Ravenswood ArtWalk This Weekend, Oct 4-5

Celebrate Chicago Artists Month at Ravenswood ArtWalk This Weekend, Oct 4-5.

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The Ravenswood ArtWalk is always an exciting event and is part of Chicago Artists Month.  This year it stretches from Addison to Lawrence and showcases over 300 artists in the galleries and warehouses along Ravenswood Avenue!

You are invited to see my art at the thirteenth annual Ravenswood ArtWalk again this year. including digital art from my series, Steel Giants Of The Heartland, as well as paintings including cityscapes, landscapes, abstract and figurative art.

Digital Art: Steel Giants

Steel Giants Of The Heartland, by Leon Sarantos

Where:  My art is at 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago on the first floor.

When:  This weekend, Saturday, Oct 4, 11-7PM and Sunday, Oct. 5, 11-6PM

What:  I am displaying my oil paintings and digital art in several genres – if there is an artwork you would especially like to see, let me know as I am still selecting them.  You can check out the rest of my website for possible selections at http://www.leonsarantosartist.com

Ravenswood ArtWalk Features Music & Food – Not just for visual artists! Live music, craft beer and food trucks, and an urban craft beer garden!  Hope to see you there.

For more about the ArtWalk, check out   http://ravenswoodartwalk.org/


Also check out my ArtBlog  http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/blog/my-paintings-digital-art-at-ravenswood-artwalk-this-weekend-oct-4-5/

The Hyde Park Connection At CornerStone Art Gallery: Reception July 11

The Hyde Park Connection

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A unique exhibition featuring the Studio 4 artists will open at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana for a two-month show this summer.  As the new gallery director for CornerStone Art Gallery, I am especially pleased to present artists whom I’ve met through the Hyde Park Art Center for our summer exhibit at CornerStone Art Gallery. Studio 4 is a group of artists associated with the esteemed Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.  As a member of the group, I will be displaying my own art as well.  The exhibit will be on view in July and August, with an opening reception on Friday evening, July 11.

Studio 4.  Having painted, printed, and pressed clay together for a number of years, the Studio 4 artists are inspired by their classes and camaraderie to present their first group show in a salon style exhibit.   The art will include carefully rendered portraits in oil by Gloria Carrig, dynamic screenprints by Lisa Jenschke, intricate ceramics on a micro scale by writer/artist Bo Brown, and large-scale artwork by Ted Micheletti. Studio 4 unites an interesting group of artists from a variety of disciplines: Architect and artist Leon Sarantos, social activist Carolyn Pereira, and blogger and fabric artist Heather LaRiviere. Several Studio 4 artists have long roots in the Chicago art scene: Donna Terry was a high school student when she attended the first Hairy Who exhibit at the Art Center in the 1960s, while Jean Hester’s brother was one of the founding members of AfriCOBRA.  The show also includes work by teaching artist Randall Miller, who trained at the San Francisco Art Institute.  The Hyde Park Connection will be on display in the main gallery.

Darrell Roberts Art

Layered Lusciousness.  Art by renowned Chicago artist Darrell Roberts will be featured as a companion solo show.   Roberts has served as mentor and teacher to many of the Studio 4 artists.  He is my most influential teacher, mentor and friend.  His thickly textured, painted surfaces are inspired by the metropolis: the landscape, architecture, and construction of Chicago.  Roberts has displayed his art extensively in both national and international exhibits.  His recent residency and exhibitions in India provide him with a new metropolis and palette to inspire his work. He attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and received a BFA and a Masters in Fine Art.  Roberts is represented by McCormick Gallery in downtown Chicago. As Gallery Director, Thomas McCormick, says, “This guy just gets me with his lush brushwork — real cake-frosting surfaces in a size you can hold in the palm of your hands.”  Darrell Roberts’ art will be on display in the Winsberg gallery section of CornerStone.

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Auras, Halos, Crowns and Filigree.  David Anthony Geary is a talented, teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center. His art is also in a companion solo show.  His lively and colorful art leaps off the canvas to engage the viewer.  He has guided and influenced many Studio 4 artists.  The community of Evanston and the greater Chicagoland area serve as a great source of inspiration to add to his palette. His work includes painting, printmaking, and photography.  His visual training took place in New Orleans, LA at Xavier University.  Geary’s art will be on display in the Mills-Groninger gallery section of CornerStone.

The Hyde Park Connection and solo shows will be on view from July 5 to September 5 with an opening reception on Friday, July 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM.  The reception is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  Many of the artists will be present to engage the public and answer questions.  Exhibiting artists include: Bo Brown, Gloria Carrig, David Anthony Geary, Jean Hester, Lisa Jenschke, Heather LaRiviere, Ted Micheletti, Randall Miller, Carolyn Pereira, Darrell Roberts,Leon Sarantos, and Donna Terry.

CornerStone Art Gallery.  CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The gallery is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minute drive from Chicago.  Enter the gallery via the New York Avenue entrance on the west side of the building.  Gallery hours are: 9 to 5 weekdays and 9 to noon Saturday. 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.  The website is at  http://www.119streetartists.org/

Contact   For more information about this event contact:  Leon Sarantos, email  leon.sarantos@gmail.com   Phone:  773 288 1944.

For more information about my art visit  http://www.leonsarantosartist.com

 

 

 

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.

Links

Studio 659 http://www.studio659.org/

C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, details http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/c-shop-coffee-shop-at-university-of-chicago/

Preacher Man, details http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/preacher-man/

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/

A Love Affair With Colors: Solo Exhibit By Leon Sarantos

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce his solo art exhibit, “A Love Affair With Colors.” The exhibit is at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana during October and November with a reception on Friday evening, October 12. Sarantos uses color “as a driving force to create art that is recognizable to the viewer, yet abstracted from a literal representation.” His art explores the interplay between abstraction and realism across genres such as figurative art, still life and cityscape paintings. For example, his painting C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, presents a Chicago scene in a way that is representational without being photorealistic. This painting is from his cityscape series, Chicago on Canvas, which includes six paintings. The exhibit will include both oil paintings and photographs.

His photography, in the form of digital art, also explores the interplay of representational photography with digital transformations that present a more abstract view. Two series are included: Digital Gothic and Chicago, City of Bridges. Digital Gothic: Includes scenes from the University of Chicago campus, featuring details from its Gothic Revival architecture. These artworks were also featured in the recent “Art Takes Times Square” exhibit. “Blue Flowers At Botany Pond” was selected by the editorial committee for an art book, Art Takes Times Square 2012, and is on display at his exhibit.

Chicago, City of Bridges: Many bridges were built along the Calumet River since its development in the 1860s. The Calumet harbor continues to be this region’s busiest port. The Chicago Skyway Bridge was built to be a shortcut from State Street in Chicago to the steel mills on the Southeast border with Indiana. Sarantos sees the notion of transformation as being true of this region on a symbolic level as well being his artistic media. “The vibrant colors in my photos represent the vital role this industrial hub played in developing the Calumet region,”

CornerStone Art Gallery

The exhibit is on display from October 6 to November 16th at CornerStone Art Gallery, which is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The reception is on Friday, October 12, 6 to 9 PM. CornerStone gallery is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minutes drive from Chicago. 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 www.119streetartists.org

About Leon Sarantos

Leon Sarantos originally grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago, Leon continued his work in architecture and art, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in curated art shows on a national and international basis. His website is: www.leonsarantosartist.com