Monday, July 1, 2019

The Elevator Project

Recently, our painting group decided to paint and sketch a  picturesque grain elevator on the South Farms of the University of Illinois in Champaign Il before the building is torn down. We agreed that each of us would do one or two paintings from different angles, different lighting, and different media. As winter as moved through spring, we have completed several paintings that we hope will be in a show in late 2019 or early 2020.

Photo of the elevator at First and St. Mary's Rd, CH

 Birute Simaitis, acrylic

 Sarah Wisseman, watercolor

 Ann Rund, watercolor

 Mary Emmons, graphite

Friday, June 29, 2018

A new painting and a little summer news

Mary Emmons did a stunning watercolor of our fearless leader and hostess of the painting group, Peggy Walklet. Here it is (thank you, Mary!):

Ann Rund's painting of "Onions" is on exhibit at the Giertz Gallery in the juried exhibit "Illinois at 200." Hurray for Ann!

A recent News Gazette article on The Gilbert Gallery in Urbana mentions Sarah Wisseman's paintings.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A wonderful I-phone app "Waterlogue" turns photos into watercolors. Here are Sarah and Mary:

 and Don Lake critiquing our paintings:

All three "paintings" created by Ann Rund!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Parkland Art Gallery Alumnae Show

I was delighted to have my encaustic painting selected for this show, which included a book piece by husband Charlie.
Other painters from our Country Bend Painters, Jenny Barrett, Ann Rund, and Sandy Hynds also have paintings in the show!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Opening Reception September 2, 2016

We had a fantastic turnout, thanks to good publicity and the beginning of First Fridays in Urbana:

Here's the wall that was incomplete the day we installed: 

This image includes Peggy's portraits, "Pear Trio II" by Birute, and "Under the Kitchen cabinet" by Mary.

And Melissa Merli did a nice writeup of Jenny Barrett!

The show will be open through October 15 at the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana (corner of Race and Main Sts.)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hanging our First Group Show

(Jenny, Mary, Sandy, Sarah, Peggy, Birute, Ann)

Today we hung the paintings for our show at the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana for our opening this Friday, September 2, 2016,  5-7 pm. The show will be up Sept 1-Oct 15.

C4A is a great location with lots of light, and installation is a breeze because we used S-hooks instead of hammers and nails:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Country Bend Painters are a group of artists who meet weekly to paint together in Champaign, Illinois. Most of us are former Parkland College Art and Design students. Some of us have shown our work before; for others, the exhibit at the Community Center for the Arts (September 1-October 15, 2016) is our first show.

 Peggy Walklet

 Mary Emmons

 Sarah Wisseman

Jenny Barrett

 Birute Simaitis

Ann Rund

 Sandra Hynds