First Friday : 7-10pm
Studio Hours Based on Class Schedule
April 4th - May 4th | "Exposed Nature"
Featuring Bill Kalnes, Farida Korobova & David Arnolts
Opening Reception Friday, April 5th 7-10pm
Closing Reception Friday, May 3rd 7-10pm
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.
David has spent the last 30 years in the nursery industry planting, growing, and admiring trees. Fifteen years ago he began creating tree sculptures from copper wire. By means of soldering and twisting he is able to transform electrical cable into the unique forms of a variety of trees.
May 9th & 11th | Fort Building Adventure!
Who doesn't love to build forts?
The Gallery is going to be transformed into a giant play place with boxes, sheets, tables, chairs & clothespins to build your own FORT adventure! So grab a friend & come build your own adventure with us!
Preregistration discount is $10 per person if purchased by May 6th, Register at the door for $15 per person if event isn't sold out.
Thursday May 9th 4-5:30pm Kids 5 & Older
Thursday May 9th 7-8:30pm Kids in Middle School or High School
Thursday May 9th 9-11pm Adults of all ages!
Saturday May 11th 10-12pm Kids of All Ages!
May 16th - 27th | 125 years of Photography Show
The Brookfield Women's Club is putting on a special exhibit all about Brookfield to celebrate our 125 year Anniversary!
Exhibition runs May 16th - 27th with two special reception nights. Friday May 17th & Thursday May 23rd
Special Hours during Brookfield's Street Dance on Saturday May 18th from 5-7pm.
You still may be able to get your photo on exhibit! If interested email a High Resolution photo by April 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 30th - June 29th | "Expression" Exhibition
Featuring John Yaou, Ashley McLaughlin, Kelly Ward, Noah Larsen & 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.
Self-described “mountain coast” artist Noah Larsen creates his marker illustrations through stream-of-consciousness drawing under the moniker earlatron. His graphic works feature cartoonish characters and scenes from his imagination. He lives and works in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Francesca Vitale (@Juked.art) is an artist from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a student at DePaul University with the intention of graduating with a Art, Media, and Design degree. Her work consists oil paintings on street signs, which mostly feature music artists as well as paintings inspired by album covers.