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Insider Art At Union Street Gallery June 22 – July 23, 2016

by Leon Sarantos in New Exhibit


Cobb Hall, UChicago … on display at Insider Art

Cobb Hall at the University of Chicago was designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb, and is the oldest building on campus.  Cobb modeled his designs after the Gothic style of architecture at Oxford in England.  When I paint the buildings on the UChicago quads, I like to contrast the traditional Gothic buildings with the youth and vitality of the students.  I contrast the old and the new, tradition and change, with the students’ electronic devices as a symbol of change.

Opening Reception for  Insider Art

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

When: We hope you will join us for the Artists’ Reception on the afternoon of Saturday, June 25,  2-6pm. Come and enjoy this exciting show! The exhibit continues until July 23.


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 the artists will be present to talk about their work.   

My UChicago paintings, “Cobb Hall” and “Over The Top” are on display. These paintings are inspired by the beauty of the Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle, symbolizing the conservative traditions and stable framework of the university, contrasting with the life and vibrancy of the ever-changing student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.


Over The Top   

Exhibiting Artists   Marjorie Anderson,  Richard Benoit, Claudia Craemer, Maureen Cribbs, Suzanne Dreher, Pam Eberlin, Barbara Edwards, Anitra Frazier, Dorita Fuller, Irene Ganas, Margie Hafer, Linda Lane Haynes, Madeline Henry, Ron Karlic, Aline Keith, Jean Lewis, Joe McIlhany, Harriett Miller, Alexis Moulds, Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, Michele Owens, Ginny Raftery, Pamela Rodey, Leon Sarantos, Richard Schmidt, Jean Schuster, Melvina Stemley, Mary Ann Trzyna, Marikay Peter Witlock.  Curator: Claudia Craemer

Some of the works have been displayed at numerous other venues; many have received recognition, honors, and awards in various competitions and invitational exhibits, both locally and around the country. All confirm our belief that we have some of the most exciting, talented and experienced artists in the region right here within our Union Street family.  

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 Saturday 11-4.  For more information about Union Street Gallery call 708-754-2601 or visit the website