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Slow Art in Fast Times: Opening Reception 6/24 2-5PM

  Cobb Hall, UChicago   Opening Reception for Slow Art in Fast Times: An Art show at The Snail Restaurant   You’re invited!   When:  Opening Reception is this Sunday, June 24th from 2-4pm with live music and refreshments.   What: Hyde Park Art Center artists presents work by four local artists: Gloria Carrig, Jean… read more

Opening Reception For “Privates”: Friday At Studio Oh, 4/13, 6-10

    Youthful Thoughts   You’re invited to the opening reception for our group exhibit, “Privates”on Friday, April 13th!   Come celebrate the latest exhibition at Studio Oh in Pilsen.  Then explore 30+ creative spaces for 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District. When:  The opening Reception is Friday evening, April 13th from… read more

Opening Reception For Perspective: In Depth At Studio Oh, 7/14, 6-10

  Coffee Shop, UChicago You’re invited to the opening reception for our group exhibit, Perspective: In Depth on Friday, July 14th! Come celebrate the latest exhibition at Studio Oh! in Pilsen.  Then explore 30+ creative spaces for 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District. When:  The opening Reception is Friday evening, July 14th… read more

Exhibition By Chicago Alliance Of Visual Artists, Reception Sunday 4/1, 2-5PM

  Infrastructure Madness, Calumet River & 95th Street, Chicago, on display with Chicago Alliance Of Visual Artists Opening Reception for Chicago Alliance Of Visual Artists You’re invited to our Spring Members Show at  the Old Town Arts Center:  Leslie Wolfe Gallery. When: We hope you will join us for the Artists’ Reception on this Sunday afternoon… read more

Reception for Domicile: Exhibition in the Glessner House Museum, 10/14, 6 to 8 PM

Botany Pond You’re invited to the opening reception for our Domicile Exhibit this Friday evening!   When: The opening reception is this Friday, October 14, from 6 to 8 PM for Domicile: An Exhibition in the Glessner House Coach House, 1800 S. Prairie, Chicago. My UChicago architectural art is on display in this group show, including… read more

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

  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… read more

Artists At Work At The 57th Street Art Fair

You’re invited! Visit the Artists At Work booth at the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago. The fair is free and open to the public. I am honored to be selected to be one of the Artists At Work. When:  This Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th, from 10 AM to 5 PM.  I… read more

GACI Gallery Opening Reception, Friday 12/4, 5-8:00

    Cobb Hall Clock    12” by 12” Art Showcase at GACI Gallery: Opening Reception, Friday 12/4, 5-8:00   You’re invited!   When:  Opening reception is this Friday, Dec. 4, 5 to 8:00. Come and see our art!   This reception is free and open to the public. My photographs of the University of Chicago… read more

GACI Gallery Opening Reception, Friday 10/2, 5-8:30

Autumn Fields and Purple Lake You’re invited!   When:  Opening reception is this Friday, Oct 2, 5 to 8:30. Come and see our art!   This reception is free and open to the public. My abstract paintings are on display.     What:   This is the inaugural reception for GACI Gallery, which is a new gallery… read more

Triad Exhibit at CornerStone Gallery, Reception 8/21/2015, 6:30-9 PM

  YOU ARE INVITED: Opening Reception for the Triad exhibit WHEN:  Opening Reception is this Friday evening, August 21, 6:30-9 PM at CornerStone Art Gallery.  The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues until September 23rd. I will be displaying my photo, Crisscrossing Surf, Oahu.  This seascape photo was taken at… read more

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

    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… read more

ColorPlay: Solo Exhibit At The Bernard Gallery, May – June 2015

  Opening Reception for ColorPlay I’m very pleased to invite you to my solo exhibit, ColorPlay, at the Bernard Gallery at Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. When:  The reception is this coming Wednesday, June 3rd, from 4:30 to 6:30. The reception and refreshments are free and open to the public.  I look… read more

OUTLOOKS AND INSIGHTS: Works by Union Street Studio and Guild Artists, Reception 5/1/2015

Waiting Opening Reception You’re invited to our opening reception! When:  Opening Reception is this Friday, May 1, 7 -9 PM at the gallery of the Tall Grass Arts Association.  I will be displaying my two of my figurative paintings, Waiting and Morning Breeze. This reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues… read more

Leon Sarantos Receives Award for Winter Woods Landscape

Winter Woods   Honorable Mention   I am especially pleased to receive an Honorable Mention award for my painting, Winter Woods, at the regional, juried exhibit:  Indigenous Landscapes: Imprints of the South Shore.  The Winter Woods painting was among six artworks to receive an award, with over 100 artworks on display.     Winter Woods… read more

Indigenous Landscapes Exhibit: Reception at Indiana Welcome Center: Wednesday, 2/11, 5-7 PM

  Winter Woods Opening Reception for the Indigenous Landscapes Exhibit You’re invited !   Join us this Wednesday evening.  Come celebrate the Indigenous Landscapes exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center. When:  The opening reception is this Wednesday, February 11, from 5 to 7 PM.  The reception is free and open to the public. Enjoy light refreshments… read more

Open House At The Handsome Squid Cafe, This Sunday 1/25 Noon To 10 PM

Gargoyle At Cobb Gate, UChicago   Open House at The Handsome Squid Cafe You’re invited: Art, music, literary readings, food and coffee at the Handsome Squid Cafe in Chicago.  All proceeds go to Jakmel Ekspresyon Community Art Center to support a space of non-discrimination and diversity for Haitian artists.  I will be displaying my digital… read more

TONIGHT. You are invited. – At Studio Oh, 6-10 PM in Chicago

    TONIGHT – At Studio Oh in Chicago, 6-10 PM, the first ‘2nd Friday Artwalk’ of the new year!!!       “Who’s Afraid Of Red? You still have a chance to see the collaborative effort of 25 artist tackling the color red. I’m pleased that two of my artworks, “Preacher Man,” and “Young… read more

Naughty or Nice? My Nude Art At Third Fridays at The Zhou B Art Center

Female Nudes  I’m pleased to be an invited guest artist in the third floor studio of Diana Leviton-Gondek at The Zhou B Art Center.   Join us this Friday!  You’re invited to my exhibit: “Naughty or Nice?  Nude Art.”   Come see the latest exhibits at Third Fridays at The Zhou B Art Center. When:  You’re invited… read more

Opening Reception At Studio Oh: 12/12 In Chicago Arts District

  Preacher Man – Oil painting Join us this Friday! Come celebrate the exhibition at Studio Oh in Pilsen.  Then explore 30+ creative spaces for 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in the Chicago Arts District. When:  You’re invited to the opening reception this Friday, December 12, from 6 – 10 PM.  It is free and open… read more

My Cityscape Paintings in Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659

  Art Fair On Oliver Street   My art is on display in the “Artistic License” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana, until November 29th. Indiana artist, Ish Muhammad, is this year’s juror.  Artists were invited to use artistic license in selecting the best of their art. Opening Reception is on this Friday, November 7, 7-9PM.… read more

The Abstract Show III – Regional, Juried Art Exhibition

Opening Reception For The Abstract Show III At Brickton Art Center, 10/18     Loopy Llama, Sunrise On Wooded Lake, Jumping Jack Join us this Saturday!  Come celebrate the latest gallery exhibition at the Brickton Art Center. When:  The opening reception is on Saturday, October 18 from 4 PM to 7 PM, free and open… read more

My Paintings & Digital Art At Ravenswood ArtWalk This Weekend, Oct 4-5

Ravenswood ArtWalk This Weekend, Oct 4-5     Digital Art, Steel Giants Of The Heartland You are invited to see my art at the thirteenth annual Ravenswood ArtWalk again this year. including digital art from my series, Steel Giants Of The Heartland, as well as paintings including cityscapes, landscapes, abstract and figurative art. Ravenswood ArtWalk… read more

Oliver Brown Art Show: Reception, Friday Evening, 9/12/14

    You are invited to the Oliver Brown Show at CornerStone Gallery.  I am very pleased to be displaying three of my fine art prints:     Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth This still life painting was sold to a collector in Russia;  limited edition prints are now available. Artwork details: Still… read more

Cobb Hall Latest UChicago Painting In My Chicago On Canvas Series

     Cobb Hall   Painting Details   I’m an architect, as well as an artist, and I like to paint the Gothic architecture on the UChicago quads. Cobb Hall is on display at CornerStone Gallery until September 5.  Cobb Hall at the University of Chicago was designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb, and is… read more

Union Street Gallery Presents “A Little Garden Art” – 10th Annual Garden Walk, 7/12

    I’m pleased to participate in this year’s Garden Art Walk with Union Street Gallery.  I really enjoyed this event last year, when I painted “Garden Retreat.”     Garden Retreat, painting details What: Enjoy an enchanting day experiencing beautiful and unique landscapes in Chicago’s south suburbs. To delight even further, each garden will… read more

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… read more

My Art At Fresh Starts Restaurant Exhibit, June – August 2014

Fresh Starts Restaurant Exhibit     My art will be on display at Fresh Starts Restaurant this summer from June 22 to August 22.  I recently enjoyed a wonderful meal at moderate prices at Fresh Starts restaurant.  So I am especially pleased at being invited to display my art there.  The restaurant is in Flossmoor,… read more

Leon Sarantos Is New Gallery Director At CornerStone Art Gallery

  CornerStone Art Gallery Although I’ve been creating art for most of my life, it’s only in the last four years that I’ve begun to display my art in exhibits.  One of the first calls for art that I responded to was hosted by 119th Street Artists at CornerStone Art Gallery in Indiana.  I was… read more

My Abstract Art in “Minute Musings” Regional Juried Exhibit: Reception Friday, 4/25

Minute Musings Exhibit     Jumping Jack   I’m really pleased to have my art in the “Minute Musings” exhibit at Union Street Gallery. When: Reception on Friday, April 25, from 6 to 9 PM.  The reception is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  The exhibit is on display now, and… read more

Triad Exhibit: Opening Reception This Friday 3-14, 6-9 PM

  You are invited!  Opening Reception for the Triad exhibit. My landscape and still life art is on display, as well as art from many Midwest artists. WHEN: The reception is this Friday evening, March 14, 6-9 PM at CornerStone Art Gallery.  The exhibit is on display until Friday, May 2   WHERE: CornerStone Art… read more

Color and Cork: Painting Class At Union Street Gallery Friday evening, March 7

Color and Cork   You are invited to join us at Union Street Gallery this Friday, March 7, 7-10 PM.  I will be joining professional artist and instructor Pat Moore as we teach painting and drawing at Union Street Gallery: “Create your very own masterpiece while enjoying your favorite wine! Share this artistic adventure with… read more

Closing reception: South Lake Artist’s Group Show at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery

Closing reception: South Lake Artist’s Group Show     Infrastructure Madness   You are invited! – Closing reception this Saturday for the South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, features art by 26 Midwest artists.  We will also have live music with Thomas Matecki, Cleo Michelle Kifer Milan, and… read more

New Abstract Painting From My Networks Series: “Alpine Sunrise”

Alpine Sunrise (H 6 X W 12 inches, $120)  My abstract art series explores the theme of networks. I create a single result from many random lines, joining together to inspire an unexpected result, a surprise image. This is how my painting, Alpine Sunrise, evolved. Displayed In Solo Exhibit     Alpine Sunrise was displayed… read more

New Painting – “Loopy Llama”

  Loopy Llama (H 22 X W 28 inches, $390)  Loopy Llama is one of my new abstract paintings from my Networks series.  I start by applying swatches of color to the canvas in a random but slightly controlled composition.  Then, using a single color, I start outlining these swatches. Eventually, a figure or scene… read more

New Painting For South Lake Artist’s Group Show & Benefit

Tabbies In The Red Yarn, Diptych   South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show The South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show is at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery and features art by 25 Midwest artists.   All of the art created live during the show is part of a silent auction; 10% of each… read more

Twelfth Month Annual Exhibit & Boutique at Union Street Gallery 2013

    Garden Retreat Opening Reception for Twelfth Month Annual Exhibit & Boutique You’re invited !  When:  Opening Reception is this Saturday, November 23, 12-3 PM. The exhibit is open from November 13 until December 21, 2013.  I will be displaying my oil paintings in the 1st floor gallery show, including Garden Retreat, which was… read more

My Winter Exhibitions

Art Exhibit News I’m pleased to let you know that I have several exhibits coming up this November and December. You are invited!   Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659      C-Shop, UChicago Coffee Shop   When: Reception on Friday, November 8, 7-9PM.  Exhibit continues until November 30th. What:  Second year for this juried exhibit.… read more

South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show

The South Lake Artist’s Co-op 4TH Anniversary Group Show at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery will feature art by 25 Midwest artists, with several artists creating live in the gallery, music and a potluck.  Digital art from my series, Steel Giants of the Heartland will be on display.     Infrastructure Madness Where:  Paul Henry’s Art… read more

C-Shop, Coffee Shop UChicago Painting in Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659

  C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago   My painting, C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, is on display in the “Artistic License” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana, until November 30th. Artistic License Exhibit At Studio 659 It’s the second year for this juried exhibit at Studio 659.  Indiana artist and art professor, Lou Shields, is this… read more

My Networks Exhibit At CornerStone Art Gallery

My New Paintings At CornerStone Art Gallery      Loopy Llama New paintings in my Networks series are on display at CornerStone Art Gallery.   When:  Opening reception this Friday, October 11, 6-8:30 pm, the exhibit continues until November 15th. Where:  CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the Centier Bank Building at… read more

Ravenswood ArtWalk – Visitors Map For This Weekend

Ravenswood ArtWalk – Visitors Map For This Weekend      My art is all set up Ravenswood ArtWalk Hope to see you there. I’m at building #2 at 4611 N. Ravenswood Avenue, 2nd floor.  

My Paintings & Digital Art At Ravenswood ArtWalk This Weekend, Oct 5-6

My Paintings & Digital Art At Ravenswood ArtWalk I am very pleased to be displaying my art at Ravenswood ArtWalk again this year, including this oil painting, Endless Summer Fields.   Endless Summer Fields Ravenswood ArtWalk The Ravenswood ArtWalk is always an exciting event and is part of Chicago Artists Month.  This year the it… read more

Union Street Gallery Guild Artists At Fresh Starts Restaurant, Flossmoor, Illinois

Union Street Gallery Guild Artists At Fresh Starts Restaurant What a restaurant!  What an art show! I am very pleased to join the Union Street Gallery Guild artists in our group show at Fresh Starts restaurant in Flossmoor, Illinois.  Our art show continues until Saturday, September 28.  My abstract painting, Mexican RoadTrip, is on display.… read more

“Eye on the Arts” Interview With Leon Sarantos On Lakeshore Television

“Eye on the Arts” Interview    My interview for “Eye on the Arts” aired last night on Lakeshore television.  I talked with host John Cain about events at CornerStone Art Gallery this weekend.  I am a member of 119th Street Artists and we sponsor programs at the gallery.   Opening Reception We have an opening… read more

Fluidity Exhibit: Opening Reception At Union Street Gallery August 9

  Female Nudes, By Leon Sarantos, At Fluidity Exhibit The reception for our Fluidity exhibit at Union Street Gallery is next Friday, August 9, 6 – 9PM.    My painting, Female Nudes, will be on display. This figurative art uses a loose style that suggests the forms with one nude standing and the other reclining in… read more

My Steel Giants Digital Art in Exposure 2013 Exhibit, New York City

Exposure 2013 Exhibit, New York City   95th And Calumet Lift Bridge The Exposure 2013 exhibit opened last Thursday, 6/11 in the New York City gallery sponsored by See.me, a web-based arts organization.  This digital exhibition features photography from over 100 countries presented on monitors and projected on the back wall of the gallery.  The… read more

Art on G+ Virtual First Friday Art Walk This Friday July 5

 Virtual First Friday Art Walk For Artists and Art Fans:  Can’t get out to an art show this weekend?  You can see engaging art from around the world on G+.  Tomorrow is the virtual First Friday Art Walk on G+, which now has over 500,000 international followers. I have been participating in this event for… read more

Ordinary Things Exhibit Continues Until July 6 At Studio 659

  Still Life of Blue and Green Bottles – Tempera & watercolor on paper, H  12 X W 14 inches, Price: $120. This is the last week to see the Ordinary Things Exhibit at Studio 659 until July 6.  My art, Still Life of Blue and Green Bottles, is on display, along with many engaging… read more

“Insider Art” Opening Reception At Union Street Gallery June 21st

  Botany Pond, by Leon Sarantos, At Insider Art Exhibit Botany Pond is in my series of cityscape paintings, focusing on the Main Quadrangles at the University of Chicago campus.  The traditional grey, stone Gothic buildings in the background contrast with the vibrant primary colors used to portray today’s students in the foreground.  Botany Pond… read more

Reception for Ordinary Things Exhibit At Studio 659, June, 2013

Three Potted Geraniums     My painting, Three Potted Geraniums, is on display in  the “Ordinary Things” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana until July 6.  This painting portrays a nostalgic memory of the interior of my Chicago apartment.  (Oil on canvas, H 18 X W 16 inches $190)   Ordinary Things Can Be Extraordinary  … read more

My Still Life Art in Ordinary Things Exhibit At Studio 659, June, 2013

Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth     My painting, Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth, is on display in  the “Ordinary Things” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana until July 6.  (Oil on canvas, H 30 X W 36 inches, $260).   Ordinary Things Exhibit At Studio 659 In this exhibit, the art… read more

New Painting – Organic Creatures Cruising Lake Shore Drive

Organic Creatures Cruising Lake Shore Drive   This painting is part of an abstract series, Organic Creatures, that combines a feeling of whimsy with a sense of bizarre absurdity. It suggests to me a strange family of beings going on excursions.  This time they are cruising Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Painted in blue, gray… read more

Art on G+ Virtual First Friday Art Walk

Virtual First Friday Art Walk, 5/3/2013   For Artists and Art Fans:  Can’t get out to an art show this weekend?  You can see engaging art from around the world on G+.  Tomorrow is the virtual First Friday Art Walk on G+, which now has almost 280,000 international followers. I have been participating in this… read more

My Painting In Honor Of Earth Day: Dawn Twilight – The Sun, The Moon, The Stars

Dawn Twilight – The Sun, The Moon, The Stars       This triptych painting is based on my memories of traveling in the High Sierra Mountains, of looking up to see the sky full of stars.  As today is Earth Day, it seems an especially appropriate time to post it.   In this artwork… read more

Abstract Art by Leon Sarantos in “Mad World” National Juried Exhibit Until 4/6

My Organic Creatures series in Mad World Exhibit       I’m very pleased that all three of my “Organic Creatures” paintings were selected for the “Mad World”, National Juried Exhibit at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.    Only 60 artworks from among 271 were selected by juror Natalie Domchenko (Director: Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago).… read more

My 2012 Highlights: Digital Art

Digital Art Cityscapes     Hull Court Gate At Times Square    By using innovative techniques that I have developed over the last year and a half, I have created images that are creating quite a stir — both in Midwest area exhibits and international venues.  When my artworks are displayed, they often elicit animated… read more

Abstract Art by Leon Sarantos in “Mad World” National Juried Exhibit: Union Street Gallery

My Organic Creatures series in Mad World Exhibit     Organic Creatures Slurping Up A Mango Smoothie I’m very pleased that my all three of my “Organic Creatures” paintings were selected for the “Mad World”, National Juried Exhibit at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 8th, 6-9PM.… read more

My Abstract Art On Exhibit at CornerStone Art Gallery

   Mexican RoadTrip   My abstract art, Mexican RoadTrip, is on exhibit this week in the Annual Oliver Brown Members’ Show at Art Gallery in the Bank building, 1500 Street, Whiting, Indiana – about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. For more about the gallery, see 119th Street Artists 

My Digital Art At International Streaming Festival, 7th Edition, 12/1 – 12/9: Chicago Cityscapes

Lift Bridges Meet Skyway     The Streaming Festival 7th Edition My digital art cityscapes are on display in the 7th Edition of the International Streaming Festival 12/1 – 12/9. The Streaming Festival is an art event for independent artists exhibiting unconventional audio-visual  and 2D art from all over the world. This online exhibit is… read more

Coming Soon – My Cityscape Digital Art Will Be In The 7th Edition of the International Streaming Festival 12/1 – 12/9.

  My digital art cityscapes were just accepted for the 7th Edition of the International Streaming Festival 12/1 – 12/9.  Organized and curated by the isfth foundation in the Hague, the Streaming Festival is an art event for independent artists exhibiting unconventional audio-visual  and 2D art from all over the world. This event takes place… read more

Art on G+: Saturday Art Review by C.J. Shane – October 6, 2012: Leon Sarantos

Saturday Art Review: Leon Sarantos USAI am very pleased to have my art reviewed so thoughtfully in the #SaturdayArtReview by artist and author, C.J. Shane.  Her art and art reviews are among my favorite features of art on G+. “Chicago-based American artist Leon Sarantos is a multi-talented artist who paints a variety of subjects: landscape,… read more

A Love Affair With Colors: Solo Exhibit By Leon Sarantos, 10/6 – 11/16

A Love Affair With Colors I am pleased to announce my solo art exhibit at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana, October to November 16th. The reception is on Friday evening, October 12, 6-9PM.   CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the Centier Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana, 46394.   A Love Affair With… read more

Chicago cityscapes By Leon Sarantos In ArtConneKt International Exhibit, United Kingdom, 9/1-9/14

    If you are near Wales in the UK, you are welcome to visit our group show, ArtConneKt International Exhibit, where my Chicago cityscapes are on display from October 1 to 14.  I’m really pleased to be participating in this international exhibit at Oriel Bach gallery in Wales, UK.  Thanks to gallery artist, Owen… read more

Ravenswood ArtWalk: Chicago Artists Month

    Sunflowers In Vase You are welcome to see my art at the Ravenswood ArtWalk this weekend, Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-6 for Chicago Artists Month.  My still life painting, Sunflowers In Vase, is at the Central Gallery,1807 W Sunnyside, 1A.   More of my paintings and digital art will be at 1802 W Berteau… read more

Digital Art by Leon Sarantos In 69th Annual Salon Show

Lift Bridges At Dusk, Calumet River   69Th Annual Salon Show   Leon Sarantos is honored to have his digital art selected for the 69th Annual Salon Show. The exhibit is sponsored by South Shore Arts at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana. The juror, Daniel Schulman, is with the City of… read more

My Abstract Cityscape, Lakeside City, Now At Paul Henry’s Art Gallery

Lakeside City At Paul Henry’s Art Gallery     I’m very pleased to add my painting, Lakeside City, to Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, which represents my art.   Lakeside City, is an oil painting inspired by the view of the Chicago skyline at twilight.  This cityscape artwork displays a stylized approach to realistic art that… read more

My Art, Mexican RoadTrip, in Road Trip Exhibit: Studio 659, September, 2012

Mexican RoadTrip     I have often combined my love of travel with painting, but few places are as beautiful and hospitable as Barra de Navidad, a coastal village on the western shore of Mexico where the small local population mingles with tourists and artists.  While visiting Barra the vibrant tropical colors inspired my non-objective… read more

My Painting, Preacher Man, Featured By Resident Curator of Artists2Artists, 8/27/2012

My Painting, Preacher Man, Featured: Artists2Artists I am very pleased to learn that my painting, Preacher Man, was just selected as a Featured Work by  Kristen T. Woodward who is the resident curator of Artists2Artists.net.  She is a Professor of Art at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.  Artists2Artists is a curated web site that provides… read more

My Painting, Cowgirl With Guitar, In Americana Exhibit At Studio 659, August, 2012

  Cowgirl With Guitar I am pleased to display my abstract figurative painting, Cowgirl With Guitar, at the Americana Exhibit At Studio 659 this month.  In this stylized painting the cowgirl and her guitar are painted in a representational manner, while the background is geometric and abstract. This artwork is part of my abstract realism… read more

My Digital Art Selected For Publication “Art Takes Times Square” 2012

    Blue Flowers at Botany Pond Good news today! My digital art, probably this Blue Flowers at Botany Pond image, was selected for publication in the 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”   I was very honored this week to learn that the editorial committee selected my digital art for publication in the… read more

Infrastructure Madness At Calumet River: Industrial Art by Leon Sarantos in CornerStone Photo Arts III Until August 3

Infrastructure Madness At Calumet River     Digital Art Photo: Infrastructure Madness At Calumet River.  This transportation hub was built along the Calumet River. Since land and water traffic both needed throughways, this has meant the design of movable bridges. Land traffic was halted when ships needed to clear the bridge area. On Exhibit at… read more

Special Recognition For Art By Leon Sarantos: International Abstract Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Art Gallery – July, 2012

Organic Creatures Going To The Beach     I am very pleased that my abstract art, Organic Creatures Going To The Beach, is in the Abstract Art Exhibition this month in the Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.  My painting received a Special Recognition award.  It is part of a series of whimsical, abstract paintings… read more

Chicago, City of Bridges: Digital Art by Leon Sarantos in CornerStone Photo Arts III Until August 3

Calumet Bridges From 95th Street   Digital Art Photo of the bridges over the Calumet River near 95th street.  These center-span lift bridges can be seen with the Chicago Skyway Bridge in the background.  The bridges are at the border between Illinois and Indiana. CornerStone Photo Arts III Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce that… read more

Hull Court Gate, Digital Art By Leon Sarantos Displayed At Art Takes Times Square

Hull Court Gate, At Art Takes Times Square     My digital art, Hull Court Gate, was one of the artworks selected for display on Times Square this past Monday! The photo is part of my Digital Gothic series of scenes from the Gothic Revival architecture on the University of Chicago campus. Art Takes Times Square… read more

Gargoyle At Cobb Gate – In Art Takes Times Square Tonight

Gargoyle At Cobb Gate   Today is the big day! In just a few hours, Art Takes Times Square will present thousands of works by artists from all across the world (including me) in an immense art exhibition in NYC. This momentous event – hosted by Questlove of The Roots – will be celebrated with… read more

Digital Art by Leon Sarantos in CornerStone Photo Arts III

CornerStone Photo Arts III Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce that his industrial art is on display in CornerStone Photo Arts III, a juried photography exhibit.  The exhibit is at the CornerStone Art Center & Gallery in Whiting, Indiana throughout June and July, 2012.  The juror, Martin Martinez, is on faculty in the Media and… read more

Honorable Mention For Art By Leon Sarantos: International Figurative Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Art Gallery – June, 2012

Honorable Mention: Young Lady With Long Pipe     I am pleased and honored that my abstract figurative painting, Young Lady With Long Pipe, won Honorable Mention in the international Figurative Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery.  It will be on display throughout June.  This award placed my painting in the top… read more

Abstract Art By Leon Sarantos, CornerStone Art Center & Gallery April – May, 2012

Organic Creatures Visiting Washington   My Organic Creatures series features whimsical, abstract paintings with soft colors separated by strong, vertical,brown lines, suggesting a strange family of beings on an outing.  Much of my work is very planned, deliberate, and slow to evolve.  At some point, I like to stop work on such a piece and… read more

Abstract Figurative Art By Leon Sarantos, CornerStone Art Center & Gallery April – May, 2012

Preacher Man      This portrait painting continues my push to use high contrasts of light and dark to present a quickly readable abstract pattern, which in turn contains realistic details and modeling in the shaded and highlighted areas.      Struggle For Art IV:  CornerStone Art Center & Gallery The exhibit,The Struggle For Art… read more

Industrial Art by Leon Sarantos, Studio 659 at Indiana Welcome Center. April, 2012

Lift Bridges And Silo At Calumet River   Digital Art Photo of the bridges over the Calumet River near 95th street in Chicago.  These center-span lift bridges are seen from a nearby silo.  Many different kinds of bridges were built along the Calumet River since its development in the 1860s. Since land and water traffic… read more

Lakeside City, Abstract Cityscape by Leon Sarantos, Wins Special Recognition Award At Light Space & Time Art Gallery – April, 2012

Lakeside City   I am pleased and honored that my abstract cityscape painting, Lakeside City, won a Special Recognition Award in the CityScapes International Art Exhibition – April 2012.  Throughout this April, it is on exhibit online at the Light Space & Time Art Gallery.  Lakeside City, is an oil painting inspired by the view… read more

Find Figurative Art, Fading Flower, By Leon Sarantos at Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery April – May

Fading Flower, Abstract Figurative Painting Fading Flower   My painting portrays a woman contemplating a flower.  This is an abstract painting done loosely, with the interplay of the reds as one element, the highlighted areas of the woman’s body and flower counterbalancing each other, and the purple providing the backdrop.  The theme is the fading… read more

Vote For My Digital Art, Blue Flowers at Botany Pond, And Bring My Art To Times Square – In Art Contest: Art Takes Times Square

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond     This digitally altered fine art photograph is of the fence and flowers surrounding Botany Pond at the University of Chicago, Main Quadrangle.  Botany pond was originally built as an outdoor research lab by John Coulter, who was the first chair of the botany department at the university.  This… read more

My Digital Art, Waterspout On Bond Chapel, University of Chicago, at South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, March, 2012

Waterspout On Bond Chapel   Waterspout on Bond Chapel Is a digitally altered photograph with intensified shades of green. It is on display at the South Side Impressions exhibit at Beverly Art Center.  Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago was designed by Coolidge & Hodgdon (1925–26)..  I’m an architect, as well as an artist,… read more

My Painting: C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, at South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, March, 2012

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago     The C-Shop painting is part of a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangles on the University of Chicago campus. I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and have enjoyed walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup of… read more

Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, Cityscape by Leon Sarantos at Hyde Park Art Center, Until March 17, 2012

Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, Cityscape Painting   Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court portrays a scene from the Main Quadrangle on the University of Chicago campus, painted from the gargoyle’s perspective atop Cobb Gate. Cobb Gate is a neo-Gothic archway at the northern entrance to the Main Quadrangle of the University of Chicago campus.  The gate, complete… read more

Fading Flower, Abstract Figurative Art by Leon Sarantos at Hyde Park Art Center, February – March 2012

Fading Flower, Abstract Figurative Painting   Fading Flower   My painting portrays a woman contemplating a flower.  This is an abstract painting done loosely, with the interplay of the reds as one element, the highlighted areas of the woman’s body and flower counterbalancing each other, and the purple providing the backdrop.  The theme is the… read more

Sunflowers in Vase by Leon Sarantos at Oliver Brown Art Show: CornerStone Art Center & Gallery until January 6, 2011

Sunflowers in Vase My painting, Sunflowers in Vase, is on display at the Oliver Brown Art Show, until Friday, January 6, 2011.  Yellow and gold sunflowers burst onto the canvas in this heavily textured still life.   16th Annual Oliver Brown Art Show:  CornerStone Art Center & Gallery The 119th Street Artists present their traditional… read more

Thoughts on Vision and Communism Exhibit – At Smart Museum Until January 22

Viktor Koretsky, Vision and Communism Exhibit   I viewed the Smart Museum’s Vision and Communism featuring the Russian propaganda artist Viktor Koretsky.  What struck me about his art was his overpowering connection to the everyday man and woman.  With a minimum of figures and objects, he captured the essence of injustice in scenes of America,… read more

Turret Detail at Cobb Hall, Cityscape by Leon Sarantos – 2 more days to see University of Chicago cityscapes at the International Streaming Festival.

  Turret Detail at Cobb Hall Digitally altered fine art photograph of a turret at Cobb Hall.  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.  This series of… read more

Waterspout on Bond Chapel by Leon Sarantos at the International Streaming Festival Until December 18

Waterspout on Bond Chapel       Waterspout on Bond Chapel is a digitally altered photograph of  the waterspout on Bond Chapel with shades of green.  Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago was designed by Coolidge & Hodgdon (1925–26) and is another excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle.  This is… read more

Winter Woods by Leon Sarantos at Oliver Brown Art Show: CornerStone Art Center & Gallery until January 6,2011

Winter Woods   My Winter Woods painting is on display at the Oliver Brown Art Show.  Winter Woods is an impressionist-influenced painting of trees in twilight that portrays a winter landscape inspired by skiing in the Chicago forest preserves.  The trees in winter are stark brown against the pink twilight reflected off the white snow… read more

My Digital Gothic Cityscape Photos Are On Exhibit at the 6th Edition of the International Streaming Festival 12/1 – 12/18

The Streaming Festival 6th Edition The Streaming Festival 6th Edition is sponsored by the isfth foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands, from December 1 to 18, 2011.  This online international exhibit includes  Video Artists, and for the first time this year, also 2D Artists. I’m pleased that my Digital Gothic series of cityscape photos were selected… read more

Directions Exhibit at at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery Includes Art by New Artist, Leon Sarantos, November, 2011 – January 2012

Directions Exhibit, Paul Henry’s Art Gallery I’m pleased to be a new artist at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery. Several of my paintings are in the Direction exhibit and main gallery there, starting this November.  The gallery is at 416 Sibley Street in downtown Hammond, Indiana. Dawn Twilight – The Sun, The Moon, The Stars  … read more

Special Recognition for my Dawn Twilight painting at Online Gallery – Light, Space & Time

Special Recognition for my Dawn Twilight painting I was very pleased to receive Special Recognition for my new triptych painting, Dawn Twilight – The Sun, The Moon, The Stars in The Elements Art Exhibition on the Online Gallery – Light, Space & Time. Dawn Twilight – The Sun, The Moon, The Stars      … read more

Fine Art Prints Of University of Chicago Architecture & Stylized Paintings – On Display For Rogers Park ArtWalk

1st Annual Rogers Park ArtWalkRogers Park Business Alliance invites you to the 1st Annual Rogers Park ArtWalk.This curated ArtWalk is currently taking place in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District and continues until Sunday, November 6, 2011.  Storefronts are displaying art work from 25 professional artists. Also, B1E Gallery, Evil Squirrel, Heartland Café and Lifeline Theatre… read more

My Paintings Are On Display for Chicago Artists Month At Ravenswood ArtWalk This Weekend

Chicago Artists Month at At Ravenswood ArtWalk – Sept. 30 to October 2The featured event to kickoff Chicago Artists Month was at Ravenswood ArtWalk, 4011 North Ravenswood, with art, food, music and more at the Opening Night. Ravenswood ArtWalk Reception for Chicago Artists Month featured: $10 Open Wine and Revolution Brewing Beer bar (cash only)… read more

Find My Fine Art Cityscape Photos of the University of Chicago at CornerStone Art Center & Gallery, Indiana. September 6 to 30

Photography Exhibit at CornerStone Art Center & Gallery  The photography exhibit, What’s in Your Portfolio?, by 119th Street Artists is at the CornerStone Art Center & Gallery.  The exhibit is in the Centier Bank building at 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana from September 6 to Sept 30, 2011.    Fine Art Cityscape Photos of the… read more

Find My Figurative Painting, Youthful Thoughts, At The Real People 2011 Exhibit, August – September

Real People 2011 Exhibit, Opening Reception This Saturday From 7 To 9   The Real People 2011 exhibit at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, Illinois, continues until September 25th.  The Opening Reception is this Saturday August 27 from 7 to 9, and coincides with the Woodstock Jazz Festival.  My oil painting, Youthful… read more

Chicago on Canvas: Cityscape Paintings and Photos of the University of Chicago

Cityscape Paintings and Photos of the University of Chicago I have explored several genres and styles over the years, including cityscape and landscape paintings, as well as portraits and figurative art.  The unifying theme in my art is conveying the feeling or mood evoked in me by the subject of my painting.  My first focus… read more

Find my paintings, Woman Wading in Barra de Navidad, and Pleased Young Girl, at the Happiness Happens exhibit, Studio 659, Whiting, Indiana, August 15 to September 24

New Exhibit:  Happiness HappensAugust is a very active month for my art exhibits this summer.  The Happiness Happens exhibit at Studio 659 is a curated group show from August 15 to September 24, 2011.  The opening reception is on Friday, August 15, from 7 to 9 PM.  Studio 659 is located 20 minutes outside of Chicago… read more

My Paintings of Architecture Are at the Member’s Show at Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery, July 11 to September 2.

 Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery ExhibitAfter being in two curated exhibits with 119th Street Artists at Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery, I decided to join the group.  I’ve been impressed with the quality of the art and am in the Member’s Show this summer from July 11 to September 2.  The opening reception is this… read more

Find Leon Sarantos’ Still Life and Landscape Paintings on Display at Beverly Art Center – Members Only Art Exhibit July 7 to August 7

Beverly Art Center – Members Only Art Exhibit July 7 to August 7I am pleased to be displaying my still life and cityscape paintings at Beverly Art Center.  The Members Only Art Exhibit at the Beverly Arts Center continues from July 7 to August 7. Opening reception on Saturday July 9, from 7 to 9… read more

Art By Leon Sarantos: Solo Exhibit at the North Riverside Mall Theatre this June – Find My Landscape and Still Life Paintings There

Art By Leon Sarantos: Solo Exhibit.  Art and a movie anyone?  My solo exhibit of a dozen landscapes and still life paintings is at the North Riverside Mall Theatre this June 1 to 30, at 7501 Cermak Road in North Riverside, Illinois.  The exhibit is free to people who have purchased movie tickets, and is… read more

Pop-up Art at Prak-sis Gallery – Find My Abstract Paintings at Inside Out Exhibit, May 18 to June 3

Pop-up ArtI am participating in my first exhibit at a Pop-up art space, Prak-sis Gallery in Chicago.  The Inside Out exhibit is curated by Chicago artist, Bill Moran.  I’m eager to experience this new type of venue first-hand.  Pop up galleries have become an international phenomenon.  Vacant commercial properties have become a common sight in… read more

Best of Show Award For My Still Life With Mannequin Hand Painting at CornerStone Art Center & Gallery 5-2 to 5-30

Best of Show AwardMy painting, Still Life With Mannequin Hand, won the Best of Show Award at the  Value Volume Variety II exhibit at CornerStone Art Center and Gallery – hosted by 119th Street Artists.Still Life With Mannequin Hand   I am especially pleased that my art was selected in an exhibit curated by Robert… read more

My Mixed Media Art, Gondolier Wall Clock, Uses Resale Shop objects for Reclaim Art – Benefit for the Howard Brown Health Center

Art From Found Objects:  Reclaim, Recycle, TransformI purchased a wall clock, hat and shoes from the Brown Elephant, a resale shop run by the Howard Brown Health Center in order to create art for the Reclaim Art Benefit for the center.   Found Objects   The hat reminded me of gondoliers in Venice, so I used… read more

Find Prints of My Paintings on Imagekind – I’m a Featured Artist Today, May 2

My Prints Are Featured Art at Imagekind – Major Web Site for Shopping For Fine Art PrintsI’m pleased to be a Featured Artist today at Imagekind, which is a major web site for prints of art and photograpy.   My art on Imagekind includes a selection from landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figurative paintingsLandscape PaintingsMy landscapes that… read more

Find my Abstract and Still Life Paintings at the Value Volume Variety II Exhibit at CornerStone Art Center and Gallery, Whiting Indiana, May 2 to July 1, 2011

New Exhibit: Value Volume Variety IITwo of my paintings, Still Life With Mannequin Hand, and an abstract, Organic Creatures Going to the Beach, are on display in Value Volume Variety II, which is a National Juried Art Exhibit, curated by Robert Stanley for the CornerStone Art Center and Gallery – May 2 to July 1, 2011.  … read more

My New Paintings Combine Abstract and Representational Art – Available For Purchase

New PaintingsIn my recent paintings I am developing an artistic approach that combines abstract and representational art.Fading FlowerFading Flower is an abstract painting done loosely, with the interplay of the reds as one element, the highlighted areas of the woman’s body and flower counterbalancing each other, and the purple providing the backdrop.  The theme is… read more

“The Tragic Muse” Exhibit At The Smart Museum at the University of Chicago

The Smart Museum of Chicago is just down the street from my place, so I dropped in to see their latest special exhibit called “The Tragic Muse.” I was impressed by the works of art in the exhibition, which includes paintings, prints,and sculptures of the highest quality and by such world renowned artists as Rodin,… read more

7 Deadly Sins Opening Reception – Find My Painting of Female Nudes at Studio 659, Whiting, Indiana, April 8 to 30

7 Deadly Sins Exhibit The exhibit concerned “Sloth. Pride. Envy. Lust. Gluttony. Wrath. Greed. Long held as the seven deadly sins, we see evidence of their presence daily in Western Society. Some of these sins are even ‘celebrated’ as virtues in modern society.” Studio 659 is at 1413 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana. This weekend’s… read more

Find My Abstract, Non-Objective and Figurative Paintings in Two Exhibits in Whiting, Indiana this April 4 to 30, 2011

Invitational Exhibit:  The Struggle For Art III – ‘Art Non-Réaliste’ My painting, Mexican Road Trip, is going on a road trip to CornerStone Art Center in Whiting, Indiana from April 4 to 29.  I am also displaying my abstract painting, Interlocked Images – Venice  The exhibit, The Struggle For Art III – ‘Art Non-Réaliste’ is at… read more

My Botany Pond Painting Won 1st Prize At The South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Open Until 3/31

Botany Pond   I was pleased to learn that my painting of Botony Pond won first prize at the South Side Impressions Group Exhibit at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago.  This cityscape painting is part of my series of art focused on the University of Chicago Quadrangle.       Midwest Regional Art: South Side Impressions Exhibit … read more

Reaction To The Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg

The Dali MuseumThe Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida opened just a few weeks ago.  I visited the museum last week, and as both and architect and an artist, I was totally taken by both the building ‘s architecture and the Dali art works on display.    Although Dali is not my favorite, I found the… read more

Find Paintings of the University of Chicago Quadrangle at: Beverly Art Center Exhibit South Side Impressions & Bridgeport Art Center Exhibit Vision Becomes Reality – March 2011

Beverly Art Center: South Side Impressions Exhibit   University of Chicago Cityscape Paintings    My cityscape paintings of the University of Chicago Quadrangle are on display at both the Beverly Arts Center and the Bridgeport Art Center this March.  These oil paintings contrast the enduring beauty of the traditional Gothic Revival architecture of the University… read more

Painting Bond Chapel – Exhibit at Bridgeport Art Center

  Creative Process  My cityscapes aim to contrast the enduring beauty of the traditional Gothic Revival architecture of the University of Chicago to the vibrant diversity of its modern students.  I am both an architect and an artist, and am inspired by the beauty of the buildings surrounding the Main Quadrangle.  So, I often begin… read more

Opening Reception at Morpho Gallery

ReceptionFriday night was the opening reception for Morpho Gallery’s 5th Annual Emerging Artist Winter Exhibits.  The gallery looked warm and inviting on this cold winter night.      A Congenial CrowdGallery owner David Leigh has a keen eye for art, and knows how to throw a party.    Barra de NavidadI was pleased to exhibit my… read more

Barra de Navidad Paintings and Still Lifes at Morpho Gallery: 1/28 – 2/15/2011

BARRA DE NAVIDAD     I have often combined my love of travel with painting, but few places are as beautiful and hospitable as Barra de Navidad.  Barra is a coastal village on the western shore of Mexico where the small local population mingles with tourists and artists.  I fled the Chicago cold and stayed in Barra for… read more

Life in Progress – Unfinished Art: The C-Shop at the University of Chicago

Exhibiting Paintings of Bond Chapel and The C-Shop As part of Chicago Artists Month, I participated in an exhibit that focused on the creative process.  “Unfinished showcases the unique process of creation: both through ‘finished’ and ‘unfinished’ works. The exhibit intends to demystify the process of art making by revealing how works-in-progress develop: How do… read more

University of Chicago Contrasts

Current Work I am working on a series of paintings of the Main Quadrangles on the University of Chicago campus, including Botany Pond, Bond Chapel, Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court and the C-Shop. I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and have enjoyed walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup… read more

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