Art show coming to Northbrook
Susan Mart, a Northbrook artist who works in mixed media. Her work will appear in Journeys, the 10th annual juried art show to be presented by the Northbrook Public Library Oct. 12. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: October 10, 2012 1:47PM
NORTHBROOK — Artists in Northbrook and throughout the country are preparing their best efforts for “Journeys,” the 10th annual juried art show to be held Oct. 12 through Nov. 30 at the Northbrook Public Library.
A public preview and reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, at the library, 1201 Cedar Lane, which is expected to draw between 300 and 400 people, said Eric Robbins, assistant library director.
The opening event will feature live music, light refreshments, viewer’s choice voting and the opportunity to speak with the artists about their work. Admission is free.
The show will present works selected by two jurors: Jeanine Coupe Ryding, an associate instructor in printmaking at the Chicago School of the Art Institute; and Judith Joseph, a Northbrook painter, Robbins said.
They chose 73 out of 373 pieces submitted by 131 artists including drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media.
Fifty-two artists will be represented, with eight of them from Northbrook this year, a higher number than usual, he added.
“This is an international show, but perhaps because of the economy, we really haven’t seen as many international applicants. Usually we can rely on some from Canada, Israel and Europe,” Robbins said. “And of those who did apply, none got in this year.”
Northbrook artist Susan Mart, who specializes in mixed media, will bring two samples of her work to the show.
“Most of my work comes from my travels. I photograph what takes my interest. I do drawings on paper which are hand colored, folded and constructed into box-like forms that work together as one,” Mart said.
One of the works she will present is titled “Doorways of Israel,” which was created from photographs taken in Israel a few years ago, she said.
The other is composed of drawings from a trip to Spain and Portugal, she added.
Richard Giacobetti, a Northbrook artist who works with glass mosaics, will exhibit beetles.
“These are actual renderings of insects using a glass mosaic technique, which is similar to micro mosaics,” said Giacobetti, a retired dermatologist.
“The pieces vary from one millimeter to five or six millimeters. Each completed image has thousands of pieces.”
He specializes in the “cosmati” style of inlaid ornamental mosaic introduced into the decorative art of Europe during the 12th century, he noted.
“It has a geometrical pattern and is almost like quilting glass,” Giacobetti said.
This year’s awards include a $2,000 First Place Purchase Prize sponsored by the Friends of the Northbrook Public Library and a $1,000 Second Place Prize from VISOgraphic, Inc.
Also to be awarded are: a $500 Third Place Prize from Library Furniture International; and three $200 Viewer’s Choice awards from the Northbrook Arts Commission, Northbrook Bank and Trust and First Bank of Highland Park.