Chicago-area artists are exhibiting their newest works in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Spring Members Show, running from May 7 through June 14 in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois. A reception open to the public will be held in the gallery Friday, May 10 from 7 to 9 pm. Over 50 entries in a wide array of form, style and media are on display.
Judging the exhibition will be Sergio Gomez, a Chicago-based visual artist and owner/director of 33 Contemporary Gallery. Gomez also is curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center and a director of VisualArtToday.com. Prizes will be awarded during the open house on May 10.
Among the entries is a watercolor by Chicago’s Judie Anderson. Her "St. John’s Wort” is one of a series depicting wildflowers that grow in Illinois. She stated that research on that series took place in the spring and summer at Morton Arboretum. “At the time, I learned many things about the particular flowers I painted... making me more appreciative of their nature than just their natural beauty,” she said.
Not all EAG members are from the Chicago area. Leroy Twarogowski, who lives in Chamisal, New Mexico, entered his photograph "Portrait of Max," taken during a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago with his grandson, Max.
“The breadth of styles and media included in the show results in dramatically different approaches to art, encompassing watercolors, ceramics, oils, acrylics, collages and photographs,” according to Francesco Irion, EAG President. Works include landscapes, portraits and abstract works, among others. Most pieces are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.
The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Friday from 10am to 8pm. Friday is the Museum’s free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.
The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. Each year it hosts several group shows featuring the artwork of Guild members, an invitational show for a significant local artist, and the National Art Premiere, a nationwide juried group show. Exhibits are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org,