It was time for the second annual Anna Koh Salon - also known as the North Park Art Walk
Above is Anna and Jeff's maquette for a current commission depicting the first American-born saint: Elizabeth Ann Seton
How complex, how melodramatic, and how Victorian! The final 8-foot panels were in the beginning stages of modeling.
(BTW - here's
a design my father made to compete for a Mother Seton commission back in the early 60's. It didn't win, and ended up in my bedroom until I went off to college)
Meanwhile, Jeff has been back at the easel lately, defying every standard of art made after 1900.
(though I think Aristotle, as well as Plato, would have been pleased)
Here's his work-in-progress.
Many of last year's artists
were missing, but there were so many good, new ones.... I think the show the show was better than ever.Melinda Whitmore
Her gallery brings her to Art Chicago every year.
I love this early 20th C. Modernism.
Kim Chong Massey
The title of this piece is "Memory" - and yes, that's how memories feel to me.
An exciting new discovery for me, she got an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 1995, but then "took a sabbatical" to raise several children.
Now that all the children are in school, she's back at the easel doing portraits of some of her fellow moms -- much more sensitive, and beautiful, than similar portrait-pattern arrangements done by Kehinde Wiley
There were a few dead artists in this year's show, as well.
The above is especially interesting because it's a portrait of the artist's father, the painter Adam Emory Albright.
Fritzi Brod (1900-1952)
Here's a self portrait by a Czech/Chicago artist completely new to me.
She wrote a book about floral patterns.
And here's a portrait of C.S. Lewis by the artist/dealer who brought the two historic pieces shown above.
A rising star
in Chicago art, this view through her grandmother's window is typical of her feeling-saturated paintings.
David AbedTim Lowly
Lowly teaches art at nearby North Park University
Here's his explanation.
In the foreground is a terra cotta by Lois.
On the wall behind, is a portrait of her by her husband, Keith.
They've been married for as long as I've been alive. (and I'm on the mailing list of the AARP )
I wish we had more exhibits of mosaic.
It has a history that I really enjoy -- and the pieces last forever, unless there's an earthquake or barbarian invasion.
North Park is a culturally diverse neighborhood - and here's one of my favorite storefronts that's a fine piece of conceptual art.
It seems to be a miracle that the sign itself doesn't fall crashing into the street below.
And speaking of conceptual art, this is Michael's conception of the composer, Charles Ives, sitting upon a "musical chair"
Nobody but Rembrandt does a scraggly beard better than Minh.
This scene depicts one of the psalms where David thanks the Lord after battle.
It doesn't feel like an historical re-enactment, but I'm sure that's not the point.