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Summer Stroll

Whether your quest is for that one perfect painting to complete a room or an emerging artist to inspire a new collection, there is a North Shore art emporium for every taste and aesthetic. Here’s a preview of what’s new this summer at five of our favorite local galleries.

Carlyn Janus’ abstract “Ethereal” painting at Art Post Gallery’s summer exhibit

Art Post Gallery
Christina Bates, owner of Art Post Gallery, wants art-lovers to think big and bold this summer with a distinctive new collection of Summer Abstractions. Featuring such contemporary artists as Chicago’s own Carlyn Janus and William Nelson as well as German-born Ursula Brenner, the abstract pieces will be on display, along with the Northbrook gallery’s distinctive palette of original oil paintings, watercolors, etchings and vintage art from the United States and around the globe. Art Post Gallery is also a favorite among map collectors, with a selection of authentic, original antique pieces from the 16th century through the 19th century. Willow Festival Shopping Center, 984 G Willow Road, Northbrook, 847.657.9492

ZIA Gallery
Artists Karina Hean and Rick Dula will be exhibiting through July 26 at ZIA Gallery, a Winnetka atelier that specializes in contemporary photography, painting and works on paper. Gallery manager Anne Hughes says Hean and Dula represent differing aesthetics in a compelling way. Using a variety of media, including charcoal, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, graphite and collage, Hean creates nature-inspired abstractions that range from bold and expansive to intricate and intimate in scale. Dula is a photorealistic artist who paints quiet images of urban and rural industrial scenes. For this exhibition, ZIA Gallery will include some of his new rural paintings.
548 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847.446.3970

Anne Loucks Gallery
Summer starts on July 18 at the Anne Loucks Gallery with Photography 14: Summer Viewpoint, a group exhibition featuring the work of gallery artists Lyle Gomes, Chris Honeysett, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Cheryl Maeder and Laurie Victor Kay. According to Loucks, this exhibition celebrates the artists’ ability to capture a moment or place in time with a perspective that is fresh, engaging and often surreal. It also represents a medium important to the gallery’s ongoing collection of contemporary American paintings, sculpture and works on paper. The show runs through Aug. 31. 309 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847.835.8500

Hevanston Gallery
Steve Bialer’s eclectic (and whimsically named) Hevanston Gallery is paying homage to the birds this summer with a series of exhibits and events titled Memories of Birds. A group exhibit is running now through July 15 with creations by artists Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and Cary Cochrane. The work of sculptor, painter and author Gwendolyn Rodig was recently added as well as special programs in conjunction with Open Studios Evanston. Other events include a July 19 how-to lecture by artist Peggy Mcnamara showing how she brought birds’ migration to life in her work. Call for details and reservations. 529 Davis St., Evanston, 847.859.6468

Aaron Galleries
Aaron Galleries recently announced the launch of its expansive Glenview space with works by contemporary painter Richard Dahn. For more than 30 years, Aaron Galleries has catered to fine art connoisseurs with a discriminating collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and prints, historical American landscape paintings as well as works by American regionalists, modernists and abstract artists. Since 2000, Aaron Galleries also has made a commitment to exhibiting the art of African-American masters. Owner Patrick Albano recently closed locations at Glen Town Center and on Oak Street in downtown Chicago to open a larger new gallery. 1031 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847.724.0600