Meet the Artists
Jane Carney is a Chicago-based artist whose practice relies on what can only be described as an ongoing reciprocal dialogue with figurative abstraction in both drawing and painting. Carney exhibits regionally and nationally and maintains a disciplined studio practice. Her work is in collections nationally. She is a member of the National Association of Woman Artists.
"Whenever I initiate a drawing, collage or painting, a dialogue begins. It becomes a conversation, a back and forth of visual bantering. I play with materials and surfaces and in the process new directions and images emerge. This allows me to work with disparate ideas that evolve from personal experiences and the world around me. Through improvisation and experimentation I grab both conceptually and physically from whatever is in my path. Within the chaos, I search for a hidden order. In my studio practice, I attack, pull back, destroy and rework surfaces. It is a dance where the choreography is constantly changing until the piece tells me to stop. I am rewarded with the joy of discovery and rediscovery."
Janet enjoys creating expressive abstract and figurative paintings. Her focus is on the sensual nature of art and the healing aspect of beauty. “Like the meeting point of mind and body, experienced through yoga and the Chakra system, artistic composition can be felt both physically and through conscious response.” This interest in the full spectrum of human experience, from primal instincts to highest consciousness led to her studies of Eastern art and healing, becoming a Reiki Master through the Usui Shiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing and Certified Feng Shui Designer at the New York Institute of Art and Design. Janet says, the acceptance of paradox has been one of the most healing lessons of her life. Her process reflects this attitude. It is both fluid and structural, organic and geometric, "improv and laborious design." "Painting is the challenge of bringing together what is seen and what is felt as one integrated unified whole."
Janet is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her BFA in Studio Art, she teaches drawing and painting, currently online, and leads workshops on Drawing as Meditation as well as other topics. Collectors include Northwestern University, the Illinois Institute of Art, Frank Thomas and Fifield Companies.
There is a force -- a creative urge -- that overtakes some artists when they work. I am one of those artists. When I sit down to work, I feel a sense of extreme focus coming on. "Trance" might be a more descriptive word. I've heard it described as a "state of flow.” To me, all concerns fall away, and there is nothing in all the world except the object that is taking shape in my hands.
When this creative urge is all revved up, it says to me, "Sit down, shut up, and hand over the paintbrush!" It’s like a wave at the beach coming at you that is so big and powerful that it lifts you off your feet...and you’ve gotta hold on tight and hope for the best. When a day's work comes to an end, it’s a bit like stepping out of a coma.
Bonnie Katz’s current work is inspired from observing behaviors and characteristics of the animal world around her. Her summer was spent working in gardens that were frequented by rabbits and birds. Clay as her medium, she models figures both sculptural and as functional vessels. The work s is smoked in a sawdust pit to give an ambiance of mystery and wonder. Bonnie Katz is an artist and teacher within the Chicago arts community. Currently she teaches at the Evanston Art center as well as having taught at universities, public and private schools. Katz received a BFA from Washington University and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work has been featured in local and international exhibitions.
Currently based in Evanston, IL, Lucille Herman has exhibited lithographs, engravings, constructions, paintings and figure drawings in the US and Europe. Lucille’s 30 plus year practice as an Art Therapist and teacher in the Art Therapy Graduate program at the School of the Art Institute supports a process-oriented and transformational approach to the creation of art.
Mary Jo O'Gara
Mary Jo never tires of painting floral still lifes because of the spontaneous and free brushstrokes that she is able to use while painting them.
Stephen Murphy is a retired educator (New Trier High School art department chair and photography teacher) and lifelong photographer (almost). He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and the University of Chicago, and is ABT from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Until the pandemic he was a visiting artist at Walter Payton College Prep for three years.
Murphy has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Some of the venues include the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC, the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI, the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, CA, SOHO PHOTO in NYC, and Perspective Gallery in Evanston.
His artist book, Memento Mori, was juried into the 8th International Artists Book Triennial and was exhibited in venues throughout Europe. In cooperation with the Evanston Art Center, the Triennial crossed the Atlantic for the first time in its 25 year history of the Triennial and was on exhibit at the EAC in late summer of 2019.
Harold Bauer spent a life in music before transitioning to a serious interest in painting. His search in mostly abstract painting is for the expressive quality which inhabits the world of sound.
I love oil paint. It is earthy, gritty, elemental, ethereal, like air, like dirt. It helps me to express what inspires me in the ephemeral changes, and enduring forces of nature. I am fascinated discovering the possibilities of colors and textures interacting, and illusions of space that become spontaneously created on the canvas. I enter into the space of union between form and formlessness, inner and outer universes. I want to convey the inspiration, the sustenance of nature, sensing into the invisible sources of life. Transformational qualities of paint and color provide an endlessly rich evolving language. Physicality, emotionality, memory, intuition, time and timelessness are all wound up together. In the fleeting edges of sensation which are the essence of experiencing nature, I am constantly inspired. For me the mysterious sources of life are compelled to be expressed, through the elements and the pleasures of paint.
My work celebrates my love for drawing, color and composition. The subject that has primarily captured my interest has been the human figure. More recently, the lush panoramas in and around Door County, Wisconsin have evoked a renewed appreciation for landscape paintings. That ever -changing seasonal palette continues to inspire me
Peggy Macnamara has served as the Artist-in-Residence at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History since 1990, and as an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Macnamara has traveled with Field Museum scientists all over the world to paint nature and illustrate conservation efforts. She has published 4 books in collaboration with museum scientists through University of Chicago Press. In addition Macnamara has created 2 children book and a, a coloring book. Having been associated with the Field Museum for more than thirty years and a regular visiting painter at museums across across North America and Europe for fifteen years, Macnamara has also produced a series of classical drawings as well as paintings that bring together museum architecture, natural scenes, and cultural artifacts. A large collection of Macnamara's Original Watercolor Paintings are on permanent display at the Field Museum..