Opening night at the Phantom Gallery

Wow – that was fun! Last night was my first official art gallery opening night – at the Phantom Gallery currently located at 4161 North Damen in Chicago. That in itself made it a very special night for me.

Great turn out – the gallery was packed with friends of the artists and well-wishers. I got a chance to talk to some very interesting artists and patrons and got lots of compliments on my work (yay!). There were also three performance artists who provided entertainment plus a fabulous guitar player who provided beautiful music throughout the night. A man named Chris did a barefoot interpretive dance to go with his fiddle playing and Alan Hicks created temporal sculptural art on the fly with much fanfare using only an old video tape. Very cool! However the highlight of the night for me was Louise Cloutier of Voiceborne who improvised songs to a number of pieces in the show. I was able to get video of her singing to my painting, “Unfold”. What a treat!

Thank you so much to those of you who made it to the show last night – I really appreciate you making an effort to come out on such short notice! You helped to make my night extra special!

To those who couldn’t come, the show runs through April 10. Let me know if you’d like to go and we can set up a time to meet! 🙂


Accepted into IWS national exhibition!

I’m over the moon! I was just informed that my painting, “Jealousy in Red Gloves” (see below) has been accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s national exhibition! I’ve been told that nationally rated artists submit paintings to be in this show every year, so to be one of 60 selected for competition is a major honor in itself! Woohoo!

This painting is one of a series I’m developing where I use discarded antique photos to inspire a painting. I will be showing rest of the series in May in Chicago, but “Envy in Red Gloves” will be displayed that month at the IWS show.  Tentative name of this series is “Discarded”.

Information regarding the show coming up in May:

IWS 28th National Exhibition

May 4 – June 1, 2012
Reception: Saturday, May 5

Judge of Awards: Donna Jill Witty, AWS, NWS, TWSA-MS
Demo by Donna Jill Witty at 1 PM

The Next Picture Show
113 W. First St., Dixon, Illinois 61021, 815 285 4924



Now showing in Lincoln Park

On Thursday I installed my paintings at the new art gallery opening soon in Lincoln Park. It’s called “Fortunate Discoveries”, it’s located at 1022 W Armitage, and is a similar business model to the Andersonville Galleria. I’ve signed a lease and I get a wall all to myself.

Fortunate Discoveries’ focus is original artwork of all types. I am one of a few 2D artists showing there, and there are jewelers, photographers, sculptors, potters and more. It’s a pretty fab place!

All the artists are installing their work this week. I decided to focus on my florals, still lifes and cheery landscapes seeing that spring has made an early appearance here in Chicago. If all goes well Fortunate Discoveries opens doors within a week. Soft opening meet and greet with the neighbors is April 1 and grand opening is Friday night, May 4 from 6-9pm. Hope to see you all there!


Show at the Phantom Gallery – St Paddy’s Day

The AQUA Series

Opening night

Saturday March 17, 7pm
The Phantom Gallery
4161 North Damen

Show runs through mid April and the gallery is open daily 6-8pm and all afternoon Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments off hours are also available.

The Phantom Gallery is transient and at this time it’s located in Ravenswood. I’ll be showing with the International Artist Group and I have a wall 15 feet wide all to myself. It’s my first art show at a real gallery space. Ok, it’s a popup gallery but that counts… right?

All are invited – bring friends!

If on Saturday you’re drunk and wearing green, you’re still welcome, as long as you keep the green beer away from the paintings.



Sweet attack

Wayne Thiebold made a name for himself during the pop art movement by painting cakes and pastries – and I can see why he chose them. They’re so pretty! Like making a painting of a sculpture, it’s art inspired by art.

While the Pop movement was about glorifying objects of mass culture, my inspiration is more of an homage to the work and talent that goes into making a beautiful cake or pastry.

These were way too fun to paint, and I have lots of ideas to continue the series. However, the fall out is a pretty hefty sugar craving. Uh oh!

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Love a gallery night

Woohoo! Even though the holiday weekend kept the crowd smallish, I had a great time! Thanks for all who came to see me at the Andersonville Galleria last night. I met some great new clients – regulars to the Galleria – who loved my fruit and veg series (more to come there!) And the birdies seem to be getting a lot of attention too. Some lovely neighbors also came by to show support and even bought a couple things! Thanks to everyone!

Sales included the following:

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Nuts for fruit and veg

I’ve been working on a series of fruit and veg for the last couple months and finished them up over the weekend. I was going for fun and funky, and certainly colorful.

These are the same technique I’ve used for florals in the past – a mix of monoprint, collage and watercolor that I learned from Karlyn Holman this spring. I love the element of the “happy accident” you get with the collage paper and the monoprinting process. You just never know what you’re going to get!

I’m going to frame up a few of the originals as groups of two or four I think, for placement at the Galleria. And I just sent scans of all of them, and the little birdies, to get prints in time for the Sept 2 First Friday event at the Galleria. Which are your faves?

The fruits

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The veg

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New booth at the Galleria!

This week I moved. Took me three days and I’m still not quite done. Arms are noodles, legs are sore, and I’m still washing paint out of my hair (just white wall paint, nothing too exciting.)

I am talking of course about my booth at the Andersonville Galleria. In May this year I started renting a booth there to show my paintings and prints. My first booth, while a nice little place, was upstairs and around two corners. Being close to the wine table on First Friday event nights was a plus but otherwise, this booth was a bit hard to find and low on foot traffic compared to other areas in the place. So, when I got the call that a primo booth had opened up I jumped at the opportunity.

My new booth is on the first floor, in the back room. It’s bigger and a bit more expensive, but of course I’m hoping the increased foot traffic will boost sales and therefore at the very least cover the increased price.

New booth at the Galleria, right side

New booth at the Galleria, right side

Wednesday I painted the new booth, Thursday I moved everything downstairs and installed, yesterday I painted the old booth back to it’s original white. I did 4 coats of paint and can still see some of the gray through the paint so I’ll need to go back on Tues for (hopefully only) one more coat. By the time I’m through I’ll have gone through an entire gallon of Killz paint. (I thought Killz was supposed to cover anything? hm). I’ll have to remember this for whenever I move out of the downstairs booth.

So, now that I’ve moved, the next two weeks will be about stocking the new booth with new work in time for Sept 2, which is a First Friday night at the Galleria. The shop will be open until 10pm and there will be wine, folks! I’ll be sending out an evite and hope to see you all there!


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