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!
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.
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.
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!