Highland Park Art Walk puts works
by 77 artists in downtown store windows
BY MYRNA PETLICKI
commerce will blend beautifully from Saturday through May 27 in
downtown Highland Park.
Works by 77 Illinois artists will be displayed in 27 store
windows and in Gallery 60035 during Highland Park Art Walk 2006.
The juried art exhibition was organized by Anatomically
Correct, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to
exhibiting artwork in alternative spaces.
The show kicks off Saturday night with an opening reception
at Gallery 60035, featuring entertainment, refreshments, a
silent auction, a raffle and awarding of prizes to artists.
Other special events are planned during the month, but the best
thing about this show is that it's always "open."
Executive director of Anatomically Correct, reported that
Gallery 60035, which is a co-op of artists, presented a smaller,
members-only, version of this art walk last year and the year
before. When the organizers of that event approached
Anatomically Correct about taking charge this year, she agreed
if she could involve other artists not associated with Gallery
60035. Thirteen participating artists are Gallery 60035 members;
the rest are from throughout Illinois, with the majority
residing in Chicago and suburbs.
Sumner Garte of Highland Park, co-founded the original event
two years ago with James Lynch.
"We put art in the windows of the shops downtown," Garte
said. "It was not juried and it was a very small kind of thing.
This year, we decided to turn it over to a professional art
Anatomically Correct said the biggest challenge of organizing
the fair was, "having to pair up the stores with a particular
For example, "Home Builders," an oil painting by Jack Siegel
of Deerfield, which shows construction workers assembling a
home, was a natural for Spaces and Views/Lee Lumber.
Two altered photographs by Tricia Koning, "Expecting" and
"Mother & Child," are perfect pieces for A Pea in the Pod, a
maternity store. A, brightly colored, handmade paper piece
called "Quilting Bee," by Elyn Koentopp-Vanek, will be right at
home in Paper Source.
Some of the artworks are landscapes or cityscapes "which can
go anywhere,and a lot of the stores didn't really care if we
matched it to their concept."
Garte's contribution to the Art Walk is a playful piece
called "Life Imitates Art," which will be exhibited in the
gallery. It shows the interior of a high-rise Chicago apartment
in which an impressionistic nude painting is on the wall. In the
foreground, a nude woman reclines on a bed -- looking exactly
like the painting. Outside the window you see other skyscrapers
and the Picasso statue.
"Guardian of 10,000 Blessings," an oil-and-gold-leaf-on-linen
painting, is the contribution of Zoe Kaufman of Highland Park.
It will be displayed in the window of Saks Fifth Avenue.
The recent work "is a very meaningful one to me," Kaufman
said. "The blessings are limitless when one is from spiritual
pursuit. Whereas material things always must go through the life
cycle of birth, decay and death, the spiritual fate never dies."
Kaufman said the Art Walk is "wonderful for the artists and
for the merchants of Highland Park. People walk around, they
look in the windows and maybe notice stores for the first time.
And also, artists have a hard time being seen."
"It should bring in a lot of business to the downtown
business district, Anytime an artist has an
opportunity to show their work in a professional environment is
a good thing."