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!


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

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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.


Studio 659

C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, details

Preacher Man, details

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:

Fading Flower, Abstract Figurative Art by Leon Sarantos at Hyde Park Art Center, February – March 2012

Fading Flower, Abstract Figurative Painting


My painting portrays a woman contemplating a flower.  This is an abstract painting done loosely, with the interplay of the reds as one element, the highlighted areas of the woman’s body and flower counterbalancing each other, and the purple providing the backdrop.  The theme is the fading of youth, both in the flower and the figure of a lady.  The painting is part of a series in which I combine realism with elements of abstract patterns.

Hyde Park Art Center

As an artist, I find it stimulating to continue to study art, and have taken several classes at Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) in recent years.  I’ve especially enjoyed classes with Darrell Roberts, the noted abstract expressionist. I was pleased when Darrell invited me to display several of my paintings in the RP33 meeting room at the center My paintings are available for purchase at HPAC through February and March.
Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center is at once a contemporary art exhibition space, learning lab, community resource, and social hub for artists and art-curious alike.  Located at: 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Phone: 773 324 5520


Darrell Roberts

Being Human art show at Union Street Gallery by Richard Benoit

It’s not often that I go to an art show and feel compelled to tell everyone I see to attend. Being Human at Union Street Gallery is one of those shows that you can’t miss. This exhibit excels in every aspect. First it is expertly curated by Dan Addington of Addington gallery in Chicago. His curatorial statement is a pleasure to read and sets the tone perfectly. From piece to piece in this show, I was thoroughly engaged. I just couldn’t wait to get to the next one. From conception to execution each work was a joy and an inspiration.

I’d like to share some thoughts on some of my favorites; by the way, it was hard to narrow down that list. The entire show is on line so if you care to, please follow along

Perhaps my favorite is Fold by Corinna Button. It is a quiet thoughtful view of 3 individuals from behind. The figures are held lovingly together by their arms which embrace each other. There’s an umbrella overhead perhaps to protect from some of life’s unexpected onslaught. This tender touch of mutual support fits so sweetly into the show title…Being Human.

Lisa Carter’s nude rendering has an aprehensive look to it. It seems to show an individual from a vulnerable almost wounded perspective. The drawing of this subject is expert down to the fingernails on the subject’s right hand.

Elliot Purse won a first place showing for his painting. The diagonal design of this one added a sense of movement and the color balance reminded me of Lady Gaga’s meat dress. This work is a wild look at someone torn from the inside out and wrestling for a favorable outcome.

As a parent I could just slap Jessica Segal-Fruedenberg’s painting and ground it for a week. There’s no height or width big enough to hold the attitude of this subject…tween angst.  This character stays with you long after walking away from the painting.

I love the design and color treatment of Clarissa Gerber’s painting. I’m just a sucker for a good expressive painting such as this. The wild impulsive colors and upside down subject make this a lively jazzy romp. It’s a joy to look at.

Another favorite of mine is a photo by Valeri Lanbert. Two subjects stand looking simply back at the viewer. Each has hand prints on the other. Are these subjects a father and daughter? The implication being that their lives affect each other. There’s a subtle air of mystery or tension about this one too…unanswered questions seem to lurk and that’s a sign of a good photograph.

I could go on but suffice to say that this show is top notch and on par with anything I’ve seen at the uptown venues.  The work is well presented with ample room for consideration and thoughtful pacing. For those who want to dig a little deeper the artists statements are in a binder just as you walk in. Union Street has consistently attracted some worthwhile art over the years. This particular show includes work from artists as far away as the UK. It appears as though Union Street’s reputation is growing. If this particular exhibit is a sign of things to come I can’t wait for the next one.

Union Street gallery is located in Chicago Heights on Otto Blvd. Their web-site is Being Human will be up until Nov. 12, 2011