49th ARC Members’ Show: ~ Oldest Women Gallery in Chicago! 2022 September 9-24 YOU are invited! witness art history NOW.

49th Annual ARC Members’ Show:  Opening Reception: Opening Fri. September 9, 5-8pm  

  • Exhibition dates: Sept 9-24 2022
  • Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2-6 pm,  Sat & Sun 12-4 pm

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


“Soul: Journey” 32″X26″ digitalpainting infused on metal original Nancy Bechtol 2022

ARC, founded in 1973 as a women-run cooperative nonprofit organization, has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 49 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists. We welcome all people!

Support Artists!

Participating Members: Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Beth LeFauve – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

National Members: Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nicolei Buendia Gupit

Affiliate Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo – Monica J. Brown – Virginia Carstarphen – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Carolyne King – Pauline Kochanski – Jane Stevens – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

We WELCOME your Support!

MANY fab works are available. engage.

add to your collection, or start one!

art is to enjoy and enhance our lives! and lifetime investment. all good! come see!!!

looking forward to meeting you.

Old Town Art Center: The Legendary Chicago Society of Artists “A 135-Year Legacy Continues” Old Town Triangle Association Chicago 6/28-8/5 2022

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“From Jarlshof Pasture” manipulated photo infused on metal 24″ X 30 ” C. 2021 David Bechtol
“Broken Wings” digitalpaint/photo on infused metal plate framed 16″x16″ c.2022 Nancy Bechtol
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“Renascence for Edna ” (detail) color laser print on paper with edges hand colored.10″x8″ c. 2022 James McNeill Mesple’

Featuring

~ David Bechtol ~ James McNeill Mesple’

~ Nancy Bechtol

The Leslie Wolfe Gallery

1763 N North Park Ave 60614
proudly presents the legendary CSA

Exhibition | June 28 through August 5, 2022 Gallery Hours | Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM

The Chicago Society of Artists is a non-profit organization established in 1887. Now well into its second century, CSA is the oldest continuing artist association in the United States. Early members of the Chicago Society of Artists including John Vanderpoel, Ivan Albright, Frances Badger, and LeRoy Neiman, established and maintained high standards for membership that continue today. Much of CSA’s renown is due to member versatility which includes painters, graphic artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, art critics, gallery owners, and art educators. After 135 years, CSA continues to play a significant role in the arts by providing opportunities for artists to share their art production and experiences through a continuing series of exhibitions and educational programming.

All Invited to view this historic group show. Artists in exhibition:

Jose Agustin Andreu, Jon W. Balke, Norman Baugher, David Bechtol, Nancy Bechtol, Shel Howard Beugen, Kathryn A. Budd, Catherine Cajandig, Barbara Eberhard, Anne Farley Gaines, Kathryn Gauthier, Corrie-Lou Livingston Glass, Sandra Holubow, Nikkole Huss, Patricia Coffman Huss, Robert J. Johnson, Gregorio Mejia, James McNeill Mesple’, BettyAnn Mocek, Jacqueline Moses, Donna Nevels, Didier Nolet, Deanna Withers Rallins, Sandra Reibscheid, Gloria Rigoni, Robert Schiltz, Jack Siegel, Jane Stevens, Michael Veltman, John Pitman Weber, Richard Werle, William F. Whiteside, Pat Wright

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David Bechtol Artist Statement

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Photography is an integral part of my life. Each image captured attempts to take the viewer on a journey, to transport them to that place of wonder and grandeur as I experienced it, to feel the sense of awe, beauty and peacefulness.
As a boy growing up in rural Michigan, I had many chances to take long, slow walks in the forest, soaking in all the beauty a child sees in nature. Now I use photography to slow down life and try to take in all that nature has to offer as I once did those many years ago.
I am a self-taught photographer and have studied the photographic process for over 40 years. My interests include the digital realm where my technical background lets me exploit all that the camera can capture.
Throughout my travels, I try to bring back and share a vision of some of the awe-inspiring vistas I encounter. No matter where you are in the world, nature’s extraordinary beauty is around every corner.
I believe that great images are always around us. They are ours to capture with our vision and share with the world.

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James Mesple’ Artist Statement

This painting was inspired by the poem “Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Ancient Myths, Poetry, and Music inspire my visionary, narrative paintings. As a child, my maternal grandfather told me stories drawn from his Osage (Native American) heritage, creating a bridge to the Classical world, since both cultures are animistic seeing Spirits in everything.


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Nancy Bechtol Artist Statement

Chicago woman artist whose work spans several media, decades and styles. This work has natural formations but you also get the sense of the urban. They contain their own universe. You see an intensity .
Earlier in her career, she studied painting with Don Baum, artist and curator, and was influenced by the Hairy Who, and the Chicago Imagists. With an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she was inspired and mentored by pioneering video artist Phil Morton, founder of the Video Area. “My art is really a mixed bag. I adapt to whatever works for the concept. I work in digital media, photography and video, both experimental and documentary style. As an artist I often reinvent myself.”

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All Welcome to Visit the Exhibition!

Native/Chicago American Indian Center, AIC: Her-story. Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache-Sioux, tribal elder, artist, archivist    Chuquimarca presents film event: Chicago

Chuquimarca presents event:   Contact: info@ciquimarca.com

Screening of “This Is Indian Land~Okee-Chee’s Vision” Tribute to American Indian Center.

Okee-Chee sends Gratitude to those interviewed:

-Two of the Founders of the American Indian Center, both in their 90s

Father Powell, Priest of St Augustine’s Center for Native People

Susan Power, Yanktonai Dakota Sioux

Andrew Johnson, Cherokee Nation

Robert Wapahi, Santee Dakota Sioux

Deborah Valentino, Oneida-Menominee

Karen Turney, Menominee

Narrated by Sharon’s grandson: Lorenzo Gudino,  Fort Sill Chirachua Warm Springs Apache-Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux

Location: Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago   Logan Square,   Outdoor Screening.

This Is Indian Land~Okee-Chee’s Vision” trt 33 min. Produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio. Chicago.

Director, Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache-Sioux, tribal elder, artist, archivist    We are  honored . This is truly Native and Chicago History. Tribute to American Indian Center. Chicago.

The History of Our long journey, to produce this indie film, produced by David and Nancy Bechtol

2015-2017 (production) 

2017   premiered at The American Indian Center

2018   in the collection at the Newberry Library

2019  FNFVF- In the First Nation Film and Video Festival presented at Newberry Library. Chicago

2020  limited cablecast on CANTV   to share with wider community

2021  cablecast on CANTV 19

Sept 18 –12pm Saturday

Sept 25– 1:10 pm Saturday

Sept 25– 6:55 pm  Saturday

Sept 24, 2021  7 to 8pm

Chuquimarca presents event:   Contact: info@ciquimarca.com

Screening of “This Is Indian Land~Okee-Chee’s Vision”

Location: Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago   Logan Square,   Outdoor Screening.

Sept. 28, 2021

Chuquimarca presents via Zoom, online:  request link to attend. Contact: info@ciquimarca.com

Discussion/presentation about the (1977) Anisinabe Waki-Aztlan exhibition.  with Carlos Cumpian, Sal Vega, Dylan A.T. Miner, Ph.D ,  Jose Juan Benevidas.

The legendary exhibit featured 52 indigenous and Chicano artists, organized by MARCh, and the Chicago Indian Artist Guild at Harry S Truman College, Chicago..

This Is Indian Land~Okee-Chee’s Vision” trt 33 min. Produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio. Chicago.

Director, Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache-Sioux, tribal elder, artist, archivist    We are  honored . This is truly Native and Chicago History. Tribute to American Indian Center. Chicago.

Our long journey, to produce this indie film, produced by David and Nancy Bechtol

2015-2017 (production) 

2017   premiered at The American Indian Center

2018   in the collection at the Newberry Library

2019  FNFVF- In the First Nation Film and Video Festival presented at Newberry Library. Chicago

2020  limited cablecast on CANTV   to share with wider community

2021  cablecast on CANTV 19

Sept 18 –12pm Saturday

Sept 25– 1:10 pm Saturday

Sept 25– 6:55 pm  Saturday

Sept 24, 2021  7 to 8pm

Chuquimarca presents event:   Contact: info@ciquimarca.com

Screening of “This Is Indian Land~Okee-Chee’s Vision”

Location: Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago   Logan Square,   Outdoor Screening.

Sept. 28, 2021

Chuquimarca presents via Zoom, online:  request link to attend. Contact: info@ciquimarca.com

Discussion/presentation about the (1977) Anisinabe Waki-Aztlan exhibition.  with Carlos Cumpian, Sal Vega, Dylan A.T. Miner, Ph.D ,  Jose Juan Benevidas.

The legendary exhibit featured 52 indigenous and Chicano artists, organized by MARCh, and the Chicago Indian Artist Guild at Harry S Truman College, Chicago..

Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick was part of the original exhibit

Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, at home. 2017 photo by Nancy Bechtol

Director, Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache-Sioux, tribal elder, artist, archivist

Shadow Bechtol Studio. David Bechtol, Director of Photography, Photographer. Tech Supervisor

Nancy Bechtol, Cinematographer, Editor, VFX, poster art above.

OKEE-CHEE’S VISION on CANTV19 See it! 9/18 and 9/25

This is Indian Land-Okee-Chee’s Vision is an intimate portrait of one of the oldest Indian Centers in the USA. Filmed at the original location in Chicago. Native American History through the eyes of first time director, and Fort Sill Apache Sioux.

Tribute to the American Indian Center

CANTV, Channel 19

sept 18 12 pm Saturday

sept 25 1:10 pm Saturday

sept 25 6:55 pm Saturday

CAN TV – CHICAGO ACCESS NETWORK TV. OKEE-Chee a special Viewing Opportunity!

Sharon (Little Blue Bird) Okee -Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Apache Sioux , Woman Director, and Shadow Bechtol Studio, are So very honored to have “This Is Indian Land: Okee-Chee’s Vision” showing on Chicago Access Network TV

See it on your TV! Honoring the American Indian Center of Chicago, a true gift to the community:

Poster design by Nancy Bechtol with photo strip of people i. by David Bechtol photos are of Interviewed by Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Dir 2017© Shadow Bechtol Studio.

September 2021

IMAGINING FUTURES: ARC 48 years. the legend continues. Sept. 2021 come! SEE!

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition! View artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

ARC, founded in 1973 as a women-run cooperative organization, has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 48 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.

Celebrate another great year of existence during the Opening Reception on Friday, September 10, from 5-8pm!

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Laura Cloud – Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Michelle Williams

Affiliate Members: Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo – Monica J. Brown – Virginia Carstarphen – Michele Corazzo – Esther Charbit – Jessica Gondek – Kristina Gosh – Pauline Kochanski – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

Interns: Meredith Lussenhop – Olivia Sciford – Devon Weist

come!

ARC. we are legend. 2021. image by Nancy Bechtol

over 700 views!

Women’s Month: Honoring Native Woman film director who enlightens us sharing “This IS Indian Land-Okee-Chee’s Vision”​. Chicago History.

  • Published on March 6, 2021
  • view videos on madpalx channel on Youtube.

Nancy BechtolShadow Bechtol Studio/Artist; Photographer/Media Specialist; APA Photojournalist

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“This Is Indian Land: Okee-Chee’s Vision” is Directed/Envisioned by Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Apache Sioux, and and Indie film, Produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio. David Bechtol, Dir of Photography, Exec Producer and Nancy Bechtol, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer. Chicago. ©2017 Premiered at the American Indian Center; Included in the First Nation Film and Video Festival FNFVF; Included in the Newberry Library of Chicago.

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Woman Director – Tribal Elder FILM: Okee-Chee’s “This Is Indian Land: Okee-Chee’s Vision”​ Cablecast

Woman Director & Tribal Elder FILM: Okee-Chee’s “This Is Indian Land: Okee-Chee’s Vision”​ Cablecast – CANTV Sept 2020 Dates just announced!

  • Published on September 3, 2020

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CAN TV – CHICAGO ACCESS NETWORK TV. OKEE-Chee a special Public Viewing Opportunity!

Sharon (Little Blue Bird) Okee -Chee Skolnick, Fort Sill Apache Sioux , Woman Director, and Shadow Bechtol Studio, are So very honored to have “This Is Indian Land: Okee-Chee’s Vision” showing on Chicago Access Network TV Channel 21

See it on your TV! Honoring the American Indian Center of Chicago, a true gift to the community:

Hope you can view! SEPT 2020

Sept 6 Sunday  7 pm    Ch 21

Sept 7 Monday  2.30 am Ch 21

Sept 11 Friday  10 pm   Ch 21

Sept 12 Sat.    3 pm.   Ch 21

Sept. 20 Sun.   7 pm.   Ch 21

Sept  21 Mon.   2:30 am Ch 21

Sept  25 Fri.     10 pm. Ch21

Sept  29 Tues.   11 pm. Ch 21

64 Artists in Pandemic Art Show 7/2020-8/15/2020 Art Saves Lives.

HERE is how you have an Art Exhibit During #pandemic2020 as COVID-19 Rages. “ALL IN THE SAME BOAT..or Are We?”​ Chicago.


ALL IN THE SAME BOAT – OR ARE WE? NancyBECHTOL_WorldWatches_DigitalPainting_WebX.jpg AT STOLA CONTEMPORARY ART

FRIDAY, JULY 31ST 6 – 9PM

Sunday, Aug 16 Closing 2020

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“No Cruises for now” Photography 16″X 20″ ©2020 David Bechtol

64 Artists make powerful art commentary in this Exhibition. Chicago

 Both of these events will be primarily held OUTSIDE. Guests will be able to converse in the parking lot next to the gallery and in Independence Park across the street. Musical entertainment will be provided by the amazing Denise LaGrassa and John Kregor, as well

as exhibiting artist Marvin Tate.

Guests will be allowed in the gallery NO MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE AT A TIME. MASKS REQUIRED!!! So that everyone my have a chance to view this outstanding show, we ask viewers to limit their time in the gallery and hold all discussions out of doors. Unless you are making a purchase – then take all the time you need!

For those of you that are uncomfortable in any type of social gathering, please note that our normal gallery hours are

THURSDAY NOON – 4PM      FRIDAY NOON – 7PM   SATURDAY NOON – 5PM  SUNDAY NOON – 4PM

Private viewing appointments are always welcome!

All artists that would like to host a private viewing for their personal collectors and friends are encouraged to do so!

FOR PRIVATE APPOINTMENTS PLEASE CONTACT ANNE FARLEY GAINES @ (312)203-9964 or GAINESART@yahoo.com

FOR ALL OTHER INQUIRIES CALL KELLY MATHEWS @ (708)334-7062 OR EMAIL STOLACONTEMPORARYART@GMAIL.COM

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EXCLUSIVE !! STREAMING NOW! The Last Hippie FREAK: By the Beard of LEE Groban!! June 21 – June 28 access here! wow~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NOW you can stream via Gene Siskel Film Center CHICAGO PREMIERE  for a very limited time. then gone.

The Last Hippie FREAK: By the Beard of LEE Groban :a film by Nancy Bechtol

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https://watch.eventive.org/gsfc/play/5ee922fd86e5e3008dcff4f3

STREAMING online.

You are invited to the following STREAMING indie film event:

ONCE IN A LIFETIME.In the middle of the worldwide Pandemic AND MORE..an indie film release like no other..take a 43min wild romp. #weareinittogether yeah.#indiefilm #Chicago #SAICalum #LeeGroban #TheLastHippieFreakbytheBeardofLeeGroban #womanartist #womandirector #omnicircus #frankgarvey #vitoCarli #DavidBechtol David Bechtol Frank Garvey Vito carli Nancy Bechtol  @GeneSiskelFilmCenter #chicagoartist #contemporaryart #pandemic2020 Lets make this happen! 

Click below to stream film:

https://watch.eventive.org/gsfc/play/5ee922fd86e5e3008dcff4f3

NOW STREAMING via GENE SISKEL CENTER. online now! THE Iconic indie romp of a film on Legendary Lee Groban. Artist, Poet, Hippie, amazing person with the many who he= who he was -amazing person!

Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 11:30 AM –Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 11:30 PM CDT

Gene Siskel Film Center STREAMING NOW!

STREAMING online.

 

NOW STREAMING via GENE SISKEL CENTER. online now! THE Iconic indie romp of a film on  Legendary Lee Groban. Artist, Poet, Hippie, amazing person with the many who he= who he was -amazing person!

We hope you can make it!  LEE IS WATCHING with his SPIRIT!!

Cheers,

Nancy Bechtol

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