I began my career as an artist working with fibers. Learning to make my own colors through hand-dyeing was the catalyst to my becoming an artist. I currently work in acrylics and oil on canvas, painting what I see around me everyday. I think in color and use color and form to express my vision of the things in this world. I find joy in the mundane.
I didn’t realize that I was an artist until late in life. But looking back, I retain strong memories of color from childhood: the thrill of seeing green and purple side by side; the frisson of chartreuse; my favorite outfit because it was yellow and brown. I loved to draw, but because I showed no special talent for drawing I was not encouraged and later on, did not encourage myself toward art school.
From the women in my family I learned to knit and sew and all my life have made things from yarn and cloth. This led to a breakthrough around 2010 when I began to make quilts that were meant for display rather than use – art quilts. These can be seen on my Mixed Media page. The first such, which I still love, was Grains of Rice, where I presciently added acrylic paint to the fabric. I began hand-dyeing fabric and eventually came to using dyes on raw canvas, usually combined with paints. I haven’t finished with exploring dyes as art materials, but as of this writing (2015) I’ve been focused on painting.
Through classes at the Lill Street Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, I found my calling as an acrylic painter of everyday objects, people, and scenes. I am currently in the Wednesday group at Ann Ponce studios where I continue to learn about painting from Ann and my fellow artists. I am also a member of the Chicago Alliance of Vsual Artists (CAVA).
Austin Irving Library, Northwest Arts Connection, Chicago, IL October – December
Benedictine University, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists, Lisle, IL May – Juy
North shore Art League, Inchworks, Winnetka, IL December
Niles Public Library, Twenty Paintings Solo Exhibit, Niles, IL December
Evanston Art Center, Winter Arts Expo, Evanston, IL November 20 – December 21
Noyes Center, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), Evanston, IL May 8 – June 1
Open Wall, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), Chicago/47th Ward Office April 1 – May 29
Northwest Area Arts Council, Women’s Work, Woodstock, IL March 12- May 2
Northshore Art League, Kitchen Table, Winnetka, IL, February 5 – March 12
Morpho Gallery, Emerging Artists, Chicago, February 20 – March 6
Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago/Ponce Studios, October
Koehnline Museum, Gendering Desire, DesPlaines, IL, October
Curt’s Cafe, (curator and exhibitor), Fiber Arts Show, Evanston/Senior Artists Network, August
Light, Space, and Time, Botanicals, Online, July
Beverly Art Center, Members Show, Chicago/Senior Artists Network, March-April
Art Lakeview, Chicago, October
Emily Oaks Nature Center, (curator), Nature Abstracted, Skokie/Senior Artists Network, July -August
North Shore Senior Center, Members Show, Wilmette/Senior Artists Network, May-June
Open Wall, Chicago/47th Ward Office, March- May
Pilsen Art Gallery, Blind Eye exhibit, Chicago/Surface Design Association, October
North Park Neigborhood Artists, Chicago, October
Old Town Triangle Association, Members Show, Chicago/Senior Artists Network, May
Fermi Labs, Art + Science, Batavia, IL, November – January
Lincoln Center Galleries, Fabrics of Legacies, Fort Collins, CO, October – November
Chicago Cultural Center, Later Impressions, Chicago/Senior Artists Network, October
Arvada Center, Sangre deChristo, U. of Colorado, Colorado/Studio Art Quilt Assoc., June – January
Beverly Alice Nash