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October 2015 Artist of the Month
My creative journey began at a young age. My dad loved to draw and I guess he passed that down to me. My mom was a crafter who did everything from ceramics to embroidery to handmade Christmas ornaments (many of which hang on my tree each year). They always made sure there were materials on hand to play with – crayons, colored pencils, chalk, construction paper, glue, paints, threads and fabrics, even Ivory Flakes to create dimensional pictures – you get the idea!
As I got older there were other creative outlets like dance, needlework, crocheting and knitting. Drawing was put on the back burner.
When we were newly-married and filling our homes, my best friend and I would go to the Folk Art Festival which comes to town each spring and fall with artists and artisans from all over the country. It became our favorite Girls Night Out. After years of shopping at this show I thought, “Hmm, I could do that!” Which was a pretty bold idea considering that my formal training consisted of one high school art class. Nevertheless, a sketchbook was purchased and while my young son napped I’d draw and use his colored pencils to ‘paint’ the pictures. I tried decorative painting classes which taught some good techniques, but were ultimately unfulfilling since they were simply coloring in someone else’s creation. So, it was literally back to the drawing board. After much experimenting and a lot of trial and error I found that what worked best for me. It was a combination of artist acrylics and colored inks on either paper or canvas. The bold colors, clean, crisp lines, and smooth texture really appealed to me.
My ‘studio’ was wherever in the house that was convenient on any given day. Sometimes my easel would be in the dining room and people would see whatever I was working on at the time and tell me I should sell them. I was so afraid - what if no one liked or wanted them, what if no one thought they were ‘real art’? Finally, my husband brought my work to another artist at the Folk Art Festival. She presented it to the show owners and I was invited to participate the following fall. My work’s been in that and several other local and out of state shows as well as some solo exhibits. I’ve also begun doing commissioned work for clients.
My art is mostly just little glimpses life’s sweet moments – with a twist. Each image gives a little insight to my oddball sense of humor. I’ve had a hard time trying to pin down my style so I call it contemporary folk art because it feels current and I’m self-taught.
September 2015 Artist of the Month
Robert Dicke is a published artist who has exhibited in galleries in the Chicagoland area for the past decade. His extensive portfolio includes photographs that have appeared in national magazines, newspapers, local cable networks and online websites. Robert has trained himself to take photographs with limited light sources. He has a collection of cameras which are used for unique sessions to achieve an image that will catch the viewer’s eye. Trained in old school photography, he employs the use of computer software that can deliver similar effects without the use of harmful chemicals in a darkroom; he believes in skill over software. Robert has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University.
In 2007, Robert produced a series of pictures called “Painting with Light”. Painting with Light was a project involving of the use of light and shadow. By 2008, Painting with Light was at nine different gallery locations. The second series of photographic prints was called “Modern American Past.” Modern American Past is an outlook of how modern day Americans honor their past by recreating a historical figure or event from the past. And, from this set of images, Robert’s photograph “Ghosts of War” was featured on the art channel Ovation’s TV website. By the fall of 2009, Ghosts of War was honored with awards.
The current photographic print series is “Noir Deco” and “Musicians”, but Robert also has a series of 3D Photographs called “In Stereo” that provide the participant a view beyond the image.
Robert is known for managing many different shows simultaneously. “I’m a person who likes to see his photography in many places at the same time.”
You can check out Robert’s samples at his webpage: www.dickearts.weebly.com. If you would like to see these images displayed locally or need a creative photographer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALLISON LANTHRUM (AUER)
August 2015 Artist of the Month
Life happens so quickly, we encounter an incredible number of stories every day. Through photography, I hope to preserve and explore some of these stories and celebrate the extraordinary beauty of common moments.
For the month of August, I will be displaying photos taken while living, working, and adventuring in Asia between 2011-2014. These photos are portals across culture, time, and space, and you are invited! All questions are encouraged, and I hope that you enjoy this brief journey into Asia.
*Like what you see? Be my guest and browse my online gallery, part of the National Geographic Your Shot photo community:
DISTRICT 303 STUDENT ART EXHIBIT
July 2015 Artists of the Month
The St. Charles Public Library is privileged to once again host Art of the Imagination, the CUSD #303 Student Art Show, from July 1–31. For more than 25 years, the library has been host to the show which will feature artwork created by elementary through high school students including drawings, paintings, weavings, photographs, sculptures and digital media. The student art will be displayed in the Huntley Meeting Room, the art gallery on the Mezzanine and both lobby display cases.
BERTRAM HODDINOTT III
June 2015 Artist of the Month
Twenty Minutes Into the Great Western Trail The purpose of my show is to photograph a snapshot in time depicting the movement of my soul along the trails which connect the various Fox Valley Communities. For the first time in modern history, the work of the Park Districts, and other organizations, all of whom contribute the making bike art and safe bicycling possible, the Bike Shop and Bike Share movement, and many other organizations is recorded in digital film and displayed on beautifully framed canvases. My thanks go out to the people and the organizations which made this show possible. Saint Charles, Geneva, Elgin, and Batavia communities.
“Bike Art in Twenty Canvases” Features two levels of photographs, beautifully framed and organized. Movement along the trails connecting the communities. The collection includes twenty two beautifully framed canvases depict movement of body, mind and spirit on a human powered vehicle, the bicycle. Composed and photographed on the same day, and in the same way, just minutes apart, the idea being to show the common ground revealed as the hpv rolls on along the tree-lined bikeways which connect our communities.
What motivates the cyclist to propel himself odd infinitum forward along the tree-lined bikeways which connect our communities? A study of human motivation, “Bike Art in Twenty Canvases or Less” consists of twenty two beautifully frame canvases, depicting movement of body, mind and spirit aboard an HPV, or “Human Powered Vehicle.” Main line large printed photos depict the “Twenty Minutes into the Great Western Trail,” and the sub photographs indicate movement and equipment that make the ride, safely, at all possible. The sometimes-dramatic chiaroscuro caught-on-film technique subtly conveys light and dark and dark on light streaming through the branches and vines as the bicycles are passing by..photos taken on October 16, 2014.
Bertram J. Hoddinott III, is an independent business contact and owner of BJH – Graphics, LLC, and has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in business management. With five years of overall professional business experience, Mr. Hoddinott has strong artistic skills, as well as technical and business management leadership skills. Using these skills he has taken his role as "Desktop Publisher" to publish a book about his father's art, namely oils and watercolors. The book is entitled, "Reflections: The Art of Bert Hoddinott, Jr., ISBN: 978-0-578-07710-9. Mr. Hoddinott received his Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Columbia College Chicago, where he is a member of the Alumni Association. He has also held numerous hardware & software technology certifications from the corporation.
May 2015 Artist of the Month
The mission of my artwork is to depict the connection we all have to the universe. For me it comes through my love of nature; leaves, flowers, trees and sunlight. And more extensively rock formations, petroglyphs and fossils. We are all connected to the earth's history; we all carry that history in our cells. Recently, my work has expanded to be more ethereal or spiritual. I am fascinated with trying to capture that essence. I believe it is a connection we all possess but seldom notice. My goal is to convey this through images,textures and colors.
JoAnne Laudolff has always loved nature. As a young adult, she started taking photos of nature amongst other things. She went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Photography from the College of DuPage. Then, went onto Columbia College in Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. While attending Columbia she took classes at The Chicago Book and Paper Center, which is affiliated with Columbia. She was very drawn to Japanese Papermaking and it soon became a passion! She also attended some Printmaking classes and was introduced to Botanical Printing by a friend and fellow Printmaker. Another intense connect was soon born! She has been teaching workshops in Papermaking and Botanical Printing since 1999. She has always been inspired by her students. She has become interested and has been teaching Mixed Media for the past few years, as it is a great way to incorporate all the things that she loves creatively: photography, botanical printing, painting and the paper arts. She started studying Oil and Cold Wax intensively in 2011. JoAnne was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study with the woman that created the process-Rebecca Crowell, who is internationally known for her work. JoAnne loves the peaceful landscape quality, the way the process evolves as you work and the abstract nature that the medium conveys. She always incorporates nature into her artwork. It is a way to take some of that beauty and simplicity with her. She believes that everyone is creative and emphasizes that as a teacher. "There are endless possibilities for creativity with all art forms" and is excited to be involved in something that continues to present new avenues for experimentation and learning!
April 2015 Artist of the Month
Gene McCormick's artwork has been used in numerous small press publications, he has illustrated five books, and nearly 50 of his self-illustrated broadsides have been published. His work has been exhibited publicly and is in private and commercial collections. Gene's urban scenes were inspired by the artist's recent trips to Paris. He is the illustrator for the online Misfitmagazine.net. Gene lives in Wayne, Illinois.
JAMES AND NANETTE STEPHENS
March 2015 Artists of the Month
James E. Stephens
James started in photography at the age of 14 while attending Carl Schurz High School in Chicago. He attended classes as a teenager in the late 1950's at Fort Dearborn Photo Studio in Chicago. At age eighteen worked part time for his cousin's photo studio in Chicago, Jay Lee Studios, photographing weddings. Over time James’ photography skills developed by attending Nikon photography seminars, reading published books on Ansel Adams as well as other photography books & magazines, scheduling private photo shoots for friends, family members & business associates, and processing his own photos with professional Photoshop software. James retired at age 57; in 2000 from his full time employment and with his deep love & passion for photography James started a home based photo business, World Wide Photo. James’ love & passion for photography is going into its 54th year. James works in 35mm film, 35mm digital, and medium format film, displays his work in black & white, sepia, color, and combines photo with created digital art format. James photo and digital art is displayed on photo paper, glass, metal and canvas, framed and unframed. James’ wife Nanette B. Stephens has joined her husband of 34 years as his business partner.
Nanette B. Stephens
Nanette began her photography career as an amateur part time photographer, shooting in 35mm film at the young age of 35 while assisting her husband James on World Wide Photo business shoots. Over time Nanette gained a stronger interest for photography & now shoots in 35mm film & digital to further her skills. Nanette advanced her knowledge and skills by attending some of Nikon’s photography seminars held in Chicago, took several photography classes at Elgin Community College, took some on-line photography courses and started reading photography books & magazines. Nanette continued her photo work with WWP and achieved the skill of processing her own photos using Adobe Photo Shop and working with other photo software. Nanette has advanced herself into her own individual photography style. Nanette’s photography skills achieved a professional level when she entered one of her framed digital photos into a high level juried show in 2010, took an award for her entry, “Tranquility”, and shortly thereafter sold a framed print of her photo, “Tranquility”. Nanette works in 35 mm film & 35mm digital. Nanette’s work is displayed in black & white, sepia & color framed & unframed.
James and Nanette live in South Elgin.
JIM AND CHRIS ENOCKSON
February 2015 Artist of the Month
My son Chris has also taken up the brush and with Acryllic and canvas has developing his own sense of style. A style that will grow on you. There is a certain link that I think shows the spirit of art when we both display works in the same gallery. The path his art takes reaffirms that you can enjoy experimenting, and find your self through art.
Jim Enockson and Chris Enockson both reside in Saint Charles.
January 2015 Artist of the Month
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. In high school, I was voted “Best Artist” and received a fine art scholarship. I pursued a career in graphic design and became the art director for a national magazine. It wasn’t until 2010 and nearly 30 years away from what I loved, that I switched gears and turned my attention back to art.
I draw inspiration from my love of nature and am passionate about creating portraits of animals and children, flowers and scenes of places I have traveled to. When choosing a subject, I look for warm sun on skin, bright and colorful reflections on water and light passing through petals that create the deep shadows, bright highlights and high contrast that I savor. My hope is that through this process, I am able to evoke a feeling of joy and happiness. Although I have worked in oil, acrylic and graphite, my primary focus has been on both soft and oil pastels. I love the immediacy of these mediums, their vibrant colors, rich tones, texture, paint-like quality and portability. I particularly enjoy exploring various art papers and the way the pastels are affected through their application. I’ve taken multiple courses in oil pastel, but am self-taught using soft pastels.
Since 2011, I have participated in more than 50 exhibits including numerous juried fine art fairs, three solo shows, and have earned three “Best in Shows” awards, a “1st Place” and numerous awards in other categories. I hold memberships with The Pastel Society of America, The Chicago Pastel Painters, The Geneva Art Guild, The DuPage Art League, The Wayne Art League and Yellow House Artists.
November 2015 Artist of the Month - Valerie Lorimer (mixed media)
December 2015 Artist of the Month - Wayne Art League