Jeff Britton at Bert Green Fine Art

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Jeff Britton, Factory, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 18″

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our second solo exhibition by New York-based painter Jeff Britton.

Jeff Britton is a New York-based painter who is concerned with the relationships and intersections between ideas and objects. The artist explains that “It is not the subject which matters, but the translation of the subject into the abstraction of the surface … each object is unreal enough already, so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting.” Manipulation of the reality and perception of objects does not require exotic depictions; ordinary things of daily life and our surroundings will do. Buildings, trees, sky, weather, and character study provide the source material for a transformative depiction of life via Britton’s expressive brushwork and penetrating gaze.

Jeff Britton is also the father of Chicago Bears team member Eben Britton (#62), until recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars. We think this connection should make for a very interesting opening reception!

In the Project Room is a group show of drawings by gallery artists: Jessica Curtaz, Scott Horsley, Raeleen Kao, Stephen Kaltenbach, Barron Storey, Shane Guffogg, and Wall Batterton.

There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 11 from 5-8 pm, a Closing Reception on Saturday, February 22 from 5–8 pm, with an artist’s talk by Jeff Britton at 6 pm during the closing. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday 11–6 and Saturday 12-5, or by appointment at other times.

Art By Leon Sarantos In Juried Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659

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 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/

Megan Williamson at the Bette Cerf Hill Gallery

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Megan Williamson at the Bette Cerf Hill Gallery. 1821 W. Hubbard St. Suite 201, Chicago 60622

Show dates: December 6th, 7th & 8th 2013 and by appointment through the 14th.

The opening is Friday night from 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 5 and Sunday 12 to 4

Website: meganwilliamson.com

TO LIVE BY NIGHT

To Live By Night – An exhibition of paintings by Robert Guinan and drawings by Mary Livoni

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Frederick Baker Inc. is pleased to present “to live by night”, an exhibition of paintings by Robert Guinan and drawings by Mary Livoni. The gallery is located at 1230 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois, in the west loop. An opening reception will be held on November 1st from 5- 8 pm, and the exhibition will be on view through December 6th. The gallery is open Mondaythrough Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
This exhibition brings together two artists with distinctive interpretations of night in the city; Robert Guinan’s humanistic portraits and Mary Livoni’s gothic urban landscapes.

Alex Kotlowitz, award winning Chicago journalist and author, has written extensively about Robert Guinan’s life and work.  “This is a moment to celebrate. Bob Guinan and Mary Livoni together, two of Chicago’s finest artists whose stunningly seductive nightscapes will pull you into the city after dusk, a place brimming with secrets, where people get by on their wits and pluck,” said Alex Kotlowitz.  “Their paintings and drawings are filled with astonishing beauty, capturing the gritty, tucked-away, non-gentrified corners and crevices of a changing Chicago, and celebrating the city’s wondrous geometry and its quiet mysteries.”

About Artist Robert Guinan:

Robert Guinan has received wide international acclaim throughout Europe for several decades; exhibiting with the Albert Loeb Gallery in Paris since 1973. In Chicago, the city from which he has drawn all of his inspiration, the opportunities to view his paintings have been extremely rare. In 2010, he exhibited with the Ann Nathan Gallery, his first Chicago show in more than 30 years. We thank the gallery for their cooperation in making this exhibition possible. Visit www.bigredhair.com/robertguinan to see more of his paintings and drawings.

About Artist Mary Livoni:

Mary Livoni’s charcoal drawings are inspired by the industrial neighborhoods along the Chicago River. Her work is included in private and corporate collections across the United States. My vision of Chicago,” states Livoni, “begins at twilight, ends at dawn, and is mostly uninhabited. My drawings have left the very real streets that inspired them and now describe a secondary world where visions occur. These are dreams; and describe not just Chicago, but the strange corners that exist in every Gotham all across the world.” Visit www.marylivoni.com to view more drawings and collages by this artist.

Frederick Baker, Inc. is the Midwest’s largest gallery devoted to Works on Paper, American and European Fine Prints, Drawings and Watercolors. In addition to being in business for over thirty-five years, we are members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

Website: www.tolivebynight.com