Previously Shown Artists
Mary Foster Bio:
I was born in Chicago and grew up in the nearby suburbs. I currently reside in Chicago and work out of my home studio. My work revolves around my interest and fascination of the design, texture and color of plants and animals that I find in nature, so much of which is missed by a passerby. I spend a lot of time deciphering the light, colors and patterns in an attempt to extract that energy, the playfulness or striking color and light to create images that I hope will make the passerby pause, if only for a moment and reflect and be reminded of the world they live in and its beauty.
I am constantly experimenting and creating art based on moments in time that capture my attention and give me cause to stop and soak up what I see and experience. Throughout my life, I’ve been painting drawing and observing the world around me to find those unique moments. I’m always looking for new materials that will bring interest and excitement to the work. There is a reoccurring theme of bold color and pattern that I’m constantly evolving and modifying.
Most times, I start by taking photos of plants and scenery that inspire. I am particularly interested in the geometric patterns created by trees and woodland settings. On some occasions, I start by sketching an idea and then take photos or research images that will support concept. The paint I use is gouache which provides a flat, matte finish and because of its viscosity, allows me to create the geometric patterns and fine details. My woodcuts involve carving a block of cherry, printing one color black on mulberry paper and then hand painting with gouache. This technique provides an array of color options.
CODY A. BENNETT
Cody A. Bennett Bio:
I created my small business during the beginning of this horrible pandemic. It was a very difficult time for me. Nevertheless, this time period reignited my creativity. When I created code’s Designs, I envisioned a company that gave back to Chicagoans. Since the conception of Code’s Designs I have donated 5% of all sales to the Greater Chicago Depository. Each sculpture is original and handmade. Code’s Designs’ mission is to form beautiful sculptures that give back to our great city.