First Friday : 7-10pm
Studio Hours Based on Class Schedule
January 31st - February 23rd | "Sacred Art" Exhibition
Featuring Artist Beth Shadur
Opening Reception February 1st
Beth Shadur is an artist who has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Drawing Center in New York City; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and at the Colorado Springs Art Museum, Colorado Springs, CO. She has created over 150 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain. She is an Artist-in-Education for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, IL. She has taught and served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities, including Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO; and as a visiting artist and scholar at Paradise Valley Community College in Scottsdale, AZ. Shadur’s work appears in many publications, books and catalogs, including Twentieth Century Watercolors, Abbeville Press; The Special Unit, Barlinnie Prison, Its Evolution Through Art, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Scotland; Community Murals: The People’s Art, Associated University Press, NJ; and Art and Cartography, Art Institute of Chicago. Her mural work in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, Scotland is included in the archives of the Peoples Palace Museum in Glasgow.
As an educator, Shadur has lectured widely on community arts in both the United States and abroad. She has curated numerous national exhibitions, including the ongoing ‘The Poetic Dialogue Project’, which has traveled throughout the United States. Collaborative Vision: The Poetic Dialogue Project, featuring collaborative works by pairs of poets and artists, was exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center from January-April 2009, and will travel to various university galleries. In 2006, Shadur presented at the International Conference on Arts in Society in Edinburgh, Scotland, and her Poetic Dialogue Project was published in the International Journal on Arts In Society. Shadur has been awarded numerous Ragdale Fellowships and is a Thomas Watson Fellow from Brown University; from 2004-6, she served as Executive Director of ARC Gallery, Chicago. She participated in the Cool Globes Public Art Project in Chicago in 2007, and in 2008, was Artist-in-Residence at the Burren College of Art in Ireland through a Governor’s Award for International Arts Exchange from the Illinois Arts Council. In 2009, she participated in ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI. Most recently, Shadur was a fellow at the Leighton Artist Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Since 2012, Shadur serves as the Gallery Director at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. In 2016, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Illinois State Museum. Her work is owned in many private and public collections.
February 28th - 2nd | Scouting Special Exhibit
Thursday February 28th 5:30-7pm | Brookfield Chamber Factory Derby Races
Brookfield Commerce Chamber members can purchase a pre-cut kit from the Gallery with an option to paint for $10.
Drop in either date | January 31st 5-7pm or February 7th 6-7pm
*cars can then be left on display throughout the weekend
Friday March 1st 7-10pm | Blacklight Derby Races
Bring your own ready to race Pinewood Derby car or race one of ours!
Racing is Free! All ages are welcome! Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult
Saturday March 2nd 10am-12pm | Preschool Derby Day
Preschoolers will get to enjoy a Pinewood Derby Day!
Preschoolers will paint & decorate a pinewood derby car in our studio space. While car is drying and being assembled they'll get to enjoy all things automobile in our Gallery space. We'll have a train play area and a Scout Pinewood Derby track they'll get to race cars down!
$15 per Preschooler, Must pre-register for event & be accompanied by an adult
March 7th - 30th | High School Art Exhibit
Opening Reception March 7th 6-9pm
This exhibit is an open submission exhibit for all High School Students, where we'll be accepting all types of Art - Paintings, Sculptures, Mixed Media, Drawings,etc.
If you or someone you know is interested in submitting artwork contact Jessica at email@example.com for more information.
Submissions are due by Saturday February 23rd.
April 4th - April 27th | "Exposed Nature"
Featuring Bill Kalnes, Farida Korobova & David Arnolts
Opening Reception April 5th
Bill has been photographing nature for over 20 years, traveling all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. Regardless of where he goes, he always finds something new, unique or breathtaking to photograph. He believes that no one can get tired of what Mother Nature offers; vibrant colors, majestic mountains, textures, dimensions, ocean cliffs, soaring eagles, big horn sheep, small and grand waterfalls, trees that you can drive cars through, pristine forests, and endless other sources of inspiration.
During these years he has experimented with enhancing Nature’s colors to see what the possibilities would be. What he did find out is that in doing this you go from photographing nature to creating art. So, with that in mind, he decided to put a tongue and cheek story together about Mother Nature’s rebellious years and the impact it had on her creations.
So please enjoy the exhibit which documents some of Mother Nature’s journey into her Altered States.
I cannot remember a time when I didn’t draw and paint. As a child, animals and nature were my all- time favorite subjects to admire and depict, and they remain today the biggest inspiration for my art.
At the age of twelve, I entered an art school in Moscow and graduated five years later with an extensive knowledge of the history of the arts; my schooling also allowed me to develop many different styles and techniques in the fine arts and sculpture. These were tough times in Russia, and the social chaos and instability prevented me from even thinking of pursuing a career as a professional artist. Therefore I followed my second biggest passion and became a biology scientist, studying the intricate beauty of the smallest units of living creatures—cells. Looking through the microscope, I observed Nature as the greatest Artist—an Artist who has created fascinating formations that range in size from the mighty Himalayas to the smallest of molecules.
For a long while, my favorite mediums were oils and watercolors, but recently I fell in love with acrylics and mixed medium, and I’m totally enchanted by the possibilities these paints present. Epoxy resin art is another medium that I have newly explored; it offers fantastic effects in color and depth. Merging these two mediums allowed me to move my art to another level, where I can combine fluid abstract backgrounds with realistic detailed brushwork. My works have been displayed and sold in the gallery run by the Palette and Chisel Art Academy in downtown Chicago, and they are also part of private collections in the US and Canada.
I find that one of the most precious gifts I have acquired is to be struck by the unexpected beauty in everyday things--like a reflection in a puddle on the road, or a crack in a wall, or the sudden splash of color in a window. The blessing I am thankful for is to be able to express this beauty through the colors and forms of my art.
To view Farida's work visit: Facebook @Farida's Art Boutique or Instagram @farida_palette
May 2nd - 4th | Cycle Brookfield Event
Shake the dust off that bicycle sitting in your garage, and bring it by the Compassion Factory for a FREE bike tune-up! Whether it's been a few years since you've been in the saddle, or if you're a die hard two wheel enthusiast. Stop by and meet other Brookfield cyclists and get that two-wheeled steed ready for the cycling season!
May 9th - 11th | TBD
More details to come...
May 16th - 27th | 125 years of Photography Show
More details to come...
May 30th - June 29th | "Expression" Exhibition
Featuring John Yaou, Ashley McLaughlin, Kelly Ward & Francesca Vitale
Opening Reception Friday June 7th 7-10pm
My current body of work focuses on celebrating urban/street art. It focuses on celebrating
Graffiti and the place that I call home, Chicago. Using the influence of urban art and turning it
into fine art. I gather my inspiration from my experiences as well as the city that surrounds me. I
attempt to link all of my work by keeping the methodology and technique consistent. The
methodical and almost tedious process not only frees my imagination, but gives me a sense of
accomplishment once that piece of work is complete.
As a painter, my focus is to use traditional techniques on “Urban” or ‘Street” art in hopes of
merging the gap between the graffiti enthusiast and the fine art lover. Graffiti in my experience
has never been widely respected or accepted by the “traditional” art community. This includes
commercial galleries, who refuse to represent these artists. The shunning of this art form is a
disservice to young artists that find their voices in it. Graffiti has always been considered as
counterculture, against the grain or the norm. In ten years, this style will not be counterculture, it
will just be culture. We are going to look back and realize this is the art of our times.
Ashley McLaughlin (ashleyintheam) is a digital and watercolor illustrator working out of Illinois. She received her BFA from the American Academy of Art in 2017, Majoring in Fine Art with a concentration in watercolor painting. She has contributed work for Carousel Checks. She is fond of stars, the moon, kids cartoon's, Greek mythology, and anything space.