Oak Street Art member Ann R. Fischer brought home First Place at the 2018 Shrode Photography Competition. Awards were presented by Shrode Art Center Director Carrie Gibbs at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, during an October 20 reception.
Two other OSA members, Darby Ortolano (ceramics) and Shirley Krienert (fiber, mixed media), accompanied Ann and are shown in the last photo below.
With veteran photographer Ray Marklin as the judge, 39 out of 212 pieces were included in the final exhibit, which is on display at the Regenhardt Gallery at Cedarhurst through December 30, 2018. See the full set of exhibit photos here.
Two of Ann's pieces were selected for the final exhibit, but First Place went to "Abstract, Colored Straws," shown below, which Ann says is one of her favorites.
Ann's First Place image (Abstract, Colored Straws) in the 2018 Shrode Photography Competition. To make this image, she placed four colored drinking straws on a water glass and aligned them to be precisely parallel. Then, using a large aperture, she aimed her camera directly into the straw openings, so only the outer edges were in focus.
Two Oak Street Art members are happy to have works on display in the Civic Center Corridor Gallery in Carbondale, Illinois.
The exhibit Focal Point is sponsored by Carbondale Community Arts and includes photos by our own Darby Ortolano (first photo below) and Ann R. Fischer (second photo below).
Running from May 31 through June 29, 2018, the exhibit is available for viewing on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., as well as during public events. We hope you will stop by the Civic Center at 200 South Illinois Ave. in Carbondale (map below).
In addition to seeing photos by Darby and Ann, you will also find images by many other southern Illinois community members, including two artists who participated in our 2018 Oak Street Fine Arts Fair: Eldon Benz and Helen Ashraf.
A few weeks before the 2018 Oak Street Fine Arts Fair, we spent a fun morning talking with reporter Chanda Green as Byron Hetzler snapped photos.
We loved the new feature story, Collective Souls: Oak Street Artists Nurture the Connections between Art and Community. Pick up a copy of the (beautiful, full-color, glossy) magazine where The Southern Illinoisan is sold, and see Chanda's story and Byron's photos online at the Life & Style website here.
It's spring! Three Oak Street artists will be showing and selling their beautiful work in downtown Carbondale on Sunday, April 8, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Come see ceramics by Darby Ortolano (sample below), prints by Luca Cruzat, and jewelry by Sue Gindlesparger (sample below). The Shop 304 Spring Art Mart is a curated pop-up sale featuring about 20 local artists, along with local favorite Jen's Joe coffee.
Drop by Artspace 304 (Carbondale Community Arts) at 304 W. Walnut Street in Carbondale. A map is below, and we hope to see you there!
Two Oak Street Art artists are showing pieces at the Hartley Gallery's "Botanical" show in Herrin, Illinois.
Rachel Malcolm Ensor (painting; see photo below) and Darby Ortolano (ceramics; see photo below) will have their work on display March 1 through May 5, 2018, along with that of a number of other regional artists. See event flier below for artist roster.
Everyone is welcome at the artist reception on Saturday, March 24 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Hartley Art Gallery and Event Center is located at 100 S. Park Ave., Herrin, Illinois. See map and gallery exterior photo below. You may also phone the gallery for details at (618) 957-8142.
Oak Street Art members Rachel Malcolm Ensor and Darby Ortolano both had art work accepted into the The Shrode Fine Art and Craft Competition and Exhibition at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
Rachel’s mixed media piece Alternate Universe #3 (above, left), Darby’s Red Teapot (above, middle), and Darby's Reverie #2 (above, right) were accepted for display in the Regenhardt Gallery.
The annual exhibit was open to all artists 18 years and older living in southern Illinois. Artists could enter a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, clay, fiber, mixed media, wood, fine jewelry, metal, and sculpture. There are five prestigious awards: Best of Show ($400), Best of 2-Dimensional ($250), Best of 3-Dimensional ($250), and 2 Honorable Mentions.
Darby won Honorable Mention for Reverie #2 (above, right).
Ceramic artist and Oak Street Art Group member Darby Ortolano is featured in the November 15 issue of "I Like Illinois" as the Artist of the Month!
Read the full profile at www.ilikeillinois.com/living/arts-culture/624-artist-of-the-month-darby-ortolano.
1. Brick street / historic venue: Both Sue Gindlesparger (metals, jewelry) and Rachel Malcolm Ensor (painting, mixed media) highlighted the location, along a charming brick street (Oak St.) in the historic arts district of Murphysboro. Come see the artists, musicians, and food vendors on Oak Street (south of Walnut) between 15th and 17th. (SEE MAP HERE.)
3. Sense of community: In a similar vein, Ann Fischer (photography) and Rachel are excited about this chance to bring people together. Everyone is welcome! Artists, musicians, food vendors, and community members can meet and enjoy each other's company.
4. Front-porch live music all day: Sue is especially excited for the full lineup of local music, starting at 10am. Bring lawn chairs so you can sit and enjoy the music, live from the porch of the Jones House in the arts district.
5. Eats: Come for both breakfast-y and lunch/dinner deliciousness from Muglee's Brew (coffee and pastries) and Pat's BBQ.
P.S. Bring your chairs! We'd love to see people relaxing with coffee and BBQ and taking in the music.
Hope to see you there!
Posted by Ann Fischer
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