Tim Souers Bio:
Tim was an art director for over 30 years. Did thousands of storyboards, hundreds of commercials. That may sound irrelevant, but it involved lots of art, and just as importantly, telling stories. Tim likes to tell stories in watercolors, too. Paintings with characters, emotion, some humor… with the love of layering of transparent colors, the wild things that happen with wet paint, and capturing a feeling or emotion with those things. Tim paints what he loves - plants and animals, landscapes and portraits. And of course, baseball. There are stories, some simple and some complex, to uncover in all these things.
Arturo Reyes Bio:
Arturo Reyes grew up in the agricultural center of the San Joaquin valley heartland of California. He spent much of his youth in the dusty fields with migrant workers, picking seasonal crops with his four siblings and mother, Guadalupe. "You name it, I've picked it," he laughs. "In the fields I listened to my mother sing rancheros and that vibration of music, sound and the intense color of the world around me affected me so profoundly. It still resonates in all of my paintings today and in all my color choices."
His early life was peppered with instability and abuse, leaving him hungry for another life, so he left home at 16. "It's taken a long time to get here, comfortable with myself; all of me. As a child I was ashamed of my heritage and later, my sexuality. By trying so hard to blend in, I discovered I didn't and I don't! And it's ok. because it's wonderful to be you... Just how you are!! " Now, he finds himself going back to his Latin roots, celebrating his heritage and seeing the beauty in all of it.
Arturo is a modern abstract expressionist. A painter's palette of emotions are expressed on canvas and paper in a color action painting technique. His work consists of an array of delicate, erratic, and chaotic movement of energy of artistic line in mesmerizing soft hues and bold, lush color.
His painter's insight can be seen and felt through his delivery and his own unique execution of his work. The emotion is unmistakably raw and his passion is unwavering.
Margaret Gonzalez Bio:
Born and raised in Chicago, Margaret has 25 years of graphic design & advertising experience; and 16 years in education, which includes serving as department chairperson and visual arts/graphic design professor.
“My art is about transformation and is always evolving; it’s a symbiotic exploration from the outside, inwards and vice-versa. I seek inspiration from Nature, the cosmos, spirituality, travel, found objects/materials, flea markets, and Pablo Picasso.”
Margaret’s diverse art, ranges from figurative to abstraction, to a combination of the two. Her former students/Alums are always a source of pride & joy. The daughter of Afro-Cuban parents, Margaret is thrilled and honored to being taking part of Triple R Gallery’s exhibition celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month.
Ed Caplan Bio:
Yes, I know this is supposed to be about me, but I'd rather get to know you. I'm hoping that you are an individual that is moved by good photography. When you look at a photo you think everyone sees this, but you are looking for a photo that transports you. Perspective is a popular word among photographers, but it also has a meaning to all of us.
Working with youth as a social worker, I talk about perspective as it connects to empathy. It is as if by seeing a different viewpoint one can see through the eyes of another. We each have a unique perspective on the world. I hope by viewing my photographs you learn my angle and it opens your imagination. Assign your own stories to each image or read about mine.
My wife and I have dedicated our lives to connecting others to nature and started Keeler Gardens, a 501c3 focusing on just that. My photography is one way I connect with nature and the world around me. I hope when you look at these images, you can take a breath, listen to the sounds, feel the air on your skin, smell the scents, and emotionally be transported to the time and place when I snapped the photo.
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.