Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Good news today! My digital art, probably this Blue Flowers at Botany Pond image, was selected for publication in the 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”

I was very honored today learn that the editorial committee selected my digital art for publication in the forthcoming 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”  The photo, Blue Flowers at Botany Pond, portrays the fence and flowers surrounding Botany Pond at the University of Chicago, Main Quadrangle.  Botany pond was originally built as an outdoor research lab by John Coulter, who was the first chair of the botany department at the university.  To see more of my cityscapes, visit my website at:

http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

The book will present selected art from the Art Takes Times Square event held on June 18, co-produced by the artists support groups, Chashima and Artists Wanted.  Art was chosen from over 35,000 entries to display on the billboards of Times Square.  To learn more about this event check out the following links.

Links

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/arts/design/web-site-gives-artists-fame-in-times-square.html

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/art-takes-times-square-by-chashama-and-artists-wanted-slide-show

Leon Sarantos Cityscapes, South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, Reception this March 18, 1-3PM

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 C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

 South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center

My painting, C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, is part of a group exhibit and competition, South Side Impressions at the Beverly Art Center, throughout this March.  Chicago, including the Hyde Park area, is a fascinating subject for Midwest regional artists.  This exhibit showcases the diverse world of the South Side of Chicago.  Artistic impressions reflect the people, place, culture and landmarks.

Reception: Atrium Gallery, Sunday, March 18, 1-3 PM

The Beverly Art Center is at  2407 W. 111th Street (corner of 111th street and Western Avenue), about 20 minutes from the Loop in Chicago’s historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood.  The reception will be at the Atrium Gallery this Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 PM.  Other Exhibiting artists: Gary Eckstein, Emma Grace Galvan, Brigit Goudie, Sierra D. Harris, Takiyah C. Harris, Valencia Hearon, Jack McCollam, Crystal A. McGrath, Fred Moss, Lindsay Sandbothe, Kyle Schneider, Pierre Seaton, Michelle Valenta, Robert P.Workman, and Regina Ziemann.  The exhibit will be on display throughout March.   If you are in town, hope you stop by.

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

The C-Shop painting is part of a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangles on the University of Chicago campus. 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.  The strong, stone buildings symbolize the enduring conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast, change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the ever-changing student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.  Last year I was honored by receiving first prize at the 2011 South Side Impressions exhibit for my painting, Botany Pond.

Botany Pond

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Another current exhibit: As They Like It: Chicago Artists Visualize Shakespeare

Another current exhibit at the Beverly Art Center is well worth the visit, As They Like It: Chicago Artists Visualize Shakespeare, continues until April 1.  This group exhibit includes more than 35 artists using diverse mediums to interpret Shakespeare — his characters, plays, or sonnets.  Exhibiting artists: Rene Arceo, Jose Agustin Andreu, Tim Arroyo, Sharon Bladholm, Keith Brownlee, Mario Castillo, Laura Coyle, Michael Ferris, Chris Flynn, Jonathan Franklin, Anne Farley Gaines, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Sergio Gomez, Fletcher Hayes, Alan Emerson Hicks, Preston Jackson, Robert Kameczura, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Richard Laurent, Diane Levesque, Carron Little, James Mesple, Geoffrey Novelli, Christina O’Connor, Joyce Owens, Mary Patton, Corinne Peterson, Tom Scarff, Charlotte Segal, Beth Shadur, Steven Sherrell, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Michelle Stutts, Frank Tumino, Maureen Warren, Kathy Weaver, Marzena Ziejka, and Jill Zylke.

Links

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

Botany Pond
http://www.beverlyartcenter.org/

Beverly Art Center
http://www.beverlyartcenter.org/

More cityscape artworks:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

Botany Pond was featured recently at Ink Well online magazine:
http://www.inkwellmag.com/post/18378837124/vol-7-leon-sarantos-botany-pond

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