GRAYSLAKE – Colleen Steenhagen, an artist from Kenosha, is featured in an exhibition at the Blue Moon Gallery, 18620 Belvidere Road in Grayslake, Illinois.
“Zen Blues and Visual Ponderings” features “ethereal mixed media cyanotypes,” gallery officials said.
An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at the gallery.
Steenhagen’s works are “built on cyanotypes created from found materials and negatives,” officials said. “With her long history of photographic practice, she was drawn to the cyanotype process of developing images with the use of sunlight in her own backyard rather than a darkroom within the confines of a building.” (Cyanotype is a slow reacting photographic print formulation sensitive to a limited spectrum of near ultraviolet and blue light, which produces a cyan blue print.)
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As a mixed media artist, Steenhagen uses cyanotypes as the initial layer in a multi-step discovery experience.
Each piece developed “on its own,” Steenhagen said, and combines imagery, pencil, pastels, paint, fabric, dot and wax.
“Little by little,” the makers said, “she cropped, rotated, outlined, and added color and texture to create each piece in this exciting new collection of unique works.”
The show runs until October 9 at Blue Moon.
Steenhagen – who has a bachelor’s degree in sculpture, photography and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside – said she hopes her work “may evoke an emotion or evoke a vague memory or two of places or times inspired by the mystery and knowledge.”
One of his sculptures – a moving metal flower called “Blossom” – is on permanent display on the grounds of UW-Parkside.
While based in Kenosha, Steenhagen is a world traveler who has visited India, Thailand, Nepal and Guatemala. His display includes over 20 works of art, as well as a selection of his spirit staves and story stones.
At the opening reception on Saturday, artist Amy O. Woodbury will showcase a series of paintings in a special one-night-only “pop-up” outdoor exhibit. Working in acrylic or mixed media, Woodbury, of Evanston, Illinois, paints and draws fantastical figures, abstract bodies of water or land, and portraits of imaginary women.
Also at the gallery, Scott Jay Marr and Dean Habegger continue their current exhibitions at the gallery. Marr features a series of butterfly paintings in “The Flight of Butterflies,” and Habegger’s exhibition features modern contemporary still lifes and assemblages. Both exhibits are on view until September 11.
The artists of the Blue Moon 2022 collective – Tony Armendariz, Mike Bellefeuille, Leisa Corbett, Juli Janovicz and John Kirkpatrick Jr. – exhibit new works in a variety of genres, including contemporary realistic watercolors, repurposed metal art, acrylic photo collages, watercolor flowers and acrylic figurative expressionism. The artists of the collective exhibit all year round at the gallery.
Note: The Saturday reception is free and open to the public and will feature live music and food. The gallery is located at 18620 Belvidere Road in Grayslake, Illinois, on Illinois Route 120, just east of Highway 45. For more information, visit the gallery’s website at thebluemoongallery.com .