69th Annual Salon Show At South Shore Arts

Lift Bridges At Dusk, Calumet River

The Salon Show is sponsored by South Shore Arts at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana. The juror, Daniel Schulman, is with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and has over 25 years of curatorial experience at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at the Art Institute of Chicago.  The opening reception is this Sunday afternoon, September 16, from 1-3PM.  The exhibit continues until October 28th and is located at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, a half hour’s drive from downtown Chicago.  Chicago artist, Leon Sarantos, is among the artists selected.

Chicago, City of Bridges

Leon Sarantos uses digitally transformed photos to present scenes of the bridges over the Calumet River near 95th street in Chicago. Chicago is called the 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. Leon 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.”  Two of his digital artworks will be on display at the exhibit, Infrastructure Madness and Lift Bridges At Dusk, Calumet River.

South Shore Arts Salon Show

South Shore Arts has been improving the quality of life along the South Shore of Lake Michigan for over 70 years by providing art program to artists and residents of Indiana and Illinois. It all starts in the hat department of Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond, Indiana with an annual exhibit of regional artists, now known as the Salon Show. Today South Shore Arts is a Regional Partner for the Indiana Arts Commission located in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana with two branch locations – Substation No. 9, in Hammond, and the Crown Point Community Art Center in Crown Point, Indiana.  For further information about the organization and this event, view their website at http://southshoreartsonline.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 in at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in solo and group art shows on an international basis. His website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com

Digital Art by Leon Sarantos in CornerStone Photo Arts III

Tracks, Barge, Skyway

Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce that his industrial art is on display in CornerStone Photo Arts III, a juried photography exhibit. The exhibit is at the CornerStone Art Center & Gallery in Whiting, Indiana throughout June and July. The juror, Martin Martinez, is on faculty in the Media and Fine Arts Department at Calumet College of Saint Joseph.

Chicago, City of Bridges

Leon Sarantos uses digitally transformed photos to present scenes of the bridges over the Calumet River near 95th street in Chicago. Chicago is called the 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. Leon 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 Photo Arts III

The third in a series of juried exhibits about photography is at the CornerStone Art Center, in the Centier Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana. The opening Reception is on Saturday, May 9 – 9 AM til noon. Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery is located 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.

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

Figurative Art By Leon Sarantos: The Struggle For Art Exhibit

Fading Flower

Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce that his abstract, figurative art is on display in a curated group exhibit at the CornerStone Art Center & Gallery in Whiting, Indiana throughout April and May.  The exhibit, Struggle for Art IV, curated by Jim Panos, sees the struggle for art as concerned with “creating a work of art from an idea or vision and how to portray these to the world at large. It is a battle within the self. Being an artist, one is bound to undertake divergent views of the world. Many times the artist is conflicted between the real world and personal ideas and visions.”

Fading Flower is an abstract, figurative painting by Leon Sarantos that is included in the exhibit. The 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 Sarantos combines realism with elements of abstract patterns.

The fourth in a series of exhibits about the Struggle For Art is at the CornerStone Art Center, in the Centier Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana. The opening Reception is on Saturday, April 7 – 9 AM til noon.  Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery is located 20 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.

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 http://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 began his studies in figure paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in solo and group art shows on a national basis.  His website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com

Contact Information

Telephone: 773-288-1944

More figurative art by Leon Sarantos:

http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/figurative-paintings/