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Dr. Steve Art at Hotel Versey

Artist: Dr. Steve

Title: Dancers

A retired psychologist, Steve has been creating sculpture for 25 years. He began creating in stone, and much more recently began working in metals; steel, sheet copper, and molten copper with added alloys. Currently he predominantly works with metals, especially bicycle chains. He enjoys making curvy, soft forms with materials that are hard. In metals, he works inside "negative space" in concrete forms from the back, only seeing the final product when it is removed from the form. The concrete forms are made from mannequins or life casts. The bicycle chain pieces have elicited many different comments, including that the patterns created are intrinsically attractive, that the alternation between light and dark is interesting, that there is a Yin-Yang energy in the work, and that the shadows cast a lacy texture, with the shadows being a manifestation of Yin energy in contrast to the hard metal Yang materials and process. Steve's work is in collections in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, California, and Chicago, Illinois.
Meg Harper Art

Artist: Meg Harper

Title: Rhythm and Rootzah

This installation symbolizes allowing your spirit to be wild and free with a perfect balance of tapping into the grounded goodness of your hometown. Meg received her BA in painting in 1988 from NY. After 15 successful years in the ad biz honing her design and composition muscles Meg launched her fine arts career. Her work strengthens the therapeutic feelings we receive when we truly connect with healing essence of nature and the animal kingdom. All her subjects are close-up and personal because deep connections are the key to happiness.
Wall Graffiti by Joe Miller

Artist: Joe Miller

Title: Totally Street

Joe Miller received his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2008, where he worked with Catherine Sullivan and Theaster Gates on a number of multi-media and public projects. His own work consists primarily of large-scale mural projects in both domestic and public venues throughout Chicagoland. Miller is based in Panama, New York and Chicago. He is very involved in holding workshops and speaking on public art practices. Miller also volunteers his time to engage with urban youth throughout the Midwest on collaborative mural projects.
Joe Miller with Enso Art in Chicago

Artist: Joe Miller with Enso

Title: The Road Ends Here

ENSO Fabrication is centrally located in the Dallas – Ft. Worth Metroplex. Our core team has over 40 years of combined experience in the waterjet industry working on the largest and most complex waterjet projects. Concept to Completion is our specialty
Kalisher Art in Chicago

Artist: Joe Miller with Kalisher

Title: Green Apples to Apples Optimism

Kalisher is the only company of its kind owned and run by artists. This talent and experience is unmatched in the industry and is the key to both creating and curating a comprehensive art collection that will inspire guests while working seamlessly with your interior design and architecture.
Chicago Barton DeGraaf Art

Artist: Barton DeGraaf

Title: A Perfect Day

Bart has been painting his whole life.  Born in Chicago, he fell in love with art at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He pursued his passion and received his BFA in 1999 from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado.  He currently lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife Heidi and son Jon.  

The inspiration for his piece titled, "A Perfect Day" comes from wanting to replicate that first experience of going to the ballpark for the very first time.  The anticipation, excitement, the smell of the Vienna Beef hot dogs and French fries, crunch of peanut shells under your feet, and pure joy of the fans.  He's looking forward to having the opportunity to share a first-time experience with his son this summer.

For this piece Bart custom made a Birchwood panel and used a blow torch to torch the edge and background.  He used thin acrylic varnishes to create the underpaint to incorporate the wood grain.  He layered acrylics with glazes to create the texture and movement.
Bike Sculpture by Zac Ridgely and John Tong

Artist: Zac Ridgely for Ridgely Studio Works

Title: Sunday Ride - Bicycle Series

Sunday Ride (2017) is composed of reclaimed upcycled bicycle frames that are deconstructed and thoughtfully welded back together to create the sculptural form.  Under the watchful eye and leadership of Zac Ridgely, Ridgely Studio Works pushes the boundaries of form, creating lighting that combines beauty, innovation, artistic sculpture and function.  The unique designs incorporate material that may not be initially associated with lighting but result in elegant and inspired fixtures with a sculptural edge.  
Mercury Beans by Simon Waranch

Artist: Simon Waranch

Title: Mercury Drops

Simon Waranch is an award-winning 18-year old glass blower based in Dallas, Texas.  When not creating his unique pieces, he works and teaches for a Dallas glass studio, Carlyn Ray Designs.  His works are collected throughout the United States, and his commission business is on a rising trajectory.  Simon currently has a piece of work at the Dallas Museum of Art and recently showed in Venice, Italy.  Simon enjoys the combination of creativity and physicality that is demanded with glass blowing.
Spike Lighting from Chicago

Artist: Spike Lighting

Title: Headliner

Spike Lighting is a full spectrum quality lighting resource, providing clients with the essential solutions for any lighting landscape including custom lighting fabrication, value added engineering and distribution of manufactured lighting lines. The chandelier was inspired by local newspaper, the Chicago Reader, which is recognized as a leader in the alternative press since 1971. Known for its in-depth coverage of Chicago politics and culture, the Reader explores and exposes news, events and issues that affect city living.
Sheryl McDonald's Art at Chicago

Artist: Sheryl E. McDonald

Title: To be determined

"The raw emotion a piece of artwork can evoke truly amazes me" - Sheryl E. McDonald.
Using local photographic images to complete the theme and artwork, the images are printed on archival acid free paper with UV Ultra chrome archival inks. The printed images are carefully trimmed with different edge details, fitted and applied to the mannequin surface.
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