Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sunday November 22nd 2015 at 11am at Union Street Gallery

Hi all!

I just wanted to tell everybody that our next meeting will be held in Chicago Heights, IL at the Union Street Gallery on Sunday November 22nd at 11:00am. Please come out and enjoy good conversation revolving around fiber and textiles as well as hear the latest news from the SDA. We will also be having a show and tell where you can bring a piece of your art to get help with (in the form of critique) or bring something you just want to show. We will of course have our usual potluck so please bring a dish to share. Union Street has a very lovely gallery and is an artists studio collective space in a landmark historical building in Chicago Heights (they also have a wonderful gift shop too!). They also will have started their Twelfth Month Handmade & Artisanal Market so you can do a little Christmas shopping while you are at it. There is more information on the Union Street Gallery website below regarding their holiday market which runs from November 11 through December 23, 2015, and they have a reception the day before our meeting on November 21, 2015 from 12-3pm. This meeting should be a lot of fun so don't miss out. I hope to see as many of you there as travel and schedules permit. If possible please let me know that you are coming. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! Also, you can find more information about Union Street Galleries here.

* Union Street Galleries is located at: 1527 Otto Blvd. Chicago Heights, IL 60411. *

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hi all! The next meeting for SDA-IL will be Saturday October 3rd, 2015 at 11am at Ausrine's Arts Room located at 1123 Florence Ave, Evanston, IL 60202. Ausrine's storefront gallery has many lovely works of art along with Ausrine's wonderful felted and leather artworks. Please bring your own artwork to share for show & tell and also a snack to share for our mini potluck. Come enjoy good conversation, snacks, and the inspiration of seeing what other people are making and doing! You should also be receiving an email through the membership list. Please let me know if you are coming if possible.

Ausrine's Arts Room
1123 Florence Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Save the Date: Next SDA-IL Meeting will be August 1, 2015 11am.

Hi all,
I just wanted to leave a quick note stating that the next meeting for SDA-IL will be August 1st, 2015 at 11am at the Bridgeport Art Center. The address is 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609, 4th floor BAC Gallery. Kathy Weaver will be giving an artist talk and a tour of the show she is in; titled "Throes of Progress". More information will be coming soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

IL SDA Member Kathy Weaver In New Group Show at Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago IL

Press Release For:
Throes of Progress:
Bob Emser, Jacqueline Moses, Paul Sierra, Kathy Weaver
June 19 – August 7
Opening reception June 19
7 weeks

The artists in this exhibition explore the often negative effects not only on human society but on the planet itself of the notion of progress. Massive industrial technologies have led to unchecked growth, creating an over-engineered planet that no longer supports human, or even biological, values. The show includes paintings by Jacqueline Moses and Paul Sierra, as well as drawings by Kathy Weaver and a selection of three-dimensional works by Bob Emser that relate primarily to flight.

During his 30+ year career, Bob Emser has served as a visiting artist and has taught at several universities, held a tenured professorship, and founded a not-for-profit art center. He has also served as the executive director of Chicago’s international sculpture exhibition, Pier Walk, and as the founder of Chicago Sculpture International. Emser will present a number of his fascinating “model airplanes”, which, in contrast to the typical children’s toys, are very large. Other works also refer to air travel and even rocketry.

Jacqueline Moses has exhibited throughout the region, as well as internationally. Her large-scale oil paintings (many with photographic transfer) depict the global clash of old and new, the negative effects of globalization itself. Some present ominous scenes such as aircraft exploding in fire over placid landscapes.
Born in Havana, since immigrating to the United States in 1961 Paul Sierra has participated in numerous group and group exhibitions throughout the country, many of which have explored the contribution of Hispanic artists to American culture. Many of Sierra’s large-scale paintings depict cars that are mangled or burning up as a result of crashes on peaceful country roads, and can serve as eloquent metaphors for the death and destruction which represent the reverse side of our modern love affair with automobiles.

Kathy Weaver has exhibited widely in the area, as well as nationally, and has received many awards for her work. Her large-scale drawings show the toll of violent human confrontation. Weaver’s series “Collateral Damage” explores the effect of war on soldiers and civilians. Some of the drawings depict robot protagonists acting out human dramas.

The exhibition “Throes of Progress” presents much food for thought in a collection of masterful art works created by a highly respected and widely acknowledged group of Chicago area artists.

"Artifacts of War" by Kathy Weaver

Monday, May 11, 2015

Reminder: The Next SDA-IL Meeting Will Be Saturday May 16th at 11am at Gallery Seven in Joliet IL.

Hi all! You should have all gotten an email with all the particulars but I just wanted to put up a reminder... we will be holding our next Illinois SDA meeting at Gallery Seven located in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday May 16th at 11am. The address for Gallery Seven is 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 Joliet, IL 60432. We will have a quick meeting and then tour the show titled “An Art of Her Own”. This show displays the work of 6 women artists: Gretchen Jankowski, Marian Corley, also including Darcy Berg, Joy Lavrencik, Karen Gubitz, and Clairan Ferrono who are all well known Illinois SDA artists. After the meeting and gallery tour (which will run from 11am to 12pm) we will head to a local restaurant and have lunch (and do a quick show and tell if you wish to bring something to share). Please come out and see the work of these fabulous women. Aside from the visual feast there will be loads of fun and good conversation to look forward to! Please let me know if you are coming to the meeting and/or restaurant so that I can have a accurate count for the restaurant reservation (we will each be paying our own way at the restaurant, dutch treat). Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! Here is Gallery Seven's website here

Hope to see you all there,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Next SDA-IL Meeting Saturday March 28th at 11am

Hi all!

We will be holding our next SDA Illinois meeting on Saturday March 28th 11am at the LillStreet Art Center located in Chicago at 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 up in the print room on the third floor (go up the front stairs and walk down the hallway all the way to the back and it is the room to your right). The International Quilt Festival Chicago is also going on out by O'Hare that weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from 10am to 6pm so you can make a day out of it with non-stop textiles! Please bring a dish or beverage to share and come out and enjoy refreshments, conversation, and the sharing of art. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell. If possible please let me know that you are coming. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested, the more the merrier! LillStreet also has a cafe called First Slice on the first floor and they sell pies and pies by the slice (truly excellent pie) as well as other food and beverages. They also have an excellent gallery and gift area on the first floor near the cafe. So, there is plenty to see (and eat) on your way out. I hope to see you all there!

Friday, February 27, 2015

SDA Call For Artists

You can find the prospectus and link to application here on the Surface Design Association Website.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Extension on call for Artist Due February 27th

Lillstreet Rooftop Project Space

Artists are invited to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck and garden. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered. Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues. Installations rotate monthly, May through December and work is displayed indoors prior to install date. Cash prizes are awarded to Best In Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150) artists. Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists, as well as opportunities for artist receptions. All work will be archived on the Lillstreet Art Center gallery page and in the Textile Department's hallway gallery.

Extended Deadline: February 27, 2015. Proposals (just a proposal is due on the 27th along with online application) will be reviewed by Camille Canales, Director of Textile Department and Nora Renick-Rinehart, 2014-2015 Artist-in Residence. You can find out more by clicking on the LillStreet Website here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!

I hope everyone has a fun and happy Valentines Day! Of the many things that are going on this month I wish to mention two. Ausrine Kerr is having a show titled "Hat or a Crown" at her studio and gallery space in Evanston IL starting Valentines Day and running through March 5th, 2015 (see picture below for announcement information). Also, we will be holding our next Illinois SDA meeting at her gallery on Saturday February 28th 2015 at 11am. You should all be receiving an email announcement in the next couple days. So, if you don't get a chance to come see her show earlier you can see it at the meeting.