The upscale area of Glenview, Illinois, featured the Art at the Glen Festival the weekend of August 14 and 15. Elegant shops, homes, condominiums, and restaurants surrounded this festival on Tower Drive inside The Glen. Adding to the elegance of the area were artists Youngqun Guo and Allen Levy.
Youngqun Guo’s paintings and life were investigated on a fifteen-minute PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series about art in November of 2006. The show featured her life, where she was raised, what influenced her art, how she got started, a demonstration of her painting, her clothing line, and how she travels around the United States to sell her art. The well-known Wyland Gallery, which has other galleries throughout the United States, shows several pieces of art from Guo’s plethora of collections both in ink and oil mediums. Youngqun, once a professor at a university and computer programmer, now successfully sells her art full-time. Her paintings, using ink on rice paper, take you back to the place where she was raised in China and back to the Chinese culture, language, and the landscapes that surround that region. Her art is modern and contemporary, with a twist of Chinese tradition. She also paints with oils, which illustrate a combination of conceptual and realistic images. To further add to her repertoire, Youngqun has her own clothing line, which again combines modern with traditional Chinese elements. If you missed Youngqun at the Art at the Glen, be sure to see her at the Port Clinton Art Festival as well as the Gold Coast Art Festival (Look below for pictures pertaining to this artist).
Allen Levy creates acrylics on canvas that, at first glance, seem simple by design, but as you step closer, the texture and layers of paint come alive with beautiful color combinations. Allen says that his hometown in Indiana influences his art, along with the endless possibilities of the merging of different colors. His art contains eight to ten layers of paint in each piece, as he uses only a palette knife to spread and score the painting, revealing the layers of color underneath. The abstract scenes he creates provide a flawless blend of texture, color, and elegance and give the viewer a calming sensation. Allen, who left the corporate world last October, began pursuing art as his new full-time career. This is his first year participating in art festivals and he already has attended six festivals and will be at the Gold Coast Art Festival coming up this weekend. In addition, Allen has his art on display and for sale in a gallery, and is successful at what he does. You can visit Allen’s website to see his gorgeous paintings but, ultimately, you must see them up close to be able to capture the true exquisiteness of his art.
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Be sure to visit upcoming art festivals in the Chicago area.
Oak Park Avenue – Lake Art and Crafts Show – August 20 and 21
Gold Coast Art Fair – August 20
Bucktown Arts Fest – August 28 and 29
Port Clinton Art Festival – August 28 and 29