Exhibitions

Tall Grass Arts Association gallery hosts seven art shows each year. 
Exhibitions are curated by volunteers, and may be juried or invitational shows. 
 
Hours:                                                                            
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm                                                         
  • Sunday and Monday: Closed
 
The Gallery is open to the public and free of charge, including opening receptions and artist’s talks.
 

Current Exhibition

This summer, Tall Grass Gallery will reopen with an exciting new exhibit,

HOT WHEELS, filled with dozens of images of antique, vintage, classic, and contemporary cars and motorcycles.

The works in the show of wonderfully designed and often beautifully restored autos and bikes, as well as the people and environments associated with them, range from super-real to richly expressive, from abstracted closeups to collaged interpretations.

Twenty-four artists will present drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculpture and glass pieces. They share with us their love of the visually addictive beauty – the forms, textures, reflections, patinas, and intricate details – of cars and motorcycles from decades ago as well as today. At the same time, they stir personal memories for each of us of family trips, the joy of owning first cars, musings on sitting inside a movie star’s luxury roadster, games of identifying brands by their logos or hood ornaments, the longing for earlier days when sighting a rusty truck abandoned in a field.

At times joyously vibrant, gaudy, playful, and at others, quietly respectful and nostalgic, some of the works in the exhibit were inspired by travels all around America, or to Cuba and to Italy. Some pieces began after artists experienced

the abundance of inventive design on display at classic car shows. And still others came about through unplanned drives down country roads, discovering by chance the charm and appeal of a vintage ride.

Artists included in HOT WHEELS are: Anthony Abboreno, Jay Anderson, Mike Buchan, Richard Burd, Bill Dixon, Irene Ganas, Janet Glazar, Ken Hall, Dave Hanson, Fran Hollander, Pat Huss, Susan Johnson, Sandi Kozlowski, Dennis McDonough, Chuck Michaels, Bob Nardi, Gloria Payne, Stuart Pearson, Joan Quirke, Bill Schahfer, Ann Socha, Carol Thorner, Nance Tucker, and Christopher Tuscan.

We hope everyone visiting the show will gain new appreciation for not only these artists’ great skill at selecting and portraying their views and visions, but also for the artists and designers of automobiles and motorcycles through more than a century – for their original ideas, attention to detail, and long history of creating so many powerful objects of useful beauty.

Curators for HOT WHEELS are Deborah Craemer and Claudia Craemer, and jurors are Deborah, Claudia and Richard Schmidt. The exhibit will run from June 20-July 25, 2020.

> The gallery will provide face masks for all visitors who might feel more comfortable viewing the show with this layer of protection.

Tall Grass Arts Association, 367 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL www.tallgrassarts.org 708 748 3377

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Annual Tall Grass Artists Exhibit

Past Exhibitions

Click on the dates below to see the exhibitions from the past.

*Note 2015 does not have additional links

2017

Works that symbolize or portray positive moments, acts, and attitudes plus fine arts and crafts for the holidays
Juried art show celebrating hand making processes. 2D and 3D original artwork which shows evidence of being made by the human hand – direct mark making and hand forming legacy processes (pre-1800).   
Curated by Gail Otterson and juried by Bill Wild and Gail Otterson

August 4 – September 17, 2017
Gallery Artists Annual Show. An invitational show of Tall Grass Juried Artists.

Works of Calm, Quiet and Restoration 
Invitational Show
Drawings, paintings and sculptures by Sherri Denault, Margie Glass-Sula and Patty McWilliams focusing on the interaction, complementing relationships and conversations between their works. Curated by Claudia Craemer.

April 28 – June 3
Invitational show of images of urban architecture and inner spaces by Jon W. Balke, Jennifer Cronin, Val Fischer, Pat Coffman Huss, Rosalyn Lyons, Bettyann Mocek, Dennis O’Malley, Carey Primeau, Carole Rose and John Spomar. Curated by Maureen Cribbs and Janet Muchnik.

Installation by Ohio artist Nathaniel Foley. Several medium to large scale sculptures in an installation format will transform the entire gallery space. Curated by Claudia Craemer.
Juried show of 2D and 3D artwork inspired by the flight of winged creatures. 
Juried and curated by Mary Bookwalter and Gail Otterson.

2016

November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017 

Two concurrent exhibitions:
A Winter’s Tale
Six Regional Artists Interpret the Season
Curated by Claudia Craemer.
 
The Great Gift Gallery
Fine Art and Crafts for the Holidays
Curated by Janet Munchnik.

September 30 – November 5, 2016

Invitational Show of work by art faculty from area colleges – Kankakee, Joliet, Morraine Valley,Prairie State, South Suburban colleges, as well as Governor’s State and Olivet Nazarene universities.
Curated by Gail Otterson and Mary Bookwalter.

Gallery Artist Exhibition
An invitational show of Tall Grass Juried Artists. Curated by Janice Pratt.

June 17 – July 23, 2016

Invitational Show Work created predominantly in black & white media. The nine artists are Carol Weber, Mike Wasnowski, Joanne Venheizer, Sara Schleicher, Jennifer Moore, Corey Hagelberg, Jennifer Cronin, Michael Barnes, and Joanne Aono. Curated by Mary Bookwalter.

April 30 – June 4, 2016

Fifty-three artists present Images inspired by, derived from, portraying or interpreting plants. Works might accurately describe the beauty and mystery of the world of plants as well as create expressive, inventive or abstract responses to various stages and forms of plant life. Curated by Claudia Craemer and juried by Nikkole Huss and Claudia Craemer.    

Arts and Artifacts of Africa
Curated by Arthur Bourgeois
 

January 23 – February 27

Juried Show
Images that portray, interpret, or invent means and modes of travel or transportation
Curated by Deborah Craemer and Richard Schmidt

*Getting there does not have any additional information

2015

Invitational Show
Tall Grass Juried Artists and Guests
Curated by Gisele Perreault
November 20 – January 9, 2015

Invitational Show
Maureen Andrews, Michael Chalice, Rexanne Coad, Julie Dekker, Kathleen Farrell and Mary Ann Trzyna
Contemporary Still Life
Curated by Claudia Craemer
October 2 – November 2, 2015

Invitational Show – Tall Grass Juried Artists
Curated by CouSandra Armstrong and Janice Pratt
August 7 – September 20, 2015

Invitational Show – Winners of Self Portrait Judging
Chawne Kimber, Laura Lein-Svencner, Chris Cicala and Alison Oakes
Curated by Ton Lanham
June 19 – July 25, 2015

Invitational Show
Works by Union Street Studio and Guild Artists
Curated by Claudia Craemer
May 2 – June 6, 2015

Invitational Show
Works by Jay Boersma and Mary Bookwalter
Photography and Printmaking
Curated by Roger Paris
March 6 – April 18, 2015

Invitational Show
Works by 25 artists of the Midwest Collage Society
Curated by Claudia Craemer
January 23 – February 28, 2015

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