Member News

Oliver Merriam will have two paintings in the Wright Museum’s 60th annual “Beloit & Vicinity” retrospective, running from May 27 to July 27. In the North Gallery, this show includes work from the Wright’s permanent collection, past participating artists like Oliver, and local collections. The theme centers on the nostalgic feeling of Wisconsin and the Midwest. The Wright Museum of Art is part of Beloit College, and is located at 700 College St., Beloit, Wisconsin. Contact Oliver for details at 847-201-8407 or omerriam@yahoo.com.

Phil Schorn will be displaying, selling and drawing at the Grayslake Arts Festival on June 24, 10-4:00 pm in downtown Grayslake. There will also be a Wine Tasting tent next to the Festival. See the excellent flyer at http://www.grayslakechamber.com/documents/2017ArtsFestivalApplication_000.pdf. Contact the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce at 847-223-6888 for additional information.

Pat King will be teaching a two-day watercolor workshop at the Waukegan Park District’s Visual Art Center on Wednesday and Thursday July 12 and 13, 10–3:00 pm. The workshop at 533 Grand Ave. will help students with composition, color mixing or other areas of individual interest. Pat will also be teaching an eight-week watercolor class there in the fall where each student will work on his or her own projects with one-on-one instruction. Contact the Waukegan Park District at (847) 360-4740 for details.

Paulette Colo and Peggy Raasch will be showing their work in the Artist on the Bluff gallery presentation of “Route 66 Members Show.” The show opens with a 5:30-7:30 pm reception on Friday June 9 and continues through June 30. The gallery is located at 202 E Wisconsin Ave. in Lake Forest. Contact Paulette for details at 847-913-1628 or dpcolo64@comcast.net.

New member John Fleck will be in a dual show with Anita Miller at the Danon Gallery, 1810 Central St. in Evanston. There will be an opening reception on June 15, and the work will be up for three weeks. Contact John for details at 847-674-2405 or jwfleck@gmail.com. Tobi Abrams had a painting (image below right) juried into the Highland Park village hall art show, where her painting “The Glacier” is appearing through August. The show is sponsored by The Art Center. Village hall is located at 1707 Saint Johns Ave. in Highland Park. Contact Tobi for details at 847-255-6330 or artbytobiabrams@gmail.com.

Tony Stencel was commissioned by the publisher of Long Grove Living magazine, Harvey Stein/N2 publications, to create a watercolor painting (image below left) of the Village of Long Grove’s well-known covered bridge. The painting depicts the bridge in autumn, in a representational style. Raffle tickets are being sold to benefit the "Save The Bridge" drive through the Long Grove Historical Society. Contact Harvey Stein of N2 publications for details at 224-639-3331.

Lee Radtke will for the entire month of June have a one-man show of his paintings from several years of participation in the Cedarburg Wisconsin annual plein air competition. This will be at the Washington House Inn in Cedarburg. The annual competition is one of the largest of its kind in the country, with 150 artists entering. This year it will be June 6-17, and he will be painting there June 6, 7 and 12-14. He will interrupt his Cedarburg painting to exhibit still more art at the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago on June 10 and 11. That will be Saturday 10-6:00 pm and Sunday 10-7:00 pm. His booth number is 260, located on Orleans St in front of the Crave Bar, an outdoor cafe. The Chicago show was voted America's #1 art fair. Contact Lee for details at 847-438-2778 or lee737@att.net.


Leisa Shannon Corbett will perform the May 15 critique that concludes the Spring Membership Show. Leisa, once president of the art league, is a landscape, figurative and abstract painter with a professed “passion for creating psychological and spiritual depth” in her work. She will be awarding Best of Show, First to Third Place, and at least one Honorable Mention. With 35 entries, her critiques will average a little more than two minutes per piece. Susan Kronowitz will emcee the critique, her second time in that role.


Jim Brooksher will present a one-man show titled “Landscapes” at the Jack Benny Center starting a week after the CLC exhibit closes. His show will run from June 26 to July 28, with a reception on Saturday July 1, 5:30-8:00 pm. It will feature about 30 of his landscape paintings. Jim says his primary goal in painting is to transform actual places into what he calls “romantic settings,” and his show will reflect that. ”When I travel, I see possible paintings everywhere. Works are often started on location to aid in capturing a specific mood.
Paintings of lighthouses, country barns, and cityscapes are either developed from initial drawings with ‘first washes’ started on location, or from multiple photographs.”

As an artist, Jim has explored several media including oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, ceramics, and graphite as well as pen and ink studies. He currently works in transparent watercolor and oil. “I like to add more visually exciting color to help enhance mood,” he says. “This use of accentuated color has become my noted trademark.” That, and the fact that he uses only four or five colors in a painting.
Jim recalls that his first oil paintings were created when he was seven. Later art education included general art studies from the Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, and from MacMurray College, in Jacksonville, Illinois. He has shown his paintings at more than 300 outdoor art shows, mostly in the Midwest, and instructs at watercolor classes and workshops.