Please join us for an artist reception on Friday, March 16 at 6:00 pm with guest artists Lee Radtke and Peter Hanig.
Lee Radtke Artist Statement
I began painting seriously after a successful career as a Product Designer and Retail Store Designer. I started as a plein air painter (a most difficult choice for a beginner). My art training came mainly from workshops, and by watching, reading and listening.
I started with the PAPC (Plein Air Painters of Chicago) headed by Scott Powers. We met every Saturday morning at a different location in Chicago. The lessons learned there were very important to me. I learned to paint fast and to capture the energy of my subject. I created an impression of what I was seeing. What looks like a very detailed piece is, in fact, just a very loose interpretation. Whether working from a photo or real life, I try to avoid too much realism. I don’t want to disappoint the viewer’s imagination. My objective is to create a piece that evokes emotion.
I have been fortunate to receive a number of awards. The latest was admission into the 2017 AIS (American Impressionist Society) 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition held in Park City, Utah. Another painting was accepted into the 2017 OPA (Oil Painters of America) Eastern Regional Exhibition of Traditional Oils in St. Simmons Island, Georgia.
Not having formal training, my painting process has been intuitive, not cluttered by rules and I think that is reflected in my work. Please visit my website at www.radtkeart.com.
Peter Hanig Artist Statement
My interest in art came from my mother Billie Hanig, who was an art teacher at Congregation Solel. In 2003 I started learning glassblowing through an extension class of the Art Institute. The teacher, Lance Friedman, has become a friend, and I have continued learning over the last 15 years.
Some the work I am presenting developed out of accidents and became themes. When I overheat a piece the surface is distorted, which I find interesting. Since I hurt my arm last year I am learning to blow thinner and lighter glass. This different technique requires a different creative approach.