We’ve started our Looking at Women series at The Art Institute of Chicago, and I got to wondering if anyone in the tumblr world was as interested in this topic of woman as object, subject, and/or artist. 
The post below was one of the first I stumbled on, and I loved it.  I had a great time visiting the Wyeth estate a couple years back, and have been a fan of his ever since.  And, of course Christina’s World  is one of the most aching female portraits I’ve ever seen. 






amandabeddis:

Andrew Wyeth  Lovers “One   summer in the mid-1980s, the art world went momentarily berserk with a   story that hit the front pages of hundreds of papers and the covers of   several news weeklies. Andrew   Wyeth, the realist painter of farm life in Pennsylvania and sea life,   suddenly announced to his wife that for more than a decade he had a   secret model. Her name was Helga Testorff, the nurse of his dying friend   Karl Kuerner in Chadds Ford, Pa. He had drawn and painted nearly 150 secret images of her, many in the nude. This   one, entitled “Lovers” shows Helga in the full ripeness of feminine   beauty being pursued by the hand of an older man, presumably Wyeth’s,   with old Andy’s hand coming at her in the form of a withered leaf   floating in the window. Some critics believed the story, some didn’t.   Some liked the nudes, most choked overt their frank realism. Fact is, these steamy nudes of Helga are among the best nudes ever painted in American history.” 
via http://www.forbes.com/2001/02/21/0221connguide_11.html

We’ve started our Looking at Women series at The Art Institute of Chicago, and I got to wondering if anyone in the tumblr world was as interested in this topic of woman as object, subject, and/or artist. 

The post below was one of the first I stumbled on, and I loved it.  I had a great time visiting the Wyeth estate a couple years back, and have been a fan of his ever since.  And, of course Christina’s World  is one of the most aching female portraits I’ve ever seen. 



amandabeddis:

Andrew Wyeth  Lovers

“One summer in the mid-1980s, the art world went momentarily berserk with a story that hit the front pages of hundreds of papers and the covers of several news weeklies.

Andrew Wyeth, the realist painter of farm life in Pennsylvania and sea life, suddenly announced to his wife that for more than a decade he had a secret model. Her name was Helga Testorff, the nurse of his dying friend Karl Kuerner in Chadds Ford, Pa.

He had drawn and painted nearly 150 secret images of her, many in the nude.

This one, entitled “Lovers” shows Helga in the full ripeness of feminine beauty being pursued by the hand of an older man, presumably Wyeth’s, with old Andy’s hand coming at her in the form of a withered leaf floating in the window. Some critics believed the story, some didn’t. Some liked the nudes, most choked overt their frank realism.

Fact is, these steamy nudes of Helga are among the best nudes ever painted in American history.”

via http://www.forbes.com/2001/02/21/0221connguide_11.html


2012: The end or the beginning?

With the threat of the end of the world hanging over 2012, we should be somber, but over here at Art Encounter, we can’t keep the smiles off our faces.

Next week Joanna leaves for one of our many trips to Cuba. It is such a difficult country for most to get to, but Art Encounter is lucky enough to have a travel license to visit this beautiful and vivacious island. There is so much art to experience there, and so many people want to go that we might be adding more trips to our calendar this year. And that alone makes us smile.

But in addition to that, 2012 is going to be a year of re-invention for us. We are getting a make-over thanks to Thomas Weitz and Susannah Kim who are working with Joanna, Marsha, Caryn, and myself to come up with a new logo and new website design.

We are also in the process of developing new programming. We don’t want to give anything away yet, but rest assured it is going to stimulating for a variety of your senses!

All in all, we are downright excited for a year of art in Chicago and abroad. We hope you are too.

See you soon!


Art Encounter’s photostream on Flickr.This past March we went on an exclusive trip to Cuba to visit Old Havana, Pinar del 
Rio, Guanabacoa, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. 
Sign up for one of the tours we are going on next year.  The first two are already sold out, hurry up the next two, in early April and late May, are already filling up quickly.
Hemingway villa, Finca La VigiaRooftop concert by MezclaPablo Menendez leads MezclaHand rolling  cigars in Havana

Art Encounter’s photostream on Flickr.

This past March we went on an exclusive trip to Cuba to visit Old Havana, Pinar del
Rio, Guanabacoa, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos.


Sign up for one of the tours we are going on next year. The first two are already sold out, hurry up the next two, in early April and late May, are already filling up quickly.

Michele DePriest’s hand-painted scarves and dishes are not only beautiful, they are safe to wear and wash. 

Impress with these one-of-a-kind creations that are also practical, at the Holiday Market!

This Saturday, November 19th at 1100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL from 11-5 p.m.

$5 admission includes a glass of wine. 

I’m a computer professional.  I love to express myself creatively through ceramics, fibers, mixed media, photography and writing.  I like making items that are not only appealing to the eye but also serve a functional purpose.  My latest project has been focused on taking my original photographs and marrying them with ceramic pieces that offer form and function.  I willing be unveiling my newest works at the Art Encounter Holiday Marketplace.”

——Michele DePriest


The Vale Craft Gallery is an important part of the Chicago Gallery-scape. 

At the Holiday Market, the Vale Craft Gallery will be representing these two spectacular artists. 

"Located in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant River North gallery district, Vale Craft Gallery exhibits and sells contemporary American fine craft and sculpture including works in clay, fiber, metal, glass, wood and mixed media. Since 1992, gallery owner Peter Vale has shown an 
eclectic and affordable collection of decorative, functional, and sculptural artwork by both local and national artists. Vale Craft Gallery features colorful textiles, beautiful glass objects, handcrafted furniture, innovative ceramics, whimsical sculpture, and unique jewelry. ”


Virginia Vale, necklace, red jasper and black onyx

Virginia Vale, necklace, red jasper and black onyx


Judy Patacque represented by the Vale Craft Gallery

Judy Patacque represented by the Vale Craft Gallery


Brooke Costello has a twisty style! These unique and beautiful creations are a perfect gift for the holiday season. They’ll have everyone asking, “Where’d you get that?” And you can tell them, the Holiday Market!

Tongue Tied spins new life into old ties with a line of women’s accessories that range from fancy obi-style sashes, stoles and “truffled” scarves, to functional cell phone slings and laptop carriers. This line also includes faux foos, an elegant but not too serious collection of chokers, collars and cuffs created from ties that hail from houses such as Halston, St. Laurent and Pucci. Owner, Brooke Costello, established her business in 2006 with a single design and has expanded into a head to toe enterprise with a mission to “lessen the landfills, produce locally, and save ties.”


This Baltic Sea Amber has been gorgeously crafted into stunning and unique pieces. Jeffrey B Jewelers. 


Jennifer Lee. Another incredible artist participating in our Holiday Market!