May/June 2011

May 22nd, 2010 — 10:33am


Alan Bamberger,

How to Interact and Network With People
at Open Studios and Gallery Openings

Artists are often uncomfortable, uneasy or unsure how to act at their openings, at open studios, or anywhere else where their art is for sale. The good news is that these feelings are perfectly normal; you are by no means alone. So for you multitudes who fall into the category of not quite knowing what to do with yourself, here are some useful tips on how to work the crowds and maximize your chances for success, networking and hopefully… sales. Keep in mind that there are always exceptions, but these will generally get you where you want to go:
* Arrive on time or even a little early so that you have a chance to get comfortable and organized. Stay for the duration; do not leave early.
* At all times, make yourself available to answer questions and speak with people about your art. If you have to excuse yourself for any reason, tell someone exactly where you’re going and when you’ll be back. read more


Checkers. Colored Pencil and Pen, 8.5”x12”

Paula M. Smiles

Interest in drawing started at a very young age for Paula who then attended the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Under the guidance of Emanuel Jacobson she focused on life drawings. Most recently she has been doing a series of “Pin-Head People.” The heads are “pin-head” in size and the body is stretched out as the form moves to the hands and feet.

Paula holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Illinois. She resides in Skokie, Illinois where she works as a hospice social worker and continues to draw. She has participated in art shows and exhibited her work in the Chicago area including at The Figurative Art League of Evanston, Art and Beyond, She Art, and The Skokie Art Guild.

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Paula M. Smiles


In Jaffa

Elisha Ben Yitzhak

Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. Elisha moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, in 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals and private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world, including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London and at the Florence Biennale. Elisha’s paintings have also appeared in numerous publications and electronic media. An art critic wrote about Elisha’s art “Elisha’s pictures have a unique and independent style of their own with so much rhythm. Most of his images combine both figurative and surrealistic elements, as if they were taken from a different world, but yet are strikingly realistic and appealing. When looking at Elisha’s paintings you feel certain warmth radiating from the different colors. As one gazes, one is lulled by the lyrical composition of the delicate lines. These colors have an impact similar to the effect of pastels in the work of the great impressionists. Elisha expresses his feelings, emotions and personal experiences through most astonishing paintings, which are revered around the world and considered extraordinary. The more you gaze at these paintings, the more you love them, so much so that you cannot help but be affected by the artist’s romanticism.”

Quoted by Leon Harari, an art critic in Israel

Elisha Ben Yitzhak, Artist




Spirit Of The Moment. Oil on canvas.

Semproniu Iclozan

Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan’s art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan’s work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others.

For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Cralowa Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (full list of solo and group exhibition can be found on artists web site).

Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions.

Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, 
Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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