Active in the Galleries

Artists currently hanging in the library gallery spaces.

Works by Joan Geary and Sharon Malec

In the North Gallery:
Works by Joan Geary

On display through October 1

Meet artist Joan Geary on Sunday, September 24 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Born in Chicago, Joan Geary has resided in the southwest suburbs for the past 30 years. She has studied art since her teenage years when she did summer programs at The Art Institute of Chicago. While she worked as a dental technician and started a family, she continued to practice art and took classes in painting, sculpture, and art history at College of Du Page. Here, she studied with Fred Bruney, who was instrumental in elevating the level of her work. Under his tutelage, Joan made conceptual and installation sculptures in welded steel and found objects. 

While running a business with her husband, Joan studied painting with several well-known contemporary painters who work in the cold wax medium. This expansive and versatile medium has opened new doors for her exploration of color, texture, and light. Her work is featured in a new book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin. 

The series of work shown in this exhibit is based on a lifetime of living near and traveling around Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, particularly the west coast of Michigan and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Each painting is the result of a deep 

engagement with the landscape and evokes a feeling or memory that is left with me from a place, rather than realistic depiction. These memories are from my own experiences and observations, but they may be enhanced by art I have seen, such as the memory of the edge between dark and light in a Rembrandt painting or a certain patina on a Richard Serra sculpture. These visions present themselves in the work as a distortion of reality or even invention, as in dreams. In this way, the work often conveys a mystical version of the truth.

Featured: Tributary


In the Café Gallery:
Works by Sharon Malec

On display through October 1

Meet artist Sharon Malec on Sunday, September 24 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sharon Malec began quilting in 1992, making traditional pieced quilts, but gradually turned to making contemporary art quilts. Her interests in animals and nature has helped to mold her unique style.

Later, she began felting, then hand spinning, silk paper making, free form crochet, and tapestry weaving. Much of her current art work incorporates several of these fiber art techniques.

“I enjoy the friendly, warm feeling of fiber art and the endless textures that can be created.”

Featured: Into the Woods (detail)

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