Active in the Galleries

Artists currently hanging in the library gallery spaces.

Works by Nancy Wickum & Mary Ann Jimenez

In the North Gallery:
Works by Nancy Wickum
On display through October 31

I was raised in Midwestern farm country near the banks of the Mississippi River and spent most of my childhood exploring the creeks, hills, fields, and forests surrounding our family farm. The inspiration for my work is the indelible memory of the land and the forces that shaped it, both human and natural.

The paintings are abstract interpretations derived from an aerial perspective of water and land formations at different times of the year. The work attempts to capture the reflective quality of light moving over water in contrast to the static nature of land forms. Each landscape is reduced to subtle color fields defined by detailed etched lines.

Featured: Vestige Dawn


In the Café Gallery:
Works by Mary Ann Jimenez
On display through October 31

Meet artist Mary Ann Jimenez on Sunday, October 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Through my art, I try to preserve some of the magnificent beauty nature has created all around us. The color and fold of a petal, the lace work eaten into a green leaf by small insects, the subtle color and niches of a rock, and the twists and turns of a branch. I am fascinated by the natural beauty of wild animals and birds, and never tire of watching them in their daily efforts towards self-preservation in man’s world.

I currently create botanical and nature art in my home studio in Downers Grove. I work in a variety of mediums, always trying new things. I most frequently work in colored pencil, watercolor pencil, and metal point. Many of my colored pencil drawings are done in a layering technique—first doing a contrast drawing in white pencil on dark paper, then going over it with colored pencils. The watercolor pencil drawings are done in dry pencil, wetting them, and then going over them again in dry to add more contrast and detail.

Metal point drawings are done using a metal wire, silver, copper, or gold on a pretreated surface. This is an ancient technique dating back to Leonardo da Vinci’s time.  Drawings that are done in silver and copper will develop a patina after time, making them even more beautiful. The heron picture in this show was done in silver (body), copper (leaves), aluminum (branches), and gold (legs).

I am a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, The Society of Metal Point Artists, and The Nature Artists Guild of Morton Arboretum. I also spend time writing and illustrating a family memoir based around old family recipes and stories passed down from my parents and grandparents. 

Featured: Chins Up (detail)

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