The Color of Music
October 3rd 2019 - November 2nd 2019
Opening Reception Friday October 4th 2019 7-10pm
Ken & Robin Koukola
Ken & Robin
Robin and Ken encourage and inspire each other. While they each continue to pursue individual projects, they frequently collaborate. “Ken really helps me takes risks,” says Robin, “Portrait work is very formal both in respect to the finished product and the techniques used to get there. Ken approaches his art in a very open ended way, starting with an idea but modifying the idea or the technique or the materials as the project develops. I’m learning spontaneity.” Ken appreciates working with Robin. “Working solo, I’m used to a trial and error method. Robin’s input helps me to avoid some of the “error” part. I appreciate her working knowledge of materials and I trust her aesthetic sense.” Together and individually, Ken and Robin create an eclectic body of work that continues to surprise even them.
Robin Koukola began creating art when she was a child, and through her adolescent and young adult years had a hand in many art related enterprises such as sign painting, pinstriping, mural painting, holiday window displays, and architectural drafting. All the while she was working in pencil and chalk pastel for her own amusement. Her truly professional career began when she started producing portraits on a commission basis of people, pets, homes, classic cars and other things her clients found meaningful. She also painted other subjects for the local fine art show circuit. Her work hangs in many fine private, corporate and university collections. Currently, Robin continues to accept commission work, explore new techniques, and create found-art pieces with her husband, Ken.
Ken Valskis is a musician/artist whose music career started in high school. He went on to become the guitarist for Chicago bands The Quick and The Vandalays in addition to working in and around the Chicago music scene in the eighties and nineties. Today, Ken combines his love of music with his natural talent for creating “found art” pieces. Ken can re-purpose just about anything into an exciting and original artwork! His particular interest is, not surprisingly, guitars, and he makes art out of re-purposed guitars and parts, as well as playable guitars that sound as good as they look.
Vero & Danny - Father Daughter duo Concert
Saturday October 19th
Doors Open @ 6:30pm
Concert goes from 7:00-9:00pm with a few intermissions
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About Vero and Danny
Vero and Danny Gonzalez are a musical father and daughter duo who enjoy playing a diverse mix of music genres on guitar and ukulele. Their catalog covers classic rock, alternative/indie, Latin music and a few originals. One of their favorite groups is 21 Pilots, as they jokingly think of themselves as the “missing pilots”.
Vero became interested in ukulele at age 6 and got her start learning to play from her dad; however, she has continued to learn and advance on her own and has written original songs. Vero is currently branching out into playing guitar as well. She loves to sing and participate in her school’s choirs and musicals. Vero’s other talents include sketching and painting.
Danny got his start in music playing trumpet in his high school’s jazz and concert bands, and went on to play guitar, most notably in Ransom, a Chicago-based rock and new wave band. After some time away from guitar, he returned to playing about 12 years ago for Vero’s 1st birthday. One of his standout musical memories is a performance at the Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Chicago as a member of a Santana cover band. His favorite playing occasions, however, are with his daughter Vero.
2nd Annual Day of the Dead
Community Altars Exhibition
October 24th 2019 - November 2nd 2019
Special Events November 1st 2019 & November 2nd 2019
This Community Altar Project invites our community to come together in the thoughtful and often very touching process of creating a public altar of remembrance for people who have passed. We are seeking community members or organizations interested in creating large box altars for the community to come together, celebrate and feel the complexities of emotions associated with death.
The process is inspired by altar making traditions in Mexico for the Day of the Dead but community and personal altars of remembrance are created in many traditions all over the world. This project is designed to help us build bridges between the individual and the community, life and death, sorrow and celebration.
We are encouraging all community members to construct a "cajita" mini altar out of a show-box. Any and all materials may be used, paint, paper, photographs, mementos etc.
Please drop off your altar to The Compassion Factory by Saturday October 19th 2019
This is a Free Community Event any and all can participate in, call or email if you have questions
708.303.8231 or email@example.com
Special Dates during Exhibit
Friday November 1st 2019 7-10pm - Make a paper luminary in remembrance of a loved one, all while enjoying Horchata & Mexican Sweet Bread!
Saturday November 2nd 2019 10-1pm - Last day to walk through exhibit! Learn how to make Day of the Dead paper flowers too!
Pop-Up Art Show At The Factory
November 9th 2019 & November 16th 2019
10am - 2pm
A great place to browse and shop for handmade art! Great place to do some Holiday Shopping!
This is a free and open to the public event!
If interested in being a vendor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
November 21st 2019 - December 21st 2019
Opening Reception Friday December 6th 7-10pm
Bala Thiagarajan & Rita Sharha
Born and brought up in Chennai, India, I have a passion for colors and patterns that are inspired by the Indian culture. I started my art career when I combined the techniques of henna body art, kolams & rangolis, to create free-hand textured paintings in 2012.
I use small piping bags & squeeze bottles to form dots & lines with acrylic paints on canvas. My works of henna-inspired designs, Mandalas and animal abstracts are my attempt to capture the ephemeral nature of these everyday art forms onto more enduring surfaces.
I paint intuitively and the symmetry of the paintings comes from a meditative practice of organic repetition, with the finished piece full of rhythm and color. My color palette reflects the colors of silk and cotton saris worn by women in South India. I have been combining my biology background and my love for math - fractals and geometry - in the works I create.
Inspired by the world around her, Rita designs and creates fused glass art that is always decorative and usually functional. Having spent nearly 20 years in the corporate world, Rita decided that she needed more joy in her life, so she took a sabbatical … that never ended. The bright, happy colors she uses in her work bring joy and smiles to both her as the artist and those who see and collect her art.
Peter M. Steeves, who lives and works in Valparaiso, IN, is a self-taught artist with a career that has spanned over thirty years exhibiting throughout the Chicagoland area. He is currently the Gallery Chairman for the Elmhurst Artist Guild Gallery located in the Elmhurst Art Museum. His artwork includes elements of primitive symbolic and postmodern realism focusing on the emotion of images and pointillistic, dot patterns. The subjects of the paintings are pulled from his subconscious and transferred to the canvas to allow both artist and viewer to analyze the meaning.
Unlike pointillist artists like Seurat, Signac and Van Gogh, who employed dots of paint (points) to create soft, impressionist images, Steeves’ pointillistic style has evolved to be more akin to Australian Aboriginal art. Steeves explained, “What started out as an homage to the Australian Aboriginal art method of dot painting has grown to have a life of its own through my eyes and paints. The dots went from being the background of traditional paintings to the focus of my paintings.” This is evident in “Dusk Dreaming,” a warm, ethereal composition in blue, green, white, black and purple that Steeves painted while working in Melbourne, Australia.
The dot patterns invoke a dream-like impression of the subject, allowing the viewer to focus on the emerging repetitious patterns. The multicolor dot patterns are captivating, warm and personal. The points provide movement to the sky, waves and water. The absence of points, negative space, is used to create a tree, cloud, human or architectural figure, as employed in “Night Forest II” and “The Long Way,” which evoke a forest after a fire, with blackened bare trees and a rich, vibrant undergrowth unleashed by the devastating, but nourishing, fire.
Steeves’ work brings out the imagery of our forgotten dreams. "When we dream, there are no good or bad dreams; your imagination runs free. Images that you recognize when awake take on different, deeper meanings in slumber. When you awake, you wish you could see, hear, or feel what you just experienced but you are left with a mere fragment," Steeves mused. “My goal is to permit viewers to explore their own sub-conscience as they are torn back to reality from a dream. The driving force behind my art is that it is cheaper than therapy for both the artist and the collectors!” Steeves admitted with a hearty laugh.