EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES AN EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS BY AMY CHAN, ALICE GEORGE AND AMY O. WOODBURY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2017

Evanston Art Center 2017 Exhibition:

AMY CHAN, ALICE GEORGE & AMY O. WOODBURY

DATES: Friday, September 8 – Monday, October 2

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 8, 6 – 8pm

GALLERY HOURS: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday

EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES AN EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS BY AMY CHAN, ALICE GEORGE AND AMY O. WOODBURY

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to an exhibit showcasing three artists: Amy Chan, Alice George and Amy O. Woodbury, whose unique styles and use of mixed media join together to create a cohesive and vibrant display.

Amy Chan, working in a combination of gouache, acrylic, airbrush and screen-printing, creates imitations of nature that have multiplied into bizarre abstraction. Chan works from imagery sources like protozoa, minerals, coral reefs and outer space to find new shapes and patterns. Alice George, working in monoprint, drawing, collage and photography, uses language to enrich and make her artwork more complex. Her series Metaphysical Comics explores the found language of the last words people say, sing or type. Amy O. Woodbury paints and draws figures within dense, detritus-laden terrains and abstract expanses of water and land. Movement, intuition, line and color motivate Woodbury to think outside the canvas and utilize found objects to expand her imagination into everyday life. 

Amy Chan was born in Mendota, Illinois and grew up in LaGrange, Illinois. A 1974 graduate of the University of Utah’s Modern Dance Department, Chan taught, choreographed and performed professionally for 22 years. It was not until 1998 that she began to paint. Today she lives in Evanston and Boulder Town, Utah.

A Chicago-area visual artist, poet and teacher, Alice George began exploring image and text in 2001, while pursuing her MFA in Writing at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008 she began making artist books and painting and has been ever since. George teaches creative writing, grant writing and journal publishing, as well as interdisciplinary workshops out of her Evanston studio. Working in several other mediums as well, George works with monoprint, drawing, collage and photography.

George is also an active citizen and business owner; she and her husband Shawn Decker are co-founders of Sketchbook Brewing Company.

Amy O. Woodbury works with any combination of acrylic, oil pastel, graphite and collage. She often utilizes such surfaces/objects as used drop cloths, a tabletop, a cutting board, scraps of lumber, the flip side of a legal pad or a bat house.

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In conjunction with the exhibition, Alice George will hold an artist talk and screening of her short animations on Thursday, September 28 from 7 – 9PM.

Inspired by the animations of William Kentridge, George began animating her drawings in the summer of 2016. Some of the shorts connect to the Metaphysical Comics prints on display at EAC, exploring ways to share the last words of individuals including John Belushi and William Burroughs.

Amy Chan, Alice George & Amy O. Woodbury will be exhibited in the second floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 8 from 6 – 8pm, which will be free and open to the public.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.

For more information, please visit us online at www.evanstonartcenter.org or contact Cara Feeney at (847) 475-5300 or cfeeney@evanstonartcenter.org. Visit the Evanston Art Center on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EvanstonArtCenter/, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/evartcenter, or on Instagram: @EvanstonArtCenter.

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