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The Hyde Park Connection At CornerStone Art Gallery: Reception July 11
The Hyde Park Connection
A unique exhibition featuring the Studio 4 artists will open at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana for a two-month show this summer. As the new gallery director for CornerStone Art Gallery, I am especially pleased to present artists whom I’ve met through the Hyde Park Art Center for our summer exhibit at CornerStone Art Gallery. Studio 4 is a group of artists associated with the esteemed Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. As a member of the group, I will be displaying my own art as well. The exhibit will be on view in July and August, with an opening reception on Friday evening, July 11.
Studio 4. Having painted, printed, and pressed clay together for a number of years, the Studio 4 artists are inspired by their classes and camaraderie to present their first group show in a salon style exhibit. The art will include carefully rendered portraits in oil by Gloria Carrig, dynamic screenprints by Lisa Jenschke, intricate ceramics on a micro scale by writer/artist Bo Brown, and large-scale artwork by Ted Micheletti. Studio 4 unites an interesting group of artists from a variety of disciplines: Architect and artist Leon Sarantos, social activist Carolyn Pereira, and blogger and fabric artist Heather LaRiviere. Several Studio 4 artists have long roots in the Chicago art scene: Donna Terry was a high school student when she attended the first Hairy Who exhibit at the Art Center in the 1960s, while Jean Hester’s brother was one of the founding members of AfriCOBRA. The show also includes work by teaching artist Randall Miller, who trained at the San Francisco Art Institute. Studio 4 will be on display in the main gallery.
Layered Lusciousness. Art by renowned Chicago artist Darrell Roberts will be featured as a companion solo show. Roberts has served as mentor and teacher to many of the Studio 4 artists. He is my most influential teacher, mentor and friend. His thickly textured, painted surfaces are inspired by the metropolis: the landscape, architecture, and construction of Chicago. Roberts has displayed his art extensively in both national and international exhibits. His recent residency and exhibitions in India provide him with a new metropolis and palette to inspire his work. He attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and received a BFA and a Masters in Fine Art. Roberts is represented by McCormick Gallery in downtown Chicago. As Gallery Director, Thomas McCormick, says, “This guy just gets me with his lush brushwork — real cake-frosting surfaces in a size you can hold in the palm of your hands.” Darrell Roberts’ art will be on display in the Winsberg gallery section of CornerStone.
Auras, Halos, Crowns and Filigree. David Anthony Geary is a talented, teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center. His art is also in a companion solo show. His lively and colorful art leaps off the canvas to engage the viewer. He has guided and influenced many Studio 4 artists. The community of Evanston and the greater Chicagoland area serve as a great source of inspiration to add to his palette. His work includes painting, printmaking, and photography. His visual training took place in New Orleans, LA at Xavier University. Geary’s art will be on display in the Mills-Groninger gallery section of CornerStone.
The Hyde Park Connection and solo shows will be on view from July 5 to September 5 with an opening reception on Friday, July 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM. The reception is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Many of the artists will be present to engage the public and answer questions. Exhibiting artists include: Bo Brown, Gloria Carrig, David Anthony Geary, Jean Hester, Lisa Jenschke, Heather LaRiviere, Ted Micheletti, Randall Miller, Carolyn Pereira, Darrell Roberts, Leon Sarantos, and Donna Terry.
CornerStone Art Gallery. CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The gallery is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minute drive from Chicago. Enter the gallery via the New York Avenue entrance on the west side of the building. Gallery hours are: 9 to 5 weekdays and 9 to noon Saturday. The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists. The website is at
Contact For more information about this event contact: Leon Sarantos, email email@example.com Phone: 773 288 1944.