At the Chapel Gallery
715 W Moss Avenue Peoria IL 61606
715 West Moss Ave
A number of years ago I began developing a series of paintings in monumental format, a specialty of painting I grew to love as a result of my study in Germany. Having been classically trained, I was equipped to move towards a freer sort of painting which I can best manage in a larger format. The larger paintings lend themselves to spontaneity in the form and anatomy of figures, or rich fabrics and patterns, both of which evolve as I paint them. I emphasize movement and intense color, but at the same time, maintain the planned order necessary to create complicated compositions filled with symbolism. In my Biblical paintings, I seek to teach several stories at once by showing how and why images and symbols connect across the many pages in the Old and New Testament Scriptures that form a breathtaking harmony spanning time from the beginning.
My art studies were in three schools that embraced three totally different philosophies of teaching. My earliest study was at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and I later went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from the Art Institute of Chicago. At the first school I learned to paint, at the second I learned to think more deeply about my painting as it related to the history of art in the centuries before me.
It was finally at the State Academy of Fine Art in Karlsruhe, Germany that I found my own voice working on massive canvases the size of walls. Ultimately I combined my classical influence with the freedom of my spontaneous compositions and figures. Blending these flowing compositions with refined detail has become nothing short of exhilarating for me as an artist.
My smaller works, paintings of life around me, are usually as vivid in color as my larger compositions, but the flowing lines can be seen within the subjects themselves, rather than forming the spatial relationships between the compositional elements of the larger paintings. In essence, large compositions or smaller works from life come together much in the same way.
Ultimately, it is my desire to draw my viewers into the beauty of a colorful composition as though they were entering a new world. It is also my passion to share an ancient faith in a fresh and vibrant way, displaying a part ancient, part future story, wherein we dwell connected to the entire narrative.
Rosemarie Adcock was born weeks after her family immigrated to the United States from Germany and Austria through Canada. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago (1978-80) under Eugene Hall, an apprentice of the Russian painter, Alexander Zlatoff-Mirsky, who was himself an apprentice to the Russian master, Ilya Repin. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1987). She received a stipend from the Minister of Culture of Baden-Wurtenberg, Germany, and studied printmaking and monumental painting at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe (1986-88) under the director Klaus Arnold, and also Max Neumann, guest professor for the class of Markus Lupertz.
Her exhibition of over 120 paintings of Russian peasants toured in the United States and Western Europe for over 7 years. After the resulting acquisition of humanitarian relief assistance of over $1.25 million in gift-in-kind donations for orphans and impoverished Russian families, the artist founded the charitable organization, Arts for Relief and Missions in 1993.
The artist’s current work is a series of biblical and allegorical oil paintings exploring rich color, lush garden settings and expressive figures. The artist’s paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Western and Eastern Europe. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe; including shows at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Museum for Florida Women Artists and twice at the Museum of Florida Art where her work received awards on both occasions. She lives with her husband, Ed, in Peoria, Illinois.
Jessica Ball Studio
929 N. Sheridan Rd. Studio 1B, Peoria IL 61606
Suzette enjoys hand-painting and designing her own notecard line, HeartART, which is carried by several floral shops and art galleries in Peoria, Illinois.
Regarding her larger acrylic paintings, Suzette's work is inspired by 20th century artist Mark Rothko, whose expressionist abstractions were deeply personal statements that sought to provide a transcendental experience; Rothko described his work as the "simple expression of complex thought."
Her larger paintings are on display at several Peoria area institutions and businesses, including the historic Cornerstone Building in downtown Peoria, Studios on Sheridan Gallery, Studio 825 and at Emerson Creek Pottery in Peoria Heights.
Contemporary Art Center Studios
305 SW Water St.
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I am a Fiber Artist currently exhibiting my work at The Atlelier Building the first Friday of each month. I am interested in creating beautiful handmade fiber pieces. I have most recently been working on making felted art. I enjoy joining natural materials in a myriad of colors and designs. The natural materials I use include Merino wool and silk. I use wet felting and Nuno felting techniques to create these textiles. Each piece created by felting is unique.
I also create by first hand knitting and then felting wool yarns into purses. I also knit using a wide variety of other yarns to create wearable pieces such as scarves and shrugs. This gives me the opportunity to play with color, texture and patterns.
My work has been or is exhibited at the following locations: Picture This Gallery (Peoria Heights), Junction City Art Fair, Peoria Heights Art Fair, Artists on The Boardwalk, Locust Street Art Gallery (Delavan), Gallery on Second (Kewanee), Hoerr Nursery and Anecdotes.
This body of work has been several years in the making. Some of the pieces came together very quickly while others evolved and changed as they were being constructed. It has been my experience that art parallels life. We may have an idea of what we want to say and do but circumstances have a way of altering those plans.
Take God's plan for us. He created us to be happy and free but selfishness violated that plan. Every person's life has been affected in some way by the greed, selfishness or indifference of others. My goal isn't to convince the viewer of a particular opinion on a subject. My hope is that you will be affected in some way. Whether it's good, bad or indifferent, the choice is yours.
Contemporary Art Center
305 SW Water Street
2nd floor Loft
Peoria, IL 61602
Nikole has been an artist since childhood. As a child, she tended to look at the world through very analytical and curious eyes. She loved to draw, paint and sculpt early in life, but was also always fascinated with small details and unique perspectives. Growing up in the country and near the Mackinaw River, nature supplied a wealth of subjects. Nikole's very first paintings were of wildlife. Her early passions were art, animals, and nature.
Nikole Cooney did her undergraduate studies in art at Illinois Central College. She was fortunate to study and apprentice under Preston Jackson for many years who strongly encouraged her to apply to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was accepted and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. From that point until now, she has worked as a full time artist.
Currently Nikole shares a studio with her husband, Eric Cooney, at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria in the Loft of the 2nd floor. Although she enjoys sculpting as well, her current body of work is primarily oil or acrylic paintings.
"I have found these rich mediums to be the most effective to achieve a soft, blended, fleshy feel to the work. My current pieces are like journal pages to me…some from mine….some from others. It is very cathartic in nature. Much of the work is social commentary. I have layered meanings by using symbolism and the psychological implications of the mask."
The mask also allows Nikole to bring animals and wildlife into the work. Through these beautiful creatures, she can speak indirectly of the strength, frailty and carnal nature of humans.
"It is my desire to create work that is not only visually exciting, but intellectually and emotionally stimulating as well."
by appointment only
512 E High Point Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614
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Originally from New York City, Cathie lived overseas six years in Saudi Arabia and France. She has concentrated on the color reduction woodcut since completing her MFA degree in 1987 from Bradley University where she had a one-person exhibition last year. Her work has been included in more than three hundred exhibitions, 25 solo exhibitions, seventy juried national shows and fifteen international juried exhibitions since completing a BFA from The Ohio State University. Crawford has won thirty-five awards at both the national and regional level. Her woodcuts have been exhibited in twenty-five states as well as France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the UK. Crawford’s prints are included in private and corporate collections in eight countries including the International Print Center New York in New York City; The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC; The Safeya Binzagr Darat (museum) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Crawford works reductively from one piece of ¼” luan plywood. Her small editions are known for luminous color achieved by numerous blended (split font) rolls of transparent ink applied with brayers and litho roller. Mylar stencils expand the color possibilities for each woodcut print.
I have always been attracted to water, seeking it out for its restorative powers. Water represents a powerful life giving force -- a source of replenishment, rejuvenation. My love of water aerobics, which I have been teaching for 10 years, is expressed in Lovely Legs. Likeness of Being is of a heron and his reflection in the water. Taking a break from my figurative work Breaking, Dayenu, Dianoia II and Serendipity, are non-objective. This new direction is theconverging of line, shape, color and texture in an ambiguous space.
Although I was taught in oils, my paint preference today is in acrylics. Artist-grade acrylics contain the same premium pigments and full load you find in your traditional quality oils. Also, today's acrylics offer a very large array of mediums, many degrees of modeling pastes and fine varnishes. I also love the shorter drying time acrylics offer - I can get very impatient!
My work at times may include universal, archetype and analogous symbolism through gesture, color, texture, assemblage, and/or mixed media.
"Creativity needs an open end to survive and grow, to keep hold the thread that connects us to the source - the artist becomes the medium, the magician."
My name is Cathy Engberg, and I am an oil painter. My subject matter is focused on people or animals relaxing or at play. I strive to capture a moment in time - a slice of everyday life. I often paint on smaller panels. I think that my smaller paintings create a feeling of intimacy in my compositions. What first grabs my attention to a scene are the light and shadow patterns. I am interested in the play of color in light, and will sometimes exaggerate a color or use it in unexpected ways. The compositions I come up emit feelings of joyful times. I hope to make you smile.
Studios on Sheridan
929 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61606
For more than 15 years Mike McGarvey has combined his love of gardening and photography to create "Art from the Butterfly Garden". All photos displayed here were taken in my backyard garden here in East Peoria, IL.
My main interest is in close-up or macro photography and my subjects include garden plants and visitors including butterflies, bees, wasps & whatever other pollinators drop into the garden.
Goal of my art: To share the incredible beauty and design of nature that can be found when you take a closer look.
I started my odyssey in glass in 1976, when I was introduced to stained glass. After ten years of working in several studios and executing many commissions in leaded glass, I branched out to explore lighting. Using many of the techniques I had learned in the leaded glass business, I designed and created a variety of lit objects. In 1985, I took my first glass blowing lessons, and quickly incorporated that technique into my lighting designs. This lead to me to acquiring a kiln in 1990, in which to fuse and slump glass, which in turn opened up a whole other world of possibilities for my artwork.
From a design aspect, I draw from all sorts of sources. I am fluent in most major design movements, and while I tend to favor more contemporary styles, I am a big fan of Mid Century, Art Deco, Post-Modernism, Low Brow, Pop and Bauhaus, to name a few. I am also a big proponent of re-cycling and up-cycling, using found objects to flesh out my creations.
I grew up in a military family, and moved a bit as a child. We finally settled in Florida in the early 1960s, and I was given the opportunity to live a couple of blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. We were also living very close to Cape Canaveral during the height of the Space Race, which pleased me to no end. I moved to Tampa, Florida in 1970 to go to college, but was totally unsure of what to do with my life. The years in college luckily did not impede my education. After living in Tampa for 25 years, I moved to Asheville, North Carolina, to continue my career in the mountains. Living there for 13 years, I met my wife, Michelle Funk, and was married to her in 2007. We moved to Peoria in 2010, with our dogs, Maisey and Stella.
Currently, I work out of my studio at home, as well as at Toraason Glass, where I exhibit much of my work.
Gene wishes to share his talents, experiences, and perspective through his artwork to as many people as possible. Always a "student of life" with a background in carpentry, Gene creates indoor and garden sculptures in steel, wood, and other materials. Painted or raw, these pieces reflect strength of purpose and design.
"It has become apparent to me that the type of art that I create is spreading joy and touching the senses of many people. I am extremely grateful to all those who have inspired and contributed to my work and growth in the course of my art career. Using the simplest of tools, I push the limits of my material and physical strength."
For many years I have explored the image and power inherent in soft pliable transparent planes, brightly colored glass and silky threads of embroidery floss. Sustained by the steady slow pace of needle passing through fabric, attaching bead, forming knot, line, geometrics and arabesque. The interplay of form now visible, now indistinct, handworked meditation encased in layered radiance. Silent hours spent with small encrusted images of opening, centered joy.
Lisa Nelson Raabe is an artist and yoga therapist who lives with her husband Burt in Peoria Heights, IL.
Studios on Sheridan
929 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61606
I have a passion to create, and I'm fascinated with the tools and technologies used in the creative processes.
I strive to produce images that are graphically simple, technically precise and vibrantly colored in order to render beautiful photographic fine art prints.
Ken Tiessen has been a lifelong artist, inspired by great painters such as N.C. Wyeth, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer. He works in a blended style of Realism and Impressionism in soft pastel and oils.
He creates many brilliant commissioned portraits from the Studio in Peoria and travels West each summer for plein-air work in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.
"The Divine speaks to me with beauty everywhere."