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Q&A with Amy Lemaire: “Color is never a fact but always a truth.”

Amy Lemaire has studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. Her glass bead-making techniques have been featured on ABC News Chicago, Fox News Chicago, 190 North Chicago, and selected print media, including the Chicago Tribune, New City and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. In addition, Lemaire has fabricated glass pieces for the Field Museum’s Gregor Mendel exhibit, which will travel to other museums throughout the U.S. As a glass sculptor and painter, Lemaire has exhibited extensively and is represented by Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago.

Shoreline Habitat
Shoreline Habitat. Lampworked soda-lime glass and mixed media.
Courtesy of Amy Lemaire. Photo: Cindy Trim.

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Q&A with Sarah Kaiser: Painter of Many Genres

The Blimp
The Blimp. Courtesy of Sarah Kaiser.

With an MFA in painting and an MA in art history from the University of Chicago, Sarah Kaiser is a creative artist who changes her subject matter to keep her art making as alive as all of her intellectual interests. She has created multiple series of paintings dealing with subject matter as diverse as cartoons, geometric abstraction, observational still life, and conceptual pieces. Besides making art, one of her favorite past times is vacuuming.
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Interview with Gladys Nilsson: Painting Stories, Painting Life

Gladys Nilsson has lived and worked in Chicago for most of her life, and has lived with her family in the same house in a northern Chicago suburb for more than 30 years. As a professional artist, she has been known as one of the original artists who shook up the Chicago art scene with the first Hairy Who show at the Hyde Park Art Center in the ‘60s and later as one of the Chicago Imagists. She is still creating masterful figurative watercolor paintings, but her work has evolved into more complex — autobiographical, mythical, time-shifting, psychological — narratives. Nilsson is represented by Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago.

A Full Time
A Full Time. Courtesy of Gladys Nilsson and Jean Albano Gallery.

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Interview with Lorraine Peltz: Painting Life Through Signs and Symbols

Growing up in New York in the late ‘70s, Lorraine Peltz arrived in Chicago in the ‘80s to earn an MFA at the University of Chicago. As a professional artist and teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she paints about dreams, fantasies, gender issues, and parallel universes in familiar and yet surreal landscapes. She has participated in one person shows and group exhibitions nationally. In Chicago she has exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Koscielak Gallery, Printworks Gallery, the Rockford Art Museum, the Renaissance Society, and several other galleries and exhibition spaces.

Stardust. Courtesy of Lorraine Peltz.

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Q&A with Rebecca Ringquist: A Narrative Fiber Artist

I recently visited the studio of Chicago artist Rebecca Ringquist, where she was finishing up her pieces for a group show Soft Life at the Hyde Park Art Center. Soft Life runs from January 20th to March 30, 2008 with the opening on Sunday, February 3rd, 3-5pm.

Rebecca Ringquist takes traditional domestic craft materials and alters them with imagery by aggressively stitching them and embroidering her narrative stories on them. What she integrates is one part artist labor and the other part done by unknown women who crafted the original material. Her pieces push the boundary between traditional craft-making materials and contemporary art.

New Project
Garden Gate. Courtesy of Rebecca Ringquist.

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