Active in the Galleries

Active in the Galleries

North Gallery
Works by Carol Cooley
On display through July 1

Meet artist Carol Cooley on Monday, June 25 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Featured: Summer Towhee

I am passionate about life and my work revolves around natural subjects—birds, animals, people, and cultural subjects. I work from personal photographs, and my media include oil, watercolor, and acrylic paints, pastel chalk, and various forms of printmaking. I photograph birds and love to paint avian subjects in all their regal beauty. As Georgia O’Keeffe put it, “I paint my flowers large in order for people to notice them and marvel at their colors and expressions.” I feel that way about birds.

I taught art in public schools for 19 years. During my years of teaching I showed students’ work in school displays, libraries, and even in a grocery store. I had an Art Club for my students where we explored many kinds of mediums. While working, I used summer vacations to take classes at local venues and community college.

Since retirement I enjoy working on various types of studio art, through clubs and venues, and as a student at large at Governor’s State. I am an active member of the Nature Artist Guild of the Morton Arboretum and the Plainfield Art League. One of my paintings was selected for the 2018 “Best of the Best” Show at Wheaton College, a collection of elected pieces by 12 West Suburban Art Leagues. I am an avid bird viewer and member of the Will County Chapter of Illinois Audubon Society, where I participate in our annual Bird Photograph Showings.

I love to travel, and have visited Ecuador, Peru, Jordan, Israel, and Chile, including Easter Island, as well as numerous states here at home.

Cafe Gallery
Works by Fred Coha
On display through July 1

Featured: Reef (detail)

My father had the most impact on my being artistic. His dream was to have been a cartoonist. Creating and drawing characters came naturally to him as did his “eye” for creating figures, lines, and landscapes. I thank him every day for his inspiration and passing on his dreams and desires to one day succeed as a professional artist. Being the consummate father, he took care of his family and left his talents to be carried on by me.

Self taught, I took the leap and began painting seriously in 2005, inspired by my wife Sheila to pursue my dreams and talents. Since then I have learned much. However, I have also learned art is a journey, ever evolving. Beginning with oil impressionism, then to acrylic abstract, and finding now what is displayed here, mixed media. My current work displayed is a mix of acrylic paint, inks and resin.

My philosophy is to continually push the envelope to create visually appealing works of art that are unique and stimulating. My hope is to leave the viewer in awe, imparting deep thought, stirring emotions, and inspiring wonder.