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Mother and Daughter Artists Exhibit at EAG Gallery

April 9, 2018
The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host MoDa: Mother and Daughter Exhibit Together, featuring the solo and collaborative original artwork of EAG member Terri Shimkus, and her daughter, Danielle Hepko, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from April 22 through June 2, 2018. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

For EAG Board Member and Communications Chair, Terri Shimkus, this is a dream come true. I have always wanted to collaborate with my children on an event such as this because they are both such creative people. The inspiration for this show came in the first painting in which Terri and her 27-year old daughter, Danielle Hepko, collaborated. Rainbow Dripping, a mixed media painting created with watercolor, ice cubes and colored pencil, was completed by the mother-daughter team when Danielle was just 11 years old. Shimkus hopes for a similar collaborative show in the future with son, Dave Hepko.

Danielle and I play with art in our spare time. I want to share that our goal here was to experiment with different styles, techniques, and mediums. Our main focus was to have fun and express ourselves creatively, explained Shimkus. Another collaborative work featured in the show is In the Stars, a large colorful abstract painting in which Hepko and Shimkus passed the work back and forth between them, Hepko adding touches in oil, and Shimkus working in acrylics and mixed media.

Although Shimkus started drawing cartoons and caricatures as a child, her current personal style leans more toward the abstract. Working in acrylic, chalk, and mixed media, she often starts a piece with no preconceived idea and lets the work speak to her as she pushes paint around or organizes painted papers and found objects. 'Accidental art' is what I like to call it because it takes the pressure off of trying to create a masterpiece, Shimkus explained.

Hepko, who has a BA in painting and drawing as well as a BA in fashion design, approaches her art in a conceptual way, trying to evoke a feeling or memory. Always attracted to a force or movement within a piece, she tends to create linear or circular brush strokes. There always seems to be a battle between reality and the abstract when trying to tell the story each piece wants to share Hepko stated. This personal style is evident in Hepko's painting, Obscured which depicts the hint of a long-haired, brunette woman in a black dress, whose features are obscured by fog or shadow.

Cassie Swierenga, EAG President, commented that the MoDa show provides a rare opportunity to view the artistic influences of mother on daughter, and daughter on mother, in an artistic family. And how fitting that this show should be on exhibit during Mother's Day, she continued. .

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Many of the paintings are for sale, with sales benefitting the artists, the Guild, and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Admission is $9 adults / $8 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org and elmhurstartmuseum.org. The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. It features contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Spring Members Show 2018

March 6, 2018
Local Artists Showcase Contemporary Art at EAG Spring Members Show The Elmhurst Artists' Guild (EAG) will host the annual Spring Members Show, featuring a variety of its members' original artwork, in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, from March 11 through April 20, 2018. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The Spring Members Show presents an opportunity to view and purchase affordable original contemporary artwork by emerging local artists from the greater Chicago area. Their breadth of styles and medium encompasses dramatically different artworks including watercolor, ceramics, oil, acrylic, digital, collage, photographic and sculptural works involving landscapes, portraits, abstract and other styles.

The inspiration for each artist is as diverse as the spectrum of media employed. Exhibiting artist, Eve Ozer, described her mixed media acrylic painting, Abstrakt Gaze #1, as If a cat has nine lives, this painting has thirteen. The final version is inspired by my morning ritual of lighting a candle and sitting quietly in semi-dawn. Meditation is a form of and internal abstract gaze.

Another artist, Fred Moss, found his inspiration at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. He explained his artistic method to create a 3D sculptural oil painting, Water Lillies. I utilize a palette knife to sculpt with paint an impressionistic interpretation of the Lillies at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Monday Morning, an acrylic painting by artist Terri Shimkus is an image to which we can all relate. The painting is a boldly colored humorous abstract of pretty much what many workers mentally or physically feel like on Monday morning, going back to work after a hard weekend of fun or chores.

Cassie Swierenga, EAG President, commented that the Members shows in the EAG Gallery provide an opportunity not only to view artwork by more than 50 different local artists, but to meet the artists and learn first-hand about their work. An added bonus is that purchases provide three-way support to the artists, the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. Admission is $9 adults / $8 seniors except the first Friday of each month which is the Museum's free admission day. EAM and Guild members, students and children under 18 are admitted free. More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org and elmhurstartmuseum.org.

The EAG gallery is not-for-profit, operated by the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. It features contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. In addition to four member shows each year, the guild hosts exhibitions of individual member's artwork and invitational shows for significant local artists. Exhibits are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council. ###