Tuesday, October 22, 2019

"The Power of Three" Exhibition

“The Power of Three”
Group Statement

Chicago area artists Sandie Bacon, Anne Farley Gaines, and Jeanine Hill-Soldner have various elements in common in the work they will show in “The Power of Three”.  They are accomplished artists who work in diverse media producing colorful and powerful works of an environmentally-conscious nature. They find the mystery of organic elements endlessly fascinating, and they interpret these scenes in their unique styles.

The convergence of these similar, yet separate, visions and viewpoints creates a power and a resonance multiplied by three. Bacon’s work emphasizes the sheer force of nature and the subtle humor of animate kites with oriental influence; Gaines’ watercolors and ceramics capitalize on fragile beauty found in nature and surprise close-up details; Hill-Soldner’s richly layered oil paintings focus on figures interacting with water and drawing the viewer into narratives that are playful as well as contemplative.

This exhibit contains work of varying sizes and surfaces, ranging from smooth representational watercolors to richly layered oil paintings, heavily-textured mixed-media paintings and ceramics.  They are to be experienced for their sheer beauty, as well as to be contemplated as warnings to nurture certain environments and be careful not to compromise or destroy them. It is a visual collaboration that invites study and questioning.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Current 2019- 2020 Exhibition Calendar

My painting "Connectivity" is 24"x 36" and will exhibit during the month of June in the Elmhurst Artists Guild Gallery located in the Elmhurst Art Museum.

I am a member of the Chicago Society of Artists and we will exhibit in the Sage Gallery at the Lakeside Arts Park during June and July.  I will show my 36"x 36" oil on canvas painting "On the Move." in this show.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wall of Art

Gallery wall in my studio
This picture shows a wall in my studio that I use as a gallery.  Here you to see 13 oil paintings based on my photos from Crown Fountain in Chicago.  The paintings on the top row are all 24"x 24" and the 3 on the bottom row are 36"x 36" while the rest of the paintings are much larger measuring 48"x 60", and 48"x 36"  This large body of work features people playing in the refreshing water that sprays from the fountain in downtown Chicago. I started painting this series several years ago and as with all my work, there are many variations and transitions in the entire body of work.

This work has exhibited in many venues in Chicago and the surrounding areas and people seem to like it.  It's different.  I have always explored my own vision so that no one else is producing work like mine.  And I don't think anyone else could paint like me, except me.  So there you are, I am starting on new work now while I utilize what I learned in all of my past work and bring that knowledge and experience into the new work.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gallery and Museum Exhibits this Fall

I have a very full exhibition calendar this fall with a lot of exciting and new venues showing my work. 

August 3- September 16

Taking an Art Trip

Tall Grass Artists Association Gallery

367 Artists Walk, Park Forest,, IL 60411

Reception: Saturday August 4, 1-3 p.m.


August 4- September 8

A Collective Expression, Chicago Society of Artist

Bloomingdale Park District Museum

108. S. Bloomingdale Rd., Bloomingdale, IL

Reception: Sunday August 12, 2-4 p.m.


August 31- September 30

“2018 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial”

Evanston Art Center

1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL

Reception: August 31, 6-8 pm


August 24- October 4

“Women of Courage: A CWCA Homage to Andrea Harris”

Art Center Highland Park

1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL

Reception: Friday August 31, 5:30- 7:30 pm


September 21- October 19


Bridgeport Art Center, 3rd Fl Gallery

1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL

Reception: Friday September 21, 7-10 pm


September 2- October 19

“Nevertheless She Persisted: Women of Courage, Strength and Tenacity”

Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College

1600 East Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL

Reception: Thursday September 27, 5-8 p.m.


October 1- 31

CSA Interprets the Illinois Bicentennial

Vanderpool Association Gallery

Ridgepark Field House

9625 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago, IL

Reception: Sunday October 14, 2-4 pm


Monday, July 16, 2018

New Work and Moving Forward

"Coming Together" oil on canvas 24"x 24"

"Connectivity" oil on canvas 24"x 36"

"Bucket Boy" oil on canvas 24"x 24"
"Looking Forward" oil on canvas 24"x 24"

The continuous flow of new work has a way of taking on it's own life.  So here are the latest painting from my ongoing series "body of work" from my experiences in Chicago at Crown Fountain on a hot summer day.  There are now four 48"x 60" paintings,   6 that measure 48"x 36" , 4 36"x 36" and 8 measuring 24"x 24" with plans to finish the series with two more 24"x 24".  I sold one of the 48"x 36" paintings and it is now in he home of collectors in Berlin, Germany.  I will finish this body of work soon, but will utilize elements from this work to fuel my inquiry in the production of a new series with an ey for always moving forward.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This oil on canvas painting is titled "Evaporation" 30"x 20" was juried into the "ECO art' exhibit at the Art Center Highland Park. IL

"ECO art" will be one exhibit at Art Center Highland Park, May2- June 25, 2018  the artist reception will be held Friday May 18, 5:30- 7:30.
Artist Statement about my work

Water is vital for the survival of all life on earth.  My work for this show reflects upon the extensive development of cities, parking lots, highways and pavement that comes with our modern environment.  Rain and naturally occurring water evaporates from the hard paved surfaces in cities before naturally percolating into the earth and ground water supplies.  This evaporation is contributing the shortages of safe and clean drinking water.  The water bottles are a universal symbol for clean drinking water.