Evanston Art Center hosts Later Impressions exhibition

Organized in partnership with the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists, Evanston Art Center’s new exhibition, Later Impressions, highlights the work of artists over 50 years old.

The Later Impressions exhibition is one of CAVA’s signature annual exhibitions and will run from October 8th to November 5th.. Catering specifically to artists 50 or older, CAVA currently has over 250 members, mostly from the Chicago area..

“We provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work, learning and educational opportunities, and an opportunity to meet other artists,” said Susan Bennett, CAVA Treasurer and Co-Director of the Exhibition. .

During the curation of the exhibition, a panel of judges examined each piece in the exhibition and selected works to receive different prizes. The seven awards available are one Best in Show, three Excellence Awards and three Honorable Mentions.

This year’s Best in Show was Norman Baugher’s “California Table” oil-on-canvas painting, displaying fruit on a table with the egg that Baugher says is a signature of his work..

“The subject matter is a still life, and there are very abstract concepts working behind it,” Baugher said. “One of the goals was to develop a sense of balance, even if the image is asymmetrical.”

While Baugher focuses on still life, there is no designated theme that the artwork in the exhibition should follow. Artists are encouraged to submit a wide variety of mediums, allowing them to exhibit paintings, sculptures, installation pieces, photographs and more.

Audrey Avril, head of exhibitions at the Evanston Art Center, said the exhibition highlights the diverse mediums and talents of the participating artists.

“There are a lot of paintings in this collection, but they’re all very different subjects,” Avril said. “Some of them are pop culture style paintings, some are more abstract, and you get a wide range even within one medium.”

Pieces displayed at the Later Impressions exhibition are also available for sale, with part of the proceeds going to the Evanston Art Center.

Colette Wright Adams, co-director of the exhibition, said CAVA has often sold artwork to the Evanston Art Center in the past because the organization is a “thriving art community” that touches many different people. .

Adams said artists can find a home for their artwork at the Later Impressions exhibition, regardless of their artistic style or preferred medium.

“There’s something for everyone on this show,” Adams said.

CAVA members can also meet and work with other artists at various events organized by the organization, including the Later Impressions exhibition.

Baugher said he enjoys meeting other artists through CAVA.

“Part of the reason for CAVA is camaraderie, an opportunity for artists to come together in shows themselves,” he said.

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