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Karen Kardatzke: Photographs and Works by Mary Yezek

Café Gallery

Karen Kardatzke: Photographs

On display in the Café Gallery through March 31

Meet artist Karen Kardatzke on Sunday, March 19 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

I am a fine art photographer and live with my family in the suburbs of Chicago. I find my inspiration often in the natural world—a petal, colorful horizon, or texture of a leaf. I am influenced by minimalism and artists like Michael Kenna, Georgia O’Keefe, and Rothko. Lately I have been studying motion and layering of soft color palettes. These approaches help me to create images with an abstract painterly feel. My intention is to invite viewers to stop and take a moment to look at things more closely and in return, gain a feeling of calm.

I have a BA in Journalism with a minor in Fine Arts Graphic Design. I first fell in love with photography in college while working with black and white photos in the dark room. These are photos that I still cherish, as they have somehow transcended time. Today, I do all my work with a digital camera. Currently I use a Nikon D7100. I have several different lenses, but usually work with my 50mm 1.4 and various close up filters and extention tubes.​ I use both in camera techniques, as well as my Mac for artistic editing.​

My goal is to share original fine art photography that brings calm to our daily lives. ​​Thank you for taking an interest in my work.

​“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

​Featured photo: Petal Dance (detail)

North Gallery

Works by Mary Yezek

On display in the North Gallery through March 31

Meet artist Mary Yezek on Sunday, March 19 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

What Influenced My Creativity : Instead of talking about myself, let me tell you about people who influenced me. To quote my mother, “If a person can do it, so can you—keep doing it until you improve." Just do it… she was not talking about art. To quote my brother, “Do it, damn it, even if it’s wrong.” Doing something wrong is a learning experience. Just do it… he was not talking about art. Being insecure about displaying my artwork, an art instructor said, “As good as you are, someone is always better. As bad as you are, someone is always worse.” Just do it… she was talking about art. Like everything in life, learn to relax and enjoy your efforts. Your joy in creativity will show in your work.

~ Mary Yezek

Featured photo: Bird's Eye Lil (detail)

Year Acquired: 
2017