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"The editing process creates the opportunity for the artist to perfect the original and change the story line. An original sketch might attempt to be a faithful depiction of the true subject, whereas the edits can be based more in the realm of desire — for perfection or something beyond what is actually there.
Truth is only accurate to the degree allowed by the observer’s memory and level of comprehension. No two individuals will recount the same event the same way. An important story will live on after the witnesses have departed. Each time the story gets told, it will be embellished and polished until it reaches heroic proportions."
– Fletcher Hayes

Exhibition curated by the team of Kim Laurel and Fletcher Hayes

This Living Earth – Our Shared Gaia
Beverly Arts Center
April 5 - 27, 2024

Beverly Arts Center is pleased to present the art exhibition titled “This Living Earth – Our Shared Gaia” in its second floor gallery, which is a cross section of visual observations from nature by 12 northern Illinois / Indiana artists in a variety of media. Both naturalism and abstraction are investigated by this group of artists:
Sharon Bladholm, Gabriella Boros, Victoria Fuller, Kathryn Gauthier, Fletcher Hayes, Mike Barret Kolasinski, Basia Krol, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Dorothy Mason, Gregory Mejia, Renee McGinnis.

The Gaia theory as a world concept focuses on observing how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms contribute to the stability of our planet. Hortus Botanicus (the botanical garden) is the underlying common influence that permeates each of these artists’ work, whether of landscape, plant, water and animal study or as allegorical metaphors for our natural world in flux. Works exhibited are a figurative treatment of our nature subjects sometimes alluding to other symbolic meanings. Those symbols of our natural world are expanded on as pattern, texture, color, form and light. We invite you to observe this diverse group of visual expressions compiled by the curator/artist team of Kim Laurel and Fletcher Hayes.

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” — Henry David Thoreau

Beverly Arts Center, Simmerling 2nd Floor Gallery, 2407 W. 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

Current Exhibition

Elmhurst Artists' Guild Spring 2024 Member Art Show
EAG Spring Member Art Show 2024
Elmhurst Art Museum
April 13 - May 31, 2024
Artists Reception Friday April 19, 7-9pm

Elmhurst Artists' Guild
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126

Upcoming Exhibition

CAVA Later Impressions 2024 at Elmhurst Artists Guild Gallery of the Elmhurst Art Museum
CAVA Later Impressions 2024
Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery of the Elmhurst Art Museum
June 2 – July 12, 2024
Artists Reception Saturday, June 15, 6-8 pm

Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126

RECENTLY COMPLETED EXHIBITIONS

This Living Earth – Our Shared Gaia
Beverly Arts Center
April 5 - 27, 2024
Closing Reception Saturday April 27, 2-5pm

Beverly Arts Center, Simmerling 2nd Floor Gallery
2407 W. 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

The Other Art Fair, Chicago 2024
CAVA Booth at the Other Art Fair
Sunday, April 14: 11 am – 6 pm

Artifact Events
4325 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Focus & Click exhibition at The Art Center Highland Park, March 1 - Aoril 6, 2024
Click
The Art Center Highland Park
Mar. 1 - Apr. 6, 2024

The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

The Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists (CAVA) presents Winter Exhibition 2024 at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
CAVA Winter Exhibition
Zhou B Art Center

1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Jan. 15 - March 3, 2024

In View 2024 at The Art Center Highland Park, December 15, 2023 to January 20, 2024
In View 2024
The Art Center Highland Park
Dec. 15, 2023 – Jan. 20, 2024

The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

TEN by TEN Group Exhibition November 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024
TEN by TEN Group Exhibition
Jackson Junge Gallery
Nov. 1, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

CAVA Later Impressions Exhibition at Renaissance Court Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center
CAVA Later Impressions Exhibition
Chicago Cultural Center
November 7, 2023 – January 5, 2024

Renaissance Court Gallery
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

EAG Fall 2 Blue Exhibition at Elmhurst Artists' Guild, Oct. 21 to Dec. 2, 2023
EAG Fall 2 Blue
Elmhurst Artists' Guild
Oct. 21 - Dec. 2, 2023

Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL

EAG Winter Members Show, December 2, 2023 to January 5, 2024 Reception: Friday, December 8th - 7 to 9pm Free admission during museum hours: Wednesday–Sunday: 12pm–5pm The EAG Gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum 150 S Cottage Hill, Elmhurst IL 60126
EAG Winter Member's Show
Elmhurst Artists' Guild
Dec. 2, 2023 - Jan. 5, 2024

Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL

Previous Exhibitions Last Year

Elmhurst Artists' Guild Fall 2023 Members' Show September 9 - October 20, 2023
EAG Fall Member Show
Elmhurst Artists' Guild
September 9 – October 20, 2023

Elmhurst Artists' Guild
150 S. Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL

Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists Annual Members' Exhibition September 15 – October 28, 2023
CAVA 2023 Members' Show
Bridgeport Art Center
September 15 – October 28, 2023

Bridgeport Art Center
1200 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609

Stola Contemporary Art "Scapes" Exhibition August 12 – September 24, 2023
"Scapes"
at Stola Contemporary Art
August 12 – September 24, 2023

Stola Contemporary Art
3738 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL

"After Party: Squares Only" pop-up sales event at the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum. July 30-August 19, 2023
"After Party: Squares Only"
at Elmhurst Artists' Guild
July 30 – August 19, 2023

Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at
Elmhurst Art Museum 150 S. Cottage Hill. Elmhurst, IL

"Irises" painting by Fletcher Hayes
CAVA's "The Happiness Show"
at Epiphany Center for the Arts
July 12 - August 25, 2023

Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

Beverly Arts Center presents "Absurdity: In Dada We Trust" 8/11 – 9/8/2023
"Absurdity: In Dada We Trust"
at The Beverly Arts Center
August 11 – September 8, 2023

Beverly Arts Center
2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

My Artistic Goal

An important story lives on as myth after all the witnesses have departed. My artistic goal is to bring to life a marvelous moment in time. The images sometimes explore the dark corners of off-kilter daydreams. Other times they simply seek to depict the beauty of nature.

Enjoy these Nature Studies from Our Hikes

Ever since the pandemic Kim and I have been hiking the local forest preserves around Chicagoland. We often encounter wildlife – large  and small mammals, birds, amphibians and colorful insects. Here is a sampling.

Chipmunk
Winding Path
Crayfish
Grasshopper