Over 90 artists will showcase their work Jan. 6-28, 2023, at The Art Center Highland Park’s Annual Member/Faculty Exhibition.
“Year round we have a pretty robust exhibit schedule,” said James M. Lynch of Highland Park, Executive Director of The Art Center, who is co-curating this show. “We don’t want to forget that also included in our community are a lot of really amazing artists who come in here every day.
“Our faculty members are all professional artists who teach here and other places and they all have their own body of work. A lot of our students are really gifted and have been with us a long time.”
The diverse array of work included in the exhibit includes sculpture, oil paintings, drawings, acrylics, pastels and ceramic pieces, among other mediums.
Karen Ross of Deerfield has been connected with The Art Center since around 2008. “I have participated in many shows over the years,” she said. “I have gone to talks there and I go to openings for other artists.”
Ross’s preferred medium is encaustic, in which colored pigments are added to hot wax. “Encaustic is my passion,” Ross said. “I am in love with the texture, the luminosity, the vibrancy.” The artist mentioned that she does incorporate some mixed media into some of her encaustic work.
Ross has a series of word paintings, one of which, “Words to Live By” is her piece in the January show. She chose this work for the exhibition because “I think that vibrant pieces show well at The Art Center,” Ross said. “It’s a great venue to show something that’s bold and exciting.”
Bari Wieselman Schulman of Deerfield has been involved with The Art Center for two or three years, participating in member exhibitions and showing her work in the gift shop.
Her children, ages 16 and 13, have taken classes there.
The artwork she chose to present in the show is an acrylic and oil pastel painting called “i just can’t, I won’t.”
Schulman said that the piece has “a lot of layers, a lot of different things happening. I spend a lot of time planning and thinking about colors.”
The artist’s work draws from her other profession. Schulman, who earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago, said “I’m a research psychologist by trade. I focus on psycholinguistics, language development, and I’m really passionate about, fascinated by, and very much a nonstop seeker and analyst of words.”
That fascination with language is reflected in the unusual title of the piece.
Deerfield artist Roslyne Smith took classes at The Art Center, starting in 2002, a year after she moved to this country from South Africa. Her family moved to Maryland after that but since returning to this area, she has exhibited at The Art Center.
She will be showing a vividly-colored mixed media abstract floral piece called “Brighter Days” in the upcoming exhibition.
“Being a South African, I’m not used to these cold, dark Chicago winters,” she explained. “I like to paint in bright colors because when I’m in my studio in the basement and it’s dark and cold, I bring in the light with color and bright paint. I like to recreate memories of things that make you happy.”
The Art Center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays.
Annual Member/Faculty Exhibition
When: Jan. 6-28, 2023
Where: The Art Center Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park
Tickets: Free admission
Information: 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org/exhibitionsh/up-next
Myrna Petlicki is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.