Monday, October 19, 2015

New Venture, A New Radio Show for Veterans and their Families

I will host my first radio program called Vet Net beginning on November 11 at Huntley Community Radio broadcasting on 101.5 FM as WHRU-LP. (

Below you will find a brief description of the show:

Every year in November we honor and remember all veterans who have served in all wars. This program will acknowledge and honor these brave Americans every day.  The title of the show is Vet Net, short for Veterans Network.  The title came from Jeanine's sister Sharon Hill Sprenger, an Air Force and National Guard veteran.  On this new show we will feature women and men who will share their stories of sacrifice while serving their country.  Take a few minutes out of your busy day and meet a local veteran through their stories of service.  In addition informational programs for veterans in the region will be announced about services available for the local veteran community. 

In honor of Veterans Day the first show will air on November 11 at 5:00 p.m.   My guest Alan Belcher will share his stories of service in the US Army during the Vietnam War and life after his return home from war.  He is a counselor and founder of Transitional Living Services located in Hebron, IL.  TLS provides housing and services for homeless and disabled veterans and their families in McHenry County.

Huntley Community Radio, Ltd (HCR) is a community oriented, volunteer run, 501(c)(3) Illinois not-for-profit corportation.   You can listen to live broadcasts on your remote device or computer, and catch the programs after they are aired as podcasts on their web site.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy to be Exhibiting in Two Shows for Chicago Artists Month

The cooler weather and the rustling leaves of fall are here ushering in October and time for Chicago Artists Month.  The City is bursting at the gallery doors with art shows and performances.  There are so many committed artists in the Chicago area that bring  bring a special energy to the cool Midwest days of Autumn. I am so glad to be a part of the City art scene where artists are appreciated and celebrated.  Here's a brief overview of the two shows where my art is on exhibit.

This beautiful invitation card was designed by Fletcher Hayes, a long time Artists Breakfast Group member.

My oil painting "Sunlit Viewers" 24"x 24" is on view with the Artists Breakfast Group "Caffeine IX" Exhibit

I am so excited that I'm showing my new oil painting "Sunlit Viewers" with the wonderful artists in the Artists Breakfast Group for Chicago Artists Month.  I've exhibited in the past few years with the ABG members and love to attend their receptions, but this is the first time for my work to be featured with theirs.  The reception was crowded with plenty of art lovers and engaging conversations.

OCTOBER 3 TO NOVEMBER 5, 2015           

The Artists Breakfast Group (ABG) is partnering with the Chicago Society of Artists (CSA) for a shared exhibit as featured in Chicago Artists Month, at the Old Town Art Center Triangle  Gallery, 1763 N. North Park, Chicago.
     Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am to1 pm.
     Closed Mondays,

I am also exhibiting my two oil paintings "Mary at the Vatican" and "Michelle in Cologne" with the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art. 

Chicago Women's Caucus for Art Exhibit
Beyond the Studio

September 28 – December 16, 2015
North Shore Senior Center Gallery (NSSC),
161 Northfield Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093
west of Edens Expressway; north of Winnetka
Road • 847-784-6030 •
Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1:30 – 4:00 PM

The artist reception for both shows, Caffeine IX and Beyond the Studio where on October 11, my birthday.  My dear friend Bert Leivelle brought me a birthday cake, replete with candles to the the CWCA reception.  Everyone was so delighted and I was surprised and delighted by Bert's thoughtfulness.  

If you're in Chicago during October please take time to visit one of the galleries and enjoy the art by outstanding artists in the region.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pushing the Depth in New Painting

The first day of work for a new 48"x 36" oil on canvas painting.

This is almost complete, moving past the details.

Detail from the foreground.
More paintings to do in my continuing interest in the light, color, people and energy at Crown Fountain in Chicago.  I am drawn to the complexity and the challenge of pushing the depth that can be achieved on a flat surface.  The people moving and interacting with one another and the water is a continuing source of interest for me as a painter.  The process is the most important part of my work, the finish product is the result of total focus and always trying new ways of working while learning where my next brush stroke will take me.
This painting will be number 39 in my body of work about water.  I can't wait to get started on my next drawing and painting! 

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Solo Show at the Old Courthous Art Center

I just finished installing my latest exhibit that will show for two months at the Old Courthouse Art Center, 101 N. Johnson St.,  in Woodstock. The artist reception will be held on Friday, August 14 from 6:00- 9:00 p. m. on the same night as the Second Friday Art Walk on the Square in Woodstock.  The Pat Rotello Retrospective and Claymirth opening will be on the same night.  There will be music and art and lots of fun events.  What a great way to enjoy a late summer evening in the Midwest!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Big Commission, 8' x 34' Mural for Beatles Blast

In early June I returned from a fabulous week in Spain with my husband Keith and said goodbye to our friends from Berlin Yvonne and Carlo.  It was my first time in Spain and everything about the country was worth a second visit.  But that's another story with loads of beautiful photos.  For now I want to share with you another adventure, this one of the artistic kind.
 A week after returning from Spain I received an e mail from  fellow Lakeside Legacy Arts Park resident artist Sara Barkley.  Sara was passing on a message that the owner of The Cottage Pub in Crystal Lake was looking for someone to paint a mural for his restaurant and install it in two weeks.  I contacted The Cottage and spoke to Paul Leech, the owner.  I met with him the following day, took measurements of the wall, after calculating the materials cost and time it would entail I came up with the price that we agreed upon. 

Here is some of the Backstory that makes this project interesting: 

The mural will be created in  less than 2 weeks in my studio located at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park.  The owner of The Cottage Paul Leech is from Liverpool and I lived near Liverpool at one time and did post grad independent study at Liverpool University and my husband was a graduate teaching assistant.
The theme for the mural is  Matthew Street in Liverpool, location of the Cavern Club, where the Beatles performed in the early part of their careers.  I’ve been to England a number of times and visit Matthew Street when I am there.  The mural will be complete by Thursday June 18 and the installation at the Cottage will be on June 19. 
To better explain the painting process, installation and final event weekend I have put together an album with a few captions.  Needless to say I had a great time with this whole mural project from beginning to end.  The many years of had work in my studio, constantly refining my craft and never shy about taking on new challenges all came to together for the "Mathew Street Install".

 The Northwest Herald  featured the mural and weekend event at The Cottage in the Thursday entertainment section of the paper.

The Cottage in Crystal Lake, IL. This is the 8'x 34' wall that I will transform into Mathew St., Liverpool for the Beatles Blast weekend.
I measured the height and length of each wall section making room for the windows. I had to accommodate the step up to the deck and elevate the canvas off of the pavement to ensure a consistent look to the mural.  Each panel was hand cut, assembled and stretched.  Most people were unaware that the brick wall was actually a painting.
This is view 2, from the parking lot of The Cottage.
Time to begin stretching 272 square feet of acrylic primed canvas on heavy duty stretcher bars using copper coated steel tacks.  Before beginning I completely reconfigured one end of my studio to accommodate the many large canvases to be stretched and painted. 
After the under painting on each canvas using graphite pencil I made a grid with corresponding proportions to the grid drawn on the plastic sheet over the photographs used for reference.  The above panels measure 8' high 50" and 36" width and 2" depth.  This is the first day of sketching in charcoal on the panels.  The entire painting is acrylic
My daughter Michelle took the picture of me focused on the painting at hand and surrounded by the large canvases waiting to be transformed into bricks, sculptures, windows and signs.
This is my daughter Michelle Enerson, she spent two days working hard to paint some background and many of the bricks that you see on the final painting.  She as such a great assistant and did a super job. 
Here is one corner of my studio lined with brick painted canvases.

Here is the 8'x 50" panel featuring a painting of the sculpture featuring the "fab four" above the doorway of the Beatles gift shop. 

The Beatles sculpture as it appears above the door of the gift shop on Mathew St. in Liverpool.

Above and below you can see the paintings in my studio, they are almost ready for delivery and installation.
Above is the painting of the John Lennon bronze sculpture that is located on Mathew St,  I added the Everton and Liverpool Football Club posters on the window above to feature the local sports celebrated in Liverpool.

This is the photo reference that I used for the above painting of the John Lennon bronze sculpture, as it appears in front of The Cavern Pub in Liverpool

Here you will see Tom and his crew doing and outstanding job at installing the mural.
This is a view from the deck of The Cottage overlooking the mural.

Here is the installed mural with the entire length on view.
The photo above shows a view of Mathew St. in Liverpool.  Below are more views of the mural at The Cottage.
Above and can be seen Me and my daughter Michelle in front of the mural.  Michelle and her husband Matt visited The Cottage on Saturday to view and celebrate and the completed and installed mural

Here is American English Beatles tribute band performing on Sunday night at The Cottage for the Beatles British Blast.  It is very rewarding to see your work on view for so many happy people celebrating art,  and music to together.  If you missed seeing the mural this year it will be installed next June for the Beatles British Blast 2016.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Installation of "Fluid Motion: Fresh Visions of Chicago at Play"

Here is one of several views of my show at the Addison Center for the Arts.

This is Jeanine with Harry and Lori, who are wonderful interviewers for the City of Addison Cable TV show.  They interviewed me for my show.  I'll post the video when I get a copy.

Jeanine and Harry after the show was installed.

Jeanine and her daughter daughter Michelle.  I call on Michelle to help me hang shows she has a "good eye" and is very good at helping decide where each painting will look best.