Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—Tall Grass Arts Association’s exhibit ‘Urban Spaces’ opens on Friday, April 28 and will run through June 3. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the Midwest Motet Society who will perform “Vocal Jazz Standards” as part of the Chicago Southland’s Let Them Eat Jazz! festival, presented by SAMBA. An Artists’ Talks event will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tall Grass Arts Association is located at 367 Artists Walk in DownTown Park Forest. The events are free and open to the public.
‘Urban Spaces’ is an invitational show of images by Jon W. Balke, Jennifer Cronin, Val Fischer, Pat Huss, Rose Lyons, BettyAnn Mocek, Dennis O’Malley, Carey Primeau, Carol Rose and John Spomar. The exhibit is curated by Maureen Cribbs and Janet Muchnik.
Cities in general, and Chicago in particular, have always inspired writers, poets, journalists and playwrights. Their visions of the city have ranged from the glowingly positive to the snidely negative.
Visual artists, too, have been inspired by the city, expressing some of the same feelings as the writers: the city beautiful, the city of contradictions, the city of excellent architecture, the city of terrible buildings.
In this exhibit, the ten artists – through drawings, paintings, photographs and prints – interpret the city and reveal their feelings about it.
‘Urban Spaces’ focuses on the works of artists who portray buildings, facades, bridges, landmarks, as well as rooms and abandoned spaces inside a variety of offices, apartments, theaters, concert halls, churches, train stations, waiting rooms, and other places that might once have seen a lot of human traffic and activity, but now are quiet, empty or past their prime.
The works in Urban Spaces are reminders of the wonderful architectural design and attention to detail that can be found in historic and modern structures, as well as the abstract qualities images of them convey, and the personal, even spiritual meanings some suggest.
Many will no doubt stir memories of important moments of our lives spent near or within those spaces.
Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Adult and student groups are welcome to tour our exhibits. More information about the shows and tours can be found on the Tall Grass website, www.tallgrass.org or by calling Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377.