Tall Grass Presents ‘this good earth’ Starting Friday


Tall Grass Arts Association presents this good earth beginning Friday. (Collage: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Tall Grass Arts Association will present this good earth, an exhibit of landscape images, from August 8 through September 27, 2008. The exhibit, curated by Claudia Craemer and Richard Schmidt, will include nine artists who work in a range of styles from realistic to abstract and in a variety of media including soft pastels, watercolors, oils and encaustic.

A free artists’ reception will be held August 15, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The public is invited to attend and help welcome the artists to the gallery. Some of the artists in this good earth will be familiar to Tall Grass area audiences, as they have appeared in numerous other regional exhibits. Those associated with Tall Grass in the past include painters and pastel artists Graydon Cafarella, David George, Eve Jensen, Richard Schmidt and Marikay Peter Witlock.

Artists new to Tall Grass are Laureen Dunne, whose paintings in oil depict locations as varied as the Morton Arboretum, the Lake Michigan Dunes, Tuscany and Ireland; Alli Farkas, who will share oils and watercolors of prairies, autumn streams and frozen creeks; Andrea Harris, who has created a body of expressive and personal work based on bare trees and the symbolic relations between nature and humanity; and Jenny Learner, whose inspiration for her recent abstract work in encaustic and watercolor comes from both earth and outer space, from photography and the Hubble telescope’s imagery of the universe.

The nine artists exhibiting work in this good earth come from varied backgrounds, but share some common affiliations. Besides their link to Tall Grass, some are involved with Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. Several have work appearing on the Chicago Artists Coalition web site and many have shown their work in numerous exhibitions in Chicago as well as regional and national galleries, including the Chicago Art Open, Evanston Art Center, Artemisia Gallery, the Chicago Cultural Center, Flatfile Gallery, Woman Made Gallery and many others.

Each of the artists will exhibit five or six works in this good earth. The paintings and drawings as a whole will remind viewers of the great beauty, fragility and peace to be found in nature. As these artists share some of the places that are important to them, they hope to encourage their audience to appreciate, protect and treasure the natural environment.

Artist Andrea Harris states, “It is a perception that each of us is unique in the universe – yet shape, form and color remind us that we are elements in nature. My paintings explore the interaction between nature and humanity – an expression that we are all connected.”

Tall Grass Arts Association is located at 367 Artists Walk in Downtown Park Forest. More information can be found at www.tallgrassarts.org or by calling (708) 748-3377. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.