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Berwyn artist finds his niche in etchings

Artist Scott Kiefer, of Berwyn, works on an etching in his home on Aug. 9. Kiefer specializes in etchings and monoprints.
Artist Scott Kiefer, of Berwyn, works on an etching in his home on Aug. 9. Kiefer specializes in etchings and monoprints.

BERWYN – Like most children, Scott Kiefer was drawn to draw dinosaurs from an early age. However, the budding artist's sketches looked different than those of his peers – his dinosaurs looked as though they could take a bite out of your hand.

Kiefer found his soul at the tip of a pencil.

Scott Kiefer will be among the many exhibitors at the 39th annual Oak Park Avenue-Lake Arts & Crafts Show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at Scoville Park, 800 Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.  

There, he will be exhibiting limited edition etchings and oil ink monotype paintings, framed and unframed.

His passion is etching, but that wasn't where he started, he said.

"As a kid, my favorite medium was acrylic paint, abstract's," he said. "When I was really young, I could draw dinosaurs, very realistically. I try to be very precise."

He was introduced to sculpture while in high School in Bensenville, and found that he liked it, he said. In the mid-1980s, he started taking Saturday printing classes at Triton College, which he continued for several years.

Kiefer then went to work for a commercial printer, where he would work for the next 13 years. It was around 2000 when the boom fell and he found himself out of a job.

"I got laid-off and went back to etching," he said. "What you see now is a technique I perfected over the past 10 years."

Kiefer said he's also interested in ink monotyping, where prints are made by painting or drawing on on a smooth, non-absorbent surface.

"I do oil ink printing on smooth Plexiglas and I transfer the painting onto paper," he said. "It's a fun way to paint. It's unique and [the result is] always a surprise. It kind of takes on it's own life."

A favorite subject is his cat, he said.

"People like my cat art," he sad. "I like doing landscapes, too. Cityscapes. But recently I've been doing cats."

Exhibitors with be working and demonstrating their technique at various times during the show and discussing their work and show.

A variety of work will be on display, including painting, pottery, sculpture, photography, wood arts, jewelry fabric crafts, glassworks, toys and more.

More information is available by calling 847-991-4748, or by visiting www.americansoceytofartiss.org

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