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West Chicago invites entries in Banner Art Project

WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission seeks entries in its Community Banner Art Project, and announces that artist Nate Mathews will jury the submissions.

The Chicago-based artist received his master’s degree in fine arts in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and is an assistant professor of photography at Northeastern Illinois University. His work explores how inhabitants respond to architecture, the news release stated.

The commission has received a dozen submissions for the project and is hoping for more before the Feb. 15 deadline, according to the release. Artists from around the Chicago area are invited to participate. The theme this year is Patterns – Patterns – Patterns.

Once works of art, in any medium, are chosen for inclusion, high-resolution images of the art piece will be transferred to 30-by-60-inch banners that will be installed on the lampposts that line Main Street in downtown West Chicago. The display will run from May into early September.

Participating artists will be invited to enjoy refreshments and meet the public to discuss their work at Blooming Fest, a garden and arts and crafts festival taking place May 21. Additionally, a walking tour brochure and interactive mobile map will be available.

For information about submitting art for consideration, visit www.westchicago.org under Residents: Forms & Applications. An online submission form lists the details. For more information, contact Rosemary Mackey at 630-293-2200, ext. 139, or rmackey@westchicago.org.

Gracing the poster for the event is a runner by Sandy McLain, a weaver whose work can be seen at Gallery 200 in West Chicago. She said she’s enchanted by the medium, citing, “The interplay of colors, the development of pattern and texture as the project grows on the loom, and the rhythmic nature of the craft make this art form intensely satisfying.”

A weaver for a number of years, McLain works in wools, cottons, linens and silks, and designs wall hangings, scarves, shawls and table runners. To learn more about the artist, contact her at sjmclain@comcast.net.

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