Union Street Gallery to host ‘Wanna Play?’ art exhibit
September 20, 2012 4:04PM
“Rock Paper Scissors” by Sarah Fagan. | Supplied Photo
Updated: October 24, 2012 6:10AM
Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights, will host a juried art exhibit titled “Wanna Play?” beginning Wednesday through Oct. 27.
More than 70 artists from 22 states across the country submitted 165 entries for the show, and 49 pieces were selected by juror David Van Alphen. The works selected for exhibit represent painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital art, mixed media and sculpture.
Works on display were inspired by toys, games and the act of play. Many of the pieces depict real or invented toys/games, the industry, consumer culture or the roles of toys and games in modern Western society. Some pieces even take the form of actual three-dimensional constructions.
The gallery also will host a reception for the artists from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Many of the artists will be traveling to Chicago Heights to engage the public, and cash awards of $500, $350 and $150 will be awarded to artists chosen by the juror during the reception.
Artists chosen for the exhibit include Jennifer Bittner, Peter Cales, Keri Joy Colestock, Larry Raymond Crist, Jessica Damen, Joe Casey Doyle, Lauren Dunning, Pam Eberlin and Stephanie Evans.
Other selected artists include Sarah Fagan, Kathi Flood, Jessica Freudenberg-Segal, Jonathan Frey, David Galalis, Irene Ganas, Lea Goldman, Brenda R. Gregory, Liz Heller, Seana Higgins, Shelly Hokanson and Melissa Huang.
Selected artists also include Bruce Humphries, Carol Kazwick, Alish Koyanis, Chris Maker, Christine McCullough, Barbara McIntyre, Joe Milosevich and Mic Muhlbauer.
Other selected artists include Rebecca Mushtare, John Nieman, Michael Pohlman, Randy L. Purcell, Ryan Schultz, Priscilla Ann Smith, Miho Suzuki, Jim Wright and Jave Yoshimoto.
The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to 6 p.m. Fridays; and 11 to 4 p.m. Saturdays.