mixed media

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.

Fine craft artisan and owner of both Tangora Designs and local gallery in Urbana, called "Wind Water & Light Gallery"

Undergraduate from Southern IL University in fine art Photography and Communications. Started Tangora Designs in 1989. My focus is on up-cycling discarded items and creating new unexpected uses for them. I specialize in jewelry but have been known to do some assemblages, furniture restoration, and hand made paper objects as well. I've been making "Cultured Beach Glass" jewelry and accessories for nearly 30 years. Many of those years my main income was from art and craft shows and wholesale to galleries around the country. This past year I have expanded my designs to include paper, wood, and plastic. From Art Deco to Steam Punk, my designs are proven to bear the distance of time. Once you try them you will be hooked. A few years ago my Mom started showing signs of dementia so my days of traveling to art shows needed to be reexamined. During this time we started a brick and mortar gallery called "Wind Water & Light" in Urbana, IL. My husband and I have run the gallery for 7 years. We represent around 200 artists local and national. I am excited to use Etsy to gather my clients from the days when we would show my works in areas far and away from Champaign - Urbana. We give a little something to charities every month whether it is a gift certificate for WWL or an angel that I made. You will find ear rings both symmetrical and asymmetrical, (and yes we make clip-ons), angels, mermaids, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Now and then I make assemblages and paper bowls up cycled clocks from maps and plastic bottles. All up cycled and mixed up! Many people think the name is ANGORA but it is actually Tangora, my maiden name. But Angora kind of fits the softness of the tumbled beach glass. I majored in photography back when there wasn't any such thing as digital. I breathed too many raw chemicals during this time and had to find another discipline for myself. Walking down the beach one day I picked up a piece of beach glass. How beautiful I thought and how can I make this in Illinois? The rest is history!
Oh, I LOVE TO SWIM.
Won a few awards for my works. If you are interested, ask me and I'll tell you.

Lei

BIOGRAPHY

Lei Shanbhag was born and raised in an artist family in mainland China. After receiving her first degree in medicine in 1987, Lei came to the United States of America in 1989. Lei studied Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota and has been a freelance artist afterwards.

Since then Lei’s paintings and photography have been exhibited in solo and group shows at OK Harris Works of Arts (NY), Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle (NY), Polo Gallery (NJ), City Without Walls Gallery (NJ), Cinema Gallery (IL), Parkland College Art Gallery (IL), Verde Gallery (IL), Illini Art Gallery (IL), Krannert Museum, Krannert Performing Arts Center (IL), Springer Cultural Center (IL), Asian American Cultural Center of University of Illinois( IL), Richland Community College (IL) and others.

Lei’s visual arts endeavors include Painting, Mixed media, Photography,. Lei can be contacted by E-mail at: lshanbhag@hotmail.com .Please visit her website at http://www.leishanbhag.com for more information.

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