Monday, May 22, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Crossing

The view of a Chicago skyline from the Chicago River Bridge at Franklin Street.

Plate No. 155   An etching aquatint on grey paper  size 12" x 11"

Edgar Lee Masters writes about Chicago.....

Skyscrapers, helmeted stand sentinel amid the obscuring
 fumes of coal and coke.

Raised by enchantment out of
 the sand and bog.

This skyline, the Sierras of the lake.

Spoon River Anthology

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tall Grass Arts 2017

A special place for Chicago arts in Park Forest, Illinois


The exhibit - "Urban Spaces" - focuses on the works of a select group of artists who portray buildings, facades, bridges, landmarks, etc., as well as rooms and abandoned spaces inside a variety of offices, apartments, theaters, concert halls, churches, train stations, waiting rooms, and other places that might once have seen a lot of human traffic and activity, but now are quiet, empty or past their prime.

Viewers would be reminded of the wonderful architectural design and attention to detail that can be found in historic and modern structures, as well as the abstract qualities images of them convey, and the personal, even spiritual meanings some suggest. Many would no doubt stir memories of important moments of our lives spent near or within those spaces.

Cities, in general, and Chicago, in particular, have always inspired writers, poets, journalists and playwrights.

"Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world."                                                                Frank Lloyd Wright

"She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.”                                             Mark Twain

Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.”         Nelson Algren

Visual artists, too, have been inspired by the city, expressing some of the same feelings as the writers:  the city beautiful, the city of contradictions, the city of excellent architecture, the city of terrible buildings. 

In this exhibit, ten artists – painters, photographers and printmakers – interpret the city and reveal their feelings about it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tall Grass Art Center and Gallery - Urban Spaces Exhibition

Tall Grass Art Center and Gallery in Park Forest is mounting a new show titled Urban Spaces.  

Several Chicagoland artists will be included. The show is curated by Maureen Cribbs and Janet Muchnik.  My new urban prints will be on display.          
April 28-June 3, 2017 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Framed Prints

Here are some samples of my prints framed to 17x21"

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wolf Point - Urban Spaces at the Tall Grass Gallery

The Tall Grass Art Association in Park Forest, Illinois, will host a new gallery show entitled Urban Spaces

Urban Solitude
Aquatint Etching 
10" x 9.5"

The Crossing
Aquatint Etching
12" x 11"

The show opening is 5:30 pm, Friday, April 28, 2017 and runs until June 3.

Two views along the river, my two newest etchings, will be a part of this show.

The Chicago River is an integral part of Chicago's history.  The days of fur trade with American Indians and French traders in the 18th century as well as the Indian wars of the 19th century are connected by the river of the past to Chicago's present-day historic panorama.

My etching, The Crossing, has so much meaning to me because this river crossing is an historic site in early Chicago.  The Crossing is a view from the Franklin Street bridge and what was called Wolf Point.

The origin of the name, Wolf Point, is unknown. In her 1856 memoir Wau-Bun, Juliette Kinzie states that "the place was then called Wolf Point, from its having been the residence of an Indian named Moa-way, or 'the Wolf.'" Other alternate explanations are that it was so-named after the landlord, of what would later be called the Wolf Point Tavern, killed a ferocious wolf. He hung a brightly painted sign of a wolf outside his tavern to commemorate the event. It may have been named by a soldier at Fort Dearborn because it was a place where wolves would gather at night.

Wolf Point in 1833,_Chicago

Originally the term Wolf Point referred to just the west bank of the Chicago River at the fork junction of its branches, but it gradually came to refer to the whole region around the forks and in modern usage is often more specifically used to mean the plot of land on the north side of the forks. 

The confluence of the three branches of the river near Wolf Point provided inspiration for Chicago's Municipal Device, a Y-shaped, city identification symbol that can be seen on many buildings in Chicago, and on city owned vehicles.

A municipal device ornaments a building at 2259 S. Damen Ave.