Thursday, August 27, 2009

St. Louis Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art- Christine Ilewski

EXHIBITING GALLERY: St. Louis Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art at Crossroads Gallery

TITLE OF SHOW: Made by Hand

OPENING DATE AND CLOSING DATE: September 8th, 2009 - October 8th, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday September 11th, 7-9pm
IT8 bus tour: Saturday, October 3
Felted Teka workshop with Nino Hecht: Sunday, October 4, 1-4pm


SHORT BYLINE/ DESCRIPTION OF SHOW: A regional juried exhibition sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. Juried by fiber artist Jo Stealey.Stealey is an art professor and head of the fiber department at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Featued in the exhibition into the exhibition: Roxanne Phillips, Pat Owoc, Jennifer Weigel, Virginia Dragshutz, Clairion Ferron, Nino Hecht, Lydia Brockman, Linda Elkow, Jean Mills, Janice Nesser, Kathy Weaver, Betsy Dollar, Christine Ilewski, Trish Williams, Lisa Becker, Marie Samuels, Evie Shucart and Leslie Hume

Crossroads Art Studios and Gallery
501 N. KingshighwaySt. Charles MO 63301
Gallery hours: Wed - Fri Noon-5pm; Sat by appointment
call 314 581-3748

Artist : Christine Ilewski

Tell us a bit more about yourself: your location, professional affiliations, personal stuff…

I am a mixed media artist living in Southern IL in a very old house on the edge of a bluff, 200ft above the Mississippi River. My studio is in the basement, though I tend to spread my work out throughout the house when I'm deep in it.

My work has been exhibited in the St. Louis Regional Arts Center, Quincy Art Center, Mt. Vernon Mitchell Museum, and St. Louis University’s Art Museum. She is represented by Brewington Fine Arts, Woman Made Gallery and the Il Artisan Shop, Chicago; B Studio, Three Oaks, MI; Swanson Reed, Louisville, KY; and The Contemporary Art Center in New Harmony, IN.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Beyond my studio work, I am a visiting artist for Liquitex. I give acrylic material and method workshops to university students and professional art leagues. I mother three daughters, participate in a Community Supported Garden, take long hikes and follow local bands with my husband.

What first inspired you to become an artist?

The stuff of a woman’s life has a way of building up; laundry, bills, dryer sheets, memories, photos, dust, paperwork, sketches of her daughters, wounds, rewards, sickness and health. I have long been interested in the way a bit of our spirit on the things we touch and how these things tell our story long after we’re gone. .

Please describe your creative process: how you create, when, where, with what materials…

A particular vintage pillowcase, sheet or curtain often inspires a piece. In "Beach", the floral pattern of the vintage sheet was like feeling a summer breeze and I could almost smell the sand and sun.

Currently, I've started a portrait project on vintage handkerchiefs. I blog have started painting the portraits of children who have died as the result of hand gun violence.

What possession do you most cherish?

My family.

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