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Insider Art Exhibit At Union Street Gallery June 17 – July 18, 2015

by Leon Sarantos in New Exhibit


Crisscrossing Surf, Hawaii

On an overcast day in Oahu, I became fascinated with the patterns made by the surf as it rolled in to Kailua Beach.  With the hill in the background this scene suggests to me the elemental beauty of nature … on display at Insider Art.

Opening Reception for  Insider Art

You’re invited to our “Insider Art” exhibit at Union Street Gallery.    

When:  Opening Reception is this Friday, June 19, 6-9pm.  The exhibit continues until July 18.

What:   Insider Art is an eclectic mix of fun and inspiring work by Union Street Gallery Studio & Guild Artists. The reception is free and open to the public.  This annual exhibit showcases the artists’ most recent work as well as older work shown in new and exciting ways. The work in the show highlights a diverse mix of approaches to subjects, media and styles and includes painting, drawing, pastel, photography, collage, sculpture, and found object assemblage.

There will be refreshments and live music performed by Grammy Contender Composer Keenan Baxter! The artists will also be present to talk about their work.

In addition to my photo of Hawaii, one of my digital artworks is on display: Three Lift Bridges, Calumet River.  


Three Lift Bridges, Calumet River

In photographing the area, I was continually drawn to the strong shapes of three lift bridges that are side by side and that once serviced three active parallel train tracks. These bridges are prominent in most of the photographs.   The steel laced Chicago Skyway provides a unifying background presence running throughout the series.  The electrical lines draped across the top of many photos give a light and dynamic counterbalance to the heavy steel and concrete masses below. The waterway lends a feeling of the eternal and acts as an added unifying element.

About Union Street Gallery

This vibrant gallery space is in a historic landmark building, constructed as an Elks Club meeting house in 1926.  The three-story historic landmark building was rehabilitated with a two story open gallery space and artists studios filling the third floor. Today Union Street Gallery is the premier arts resource for the Chicago southland serving 3000 people per year through diverse art exhibits, classes and workshops, and art outreach projects. There are 15 studio artists and 27 guild artists.The Gallery continues to grow and establish itself as a sustainable arts and culture resource for the south suburbs.  it is located at 1527 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Gallery hours: Wednesday and Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-6 Friday, Saturday 11-4.  For more information about Union Street Gallery call 708-754-2601 or visit the website


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Grammy Contender Composer Keenan Baxter