EXHIBIT DATES: March 29 to April 29, 2023
PUBLIC RECEPTION: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 6 to 8 pm.
Addison Center for the Arts proudly presented an exhibition by artist Charles Williams Jr., entitled Boop-Oop-a-Doop: A Visual Voice of the African American Diaspora. The exhibition ran from March 29 to April 29, 2023, with a public artist reception on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 6 to 8 pm at the ACA Gallery.
Charles Williams Jr. is a self-taught artist from Woodridge, IL who has been painting for over ten years. He is an award-winning member of the Naperville Art League and the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild. He’s influenced by abstract, urban, pop, modern, contemporary, and street art. He uses vibrant colors infused with geometric shapes and abstract line work that represents “the energy of life.” He incorporates a variety of mixed media like acrylic, pen, marker, oil pastel, chalk pastel, glitter, coffee beans, molding paste, among others to effectively manifest his elaborate imagination and artistic vision.
Charles has a profound belief that “art is an intrinsic expression of your soul and the medium you choose to express who you are. Your feelings are a God-given gift to be shared with the world.” Charles seeks to inspire and bring joy, peace, awareness, and love to the world through his art.
This exhibition, Boop-Oop-a-Doop, was Williams' homage to African descendants’ culture, history, fashion, resources, and overall beauty and style. Williams' main muse and source of inspiration is none other than the popular iconic character Betty Boop. By deftly weaving abstraction and figuration with sharp brush strokes, Williams explores the aesthetic of pop art, and incorporates other popular culture cartoon figures such as SpongeBob and the Pink Panther to convey a message of black beauty, brilliance, resilience, love, and hope for the future.
"We are delighted to host Charles Williams Jr.’s first solo show," said Julie Mars, Director of Communications at Addison Center for the Arts. "He adds a joyous African American perspective to the pop art movement pioneered by Andy Warhol and others. We are excited to offer Williams’ work as an introduction to the cultural happenings surrounding Warhol 2023 at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art this year.”
The Addison Art Guild had their reception and awards ceremony on November 10 for their Fall 2022 Members' Show.
Thanks to Benjamin F. Calvert III for judging the exhibition. He awarded the following ribbons...
BEST IN SHOW
"The Teacher" a Textile/embroidery by Margherita Bernardi-Trahan.
"Reflection" an acrylic on canvas by Tania Blanco
"Golden Corn Worm" a colored pencil drawing by Margaret Bucholz
"Pretty in Pink" an acrylic painting by Carol L Davy
"Salt Creek at Summertime" an oil painting by Jane Mickucki
"Serenity" a watercolor by Carol Severs
Congratulations to the award-winning artists!
"Line by Line" Dorothy Bury Shaw
ACA Exhibits the Art and Verse of Dorothy Bury Shaw
Take a spiritual journey for Arts DuPage Month through the art and poetry of Downers Grove resident, Dorothy Bury Shaw, at the Addison Center for the Arts starting October 8, 2022. All are welcome to enjoy the exhibit, “Line by Line,” starting with the artist reception from 2 to 4 pm on October 8, 2022. During the reception we will hear the artist recite some of the poems that are displayed along with the other-worldly art works that inspired them.
Dorothy Bury Shaw achieves a rich, ethereal quality by rendering her subjects with intricate layers of ink, watercolor and colored pencil on rag paper. Every line is purposeful, each element is symbolic. With more recent pieces, she includes elements of the collage, mingling worldly bits of paper with spiritual subjects to create another point of connection for the viewer.
As she works, she is softly anchored in ritual repetition as hours pass and her details emerge. She says, “My work is a visual chant, and borrows from the insights of mystics through the ages.”
Her artistic process includes poetry that comes to her while she is working at her art table. In both her art and her poetry, Bury Shaw hones in on the common ground of human experience with her subject matter, celebrating all that is spirit within each of us.
In this solo exhibit, for the first time, Bury Shaw’s art and poetry are both being featured. She chose to name the exhibit “Line by Line” because that is how both the art and the poetry unfold. Whether in the drawing of a concept, or in composing just the right words to convey a thought, she welcomes the flow of one line following the next as it slowly comes into being. It’s like breathing, the intake, the exhale, the putting down one thought, and the pause before the next follows. Line by line, her work emerges. And it gives her great joy to share it all with you.
Dorothy Bury Shaw is the author of “Love Without Distance – A Heartscape of Art and Verse”. The book features some of her art and poetry. You can learn more about Dorothy Bury Shaw at www.dburyshaw.com.
“Line by Line” continues through November 5, 2022.
Admission to the Addison Center for the Arts is always FREE.
The gallery is annexed to Addison Trail High School at
213 N. Lombard Road, Door #4
Addison, IL 60101
Hours are Wednesday - Saturday from 1 to 4 pm.
Lewis Achenbach's Jazz Occurrence
ACA Exhibits “Jazz Occurrence” Paintings by Lewis Achenbach
Visitors to the Addison Center for the Arts gallery had a chance to see a collection of Jazz Occurrence paintings by Lewis Achenbach on display from August 20 through September 24, 2022. The show opened with a public reception from 5 to 7PM on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Local rock and blues guitar legend, Joe Eddy Brown, collaborated with Lewis Achenbach on a demonstration of the artist’s creative process.
An intrinsic feature of Jazz music is it’s loose structure and improvisational riffs. But instead of slapping the upright bass or blowing a brassy sax, visual artist Lewis Achenbach from Wheaton joins the band and jams along with paint on canvas. As he works in tandem with the musicians, his paintings give insight to and celebrate a synaesthesia of two art forms. His paintings are documents of a multisensory event - a Jazz Occurrence.
Each performance and each painting have their own ambience wherein Achinbach has “captured the frequency of the room.” Through his artistry, viewers can feel the lively, frenetic, or sultry vibe of a concert.
“My background in animation is important in the success of a Jazz Occurrence, utilizing storytelling, storyboards, key frames, key poses. Consider a painting that takes a 45 minute set to create. This artwork is built using layers of music abstracted and representation, like looking at the frames of an animated film, all at once. It is a document of time; a form of time travel, each brushstroke portending the next musical phrase. Absurd in concept, yet potential beautiful and revelatory in the act. Every artwork is a sketch for a singular body of work that tells the Sonic Story.”
- Lewis Achenbach
After the opening reception for his solo exhibition at the Addison Center for the Arts, Lewis Achenbach returned Monday, August 29, 2022 to speak to Addison Trail High School art students. Ms. Ramón faithfully brings her art classes to view exhibitions at the ACA Gallery, but this time the artist was present to add more information about his paintings. Ms. Ramon's AP Art Classes and Mr. Hockensmith's Introduction to Art had the opportunity to hear about Art as a Career.
Ms. Ramón expressed the value of artist talk: “My A.P. art students were able to ask questions about their artistic journey and the thought process related to their works in the gallery. Some have already been inspired to visually express their own types of music.”
Achenbach recalls what it was like to be a young, creative person who had just learned the basics.
“It is the beginning of a lifelong path of discovery; to criticize and respond to praise and criticism.” If our discussion at the ACA ignited new ways of thinking somehow, I've done my job.. There's the box, out of the box, and then you realize there's no box. Arts and innovation will change this world, one paintbrush at a time.”
In 2022, the Addison Center for the Arts awarded two scholarships to ATHS graduates to study theater and fine arts. Julie Mars, director of communications at the Addison Center for the Arts explains: “The ACA is always happy to host student groups.. This week I had the opportunity to inform AP students about our annual scholarship program for those who want to study art after high school.
Lewis Achenbach had a collection of twelve original paintings from 'Jazz Occurrence' on display and for sale at the Addison Center for the Arts through September 24, 2022.
The members of the Addison Center for the Arts and the Addison Artists' Guild enjoyed a private demonstration of Lewis Achenbach's Jazz Occurrence in concert with Phuong (Felix) Pham on electric piano on Septemberber 15, 2022.
Thanks to Clyde's Donuts for donating the DELICIOUS donut holes for everyone to munch on. So goooood.
Addison Uncorked 2022
Thanks for the 100 or more of you who came to Addison Uncorked last night. Extra thanks to those who made our night so special: The Village of Addison, August Hill Winery, Bailey's Place, & Sal's Beverage World for the wine, craft beer and hard seltzer samples. A big thank you to Mario's Deli for providing DELICIOUS subs and panzones! They were scrumptious!
AAG Spring 2021 is archived. Click the image above to see the show.
Margaret Bucholz Takes Best in Show for Addison Art Guild’s Spring 2021 Virtual Exhibit
The Addison Center for the Arts is hosting the Addison Art Guild’s Virtual Spring Show on addisoncenterforthearts.org starting April 12, 2021. The ongoing exhibit features 31 works of diverse media by 13 AAG artists. Each artist submitted one to three pieces for display and was eligible for one award each from the judge.
This year’s judge was Chris Hughes who sits on the boards of both Naperville and DuPage Art Leagues. Hughes was a Fine Arts major at Utah State University before studying business at Boston University. He has won many awards for his work which you can see at hughespaintings.com.
Chris Hughes awarded one Best in Show, two First Place, two Second Place, and two Merit Award ribbons to seven artists. Visit the virtual exhibit to see the judge’s comments on each of the winning art works. Ribbons were awarded to:
Best in Show--Margaret Bucholz
First Places--Carol Davy and Tania Blanco
Second Places--Lisa Stout and Lyn Tietz
Merit Awards--Terry Johnson and Adrienne Curiale
Margaret Bucholz won Best in Show for an intimate 12” x 9” colored-pencil portrait on black paper titled “Mom Doing Sudoku in Barcelona.”
She has won numerous awards for her art work and many of her watercolor, acrylic, and colored-pencil paintings hang in private collections.
During the pandemic, Bucholz has found ways to continue making great artwork and sharing her joy of creating with others. She has been participating in diverse civic art programs from custom garden plots to artist street banners. She produced a virtual exhibition of her own work for the Wheaton Library and group show for The DuPage Art League. Margaret has led zoom workshops and produced YouTube videos teaching art techniques. More recently, she has safely met in person with small groups of students at Addison Park District’s Remote Learning Center. If you have the opportunity, take one of her classes!
The Addison Art Guild is 45 years old and welcomes new members, visitors and supporters of the visual arts to join. Although in-person meetings of the Guild were suspended during the pandemic, the AAG usually meets on the second Thursday of the month from September through May at 7:00 p.m. Each meeting includes a lecture or demonstration by a professional artist.
The Addison Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization created to be an integral part in advancing the arts within the community. All of our cultural events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, DuPage Foundation, Village of Addison, as well as support from the community. For more information, visit the ACA’s Facebook page, addisoncenterforthearts.org, or email email@example.com.
Expressions: Art & Verse
Saturday, February 15, 2020, the ACA hosted “Expressions: Art and Verse”, a collaborative visual art exhibit and ekphrastic poetry event between the Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village (AAEGV) and the Illinois State Poetry Society (ISPS). The Poetry Foundation defines an ekphrastic poem as a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. The art and poetry exhibit opened on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 and featured 27 works of art by the AAEGV. The poets of the ISPS composed poems about each piece and they were displayed with each of the artworks. The exhibit continues on display at the ACA Gallery through March 13, 2020.
On Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 2 to 5 pm, Addison Center for the Arts hosted a public artist/poet reception featuring a poetry recital in the studio theater. During this event, the images of the artwork were projected on stage as the poets recited their poems. This was a free event to meet and chat with the artists and poets.
The Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village (AAEGV.org) is celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020. They are a community of fine artists who welcome art enthusiasts and artists of every level and media. They meet monthly with a demo by a well-known Chicagoland artist. They exhibit 10 months per year in Elk Grove Village and surrounding communities.
AAEGV exhibiting artists in “Expressions: Art and Verse” were the following:
Salvador Barrocas, Cheryl Calderon, Diane Danese, Lori Gragnani, Darlene Greaves, Bob Marino Bardelli, John Franklin, Tammy Haman, Annette Perone Leiber, Mary Kay McMahon, Jerell Meyer, Jack Mitchell, Rita Molepske, Marlie Morin, Peggy Mulcahy,
Corinne Murphy, Robert Packheiser, Laurie Perkins, Irene Peterson, Tara Riley, Tom Rybarczyk, Sandy Schmidt, Lynnea Semansko, Terri Sullivan Victory, Tom Warnke, Jill Hunt-Wesseler, Jean Yang, and Gloria Zucaro.
“The Expressions: Arts and Verse exhibit is exciting for the Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village. It is our first time to be on exhibit in Addison and working with the Illinois State Poetry Society. The ISPS will be interpreting each work of art in verse, and reciting it at the reception. A true collaboration of the arts!”
--Irene Peterson, AAEGV President
The poets of the Illinois State Poetry Society creating ekphrastic poems for “Expressions: Art and Verse” are the following:
Diane Lotko Baker, Bakul Banerjee, Carole Bolinsky, Mary Beth Bretzlauf, Patrice Boyer Claeys, Gail Denham, Idella Pearl Edwards, Michael Escoubas, Mike Freveletti, Gail Goepfert, Mark Hudson, Kate Hutchinson, Rafael Lantigua Medina, Lennart Lundh, Wilda Morris, Susan T. Moss, Donna O’Shaughnessey, Kathleen Robinson, Ricky Sadler, Marie Samuel, Judith Tullis, Maggie Kennedy, and Curt Vevang.
Susan Moss, ISPS President about “Expressions: Art and Verse”:
“Illinois State Poetry Society is honored to be sharing the Expressions Show with the Artists’ Association of Elk Grove Village. In the early 1970s, ISPS began as a single chapter and became a charter member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies in 1991. Presently, there are seven chapters throughout the state, and all are committed to creating and promoting poetry in all its forms. ISPS appreciates the opportunity to blend art and poetry that results in a collaboration of these artistic forms in order to present a greater expressive whole.”
November 6 ~ December 14, 2019
Addison Art Guild Fall Members' Show 2019
The Addison Center for the Arts hosted the Addison Art Guild's Fall Art Show 2019. The exhibition was on display from November 6 through December 14, 2019. The AAG invited the public to attend their reception on Thursday November 14, 2019 from 7 to 8:30.
The exhibition featured artwork by Tania Blanco, Margaret Bucholz, Angelo Campagnolo, Susan Cargill, Adrienne Curiale, Jan Dunteman, June Feil, Terry Johnson, John Keeley, Annette Perone Leiber, Melodee McCormick, Beverly Miotke, Ann O'Brien, Sharon Peters, Jackie Pickell, Irma Pocius, Elke Simmons, Lisa Stout, Judy Sullivan, Bala Thiagarajan, and Lyn Tietz. These talented local artists work in a variety of styles.
FREE PUBLIC ARTISTS' RECEPTION: All are welcome to attend the Addison Art Guild's reception on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
Students from Addison School District #4, including elementary and Jr. high schools, celebrated a display their artwork at the Addison Center for the Arts with a reception on January 14, 2020, from 5 to 7 pm. The students, art teachers and family, friends, and the community enjoyed their artistic accomplishments while chatting and nibbling on cookies.
The ASD #4 show is an annual event at the Addison Center for the Arts. Approximately one hundred students had artwork on display for this year’s show.
“The Addison Center for the Arts Art Show is an ideal opportunity for our students to be proud of their work displayed in a professional setting that is open to the community. These experiences remind me of the importance of our relationship with the ACA and the impact they have on our students.”
~Addison School District #4 Superintendent, John Langton during the December 2019 school board meeting.
Art teachers from each school chose a wide range of artwork to showcase for this year’s event. The following are the schools and art teachers participating in the District #4 Art Show for January 2020.
Korinne Ostojic - Lincoln and Ardmore Schools
Kate Musick - Lake Park and Ardmore Schools
Lisa Struc - Fullerton School
Carrie Zatarski - Army Trail School
Denise Ghidorzi - Stone and Wesley Schools
Heather Pintz - Indian Trail Jr. High School
Brant Biba - Indian Trail Jr. High School
The Addison Center for the Arts enjoys hosting the student art show every year. Nurturing the talent of our children is an integral goal of our mission. We are pleased that this yearly program gives the busy families of Addison a chance to become familiar with what we do to promote the arts in our community.
The Abstract Artwork of Kip Pasta
ARTIST RECEPTION: October 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
ARTS DUPAGE MONTH TALK: October 19, 2019, 2:00 pm.
The Addison Center for the Arts presented “The Abstract Sculptures of Kip Pasta,” an exhibit of art by the prolific wood artist, Kip Pasta. His highly detailed sculptures, often described as Virtual Pollock, tap the viewers imagination. The linear cohesion, framing of space, and color interaction of his work create a kinetic resonance that will enhance any environment.
The public was invited to the opening reception on Friday, October 4 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Kip Pasta also hosted an Art Talk on Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 pm. (45 min. – 60 min).
The exhibit ran from September 25 through November 2, 2019.
Addison Center for the Arts
213 N. Lombard Rd.
Addison, IL 60101
Gallery Hours: WED - SAT, 1 to 4 PM.
Addison Center for the Arts
213 N. Lombard Road
Addison, IL 60101
Wednesday through Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.
Admission is always FREE