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


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




Pamela Staker Open Studio

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New Paintings & Works on Paper
March 21-23, 2014

Friday, March 21st: 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, March 22nd: 12-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 23rd: 12-3 p.m.
*I am also open by appointment if you are unable to make these hours.

Pamela Staker Studio
1830 South Canalport Avenue (East Pilsen)
Chicago, IL 60616
There is ample parking on the street.

312.925.0989 cell

Website: www.pamelastaker.com

ZIA Gallery: To Summon Spring

To Summon Spring

Coming up fast at ZIA Gallery: Two Must-See Exhibitions!

Expect an explosion of color and exuberance with ZIA Gallery’s next exhibition! To Summon Spring features a great line-up of Gallery Artists and Artworks – Mary Burke, Melissa Jay Craig, Michael Cutlip, Karina Hean, Charles Gniech, Anne Hughes, Ted Preuss, Jonathan Ricci, Fumiko Toda, John Vlahakis and Kathy Weaver. Opening Reception is next Saturday, February 22, 5:00 – 7:00pm at ZIA Gallery, 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka, IL 60093. The exhibition runs through March 15, 2014.

Immediately following, ZIA Gallery presents another intriguing exhibition: Iceland Inspired. More and more artists are finding their way to Iceland and discovering the wonders of the land and its fascinating geotectonic geology. Photographer and environmentally aware John Vlahakis and mixed media painter Jonathan Ricci recently spent extended time in Iceland creating considerable bodies of work. Last summer, Ricci turned a two-month artist’s residency in Skagastrond into a productive period developing paintings infused with abstract references to land, maps and bird-life. Works conceived from that time will be on exhibit. John Vlahakis chose February as the month to compose remarkable images including a number of large-scale photographs. His work elicits frequent expressions of awe. Internationally acclaimed National Geographic photographer Bob Krist and mixed media painter Anne Hughes serve as bookends to the exhibition with a smaller amount of work equally inspired by time spent in Iceland. The exhibition opens March 22, 5 – 7pm and runs through April 26th, 2014. See how Iceland is influencing art in Iceland Inspired.

To Summon Spring works pictured by:
First row
Ted Preuss, Mary Burke, Melissa Jay Craig and Michael Cutlip
Second Row
Kathy Weaver, Karina Hean, Charles Gniech, and Fumiko Toda
Third Row
Jonathan Ricci, John Vlahakis, and Anne Hughes

Website: www.ZIAgallery.net

548 Chestnut St.
Winnetka, IL 60093

National Juried Exhibit: Who We Aren’t


February 26-March 29

Opening Reception | Friday, February 28 | 6-9pm

Who We Aren’t is another of Union Street Gallery’s national juried exhibits. This exibit features 44 talented artists from 19 different states exhibiting art that explores alter egos, secret identities, fictional personas. This figurative exhibit was juried by Paul Klein, art critic and consultant, and Patrick Earl Hammie, professional artist best known for his monumental portraits. To learn more about the jurors, visit http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/whowearent.htm

Join us for the opening reception of this extraordinary exhibit  Friday February 28, 6-9pm. Many of the exhibiting artists will be present at the reception. We encourage our visiting public to engage the artists about their work. Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated. Refreshments will be served.       

Exhibiting Artists

Tom Acevedo, James Arendt, Sarah M. Bender, Kristine Boteva, Becky Brown-Clements,  Chris Cicala, Keri Joy Colestock, Brian DiNicola, Jessica Edler, Donna Faranda, Colleen Fitzgerald, Stephen Garrison, Mark Geil, Matthew Groves,Matthew Hoelscher, Drew Hoffman, Shelly Hokanson, Hali Linn, Jessica Maria Manley, David Marion, Dennis K. McGinnis,

Rhea O’Neill, Dami Onifade, John M. Orr, Julian Pahre, Cheryl Polcaro, J.A. Ramirez, Lauren Amalia Redding, Michael Reedy, Marika Robak, Nicholas Schleif, Tania Sen,

Carlie Sherry, Alexander K. Silva, David Simcik, Jessica Smit, Geoffrey Stein, Mike Stephens, Jessica Summers, Nicole White, Derek Wilkinson, Christine Wuenschel, Erin Zerbe, Mark S. Zimmerman