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Tales and Stories by Karla Wong
“Tales & Stories” Artist Reception at Addison Center for the Arts The artist reception for the colorful and dreamlike art show called “Tales and Stories” by Karla Wong took place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 1 to 4 pm at the ACA Gallery. The artist, Karla Wong and her friends came with a giant pot of delicious homemade tamales. They were decked out in their Oaxacan goth finery complementing the imagery in the exhibit. Classical guitar musician, Hector Fernandez dazzled everyone with his artistry. Halfway through the reception, Addison Trail's Homecoming Queen 2021 Diana Viegas stopped in just off the team bus from an athletic match to see the exhibit and meet Karla Wong. She couldn’t stay long because she had to go home to get dressed for the Homecoming dance in a couple of hours. The President and Founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Carlos Tortolero kindly gave a speech congratulating Karla Wong for her beautiful exhibit. He invites everyone to attend Wong’s solo exhibition at the NMMA in April 2022, which will be an important step highlighting Wong’s significance in the fine arts. The ACA is thrilled to feature the paintings of Karla Wong. Wong is a rising art star of international renown who lives in Addison, IL. Recently, Karla Wong was awarded Best in Show at the Alliance of Fine Art’s 2021 “Best of the Best Show” for one of her colorful magical realist paintings that incorporate themes of Mexican folklore and, more recently, pop-culture genres like steampunk and Oaxacan goth. The mingling of Mexican and American narrative imagery make her paintings engaging and distinctively hers. Wong says, “In each of my works, I try to express the love that I have for culture that is ingrained in me. I chose to reach out beyond the typical and enter the world of magical surrealism, creating my own characters ...I gave them their own life, playing with the colors without sparing anything.” “Tales and Stories” by Karla Wong was partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council and continued through November 6, 2021.
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The Addison Center for the Arts presents, Lyn Tietz's, “Scenes of Nature” fine art exhibition of paintings.
“Scenes of Nature” opens Wednesday, August 25, 2021, and continues through September 25, 2021. Everyone is invited to visit the artist reception Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Face masks are required to attend this reception.
Tietz is a graduate of University of Illinois and pursued a career in interior design. She began painting in 1997 after attending art and painting classes at College of DuPage. In addition, she has taken classes and numerous workshops with many noted instructors. The subjects of her work are diverse including animals, flowers, people, landscape, and still life.
She has displayed her work in various shows including the Alliance of Fine Art’s Best of the Best Exhibition. Many of her paintings have won several awards and ribbons at the DuPage Art League, LaGrange Art League and others.
In addition to creating, exhibiting, and selling her paintings, Tietz instills creativity in others by teaching flower arranging and teaching painting at King Bruweart retirement home. Between tennis, painting and playing the guitar and piano, each day flies by.
“I love all the wonders of nature and am inspired by the many scenes throughout the four seasons--one reason to enjoy living in the Midwest. I find it thrilling to take a brush to paper or canvas, add some paint and little by little watch a beautiful scene emerge. Flowers, birds, landscapes, seascapes, children and pets--all are fun to paint. Look around and enjoy a beautiful and colorful world and see there’s an endless supply of subjects to paint!” --Lyn Tietz
You can see more of Tietz’ artwork on her web portfolio here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lyn-tietz
“GIRL SCOUTS SAFELY PIVOT TO AN ON-LINE ART EXHIBIT IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 RISK”
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As an annexed facility to Addison Trail High School with shared District 88 resources and policies, The Addison Center for the Arts closed in March and has yet to reopen to the public. Naturally, the ACA had to postpone planned events and exhibitions. One of those events was the annual Girl Scouts SU 537/536 art exhibit and reception in June. Showing characteristic resilience, the girls suggested that the exhibit could be moved on-line. The Addison Center for the Arts is delighted to work with the scouts and host “Staying Connected through Art,” a virtual art exhibit on AddisonCenterfortheArts.org starting the first week of August 2020.
Girl Scouts Service Units 537 proudly belongs to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. They are a younger girl service unit that includes the Daisy, Brownie and Junior levels of Girl Scouts. There are 297 girls and 146 adult volunteers in 31 troops. Girl Scouts Service Unit 536 consists of older girls in Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.
“This year our Girl Scouts have had their cookie season interrupted, summer camps and troop camping trips cancelled, programs and meetings postponed, changed and cancelled. They have not been able to do a lot of things that they normally do since COVID-19 came into the picture, but being able to stay connected through art was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a service unit during this difficult time.
Art has always been and will always be one of the most special, creative outlets for our girls. The girls have made new friends through art, share and display their art for others in their communities through murals, kindness rocks and buddy benches. They have created art that will have a lifelong impact on their schools, places of worship, parks and homes.
All levels of Girl Scouts welcome new members to join at any time to be part of the largest girl led sisterhood out there. All levels from Daisies to Ambassadors have the opportunity to not only nurture their artistic side, but can go on many adventures along the way including camping, travel, doing things in their communities to help people, learning important life skills and so much more.”
~Heather Leslie, Troop Leader from SU 537
Marcus Pacheco and Dr. Lauren Keller of Addison encouraged the development of “Staying Connected through Art” by sponsoring the virtual exhibit.
"Dr. Keller and I have been profoundly impacted by Scouting and 4-H programs from our involvement in elementary school through the point of aging out. We believe these organizations offer a solid, well-rounded foundation for early development of leadership and problem solving skills by exposing members to a wide range of programs including fine arts, civics, computer coding, manufacturing and construction, nature conservation, first aid and others that could lead to future career choices. By giving back to the organizations that helped shape us into the adults we have become, we feel that we can do our part to build a stronger community, together."
~Marcus Pacheco, Board Member of the Addison Center for the Arts
One of the benefits of on-line art shows is that they can be enjoyed for as long as there is computer server space available to host them. The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s SU 536 and 537’s “Staying Connected through Art” will remain available to view at www.AddisonCenterfortheArts.org/stayingconnected.html for the immediate future.
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