Nicholas Conlon Bio:
Nicholas graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Southern Illinois University.
To work with artists, engineers, designers, doctors and forward thinking people/companies in such a way that the original idea behind any concept is taken further than it can ever be expected.
2021 “Broken Rims & Dirty Dreams”, CCIC, The Athenaeum, Indianapolis, IN.
2019 “Space Garden” Mercury Theater, Chicago, IL.
2018 Horizons, Redeemer Church, Chicago, IL.
2022 One of a Kind Show, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL.
2022 Spring Show, Triple R Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2018 Total Abstraction Show, The Metropolitan Tower, Chicago, IL.
2018 Trolley Tours, Bronzeville Artists Lofts, Chicago, IL.
Maryann Wattelle Bio:
Maryann has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has also attended Parsons School of Design in NYC and Yakima Valley College in Yakima, WA.
My heart is on display, and you are welcome to view. Your imagination is safe to wander here and it’s graciously okay to touch.
What fortifies your fortitude? How do you get to the place you most delight in? Do you have a favorite tree or mountain range? Is it possible to let color rejuvenate our souls? Can you allow yourself to admire a lingering sunset or sunrise; and to lose track of time? How can we let our imaginations stray? Should we ….
When attempting to transfer what I see into paint thoughts are what I want to gift the viewer. Paintings start with a realistic view and then either finish and linger, then the palette takes over. My hope is that you will be drawn into look and become connected, to feel what colors feel like to me.
Jennifer Scott Bio:
Jennifer Scott is a mostly self-taught artist, located in Chicago, Illinois. When a life-altering illness left her bedridden and searching for her lost identity, a childhood passion for art was reborn. Jenny uses acrylic paint - often on texture-prepped canvases. The artist uses the bumpy, uneven texture of the canvas as a metaphor for the ups and downs we each experience as we navigate our lives. The rugged surface instantly removes any ill-perceived thoughts of achieving perfection – relieving pressure and allowing added freedom for artistic expression. While the artist likes to tackle an array of subject matter, much of her work is inspired by the beauty of Creation. Jennifer often attempts to personify elements of nature, to depict stories of human experience and emotion.
Brad Meese Bio:
Brad Meese's work explores themes of space and perception within the urban environment. His images speak to his understanding not only of the technical aspects of his craft, but also to his unique artistic vision, combining elements of documentary photography with a cinematic sensibility that challenges the viewers perceptions of a landscape - the city - that is familiar to so many. These talents and vision are also extended toward Meese's work in the natural environment, work that reveals and conceals its subject matter, often employing elements of the subject itself to obscure or illuminate the landscape. Meese has exhibited largely in the Chicago area where he also lives and works. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University (1999) and following that completed a one-year specialized photographic program at Focal Point Visual Arts Learning Centre in Vancouver B.C. (2001).
Riah Dunton Bio:
Riah Dunton has always explored many different art mediums and her current fascination is painted handbags. After an enjoyable day of antique shopping and a collection of more handbags than was really needed, a thought came to mind…. Paint the purse!
With the love of art and want to restore, repurpose, and upcycle handbags, the new obsession started. Finding a variety of purses and wallets in great shape at resale and antique stores, the desire to recycle, reuse and repurpose them was strong. As an avid lover of art, thoughts were to paint famous artworks on handbags and it then evolved to adding original and art deco inspired designs to the collection. This takes artwork off the walls and allows the chance to carry around artwork (wearable, if you will). Wearable Art.
As she explores other mediums, graphite is sill the love of her life followed closely by acrylic painting, she wants more. Photography has been a hobby, a curiosity at best, but a desire nonetheless. Taking her camera on afternoon walks, she captures a moment in time. A moment the sun hits the building, a blossom just bursts, or a passing shadow that catchers her eye for a view that can’t be replicated. Chicago is a photographers dream with views like none other. Riah wants to memorialize architecture, art, nature, and time at that one instance that we can all enjoy.