Vivid Art Gallery will host a First Friday Art Opening for Featured Artists Matt Schaefer and Janet Trierweiler on July 6th, highlighting work that will be on display for the month of July. The opening, which runs from 5-8 PM, is open to all and is free of charge. In addition to great art, there will also be refreshments and live music.
Schaefer and Trierweiler will be presenting a joint show of new work in their exhibit Untitled.
Schaefer will be showing recent figurative pieces, while Trierweiler will be showing her newest abstract work. The two are husband and wife as well as artistic collaborators. Says Trierweiler, “Matt and I met through a recognition of a similarity in our work. Working closely and collaborating with another artist has offered incredible challenges, growth and inspiration. These real experiences and practices, such as drawing together daily, keep the process alive.” They also have taught classes together at the Evanston Art Center.
While both artists’ work has evolved over time, Schaefer’s in particular has changed during the course of his career. Initially focused on drawing, Schaefer eventually began to create abstract work inspired by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gaugin, as well as the Abstract Expressionism movement that began in the 1940’s. In addition to his abstract work, Schaefer has always created figurative work, returning again and again to his first love, drawing. Says Schaefer, “Drawing was the initial expression of my desire to create something valid. It continued and threaded its way through the different mediums and styles that I used. Painting emerged as a way to decorate the drawing but I never really overcame my love for line.”
Similarly to Schaefer, Trierweiler creates both abstract and figurative work. According to Trierweiler, “I use the lines expressed in observational drawing to inform my abstract work and allow the abstract techniques to dominate in figurative painting.” Rather than focusing on the end result of her work, she emphasizes the process that goes into creating her work. Says Trierweiler, “One of my favorite methods, which I share with my students, is to start with a color study and let the process reign over any preconceived ideas. I enjoy being surprised by what colors emerge in the process.”
In addition to the art opening at Vivid, Hubbard Woods will once again celebrate First Fridays with its featured “Cocktail Hop.” Stop by Vivid, then browse the shops of Hubbard Woods, a number which will be open and serving a signature cocktail. Details are available at www.shophubbardwoods.com.