Friday, November 26, 2021

November 2021 and Current Printmaking Events

This year Chicago celebrates the One Hundred Year Birthdays  for two iconic city sites

The famed Chicago Theater on State Street celebrates its 100th Birthday 2021

          The Chicago Theater, originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theater, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago.  Built in 1921, the Chicago Theater was the flagship for Balaban and Katz.  Currently Madison Square Garden, Inc. owns the theater.

                             6 x 5 inch Aquatint Etching  with hand coloring

                                               Limited Edition of 35


The Wrigley Building is on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue and is 100 this year.

When ground was broken for the Wrigley Building in 1920, there were no major office buildings north of the Chicago River. The Michigan Avenue Bridge now the Du Sable Bridge, which spans the river just south of the building, was still under construction. 

The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. for the headquarters of the company. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson Probst, and White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details.

The south tower was completed in September 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. 
The two towers are of differing heights, with the south tower rising to 30 stores and the north tower to 21 stories. The building is clad in six shades of white glazed terra-cotta.

6 x 6.25 inch Aquatint Etching with chine colle

Each of these images are from my portfolio of Etching Aquatints of Chicago.

After recent delays.....

32nd Annual International Small Print Show and Holiday Open House will begin at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative!

 Grand Opening Party: 

Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 2021, 11am-7pm both days.

Preview the exhibition Friday December 3, 12-5pm 


Extended Holiday hours:

Tuesdays - Sundays, December 7 through December 19th, 12-5pm.


All visitors must be masked and fully vaccinated.

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

4912 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

Two new etchings available at the CPC Small Print Show are :

                    Chicago  Skyline from Museum Park
                    Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
                                5 x 9  inch plate

                        River Point Chicago    Constellation by Calatrava*
                                Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
                                                9 x 7 inch plate

*Santiago Calatrava (born in 1951) is a Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor, and painter.
The sculpture Constellation 2019-2020 is in the park that borders the Chicago River at 444 West Lake Street.

Monday, October 18, 2021

October 2021 The Beginning of the Fall Art Season and the Reopening of the annual CPC Small Print Show

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is alive and the current show "Tongue in Cheek" represents the work of many CPC members and friends.  

It is hilarious art.  Irreverence in Print.

The Etchings, Lithographs and Relief prints covering topics worthy of your attention.
Tongue in Cheek will run thru October 30.

The CPC show at the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha will close Sunday October 17.  I am very pleased to be a part of this tribute to Printmaking.

Twenty two of my finished prints are on display.  Deborah Lader, Michelle McCoy, Megan Sterling and Eric Wilson are also prominently represented in this show.

The Anderson Art Center gallery and gift shop are open from 1pm to 4 pm daily except Mondays.

We are very excited to announce the reopening of the

32nd Annual International Small Print Show and Holiday Open House

at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative!


Grand Opening Party: Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 2021, 11am-7pm both days.

 Preview the exhibition Fri, Dec 3, 12-5pm 

 Extended Holiday hours:

Tuesdays - Sundays, Dec 7 through December 19th , 12-5pm.

 All visitors must be masked and fully vaccinated.

 Chicago Printmakers Collaborative                                                     

 4912 North Western Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60625 

 tel: 773-293-2070 

         These etchings are new to my offerings at CPC and ETSY Art


Chicago    A Skyline from Museum Park
Aquatint etching with hand coloring
8" x 11"
Chicago   The Bridgetender at Michigan and Wacker Drive 
Aquatint etching with chine colle
9" x 9"

Constellation 2019-2020
on the Chicago River
Aquatint etching with hand coloring
11" x 9"



Saturday, September 4, 2021

A solo show at the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha Wisconsin

I am pleased to be a part of this solo show of my Aquatint Etchings at the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha on the shores of Lake Michigan. 

The Art Center opened as a public facility in 1992 and is on the grounds of the Kemper Center on the National Register of Historic Sites.

The show opening is Sunday September 12 from 1 to 4 pm and the show runs until October 17.  The Art Center is open to visitors Tuesday thru Sunday 1-4 pm.

Four other printmakers from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative will also be displaying their wonderful printmaking art and skills.

These are a few of the twenty three etching on display in the Anderson Arts Center gallery.


a Red Chair at 5 O'Clock
14 x 18 inches
Hand Colored Aquatint Etching

The "L" Turning
!4 x 18 inches
Aquatint Etching with chine colle

An Evening on Lake Street  Chicago
14 x 18 inches
Aquatint Etching with Hand Coloring

                                          An Urban Steeple   Chicago
                                                   14 x 18  inches
                               Aquatint Etching with hand coloring

                                    an Urban Silhouette  Chicago
                                               14 x 18 inches
                               Aquatint Etching with hand coloring


                             a sunny morning in Daley Plaza  Chicago
                                               16 x 16 inches
                               Aquatint Etching with hand  coloring

                                Chicago Skyline from Museum Park
                                             10 x 14 inches
                            Aquatint Etching with  hand coloring

                                  Chicago  The Bridge at Wells Street
                                            10 x 10 inches
                              Aquatint Etching with chine colle


Chicago   Cloud Gate in Millennium Park
                                              11 x 16 inches
                                  Aquatint Etching with hand coloring


My Chicago Note Cards are now on sale at  Madison Street Books


1127 West Madison Street  in the West Loop.



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Anderson Art Center | Kenosha, Wisconsin

September 12- October 17, 2021

I am one of four printmakers from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative to be featured at the Anderson Art Center.

15 etching and watercolors of Chicago and Evanston will be in this show.

Anderson Arts Center

121 66th St, Kenosha, WI

Open Tuesday - Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Northwestern University
University and Harris Halls
etching 5 x 7 inches

Cloud Gate, Millenium Park

July 2021 - Tall Grass Art Reunion



The Annual Tall Grass Gallery Artists Exhibit

     August 7 – September 19, 2021 

Tall Grass Gallery Artists are featured in the

the 2021 Annual Exhibit of Their Works

Tall Grass Arts Association

367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL  60466

My submission is the etching "A sunny morning in Daley Plaza    Chicago".  A reminder of the silence in downtown Chicago during Covid.                                                                           

                      Aquatint Etching with hand coloring   Size: 18” x 15”

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

2021 Pitchers and Catchers Report

Its time for Chicago Baseball to begin.  Spring is approaching.

Have your Pencils and Scorecards ready for the Cubs and White Sox Cactus League season to begin in each team's Arizona stadiums.  The first Cubs /Sox game will be broadcast March 15

I have added some of my Chicago Baseball  etchings as well a reminder that some of these images have been reproduced for Note Card Sets.  

         Limited Edition Chicago Ballpark Etchings with hand coloring

1060 West Addison  Home of the Chicago Cubs from the "L"
with Pat Pieper quote
fames to 14 x 18 inches

Sheffield and Addison from the "L"
with Pat Pieper quote
frames to 9 x 12 inches

This is Wrigley Field 
with Pat Pieper quote
frames to 14 x 18 inches

The Home of the Chicago White Sox 
frames to 14 x 14 inches

Chicago  Parking Lot E
US Cellular Field
frames to 9 x 12 inches

Harry Caray's Chicago
frames to 12 x 12 inches

Thursday, January 28, 2021

January 2021 - St. James Chapel

 St. James Chapel   Chicago

Limited edition of 10

plate size 7.5 x 7 inches

St. James Chapel on Rush Street

The third quarter kept me busy with Watercolors and two of these are shown in this blog. 

I completed one medium size etching aquatint of the St. James Chapel, formerly known as Quigley Preparatory Seminary, on Rush at Pearson Streets. 

Here are some historic details about this little known site.
     From 1918 to 2007, Quigley Preparatory Seminary housed the Saint James Chapel that served and comforted seminarians by the thousands, providing a place in which Quigley friends and benefactors might be thanked, mourned, and honored.
     Quigley's Saint James Chapel, inspired by Paris' Sainte Chapelle, was completed in 1919. Its French Gothic Revival design, with its arched windows and soaring vertical buttresses, and exterior walls surrounded and guarded by statues of saints, has been called "a hidden jewel" in the midst of a bustling commercial and residential neighborhood on Chicago's Gold Coast.
     In 2007, the high school seminary was closed. It reopened in December 2008 as the completely refurbished Archbishop Quigley Center, one of the two new locations for the ministerial offices of the Archdiocese.

Two watercolors recently completed.

   DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus Gate

   at Halsted, Lincoln and Fullerton Avenues



                          The Chicago River Wacker Drive without Bridges

This watercolor is a view of the buildings on Wacker Drive along the Chicago River from Michigan Avenue om the East to Franklin on the West and no bridges.  It is 4 x 12 inches in size.  I did this with pen and pencil and finally added hand coloring.

                           China Town  at  Wentworth Avenue and 22nd Street

    Etching Aquatint with hand coloring 
Limited Edition on Somerset Radiant White
Plate 154   7.5 x 9 inches

The issues of the  Black Lives Matter movement struck me hard in 2020.  I was drawn to the poem by Langston Hughes and  I quote it here:   

I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.