Sunday, April 12, 2015

Joseph Tomanek and Archibald Motley

According to a wall display at the current Archibald Motley exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center, the above photo documents a model that Motley shared with Palette and Chisel member, Joseph Tomanek, in  his studio in Berwyn.

And this photograph may have been taken in Tomanek's studio in 1921.

Motley is holding the umbrella in back -- and I suspect that Tomanek is holding the violin at the far left  ( he was a prize-winning fiddler)

These pictures were taken soon after both were fellow students at the Art Institute.

Motley would go on to earn a reputation for his scenes of jazz clubs - while Tomanek would paint murals for churches and pin-up girls in the great outdoors.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Exhibition: For the Love of Color


"I spent many years living overseas in Europe, Australia and Asia raising a family and seeing the sights and art of the world." .... Tamara Beeler

Yes, I believe she has been looking at more kinds of  painting than are usually found at the Palette and Chisel.

This is a person who loves painting at least as much as she loves children, beaches, and river banks.

I hope she shows more of her work here.