Awards presented for Regional Survey of Art show

Over 80 pieces of art

On Friday, Jan. 20, Philip Atilano, TNPS executive director, presented the awards for this year’s 18th Regional Survey of Art exhibition during the artists’ reception. Heather Shore, a professional artist, and art educator, served as the guest judge for this exhibition.

The show is sponsored by RiverWorks Coworking of Dixon, IL.

Regional Art Survey award recipients

Best in Show | “Yellow Hi-flyer” by Craig Carpenter of Oregon, IL | Watercolor

First Place | “The Sands of Time” by Greg Lamont |  Acrylic

Second Place | “Proteus” by Les Allen of Dixon, IL | Photography

Third Place | “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Rosalie Koldan of Amboy, IL | Diorama

Honorable Mention| “Clouds Over the Lake” by Paula Kuehl | Pastel

Honorable Mention| “Strength from Struggle” by Matt Jagitsch of Sterling, IL | White Pencil

Honorable Mention| “Luminescence” by Whitley Cuevas of Sterling, IL | Mixed Media

TNPS kicks off Artist in Residence program

Glenn Bodish is the first artist in residence

The Next Picture Show (TNPS) is pleased to announce the beginning of its Artist in Residence program. Glenn Bodish of Dixon, IL, has been announced as the first Artist in Residence at TNPS. Bodish has been provided a studio space on the upper level of The Next Picture Show in the Jane Edgar Gallery. He will have the studio space for three months, rent-free.

glenn bodish For the Love of Chrome painting
“For the Love of Chrome” by Glenn Bodish

Bodish was born and raised in the Allentown area of Pennsylvania. He holds an MFA in painting from the University of Montana, a BFA in painting from Southern Oregon University, and an Associate degree in Commercial Art from Luzerne County College in Nanticoke, PA. He is currently Sauk Valley Community College’s Professor of Art and Gallery Director.

“It is my goal to use the space to continue exploring my creative work and share some of my knowledge with artists, patrons, and visitors. I am committed to hosting several events during my residency,” said Bodish. “First, I would like to schedule a studio tour and an artist’s talk about my creative work. Also, I would like to offer a free community lecture on one of my research projects related to the history of art and a demonstration or workshop in one of my studio specialties.” 

Glenn Bodish | Consequences of Buying into a Hype Reality
“Consequences Of Buying Into A  Hype Reality” by Glenn Bodish

“I am incredibly excited to have an Artist in Residence program in place at TNPS and to have Glenn Bodish as the first artist,” said Philip Atilano, executive director of TNPS.  

As an artist himself, Atilano states that artists seek residences in desirable locations rich in history, culture, and scenery. Dixon is such a place. Atilano plans to rotate artists every quarter and attract artists nationally and internationally to Dixon. 

The Artist in Residence studio will be available for public viewing starting mid-November during gallery hours. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Presentations and workshops will be announced later.

Reubin and Shore present “Marks Made” at TNPS

A two-woman art exhibition

“Marks Made” is coming to The Next Picture Show for a first-time special exhibition from December 13-January 7, 2023. It is free and open to the public during gallery hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or by appointment).

About the show

“Marks Made” is a two-woman show featuring Dixon natives Sydni Reubin and Heather Shore.  

Reubin and Shore’s mixed media portraits are literal and metaphorical illustrations of the marks made by one woman on another. Through their mark-making and layering of media, they attempt to explore the marks these women have made on them.

In this series, they attempt to look beyond the basic tropes of sisterhood by taking a deeply personal look at their relationships with other women. While Reubin explores the strength and resilience of those women closest to her, Shore investigates her own strength and the effects of relationships with the women of her past. 

An art teacher that made a difference

Not to be overlooked is the role one woman has played in their life. Reubin and Shore share a mentor in Dr. Lisa Kastello, who taught both artists while serving as their art teacher at Dixon High School from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Reubin and Shore consider their relationship with Dr. Kastello fundamental in their development as both artists and women. Their collaborative work featuring Dr. Kastello blends their mark-making to show appreciation for the marks Dr. Kastello left on them. 

Sydni Reubin
Artist Sydni Ruebin with her painting “Zoe Kaye.”

Meet Sydni Reubin

Sydni Reubin was born and raised in Dixon, IL, and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 2009.  Since graduating from MIAD, she has won numerous awards for her work, including Best of Show at the Grand Detour Arts Festival in 2013 and Best of Show at the Phidian Art Exhibit in Dixon, IL, in 2018. In 2021, her work was featured in four national and international watercolor exhibits and included in the “Best of 2021” issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. She currently lives and paints in Madison, WI.

REUBIN CONTACT information
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Heather Shore
Artist Heather Shore with her painting “Self Portrait: Stage 10, Righteous Indignation”

Meet Heather Shore

Illinois-based artist and educator Heather Shore has been teaching and creating art for the past 20 years and is most well known for her mixed media mandalas inspired by the women in her life.

In her most recent work, she turns her focus inward, looking at the effects of being alone through a series of mixed media portraits and self-portraits. In this series, she attempts to reflect on the loneliness, contentment, and even joy that can be found in being alone.

SHORE CONTACT information
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It’s on our Calendar!

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Opening Reception

The opening reception for “Marks Made” is Friday, December 16, from 6-8 p.m.

Water Street Studios artists coming to TNPS

The Water Street Studios Artists Collective (WSSAC) is coming to The Next Picture Show for a first-time special exhibition from October 29-December 10. It is free and open to the public during gallery hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or by appointment).

This group of 23 artists is based in Batavia, Illinois, but they come from all over the Chicago area. They work in various mediums, from painting and photography to sculpture and assemblage.

“Self Portrait,” by David Hauptschein

The Collective’s seasoned artists have exhibited as a group and individually in galleries across the state and around the country. Many have been art teachers in colleges, universities, and high schools. All continue to explore and create exciting new work in their studios.

It’s on our Calendar!

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Les Allen | Left: “Proteus” | Right: “Psamath”

View the work of our visiting artists

Listed below are the latest participating Water Street Studio artists exhibiting their work at TNPS during the exhibition. Many of these folks will attend the opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 6-8 p.m. Take this opportunity to get to know them and their art!

Phidian Musicale coming to TNPS

For the first time at TNPS

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon presents Kevin Brown, jazz and classical guitarist, at its annual Musicale concert on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 in the afternoon at The Next Picture Show gallery, 113 W. First. The concert is free and open to the public.

It’s a special day for a special person.

This year’s Musicale is dedicated to the memory of member Mary Ann Ferolo, who, in her life, shared her musical gifts for the healing and benefit of others.

This program of classical guitar music will consist of works by Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, The Beatles, and more.

Meet Kevin Brown

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kevin Brown is a busy free-lance musician who holds teaching positions at Wheaton College Community School for the Arts and Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL, a Chicago suburb. He serves as director for the Institute for Jazz Studies at Bellas Artes School of Music and is also the director for the Northern Illinois Suzuki Guitar Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s in guitar performance from Wheaton College and a MM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University.

Kevin regularly plays as a solo performer and in small chamber groups.  He has shared the stage with such jazz icons as Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, and others. His primary guitar mentors have been Peter Ulrich, Willie Wiebe, David Letkemann, Larry Roy, Steve Ramsdell, and Bob Palmieri. Kevin lives with his wife and five children in Joliet, IL.

It will be a grand afternoon.

Mark your calendars for Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. Remember, all this wonderful music at no cost!

Farms and Barns Awards Announced

Over 90 pieces of art

On Friday, September 16, Philip Atilano, TNPS executive director, presented the awards for this year’s Farms and Barns Exhibition during the artists’ reception. Jayne Rose, VP of Marketing of the Blackhawk Waterways CVB, a TNPS board of directors member, and a professional artist, served as the guest judge for this exhibition.

Farms & Barns award recipients

Best in Show | “The Siefred Farm” by Robert Krajecki of Elgin, IL. | Watercolor

First Place | “Country Winter” by Kat Heitzman of Freeport, IL |  Oil

Second Place | “3 Mile Road Series, Dusk” by Laura Reddy of Chadwick, IL | Oil

Third Place | “Looking Through” by Letha Catalina of Dixon, IL | Photography

Honorable Mention| “John Deeres” by Timothy Vail of NY, NY | Pen & Ink

Honorable Mention| “The Barn that Angels Built” by Janet Haugen Cederland of Union, IL | Watercolor

Honorable Mention| “Evening Light & Shadows” by Robert Holmes of Millington, IL | Watercolor

More than Art

A place to meet and explore the art of the written word.

Written by Greg Smith
SCWG Organizer

That’s right. Tucked in with all the paintings, photographs, and other forms of visual art there is a group that meets to paint with words. The Next Picture Show, Dixon, hosts two writer’s workshops a month for the Sauk Creative Writer’s Group (SCWG). The writers meet at 2 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the downstairs meeting room. 

“We welcome writers of all levels to attend,” said Greg Smith, Dixon, the group’s organizer. “We have members working on novels, short stories, and prose. Recently we had someone bring in lyrics to a song they wrote.”

The SCWG had been around for more than five years before the pandemic. The group rebooted earlier this year after a TNPS volunteer contacted Smith about restarting the SCWG at TNPS. 

“We have members who have been published and those who are just starting a writing project,” Smith said. “The goal is to meet other writers and to help each other improve our craft.”

For more information, contact Smith at [email protected] or come stop by and check out the group.

Featured artist | Steve Hart

Local Photographer embraces his life-long hobby

Written by Judy Schmidt

It began decades ago as a unique, teachable, interesting father-son pas-time to be shared between twelve-year-old Steve Hart and his Dad, Steven Senior, already a seasoned hobbyist in the field of photography. From the moment young Steve was gifted with his first camera–a Minolta XGM–learned to develop film in a converted walk-in closet re-designed and equipped as a darkroom in their Sterling, Illinois home and acquired a collectible amount of paraphernalia for this new activity.

He was hooked–hooked on a hobby of taking pictures that carried him well into adulthood. It literally broadened his scope of what to shoot, learning new methods of creating and manipulating the right scenes, positions, lighting, and transitioning between the history and methods of early film to digital times. 

Also, there was a growing passion, that excitement that builds on an adventure, continually bringing new knowledge and experiences. However, before venturing into this particular field of art and becoming a photographer that now regularly displays his work in fine art centers and other prominent places, for which he has earned recognition and awards, Steve gleaned many tricks of the trade by practicing with his Dad and on his own. 

As a budding photographer in a small Baptist Christian school near Sterling, he took pictures of students’ sporting events, individual lay-up shots as needed, and other opportunities as they arose. He also took pictures needed of their church during that era. Spending time learning photography with his Dad was a “wonderful project”, he remembered. They had several years of sharing a connective hobby until his father passed away in 1987. 

“It was tough to keep doing it after Dad died,” he recalled. However, his mother, Betty, who was an artist and hobbyist in her own right, was making Teddy Bears out of mohair, alpaca wool, and other materials at that time. So, Steve began taking pictures of the Teddy Bears for her, which were put on the Internet and displayed on “The Paula Sands Live” show, where Betty was featured and interviewed. Helping his mother in that way became a new means of bonding with her that not only re-ignited his photography passion but drew him to a new genre he never experienced before. 

“I never thought I’d go out in marshlands,” he said. “But my Mom liked birds.” So, with binoculars and cameras in tow, they headed out to identify and photograph different species of birds along rivers and other places. Steve took an evening photo of a snowy owl on top of a telephone pole. “You get what nature gives you,” he said. “She never left for half an hour.” “I like doing wildlife shots because they’re never going to complain about how the picture looks,” he added. 

Photography, however, is not just a fun pastime running around randomly clicking images that might magically appear in a view finder. Comparing photography with other fine arts Steve believes it may require equal time to find the perfect composition. “Oil painting may take months to complete compared to taking snapshots, but a photographer may have to study a location waiting for a sunset or the sun moving or changing colors. They always have to look for the right light and clouds and consider the atmosphere. There may be distracting elements in the background to consider. “Everything through trial and error,” he said. “Art is subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but putting yourself out there makes you vulnerable or open to criticism.” 

Still, there are times of encouragement, and Steve has been recognized at different times. In 2021 he received a best of show for a photo of the Sterling Theater and recognition at other shows for photos displayed at CGH Commerce Towers in Dixon. “You can have thousands of images in a hard drive,” he said. “But that doesn’t compare to finalizing your image, putting it into a print, picking your mat and frame, and seeing a tangible item you put on the wall. 

That’s where The Next Picture Show comes in,” he said. Steve’s work was on TNPS’ feature wall for March of 2022. He is an active volunteer at the center, photographing different events. He enjoys the atmosphere, the people, and meeting other artists. He is a lifelong resident of the city of Sterling. 

His love of photography began as a hobby, grew bigger as an older hobby. And today it is still just that–a hobby that he loves.

“Art in a Bottle” Gala Fundraiser | May 20

Good times for a cause

The Next Picture Show welcomes a new event that combines patrons’ support for the arts and a fine glass of wine (or two, or three).

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2022 Phidian Art Show awards announced

71 pieces of original art on display

Guest judge, Sydni Reubin, spent an afternoon walking the gallery and looking over 71 pieces of original art as she judged the 73rd Phidian Art Show. The Phidian Art Show gives out over $3,500 in cash awards given by many local businesses and individuals.

Top prize
Best of Show, the Myrtle Walgreen Memorial Award, has been awarded to Matt Jagitsch of Sterling, Illinois for his artwork, “Leonardo.”

Be sure to vote for your favorite piece

The show is open to the public through Apr. 22 at The Next Picture Show art gallery at 113 W. First St., in Dixon. While visiting the show, patrons have the opportunity to choose the Agnes Ferguson Memorial “People’s Choice Award” by voting for their favorite entry during the gallery’s business hours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Voting for this final award ends on Apr. 14.

…and the winners are

Myrtle Walgreen Memorial Award BEST OF SHOW
Matt Jagitsch “Leonardo”

Roger Brown & Iva L. Gamel Memorial Award BEST AMERICAN SCENE
Jim Hey “Grand Detour Fireworks”

Robert Crowson Memorial Award
Shirley Guay “Body and Soul”

Phidian Past Presidents’ Award (chosen by a small group of past presidents)
Becky Hage “Here and Now”

Myra Nichols Memorial Award
Ben “Bengji” Perez “Untitled”  

Lucile Warner Memorial Award 
Betty Higby “Sound of Silence”

LeSage Memorial Award REALISTIC STYLE
Jim Hey “Evening Stroll in Venice”

Sauk Valley Bank Award BEST OIL
Perry Paliga “Des Plaines River Valley”

Ann Roe Memorial Award Pen, Pencil, and Ink
Dan Bowman “Hungry Packer Lake”

Beverly Weber Memorial Award 
Elizabeth Jahn “Ribbons”

Caryl Crawford Fleming Memorial Award BEST NATURE SUBJECT
Betty Predmore “Iris Dance”

Ruth Wood Davis Memorial Award WATERCOLOR
Craig Carpenter “Flipping Seasons at Wade’s Field”

Roxy Hey Memorial Award BEST FLORAL ART 
Karen Tucker “Red Dahlia”

Mary Helen “Mame” Cooper Memorial Award
Jan Harvey “Along the Creek”

Dixon Telegraph Award
Philip Atilano “Charles”

KSB Hospital Award
Kitto “Sofia”

Marie L Helin Memorial Award CREATIVITY
London Baker “Vision” 

Ronald Reagan Presidental Award BEST REGIONAL SCENE
Dale Tulk “Put Me in Coach!”

The Next Picture Show Award
Laura Brown “Cormorant Lunge”

Mary DeFrancisco Memorial Award Honorable Mention 
Joy Meyer “Tertiary”

Mary DeFrancisco Memorial Award Honorable Mention 
Michael Moreth “Untitled”

Mary DeFrancisco Memorial Award Honorable Mention 
Bonny Brown “Sunflower Tea”

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