The Buffalo Grove Artists' League has transformed into a gallery of fine art with its inaugural all-members show.
Twenty-one artists are showing 39 pieces, ranging from pen-and-ink drawings to decoupage, photography, jewelry, woodwork, sculpture, acrylic and even art fashioned from found objects. Many of the pieces are available for sale; the show runs through Aug. 30.
Sharon Borstein, an art league member, member of the village’s Arts Commission and show organizer, said this is the league’s first major show after holding its first meeting in January.
She said the show includes work from veteran artists as well as those who are new to producing and showing their work.
“It’s a very exciting thing to see,” she said.
Stephen Winer, a 22-year resident of Buffalo Grove, is showing a piece of sculpture he calls Half Moon Rising. The piece, with half-moon cutouts, is made of wood, but looks metallic thanks to a gray metallic finish.
“The traditional sculpture takes away from the surface, knowing the object is there,” he said, describing his technique. “What I am doing is adding to the surface.”
Sue Diamond is showing her repurposed wood pieces.
“What I do is find old wood furniture pieces and give them a new lease on life,” said Diamond, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute and a former art teacher. “So I’m a recycling artist, a little bit green.”
Her pieces include wooden plates, telephone tables, salt shakers, many of which she has found at garage sales, resale shops or as refuse. She then paints them in dynamic, unique patterns, creating one-of-a-kind works of art. She got her start about nine years ago refinishing an old table her children used to eat on when they were young.
Borstein said the show is intended to raise the community’s interest in art.
“I am very excited and proud to be in the company of other artists to help one another and show their stuff and interact with the community,” she said during Tuesday night’s opening reception. “We hope to make the community more aware of and appreciative of our artists.”