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.


Arty Pics Of The Week

Art exhibit organized by 119th Street Artists.

Artwork by Leon Sarantos

More figurative art by Leon Sarantos:


A picture is worth a thousand words and Chicago has a lot to say. Welcome to the 100 Days of Chicago photo contest, brought to you by The Local Tourist.

For 100 days, from February 24 through June 2 The Local Tourist will have a new photo of Chicago each day on the home page, and YOU decide which one it is! Simply give your favorites a + through June 2 and they could be on the cover of TLT. Beginning June 3 the 100 finalists will compete to win prizes!

The top 10 finalists will be featured in an exhibit at the Chicago Photography Center!

Leon Sarantos Cityscapes, South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, Reception this March 18, 1-3PM


 C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

 South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center

My painting, C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, is part of a group exhibit and competition, South Side Impressions at the Beverly Art Center, throughout this March.  Chicago, including the Hyde Park area, is a fascinating subject for Midwest regional artists.  This exhibit showcases the diverse world of the South Side of Chicago.  Artistic impressions reflect the people, place, culture and landmarks.

Reception: Atrium Gallery, Sunday, March 18, 1-3 PM

The Beverly Art Center is at  2407 W. 111th Street (corner of 111th street and Western Avenue), about 20 minutes from the Loop in Chicago’s historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood.  The reception will be at the Atrium Gallery this Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 PM.  Other Exhibiting artists: Gary Eckstein, Emma Grace Galvan, Brigit Goudie, Sierra D. Harris, Takiyah C. Harris, Valencia Hearon, Jack McCollam, Crystal A. McGrath, Fred Moss, Lindsay Sandbothe, Kyle Schneider, Pierre Seaton, Michelle Valenta, Robert P.Workman, and Regina Ziemann.  The exhibit will be on display throughout March.   If you are in town, hope you stop by.

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

The C-Shop painting is part of a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangles on the University of Chicago campus. 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.  The strong, stone buildings symbolize the enduring conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast, change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the ever-changing student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.  Last year I was honored by receiving first prize at the 2011 South Side Impressions exhibit for my painting, Botany Pond.

Botany Pond


Another current exhibit: As They Like It: Chicago Artists Visualize Shakespeare

Another current exhibit at the Beverly Art Center is well worth the visit, As They Like It: Chicago Artists Visualize Shakespeare, continues until April 1.  This group exhibit includes more than 35 artists using diverse mediums to interpret Shakespeare — his characters, plays, or sonnets.  Exhibiting artists: Rene Arceo, Jose Agustin Andreu, Tim Arroyo, Sharon Bladholm, Keith Brownlee, Mario Castillo, Laura Coyle, Michael Ferris, Chris Flynn, Jonathan Franklin, Anne Farley Gaines, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Sergio Gomez, Fletcher Hayes, Alan Emerson Hicks, Preston Jackson, Robert Kameczura, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Richard Laurent, Diane Levesque, Carron Little, James Mesple, Geoffrey Novelli, Christina O’Connor, Joyce Owens, Mary Patton, Corinne Peterson, Tom Scarff, Charlotte Segal, Beth Shadur, Steven Sherrell, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Michelle Stutts, Frank Tumino, Maureen Warren, Kathy Weaver, Marzena Ziejka, and Jill Zylke.


C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

Botany Pond

Beverly Art Center

More cityscape artworks:

Botany Pond was featured recently at Ink Well online magazine:

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Directions Exhibit

Leon Sarantos’ trytich, Dawn Twilight – The Sun, The Moon, The Stars is at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery

At the Directions Exhibit, new Chicago artist. Leon Sarantos, joins Midwestern artists: Dawn Diamantopoulos, Paul Benninghoff, Quinton Foreman, Michael Kaysen, Kim Canton, Robert Gago, and Sophia Rapato. Address is Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, 416 Sibley Street, Hammond, Indiana, 46320. Exhibit continues November 2011 to January 2012. For more about Leon’s paintings, exhibits and awards, website is

Ink on the Veins by three Nicaraguan Printmakers

Expressions Graphics is pleased to present:

Ink on the Veins
*Image: “Stop” Linocut by César Barberena. 2011.

“INK ON THE VEINS” by three Nicaraguan Printmakers:
Robert Barberena, César Barberena and Carlos Barberena
*For the first time the three brothers are exhibiting their Prints together in the US.

Please join us for the opening reception with the artists:
Thursday, August 18th, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.
Exhibition runs from August 18th through September 11th, 2011.
Expressions Graphics 29 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304
www.expressionsgraphics.or​g“INK ON THE VEINS”
Three Nicaraguan Printmakers.- Robert Barberena De La Rocha.
Robert is a visual artist based in his hometown Granada, Nicaragua. He Attended the school of fine Arts in Granada and the National school of Arts, Managua, Nicaragua.He has had solo exhibitions in Costa Rica, Germany and Nicaragua. His work has been exhibiting in group exhibitions in Galleries, Art Biennials, Museums and Art Festivals in various places including Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, USA and Venezuela.

He has received various awards, most notably the 1st place in the National Printmaking Contest at La Casa de los Tres Mundos in Granada, Nicaragua in 1997 and the 1st place in the National Festival of the Arts in San José, Costa Rica in 1992.

– César Barberena.
He is a visual artist from Granada, Nicaragua based in Maryland. He Attended the school of fine Arts, Granada, Nicaragua, the National school of Arts, Managua, Nicaragua. He has exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area since 1990. His paintings are include in many private and public collections.

“César Barberena’s subjects embody collective archetypes, symbols of the soul perpetually present, even – and particularly – in the murky confines of our most stultified urges and desires. His language is cryptic, inasmuch as it speaks to us in profound metaphors, incongruent and disturbing to the undiscerning ear. Therefore, to distill meaning from such imagery, we must first abandon life’s common course and enter the dark gates of the subconscious.”
(Gabriel Traversari. Fragment of “Embracing the Dream”)​na

– Carlos Barberena.
He is a Nicaraguan self-taught visual artist based in Oak Park, IL.
He has had solo shows in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and the USA.
His work has been shown in group exhibitions in various Art Fairs, Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Cultural Centers and Universities in many places including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, The USA, and Venezuela.

His work was selected to represent Nicaragua in the XIII Art Salon: Identity Imprint: A Glance at Ibero-American Printmaking at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC. The V Biennial of Caribbean with the Umbrellas Project, Dominican Republic. The III World Body Art Conference in Venezuela, The 7th, 8th, 9th Lessedra World Art Pint Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria and the 8th Triennial – Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale, Chamalieres, France. He also has created many installations in public spaces in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

*Their works are include in many private and public collections.

Expressions Graphics.
29 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304

Gallery Hours:

Friday – Saturday 1-4 PM or by appointment

Our gallery is run by Volunteers: Please call ahead to insure we’re open. 708-386-3552

Expressions Graphics is a not for profit printmaking group partially funded by the OPAAC, in partnership with the Villages of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest, and the IAC, a state agency, also its members and Northern Trust Bank.