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Sandra Allain was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. (Urbana-Champaign) in August 2013, where she lives with her family.

She creates abstract paintings and collages, and also writes poetry inspired by words, reflections and the imbalance of society. She has worked with pastels, watercolor, ceramic, porcelain and acrylic at different stages in her life, experience that has influenced her preferred techniques. Her medium of choice is acrylic. The use of bronze and gold on most of her paintings gives warmth to her pieces and an increased contrast between highlights and shadows, a glow which characterizes her work and personality. www.sandraallain.com

Sandra Allain will be featured in the juried show "Science & Art" at Arterie Fine Arts in Naperville, IL from September 2 through September 30th.

The Opening Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Arterie Fine Arts 190 E. Fifth Avenue Naperville, IL 60563, +1 630-428-4639 http://arteriefinearts.com/artwork/3575736_Entropy.html

Hua

At a very young age, Hua Nian and her family were forcibly moved from Beijing to a small rural town in southern China during the political upheaval of the Cultural Revolution. This harsh childhood experience and rigid environment prepared her to become a close observer of the world. The move to the United States made a profound impact on her life, and on her making and thinking about art. The strong contrast of Chinese and American cultures inspired her to transform all her personal experience into new, fertile soil. From her early “Mask” printmaking series to her current series of acrylic paintings, “Where the Wild Things Glow”, Nian expresses feelings about our ongoing life under the force of nature and the scale of history.

As a signature artist of the International Society of Acrylic painters (ISAP) and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), Ms. Nian’s paintings have been shown in numerous art exhibitions thought out U.S. and in Germany, Australia and China. She has been a frequent award winner at various local, states, and national shows, and her works have been widely collected by co-ops, universities, and by numerous private collectors around the country. Her works and interviews have been featured in the American Artist Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, Dialogue: An Art Journal, and in numerous local and Chinese newspaper and magazines, as well as cover art for books, music CDs, and posters produced by Stanford University and others.

Ms. Nian moved to the USA in 1992 from China, after years of teaching photojournalism in Jinan University in Guangzhou. She received her Master’s degree in Art Education from Pittsburg State University, Kansas in 1996, and is now an active exhibiting artist and art instructor at her studio —Hua Nian Art Studio. She lives and works with her husband and two children in Urbana, Illinois.

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I moved to Urbana-Champaign in 2006 for my graduate studies and have been living in the area ever since. I've always loved art and my passion is drawing and painting. Two years ago I started focusing in my art again (after finishing graduate school) and it has become my obsession. I've realized this is what makes me happy and I hope my love towards painting comes through my art.

Im a graphic designer who is working on being a better artist. Although trained in traditional media I've developed a strong interest in digital painting. My work pulls in elements from both traditional and digital, depending on the piece being created. In other words, what ever works

Kim

Kim Kissinger Marino is an artist living and working in Champaign, Illinois.

Her unique and whimsical mixed media paintings explore interpersonal relationships and the simplification of visual communication. Marino’s art practice is devoted to a study of the line in art and the ways in which the most simple of marks can communicate in moving and comical ways. Her practice focuses on The Language of the Line.

For many years Marino worked as a freelance graphic designer focusing on print advertising, marketing material design and outdoor billboard design. She also worked as a computer animator creating animations for television, private and corporate clients.

In 2010, she committed herself to her art practice and began a study that involves the reinvention and exploitation a series of line characters she developed.

Currently she is working on her largest exhibit and project to date. The exhibit and on-site project will be at the indi go gallery in Champaign, Illinois. Beginning on September 18, 2013 she will painting a 3′ X 12′ mural at the gallery. The mural and a one person exhibit of recent works will open on September 28, 2013. This project invites the community to follow the process either in person or through her blog: http://languageoftheline.blogspot.com

In 2012, she completed a large project titled: 150 Paintings: A Community Project: Interactive Mural. This work consisted of 150, 4″x 4″ oil paintings exhibited in such a way that they viewer could create new designs by rearranging the canvases.

Also in 2012, Marino was selected to attended a Professional Development Workshop sponsored by Creative Capital and Chicago Artist Coalition. In addition, she was awarded a 30 day Artist’s Residency for October, 2012 at The Prairie Center of the Arts.

Her works have been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in New York , NY, Chicago, IL, Rochester, NY, Champaign, IL, Urbana, IL. , Carbondale, IL, Peoria, IL, Macomb, IL, Evansville, IN, Paducah, KY,Owensboro KY and Albuquerque, NM.

In addition to being a visual artist Kim has taught classes in her studio to elementary age students. Classes have included clay animation, printmaking, quilt making, basic design and others. She also curated 2 exhibits of her student’s work and assisted with the University of Illinois School of Art and Design on an area High School Art Exhibit. Her love of art education is also expressed in her lecturing to local home school groups on such topics as Animal Symbolism in Medieval Art , The Life of Leonardo DaVinci and Islamic Art and Geometric Design. She also has been a docent at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Museum.

Marino received a BA in Art and Design from Brescia College in Owensboro Kentucky. She also did graduate studies in Fiber Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before moving to Champaign, Illinois.

Primarily known for her vocals (jazz-spiked folk and avant garde/noise) and songwriting (dubbed "soulful indie rock"), elizaBeth also specializes in collaborative projects for adults and children. Her other key areas of expertise include storytelling and printmaking (stencils, silkscreens, blockprints)

Richard Benoit, from Kankakee, Illinois, is a self-taught artist with a degree in photography. He works in a full complement of subjects using pastel, charcoal acrylic paint and mixed media. He has been pursuing a career in art as a means of self-expression.
Richard has been exhibiting his artwork, including his photography, for many years. Originally he got into photography when using that medium to take visual notes for his paintings and drawings but now he concentrates almost exclusively on that latter mode of expression. His work has been described as wonderfully intense, powerful and original and is included in the Illinois Institute of Art and Governors State University’s permanent collections, the Bourbonnais and Bradley Public Libraries, Aventis Pharmaceutical, Riverside Medical Center and many private and public collections throughout the U S.
Richard is a Guild member of the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. and is an artist member of Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL.

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