Third show for 2016

As I get ready for major events at work and in my life, I have realized that the last four months have been hectic and very busy for me. Not only have I been preparing for this years member’s night at the museum, I’ve also been doing a lot of cleaning at my home and studio in preparation for something big in my life. But enough of that.  There have been plenty of good things happening since January 1st.

First, I was part of Lewis University’s President’s Show. Then, the Artist at the field had a mini-show at the Field Museum’s Harris Education Center. Now, I have three pieces in this year’s third show at Ryerson Woods.  I have never showed there before so this is a first for me. The World of Birds is the title of the show which is artwork of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

As I drove up north, way up north, I realized it was in a setting like Mayskake.  This one building set in the center of a county forest reserve surrounded by nature and beauty.  The drive was long but well worth having my artwork in one more show for the year.

Most of the work is by local Illinois artists. “Birds” is the theme so every painting and illustration shows the gracefulness of sea birds, migratory species, and birds of prey, as well as, the stunning beauty of native Illinois species.

The show will be up until June 6th and is located at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods, Riverwoods, IL 60015.

Hours of center: Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm; Sunday, 1-3pm.

This is the first year I have been in three shows (and counting). Hopefully, 2017 will be just as good to me.

Snowy owl, 2014, Dewent colored drawing pencils on Mi-tients paper, 19x25. Copyright Rebe Banasiak, The Brush Hilt and Banasiak Art Gallery.

Snowy owl, 2014, Dewent colored drawing pencils on Mi-tients paper, 19×25. Copyright Rebe Banasiak, The Brush Hilt and Banasiak Art Gallery.

AAF @ the Field Museum

The first two months have been crazy for me.  I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning, both at my regular job at the museum and also in my studio.  But there have been some good things happening as well.

First, I was part of Lewis University’s President’s Show.  Also had three pieces picked for a show in April (I’ll blog about that one later on). But this month is different.  The artist group I’m in, Artist at the field, has been having a mini-showcase at………..

(wait for it)……..

The Field Museum!

It is just in an exhibit case outside their Harris Education Center’s location on the ground floor but it is still something special for me.  As an artist in the group, I usually have to deal with crowds while working in the exhibit halls but that is trumped by the people I end up talking to who ask questions because they were unaware that the Field is an artist friendly location.  Even better is when they are very complimenting to whatever I am working on and want to know more about working at the museum.

This brings me back to the mini-show.

Peggy Macnamara was talking with the HEC manager, Wendy, and she liked the idea of us hanging our work up to show what we do on the Saturdays we are all in.  This mini- show has most of the original (core) members included but I am hoping that when I am done completing the AAF website, we can garner some interest in getting more opportunities for the group as a whole to show all of the memeber’s work. 

I think the case looks great and with the advertisement of the Artist at the field website, the Facebook page and Leonard’s email, hopefully our little group can be noticed and grow to be a recognized group throughout Chicago.  I want to thank my friend Ella for helping Peggy and I hang the show and take photos.

I can now say that I have had my artwork hanging in the Field Museum.  How many artist’s can say that!

You can see the mini-show located outside the Harris Education Center in the west hall of the ground floor of the museum.  Artwork will be on display until the end of the month, March 31st, 2016.

AAf member artwork in display case outside the Field Museum's Harris Education Center.

AAF member artwork in display case outside the Field Museum’s Harris Education Center.

Lewis University’s 8th Annual President’s Show

This year’s first show was yet again one of my favorite places to visit, the Lewis University’s 8th Annual President’s Show.  I have also taken part in the past three years and have loved every second I step back onto campus.  I love going back there when ever I can.  It feels like I am going back to one of my “homes” from my past.

Brown pelican, 18x24, colored pencil on matte board

Brown pelican, 18×24, colored pencil on matte board

The five years I spent at Lewis were some of the best I will remember.  Most of the art department has changed physically but the small family bonding experience is still there.

Thanks in part to my old classmate and friend Mark Swain, professor and head of the art department, and his wife Natalie, the gallery manager (who once again put up an awesome display of artwork), the place still has that family friendly feel to it.  Our old mentor and teacher, Paul Mitchell, was one of the best professors that guided me to create what I do today.

I went to the opening of the Presedent’s show this past February.  I spent some time talking to some of the students and was happy that they are getting the same wonderful education I did back almost 20 years ago.  It makes me proud to say I am an alumni from Lewis U.  What was also nice was the fact that we got to celebrate Brother James’ last year as president of the university and his last time hosting the annual show.  He hasn’t changed all these years.

Me with fellow alumni and Brother James.

Me with fellow alumni and Brother James.

I cannot wait until next year and what will be brought to the show from all the alumni and students.  If you want to check out more photos from the show, you can visit the gallery’s Facebook page here, www.facebook.com/LewisuArt.

Lewis University’s annual art show

Lewis University hosted the opening reception for the President’s 7th Annual Art Exhibition in the The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery on Wednesday, February 4th.  I, once again, did participate in the alumni part of the show this year.  I also was able to get out to the reception this on the 4th, unlike last year due to Chicago’s lovely and snowy weather, LOL.

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Red-tailed hawk in pastel. The President’s 7th Annual Art Exhibition at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.

Although, the gallery was not at Lewis when I was in school, it felt like it has always been there.  I think it is one of the best features of the entire art department and campus at Lewis.  This is one upgrade to the campus that everyone should see.

Northern grey wolf in pastel (top), Snowy owl in colored pencil (bottom).  Me standing with two of my pieces in the show.

Northern grey wolf in pastel (top), Snowy owl in colored pencil (bottom). Me standing with two of my pieces in the show.

As the reception took place you can see the talent that the school has.  When I was in school back in the late 90’s, the department of art majors was small (if we were lucky we had 10 art majors all year round).  Now, there are art majors not just in painting and drawing, but also computer graphics, graphic art, and sculpture.I took a peek at the old drawing and painting rooms; memories came flooding back to me.  I can see myself in my studio painting 4×4 foot paintings, drawing portraits of famous and not-so-famous people, and creating 3-D looking landscapes on programs that were beyond what any computer geek could reach at the time.  I had two shows while I was at Lewis.  Both were milestones for me during my time at school.

Painting room at Lewis.

Painting room at Lewis.

Drawing room at Lewis.

Drawing room at Lewis.

I have reminisced enough so I would like to invite everyone to go and see the show and gallery with all the work by past and present students from Lewis University.

The President’s 7th Annual Art Exhibition is a free exhibit and is open to the public and will be on display from 9:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am-5:00 pm on weekends from Feb. 3-27.

For more information you can go to the Lewis University Alumni website here, http://www.alumni.lewisu.edu/Page.aspx?pid=567&cid=5&ceid=427&cerid=0&cdt=2%2f5%2f2014.