oil on panel, 2012
14″ x 11″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago


Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Pork Queen”
oil on panel, 2012
24″ x 18″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago

The Rhythms Of Stone Sculpture Workshop

  October 11,12 ,13 &14

. Create a work to augment your portfolio, gallery presentation or exhibition.
. Develop skills to quickly finesse the human face from a rough block of stone.
. Learn basic direct stone sculpture techniques using simple hand tools.
. Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional portraiture in stone.
. Come away with a work for the gallery, home or landscape.
. No previous direct stone sculpture experience required.

Award-winning sculptor and author DJ Garrity will be conducting a four-day sculpture workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. The artist currently divides his time between France and The Aran Islands in the West of Ireland and is the former Sculptor-In-Residence of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Garrity developed the hands-on workshop at Mount Rushmore as an interpretive training program in collaboration with the National Park Service and subsequently conducted the workshop at botanic gardens, museums and art associations from coast-to-coast across America.

The Rhythms Of Stone Workshop is derived from the book of the same title by the artist based upon creative journals documented during the in situ creation of the portrait of Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi within Columbia River Basalt at Portland, Oregon. The artist will be conducting two workshops in the States during 2013, the first at Chicago Botanic Garden followed by Tower Hill Botanic Garden in the Boston area. For more on the artist visit

To register contact:

Beth Pinargote
Manager, Symposia, Special Programs & Wellness
Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-8278

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