Active in the Galleries

Artists currently hanging in the library gallery spaces.

Works by Christine Ploense & Robert Dicke

Works by Christine Ploense

On display through May 31

Meet artist Christine Ploense on Sunday, May 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

My mom liked to draw heads from the “funnies,” and paint by number. She often expressed her creativity in sewing, making Barbie clothes without any patterns. She encouraged us to create, too. I remember painting as a child, even while in the bathtub! Eventually, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Nearly 20 years later, I learned how to paint with watercolors from Mary Spires, who said getting cancer was one of the best things that ever happened to her. As a means of coping, she learned watercolor painting and her life has never been the same since. 

Once I learned how to paint, I was hooked. Endless techniques exist, and I’ve discovered a few on my own. They are unpredictable, fun, and challenging. I like to tweak my paintings at a later time, to get it just right!  

I think the best paintings are the ones that paint themselves. Letting the colors blend on their own, experimenting with different techniques, pushing the paint to its limit, and going with whatever begins to happen on the paper yields unexpected results and “happy accidents.”

I occasionally use photographs, but often create paintings from my head, as in the farmhouse with the dog and chickens. Often the end result surprises even me! I hope my exhibit will inspire you to go out and create something!

Featured: People in the Rain (detail)

Works by Robert Dicke

On display through May 31


Robert Dicke is a published artist who has exhibited in galleries in the Chicagoland area for the past decade. His extensive portfolio includes photographs that have 
appeared in national magazines, newspapers, websites and on local cable networks.

From 2007–2015, Robert produced a series of year round gallery shows. The project series dealt with the use of light and shadow, producing vintage photographs and transforming 3D photographs into classic visional arts. Robert’s photograph Ghosts of War from the “Modern American Past” series was featured on the art channel Ovation’s television website and he was honored with visional arts awards for these images.

Currently, Robert is working with local Illinois bands; in 2015 he photographed 30 bands in eight months and produced numerous images that were used for posters, flyers, websites, and social media accounts. Some of the bands included are The Blooze Brothers, Crashland, In The Flesh, Libido Funk Circus, and Who’s Who.

Robert was trained in old school photography and taught himself to photograph with limited light sources. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University.

You can check out more of Robert’s work at:

Featured: Untitled (detail)
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