Previously Shown Artists
Jon Hartmann Bio:
Jon is an unorthodox thinker, and it shows in his artwork. His method is simple: “Shut off your brain, grab a paintbrush, and let your unconscious mind show you what it will.” His main goal is to seek deeper knowledge of everything he encounters. His main sources of influence are Carl Gustav Jung, Mircea Eliade, Joseph Campbell and Alan Watts. He is a lifelong resident of Chicago, calling Jefferson Park home for the last 20 years. Jon is naturally curious and willing to test boundaries. How you react is up to you.
Angela Duea Bio:
Angela Williams Duea is a visual artist living in the northwest side of Chicago. Though mostly self-taught, she took early lessons in oil painting from her Grandfather and photography lessons from her Uncle, both professional artists. During the Covid pandemic, she honed her encaustic painting skills and learned a great deal from other artists. She has shown her art at galleries in Grayslake, IL and Kenosha, WI.
Angela's photography often focuses on geometric shapes, the interplay between nature and man-made structures, and quirky little details that often go unnoticed by others. She experiments with textures, layers and abstract forms in her encaustic works. "What I love about encaustic is that I can build up textures or polish surfaces smoothly, add natural objects or embed photography in the work," she says. "As a result, the finished work constantly looks different as light plays across those elements throughout the day."
Rich Conti Bio:
I've always been fascinated with wood that is "rich in the rhythms" of texture, pattern, and color variation. But only recently, have I been creating artwork with wood. My father was an avid woodcarver, but I really never learned technique from him, I just admired the work he did. My craft takes me in a different direction. I like to raid the scrap piles of the local lumber stores for materials. I ﬁnd end cuts or cuts with knots or cracks or live ends which are not useful for the furniture makers. I reﬁne these cuts and combine them with standard dimensional lumber or exotic hardwoods. I also frequent the reclamation stores for my products. I look for character and interesting variations in the wood that are overlooked. My goal is not just to create a functional shelf to have something sit on. I strive to make the shelf a piece of artwork to be admired as much as the items it supports.
I began making shelving when I took a beginning class at the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center and it spiraled from there, I learned woodturning at Chicago School of Woodworking. I have recently began incorporating mosaics into my wood. I call this series "WOODSAICS" and these pieces are more abstract in nature. I blend the mosaics into the intrinsic ﬂow of the wood.
I’m a recently retired physical therapist who spent 40 years working with children and adults with disabilities. In addition to wood art, I am an actively performing musician (percussion) in the Chicago’s premier world music band Funkadesi. And if that’s not enough, I do photography and have a collection of bonsai. I think all these art forms are related……they are all “Rich In Rhythms”
Dominick Maino Bio:
Dominick easily brings his profession into the act of photographic creation.
As a Professor Emeritus at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute, he is aware of the importance of single, clear, and comfortable, two-eyed vision.
As a tenor and musician, he understands the interplay of melody, harmony and even dissonance within a work written for a chorus, an orchestra, and even within a photographic image. Each of these concepts is applied to his image making. His art speaks to his clarity of vision; his understanding of the universal rhythm that surrounds us all; his ability to process visual information into an artful expression and his enthusiastic outlook upon the world.
His photography skills have featured the Irish American Heritage Center, Six Corners County Fair, Chicago Fringe Festival, the Filament Theatre, Illinois College of Optometry, St. Bartholomew Parish, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, various political events, Small Business Saturday and other community activities. His exhibitions as a featured artist have taken place at the Nine2Five Gallery in Kansas City, Gallery ABBA (Beloit, Wi), the Addison Rotunda, the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, and at Casa Italia in Stone Park. His local showings include Fannie’s Café, City News Café, St. Bartholomew Church and Finom Café. As well as his images have appeared in the Kansas City Voices (a juried art journal), The Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith (uncredited), and the covers of the Catholic New World, Optometric Education and Optometry & Vision Development.
100% of the artist profits from sales, will be donated to the ‘Our Lady of the Rosary Music Ministry’.
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.
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).
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.