Sunday, September 15, 2013

Preview of 'Chicago Artists Month' at Las Manos Gallery

October is Chicago Artists Month and Las Manos will be presenting a group show that will include some of our favorite artists. The show will open on the Friday of Columbus Day Weekend, October 11, 2013. Andersonville, our neighborhood on the north side of Chicago is also initiating its annual Arts weekend that evening with artists receptions and parties up and down the street.  It is an amazing evening! Here at Las Manos the participating artist include; Michelle Peterson Albandoz, Michael McGuire, Tricia Rumbolz, Grace Levine, Juan Fernandez and Roger Stevens. It will be a wonderful show highlighting a variety of styles and media. Hope you can stop by.

Grace Levine - Untitled - Ink and Watercolor on Paper

Roger Stevens - Tanks Triptych - Digital Photograph

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Up Close - Jean Alexander Frater

Jean Alexander Frater - Plans - Acrylic, Graphite on Canvas -  50 x 52 inches

Another example of art work that does not convey its essential qualities particularly well via the internet and photography is Jean Alexander Fraters work, currently in the gallery until the end of the month. For example, her 'painting' entitled Plans looks and feels very differently in person than it does here on our blog. Jean's paintings have a beautiful surface and delicate color scheme to them. Although they involve paint on canvas, they strike me as involving drawing as much painting. She works on un-streched canvas, and only when they are finished does she staple the canvas to stretcher bars. The overall effect is of a large drawing with painstaking hand-work, subtle effects and the coloring of a painting.