Monday, April 29, 2013

Paula Kloczkowski Luberda and Michael Van Zeyl: Final Week at Gallery 180

Paula Kloczkowski Luberda
left: "duo" 18.5h x 5.5"d, Stoneware
right: "spiral" 17"h x 1 ¾"dia. Stoneware

This is the final week to visit the Paula Kloczkowski Luberda and Michael Van Zeyl exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. The exhibition features Kloczkowski Luberda's coil built, abstract stoneware vessels along side of the figurative and still life paintings of Van Zeyl.

The abstract stoneware vessels created by Kloczkowski Luberda address the material source as concept itself—exposing and embracing the subtle flaws of the medium. Not mass-produced by machine, the subtle imperfections make reference to our own humanity... expressing strength, power as well as vulnerability.

The classical imagery of Michael Van Zeyl explores the human form as well as traditional still life. The subjects are rendered within a painterly atmosphere—where light defines form—to create compositions of classic mastery.

Michael Van Zeyl, Anna 10” x 8” Oil on Panel

The work of Michael Van Zeyl and Paula Kloczkowski Luberda will be presented at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago through May 2, 2013. All works are available for purchase. Gallery 180 is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Additional information can be found at

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sheila Ganch ~ One of the Chicago Six

For sculptor Sheila Ganch, Chicago resonates in its people, a pair of them bent over a table in thought, sorting through their relationship with one another: their synergy, their diversity, their geography, their city.
— From the Chicago Art Source Press Release.

On April 4th, I missed the opening reception of “Chicago Six” at Chicago Art Source... I was "stranded" at a swimming pool in South Florida. I returned to Chicago early that evening—very tan—but too tired to attend a reception. A few days later, I made it over to the Chicago Art Source gallery, to explore the exhibition. I found that the "Chicago Six" are: Lynn Basa, Sheila Ganch, Michelle Gordon, Eric Holubow, Kristen Komar, and Mark Philips.

The show is defined by geography. Those included are Chicago Artists—the only constant in the exhibition. The show presents a range of very approachable imagery created through a wide variety of media. There is something for everyone. Consisting of mostly two dimensional work, the stand out pieces are the earthy figurative sculptures of Sheila Ganch. Her ceramic materials are sculpted, textured, and pigmented, to produce thought-provoking and inspirational images of humanity. The beautifully created abstractions work well along side the abstract oils of Michelle Gordon and the safer encaustic imagery of Lynn Basa. It's worth taking a few minutes to stop in and explore the exhibition. The show provides an  opportunity to make multiple purchases.

Michelle Gordon, Ghost, 40 x 40" Oil on Canvas

“Chicago Six” continues through June 22. Chicago Art Source is located at 1871 N. Clybourn in Chicago. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5. Free parking is available across the street.

Sheila Ganch received her degree from Ohio State University, but considers her postgraduate training with other fine sculptors to be the reason for her success. Her work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Washington City Sculpture Show, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art; Fort Wayne, IN, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, The Harold Washington Library; Chicago and Veridian Gallery; New York. Ganch is currently represented by Gallery H; Three Oaks, Michigan, and The Chicago Art Source Gallery; Chicago.