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Ladies of the Canyon Pointillism 48 x 58 inches, 1969 - 1973

Marc Richard Rubin

Marc Rubin finished his college The Most Diverse Artist Of Our Time education in 1972. In 1973 he Celebrating forty years of Art entered his senior thesis painting, “Ladies of the Canyon”, Pointillism, 48x58 Rubin and the Pointillism connection inches, in the prestigious The only living Pointillist Biannual Chicago Competition of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work was included by a rare unanimous decision from Marc Rubin has always produced paintings in numerous the three visiting museum curators and the head curator of established painting styles as well as Pointillism. Learn the Art Institute of Chicago, James Spiers. The exhibition more in the article, “Rubin and the Pointillism connection”. created profound recognition for a very young Marc Rubin. Within one year his works were shown and sold in Europe, Marc is celebrating his 40th year career jubilee with an Chicago and New York City. extended exhibition in the main floor public spaces of the sumptuous 5 star Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The bold color and contrast of Marc Rubin’s works are The show includes “Ladies of the Canyon”, other major derived from George Seurat’s color principle and his works in Pointillism and Modern Art spanning his entire invention, Pointillism, which is covered in this issue. career that include his inventions, Pop Cubism and The article is entitled, “How George Seurat’s dots of Synchronism. paint changed the world”.

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5 STAR The Atlantic Hotel and Spa hosted an opening reception for renowned artist Marc Richard Rubin in their lobby where Rubin is engaged in a long term exhibition.

Among the attendees were Sante Furio, publisher of Vigore Magazine, Marla Schwartz, playwright, and Shari Lynn of Kaiser University. As Rubin unveiled the cloths from three of his master works in Pointillism, to recorded music, the crowd burst into applause. These works are "Ladies of the Canyon", "Sunrise on the Shore", and "The Day". "Ladies of the Canyon", 58" x 58", embodies the Joni Mitchell song "Ladies of the Canyon" and was first exhibited to international acclaim at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1973, 70 years to the day that the Art Institute of Chicago hung Georges Seurat's Pointillist masterwork "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" in their permanent collection. Rubin completed "Sunrise on the Shore" in late 1992.

This masterwork, 60" x 78", was sent to be on loan to the private quarters of the Clinton Whitehouse shortly after completion, at the request of certain long time Winnetka, Illinois patrons of Rubin's Pointillist works. Rubin painted "The Day", at the request of a founder of AIDS Walk, to be the symbol of hope for the cure to HIV/AIDS. The daffodils depicted in the painting were joined with the red AIDS ribbon in a grass roots nationwide campaign to renew awareness of the disease. One year later, the City of Hope of California also joined it with a pink ribbon to serve as an awareness symbol of breast cancer which continues to this day. Rubin is known for his vibrant balanced color and his inventions of Pop-Cubism, Synchronism and other genre. He is studied in university art classes throughout the country. - JD Rose, Curator

POINTILLISM “How Georges Seurat’s Dots of Paint Changed the World” Pointillism was invented in 1883 by a French artist, Georges Seurat, during his formal art training. Seurat proposed a radical theory of realism depiction that was completely different from all historic painting techniques. Rather than blending colors to achieve photo-like realism Georges applied his paint in small discreet strokes that achieved a real appearance at a greater viewing distance than was

common place. When one stands back from his works the small brush strokes combine in the viewer’s brain to achieve realism but when a work is closely approached the viewer sees a myriad of seemingly unrelated dots of color. He proved his theory with his first Pointillist painting, “Bathing at Asnieres” in 1883.

Bathing At Asnie’res by Georges Seurat 1883 His fellow classmates embraced his now proven theory as a new form of Fine Art painting they called “Divisionism”, to explain the radical difference between blended brush strokes and Seurat’s dots. His fellows Paul Signac, Piet Renoir, George Braque and Claude Monet immediately made paintings in which Seurat’s dots were somewhat blended to achieve a softer version of Pointillism. Their works became known as Post Impressionism movement. They retain the same up close verses at a distance appearance of Pointillism. Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and George Braque extrapolated further by creating paintings in which patches of color were placed next to each other as patches not dots in the spirit of Pointillism. They called their tweak to the style, Divisionism. By 1903 Matisse and Braque were calling their further adaptations of the new style, “Fauvism”. George Braque soon moved into a different direction that he called Abstractionism but was soon renamed by a reporter from the

Paris newspaper as Cubism due to the depiction of a town at a distance in one of Braque’s works. Soon after, a younger Pablo Picasso sought out Braque and worked together with him for a period of time during which they further developed Cubism and established it as a classic modern genre’. Meanwhile Henri Matisse further developed his Fauvism works that maintained the division of colors and employed a more recognizable sense of realism. From 1883 to 1917 the world of Fine Art had been transformed into a world of Modern Fine Art. In the 1920’s and 1930’s in Europe and America the totality of the Fine Art movement gave birth to Modern Architecture. Most notably Cubism gave birth to American Art Deco and Cubism combined with Post Impressionism gave birth to French Art Deco. Pointillism is seen as the beginning of the transformation and will forever remain much loved. Georges Seurat is recorded as the father of Modern Art.

Henri Matisse

Georges Braque

As Georges Seurat's most ardent follower, Paul Signac steadfastly promoted the principles of Pointillism. Signac’s experiments with the style were the most significant contributions to Divisionism – Pointillism and were employed by all of the Post Impressionists including Vincent Van Gogh. Paul Signac also followed Seurat’s “yellow - red – blue” color principle. The chromatic color scale was invented by Georges Seurat to break

Vincent Van Gogh

down blended colors used in photo-like realism to be used in his Pointillist works. Paul Signac often used this principle in its most basic and energetic primary color form. The other Post Impressionists followed his lead. Henri Matisse used this color principle throughout his career in modern art as did Post Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. The principle is the reason for later colorful works of abstract modern art and graphic art.

Paul Signac

POINTILLISM “How Georges Seurat’s Dots of Paint Changed the World” continued The Chromatic Color Scale and Pointillism of George Seurat were employed through the 20th century in offset color printing and color television. Today, every pixel on your computer or digital device is George Seurat’s Pointillism. The next time you change your PC screen resolution or inkjet print a photo you will now know that the letters DPI mean “dots per square inch”.

Georges Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Le Grand Jatte

Marc Rubin’s paintings can be viewed at The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida unveiled a new long term art exhibition in their lobby showcasing the paintings of renowned multiple style American artist Marc Richard Rubin. Rubin, who is known for masterful works in Pointillism and his inventions of Pop Cubism, Synchronism and Surreal Cubism About The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Situated in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida overlooking 23 miles of pristine beaches, the AAA Four Diamond Atlantic Hotel & Spa features oversized 124 spacious guest rooms, including 54 suites, full kitchens or kitchenettes, 10,000 sq. ft. European-style Spa Atlantic and culinary offerings at East End Grille featuring farm-to-table menus from a scratch kitchen. Amenities include the 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour concierge service, outdoor heated pool, complimentary wireless high-speed internet access, business center, 2,560 square feet of meeting space, and valet parking. It is also dog-friendly and a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. It is located is conveniently located just seven miles Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 27 miles from the Miami-International Airport at 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. For reservations call, 954.567.8020 or 866.567.8020 or visit

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“Ladies of the Canyon” Pointillism 1969-73 Marc Richard Rubin Seventy years later, to the day, a young Marc Rubin would stand in front of his first masterwork in Pointillism in the Art Institute of Chicago where George Seurat’s masterpiece, “Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Le Grand Jatte” placed on unending exhibition in 1903. As a child, Rubin was fascinated with that painting and everything George Seurat had given to Fine Art. He was especially interested in Pointillism and Chromatic Color as the basis for Modern Art. The artist continues to make Pointillist works while he makes works in shorter work periods of Post Impressionism and varied Modern Art styles that follow pure Divisionism principles.

POINTILLISM In 1890 George Seurat wrote, “Art is harmony. Harmony is the analogy of contrary and similar

elements of tone, color and line.” He had a little known scientific inclination in the study of light and color. He created an artistic system of color he called “The Yellow Red Blue Triad”. It was derived from a current idea called “Chromoluminarism” that defined how color could be used to create the effect of light within a painting. Seurat used the principle to break down the color of any object into component colors that he used as groups of dots rather than a single blended color. He would not live long enough to see his system of color faithfully employed by another artist born long after the Post Impressionist era.

Marc Rubin’s Pointillist works are not only influenced by the Pointillist works by George Seurat and Paul Signac but by Seurat’s principle that contrary elements can be brought into harmony to achieve a successful depiction. Rubin wrote his own principle in 1977, “Synchronism”. It is defined as: “Intentional Fine Art that combines two or more genre’s/styles of art from any place or time into harmonious balance.” Marc employs his principle when he includes nonPointillism flowers in the foreground of some works like “Sunrise on the Shore” and “The Day”. “It is the visual contrast of smooth flowers that provides an amplified three dimensional effect against the constant texture of Pointillism” says Rubin. He also uses varied sizes of dots and to achieve “Minimal Pointillism” works like “Lauderdale Sun”. Although Pointillism takes an inordinate amount of time as there are no shortcuts. Marc Rubin makes Pointillist works because as he says, “It’s the coolest art style ever invented and everybody loves it, especially me.”

“Coral Reef Fish” Pointillism 1992

“Sunrise on the Shore” Synchronistic Pointillism 1992-1993, 60 inches by 78 inches

“Desert Sunset” Pointillism 1978


“Lofty Heights and Desert Floor” Pointillism 1982, 48 inches by 48 inches

“Lauderdale Sun” 2014, 42 x 72 inches

“Sunset in The New Land” Pointillism 1983, 34 x 54 inches

Part 2 Rubin and the Pointillism Connection continued Marc Rubin also paints in the spirit of Divisionism like the Fauves, Post Impressionists and early Modernists. In fact he celebrates George Seurat in every painting he has made. Whether employing large or small brush strokes or large or small areas of color in his works, the artist draws on Seurat’s Pointillism and his Triad Color Principle.

Seurat’s Triad Principle Color Wheel The Triad Principle is simple and produced from scientific experimentation. It defines white as the perfectly balanced neutral state of color. It is simply this: We see objects because the light reflecting off of them. We can’t see an object with our eyes in the absence of light. When you pass ordinary white daylight through a triangular prism the light breaks into a yellow, red and blue rainbow. This means that equal amounts of true yellow, red and blue are the components of white. George Seurat said white is a perfect balance of all colors combined equally. When you blend the three into the three possible pairs you get green, orange and purple, the midway points in the Triad. Seurat believed one could balance a painting’s colors and their amounts to achieve Perfect Balance although pigment is not light so one can only achieve a theoretical white. Marc Rubin achieves

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theoretical white in the majority of his works but having the knowledge and ability also allows him to achieve a grey balance, that Henri Matisse often used, or a purposeful balance to a chosen color. In the end, color balanced works can be pastel or vibrant and never clash with any environment. Rubin often speaks about Seurat’s Triad Principle as the most important component in Modern Art. The following privately collected paintings by Marc Rubin demonstrate the artist’s adherence to Seurat’s Triad Principle and Divisionism. These works hang in varied furnished décor from antique traditional to sleek modern. Rubin’s wide range of collectors is proof that the genius of George Seurat changed the world.

Hill Country 1975

Gailardias 1996

Dinner For One 1999

Fountain 2000

Oak Street View Chicago 2003

Escondido 1983

Coral 1997

Flowers-Red Vase 1996

Under Water 2002

Bliss 1997

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Only a few men make their way onto the ice at first, warming up with laps and stretching along the boards. More players join them, their steel blades digging and scraping across the frozen playing surface until the rink fills with the sound of crunching ice and pucks pounding against the boards. The skaters eventually split into their respective teams and begin an informal game in which the score is called out loud and play rarely stops. They seem at first to be just like any other group of amateur hockey players, anxious to take advantage of every second of ice time, if not for the one important statistic that brings this particular group of men together every Saturday morning, their age. Silver Hockey Club is intended for hockey players 50 years of age and older, offering a chance for the men to keep taking to the ice even though their physical prime may have already skated past. These veteran players come from a variety of backgrounds and locations to attend the Saturday morning skate, which takes place at Johnny's Ice House West in Chicago, Illinois, a new rink and practice location for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. Most players are on their feet by 5 AM in order to make the 7:30 AM puck drop. One player drives the nearly 300 mile trip from Detroit to Chicago every other week just to join the skate. Anyone who frequents Johnny's Ice House West, knows the skate's organizer simply as Tommy G or Big G. His gray hair and admission that he's been skating for around 50 years might suggest he has skated his share of laps around the rink, but his youthful exuberance on the ice and love for the game still shows on his face every Saturday. Tommy organizes the skate via email and puts the rosters together each week, posting the new teams and in the locker rooms. He also calls in replacements as early as 5:30 AM and sometimes calls for a substitute player right up until puck drop. Tommy has no problem filling the twenty two man roster, because in this popular club there are substitutes who are anxious for an invitation to play. The high interest for Silver Hockey is not surprising after watching the players take the ice.

What do Chicago area executives, tradesmen, surgeons, lawyers, lobbyists, bankers, musicians,and business owners all have in common? “Why do I play hockey? Because I love the game and it keeps me young in body and spirit. I’m 53 years old and hockey is one of the constant threads that is woven through my life. I have been playing since I was 8 and will keep playing until I physically cannot. The comradery with the men I play with, especially the Saturday morning silver skate, is amazing. Where else can you find men from all walks of life, incomes, backgrounds etc who come together just for the love of the game. In the locker room and on the ice it matters little how much you make or what you do for a living. It's all equal when you step out on that ice. As far as injuries go the only things sustained in hockey have been 4 missing teeth. The bumps and bruises are there but they heal quickly.” SMcP “Why I play (still) play hockey… Makes me feel like I’m still a kid (who hasn’t scored the goal to win the Stanley Cup - in their imagination). Makes any problem/issue that’s on my mind disappear – at least for that hour that I’m on the ice. Your non hockey-playing friends/co-workers think you’re pretty tough when you tell them you still play (even if it’s no-check). Keeps me young – at heart. Injuries worth mentioning (pre 50 yrs old) Torn ligaments in both knees, shoulder and various stitches (chin, eyebrow) Injuries (post 50 yrs old) Stitches in chin again – then got the hint and began wearing full cage.” - DK “I’m 64, I’ve had two serious groin pulls, one torn rotator cuff (left), one injured rotator cuff (right) and generally good luck on the injury report. I intend to play until I can’t because the ”up” feeling you get coming to the rink and lacing ‘em up lasts well into the next day. We are all mature considerate players who have reached that stage where we play for the joy of the game, not because we have something to prove. You could not find a cooler bunch of guys who play hard, safe, and fun ice hockey.” -DG

“Eishockeysucht means ice hockey pursuit/desire: At 16 it was a great, winter way to stay in condition. It is in my RNA being Chicagoan and not quite Canadian. At 50 I can no longer run well so might as well skate. It’s a great way to use my time after my medical rounds and before surgery. Imposante Verletzungen means imposing injuries: Torn meniscus; arthroscopy does work; Fractured metacarpal(hand); Dislocated shoulder and fractured glenoid (socket); Brachial plexus palsy (due to above); Two fingers still numb; Separated shoulder (AC joint); A little arthritis never hurts; Torn groin tendons (adductor longus)” - JS

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“I love playing hockey because: It's a great work out (I never push myself in the gym as hard as I do competing on the ice). It clears a weeks-worth-of-clutter from the mind. It's the fastest game on the planet. Its the most enjoyable game in the solar system. It’s a team sport with like-minded colleagues who also get up too early on their day off to play a sport they love (so its not all about me). It's a very competitive sport, and it helps me become more competitive with myself (to do better a job every day at work). Finally, as a plastic surgeon, I'm able to pick up a little extra work every now and then when acarbon-fiber stick meets the epidermis on the face (that hasn't really happened…yet!)” - DD The Steve Archer award is given weekly to the “Silver Hockey Champ” outstanding player of the skate (at the pleasure of Tommy G). Stephen L. Archer, is a MD, F.A.C.C., Section Chief of Cardiology, Kingston ON, Canada. We wish him the best at his position. The Archer award has traveled many places with its recipients: New York, Park City, Hawaii, Eagle River, WI, Wrigley Field, etc and photographed with: former Chicago Blackhawk's Stan Mikita & Steve Konrad, WGN radio's Gary Meier, Blackhawk Ice Girls, Chicago Symphony conductor, and others “Why, because I still can be with the guys staying in shape. It takes my mind off of everything else when I play. It’s a lot of fun and I always put my skates on to win. At the end of the game I always remember it’s just a game and what happens on the ice stays on the ice. Injuries from hockey over 50 yrs old - I have not had any serious hockey injuries over 48 years of playing. When I played Juniors I lost my front teeth.” -DC

Though the players range in skill and experience level, their love for the game is readily apparent as they zip up and down the ice. Teams compete until one squad scores five goals. Then, everyone takes a very short breather, goalies get a squirt of water and switch ends before the puck drops for another game. With no referees and no face offs, the games consist entirely of back and forth action, which makes skating and passing critically important skills in Silver skate play. Moments of exceptional athleticism, though few, are generally accompanied by groans but result in smiles and cheers from the benches. Despite knee replacements and bad backs, rheumatism and arthritis, even cancer and heart bypasses, men lace up their skates each week and compete. Each Saturday, the thump of the puck against the goalie's pads or the crisp tic-tic of a quick passing play are the sounds of the Silver Hockey members letting the world know they are still alive. Most of them would agree that the times of staying up all night and playing the next morning are long past, but the enthusiasm remains. Saturday afternoon naps are surely a regular occurrence, though no one discusses it in the locker room. The camaraderie built between the players is one thing that keeps them going, ignoring the voices that might try to say they are, "too old" or "too tired." These men are just like young boys on the pond, with friendly ribbing eventually resulting in nicknames for many of the regulars, including: "Federalist", "High School Boy" "the Stork", "Hef", "the Eagle". They ended up with pretty safe nicknames, but others were not so lucky. "Movie Star", who sports a classically bushy mustache, and "Dr. Long Shift," who some would say spends too much time on the ice, might not brag about their new names. That camaraderie does not keep the action on the ice from being competitive. There are no penalties even though the action can get intense. Collisions are normally followed with smiles and laughter. Friendly chatter can be heard from the benches throughout the game, and one of the goaltenders, "Hef", rarely makes a save without letting the shooter know who won that battle. While the mood is often friendly, it does not distract the players from performing their roles, playing their positions, and competing for an hour and twenty minutes each week.

Why I still play hockey at 50 + years old, For the most part we seniors do it for the camaraderie, the competitiveness, and above all, it promotes great health. No matter your athletic background, for whatever reason, once you lace up the skates yourself (and can stand up) you are hooked. Maybe it’s the competitiveness or the adrenaline rush you get skating and just putting one past the old time goalie who laughed at you when he stopped you multiple times before. Just one biscuit in the net will keep you coming back for the remainder of the season. At age forty I went to the local rink and inquired about the “Learn to Skate” sessions. Every Sunday night for a year I went to learn and play. It’s not an easy game to play. But, once you get it in your blood, there’s no looking back. I’ve been playing the game now for 14 years and yes it is addicting. Unless I can’t walk I will always say yes to a game if asked to play. I have played with my son and his buddies and had a ball every time I have that opportunity. Next on my bucket list is to skate with my grandchildren. -GH

“Love of the Game” is more then just words

Spots on the Silver Hockey roster are earned through strong play and keeping the games close despite the varying experience levels of the skaters. Some players, like Johnny’s instructional director, Coach Ken Rzepecki, skated in professional leagues. Other skaters played as amateurs in the U.S. and Canada. A few players have been skating for only a short time, but are still able to hold their own against the more experienced competitors. To feel the rush of scoring a goal or making a big save while playing a so-called "young man’s game" is a big part of why the Silver skaters return each week. The result is an assortment of men from completely different backgrounds coming together each week to play the game they love. From executives to surgeons, lawyers to public relations executives, bankers, business owners and tradesmen, the players likely would not have had the opportunity to build such a strong bond without the game of hockey and the Silver skate. Whatever it costs personally to get to this point in life, it is a moment in time to cherish. Each player was meant to be on the ice. There may come a time in each skater’s life, when he asks himself, "should I stop playing this sport?"

“For a short time I am on top of the world ... living the dream”

“I enjoy the game, the competition, the players and on any given week playing with or against someone and knowing that after the game we laugh in the locker room and sometimes go out to breakfast. Every week its a little slice of everything that's wonderful! Injuries are a Grade Two separated shoulder about a year ago that took a while to heal, various bumps and bruises, none of which stopped me from playing, although my wife looked at me like I was nuts.” -JJ “The reason I still play is because hockey is a sport that I fell in love with as a young boy. I grew up across the street from O'Halleran Park in Chicago that flooded almost half of a city block every Winter. I would play hockey out there with friends until our parents dragged us home. Tommy G has assembled a great group of guys on Saturday morning, and I look forward to playing now just as much as I did when I was 8 years old. Injuries/Surgeries: Broken wrist, Broken ankle, Broken hand, Broken nose, Numerous stitches in face, Broke 1 tooth, 2 replacement hips” -MK “I play the game for exercise and pure enjoyment! My wife tells me it allows me to get my aggression out as well! I played organized hockey from age 10 - 20, then took a 30 year hiatus. Five years ago I began running races and completed three marathons. While training for marathons was great physically, it is a solitary commitment. So, I began playing hockey again. I just love it! I'm lucky enough to play 2-3 times per week. I play with young and old players. As far as injuries go...I've been to the doctor more times in the past 3 years since playing hockey than I did in the previous 50 years. Some memorable injuries...broken rib, herniated disc, pleurisy, injured fingers so I couldn't wear my wedding ring for months until I had it enlarged, tennis elbow (from practicing too many shots), lace bite, bruises and black and blue marks too numerous to mention. I love playing hockey and hope I can play for another 10 years!” -RD

“I’m 54 years old and I’ve been playing this wonderful game for over 45 years now, and every time I lace up my skates a metamorphous takes place. I clear my thoughts and live in the moment. This team sport of Hockey has many components to it. Probably the best component is the work out. This is my time at the gym. I play with several groups of players of all ages from 18yrs-65yrs and the goal is the same with the players. Although everyone enjoys winning, all of the players strive for excellence on the ice (scoring, passing, defending, speed, strength, agility, stamina) which gives you a sense of accomplishment. I’ve been very fortunate to have made many friends throughout my hockey experiences and hope to meet many more in the future. Hockey players are tough people on the ice and the most gracious off the ice. The hockey player world is one of dedication and perseverance. All of this is not possible without the support of my lovely wife and family as there are many early mornings and late nights that I am on the ice and away from home several times a week. Just this morning our goalie took a slap shot in the upper chest area from one of our premier point shooters and was down for a few minutes. What runs through your mind is, is this the last time I will be able to step on the ice? Is this the injury that will end it all? Fortunately our goalie shook it off and kept playing. He will be able to add that to his list of bumps and bruises we all suffer from and look forward to the next game.” -RM

“Why do I play hockey at my age? It's quite simple actually: 1) Hockey is therapy 2) Hockey is in my DNA being Canadian 3) Hockey enables me to stay fit enough to be able to satisfy my MILF.... Injuries: 50 + injuries, Separated shoulder, Torn knee minuscus, Knee surgery, Torn groin, 50 + stitches over the years, Torn knee ligaments, 2 knee surgeries, Separated shoulder, Cracked ankle, 2 Concussion.” -PL Injuries: Arthritis in all my joints, Tendinitis, Broken hand / foot / leg /toes / Fingers, 3 Herniated Disc - L3 / L4 / L5, Knees - ACL – MCL, Torn Hamstring, Separated Shoulder, 1st heart attack at age 58, another Heart attack a few years later in the 1st period of a game, 3 angioplasty and 5 stents, Still Skating, Playing & Referee.”-TG

Men in the Silver Hockey Club may think back on days when the game was easier with fewer bumps and bruises during the competition. The men skate with vigor and respect for the game that develops only through ample ice time. After the early Silver Hockey skate finishes just before 9 A.M., there are often much younger skaters eager to take the ice. The kids watch in amazement as the Silver skaters step off the ice and remove their helmets revealing their gray hair and no hair. It is common to hear comments from the youngsters like, "for old guys, they still can shoot and skate." For these young skaters, it is difficult to see into their own future and understand how the desire to compete and skate could still exist. At other times there are adult beginner skaters watching the end of the game waiting for thier lesson to start. As the Silver skaters come off the ice it is common to hear them give some friendly banter to the adult beginners such as “hey rookie “ or “youngster get ready to skate”. Everyone is a youngster to the Silver Hockey skaters. The Silver Hockey skaters look forward to the next time they hit the ice, when once again the child in them will emerges.

“Why do I still play hockey? The enjoyment is well worth the stiffness afterwards. Really met a great group of guys. When you tell people you still play they think your lying. This is my cardio. Injuries worth mentioning (pre50): knee and shoulder injuries, A couple of sticks in the face. Injuries (post50): Cracked ribs, concoctions, Broken hands.” - SB “My hockey career started for the second time due to two events. First my son started playing hockey and second my mother in law had a heart attack. I decide to get in shape and found out that at age 38 I was a candidate for a heart attack. After working out for six months I was able to play again. Eighteen years later I play 2 to 3 days a week with no end in sight. What I enjoy most about the locker room is the story telling. Old timers are the best story tellers. Every time I'm in the locker room someone makes me laugh. There is some trash talking, but most hockey players are thick skinned or hard of hearing. Injuries: 6 Herniated disc's, MCL & ACL tare, Knee's pain and cramping muscles. To be playing hockey at 56 is a blessing and to have found three different groups to play with is a miracle.” -GB

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Luca Corazzina Executive Chef A native Italian, Luca Corazzina brings a wealth of knowledge about both the cuisine and culture of his home country to 312 Chicago. Born in Padova, his mother was a professional chef and passed on her expertise of Northern Italian cuisine to her son, who as a boy would help out in the kitchen, prepping or washing dishes. In pursuit of “the American dream” Corazzina’s family emigrated from Italy to Chicago in 1986 and realized that dream, opening a restaurant in the Little Italy neighborhood two years later. Forgoing his other childhood dream, that of being a spy, Corazzina realized his passion and committed himself to learning the intricacies of the kitchen, working at the family restaurant as well as several other Chicago eateries to broaden his knowledge and hone his natural talent. In 1993, Corazzina accepted the position as Executive Sous Chef at the very popular VIVO and in 1995, was named Executive Chef at Pane Caldo in Miami Beach, Florida. At Pane Caldo, the young chef embraced the opportunity – running the kitchen, setting the menu, training the staff – and his Venetian Italian menu was heartily received with both consumer and critical acclaim. Over the next several years, Corazzina worked both in Florida and Chicago, building his reputation and skill set. Working for the Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando), he took on more operational responsibilities and oversaw special events, working with talented chefs from all over the world. In early 1998, Corazzina returned to VIVO as Executive Chef and three years later, accepted an Executive Chef position within the rapidly growing Francesca Group. Here, Corazzina continued to broaden his knowledge of the restaurant industry, working both back- and front-of-house.

312 Chicago: Italy in the Heart of Chicago Corazzina chose this route with his goal of ownership always the focus, and in 2004 he opened Figo Ristorante in suburban Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Building upon their success, he and his partner opened a second location in St. Charles in 2006. Assisting a friend, Corazzina consulted on the menu and worked as chef de cuisine for the opening of Prosecco restaurant in Chicago (2008) and found he thoroughly enjoyed consulting. That summer, he began consulting for the Kimpton Group and the business relationship blossomed. A mutual respect evolved and when 312 Chicago’s longtime chef announced he would be departing at the end of year, it was a natural fit for Corazzina to assume that role. He accepted the Executive Chef position at 312 Chicago and his menu showcases his contemporary take on classic Italian cuisine. As homage to his mother, his greatest culinary mentor, Corazzina’s menu is very fresh and seasonal, and when asked about his culinary philosophy, Corazzina simply states “My mother taught me that the basis for fine cuisine is the use of the best available ingredients. The best ingredients, treated with care, can result in perfection – that is the recipe for success.” Corazzina is passionate about true Italian cuisine and finds the greatest reward in the appreciation from his diners, seeing them thoroughly enjoy a dish. When not in the kitchen or spending time with his wife and two sons, he can be found visiting his hometown, where he always find inspiration and ideas for his menu. Photographer: Colin Beckett

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Marc Chagall painting Wife Bella (original on left - replica on right)

This is about Carla ... Carla’s reproduction training started when she received her set of oil paints. Carla had always wanted to be a portrait painter and so that's what she did. Copying photos for clients. Carla began to expand her selections to famous paintings in museums and reproducing private collections for various reasons. She has had a wonderful affiliation with the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the Sustaining Fellows, Old Master Society, Asian Council, and Society of Contemporary Art. These many organizations have afforded her exposure to so many different styles and artists. Carla has painted for 17 years on location in the Art institute in front of masterpieces from 17 century Dutch to Picasso. She has also traveled extensively with the different affiliations with the incredible Museum Curators, into private collections and Museums all over the world.

Carla’s most recent trip was to Florence, Italy. Her group, was accompanied by the then President of the Art Institute, James Cuno, which was his last official trip before taking his new position at the Getty in California. Her biggest client, was doing replicas of his multimillion dollar art collection. She did 40 paintings commuting to California for 7 years. He thought the original paintings were safer in a vault, and Carla’s reproduction on the wall, in case of theft. The majority of her other patrons have found their favorite painting in a museum and would like a copy in their home.

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"Girl Tending Cows," 1871 by Jules Breton Client found it in a magazine article about Breton. The image size was 4" x 5". Carla's replica is 32" x 40"

commission invited E: Carla researched " the Floor Scrapers" by Gustave Caillebotte at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris for my Client. She stood in front of the real painting in the museum studying it making color and texture notes. Her next step was to purchase a small poster of the painting. Since that time Carla has replicated “The Floor Scrapers” twice in two different sizes.

I have had two very important experiences in my life that has helped influence my direction. The first one is when I studied with Ed Paschke at his workshops in Snowmass, Co, at the Anderson Ranch Art Camp. Ed was and will always be Chicago’s No.1 Artist. He encouraged my copying the Masters and wondered if I would every copy a Paschke. I replied, there will only be one Paschke. After my dear friend past away, it was indeed a compliment to be included in his Tribute Show with so many famous artists. Having my name between Richard Hunt and Jeff Koons. “ “This was my first commission. This was Geo. Herbert Jones, the founder of Inland Steel. He had donated money for the Jones Community Center, thus his portrait hung above the fireplace. Fortunately for me, a Christmas candle destroyed it and I was given the commission to paint a replica from a photograph. I was 24 years old, and received $500. What a thrill.”

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Continued Excellence at the Days Inn Chicago The Days Inn Chicago is dedicated to carrying out its reputation for excellence in providing guests with exceptional customer service, accommodations, and amenities. The Lincoln Park/Lakeview hotel is excited to introduce its new breakfast room and on-site fitness center which opened in the fall of 2013. Also in 2013, the Days Inn Chicago received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a Top Clean Hotel Award from Venere. A long-time franchisee that has consistently received high marks for quality and service, Days Inn Chicago has now won Property of the Year in its category three times: in 2004, 2009, and 2012. Located in the vibrant Lincoln Park/Lakeview neighborhood, guests of the Days Inn Chicago are steps from public transportation to all of the major Chicago tourist attractions. Days Inn Chicago caters to a very diverse clientele, including families, business travelers, contractors working in the area – and, of course, baseball fans. The historic hotel also draws bands and music fans alike with a rock and roll history and a guest list that has included Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, the Foo Fighters and more! The Days Inn Chicago is proud to be active in its community, creating partnerships with many Chicagoland chambers of commerce, as well as local organizations including the Belmont Theatre District, Schubas and Lincoln Hall, DePaul University, and area hospitals. Days Inn Chicago offers special rates to theatergoers, DePaul students and families, and patients visiting many of the nationally acclaimed hospitals in Chicago. Please contact the Days Inn Chicago at 773-525-7010 for more information on these rates. Days Inn Chicago is a boutique-style property, offering an unsurpassed blend of superior quality and value among Chicago hotels. Visit this Lincoln Park/Lakeview hotel to see why guests consider the Days Inn Chicago to be “The best value,” and “Fantastic! Exceeded expectations.”


Is “global warming” a real threat to life on earth? Is it based on scientific evidence or just a theory? Some people think it is the most significant danger to human life on this planet. The threat of “global warming” has caused so much fear in our country that laws passed regulating pollution have caused a reductions in the manufacturing of goods sold to other countries, thereby hurting our economy. Is it then hypocritical to buy goods manufactured in countries where there is little or no pollution regulation? Should we pressure other countries to develop some of the same regulations that we think are so important? Another important pollutant comes from chemicals used in the growth and production of our food. Are these added chemicals not a greater danger to human life? Where are the scientists, the politicians, and where is the EPA regarding the food we eat. Is there no passion for regulating pollutants that are found in the food we put into our bodies? It seems the intense focus on the effects of “global warming” neglects the damage to the U.S. economy and endangered health and well-being of its’ citizens.

GLOBAL WARMING - Political pressure and persecution for speaking about nature existed centuries ago as it does today. Millions of tax dollars have been spent to advance and manage the so-called “global warming” problem. Is this the correct approach?

At a Social Good Summit, a man spoke from a stage and attacked companies that don’t buy into his views on the causes of global warming ... He called on the meeting participants to challenge industry and individuals that don’t agree with him ... He wants “denial” of man-made global warming to be as culturally unacceptable as racism and bias against gays ... He urged attendees to challenge denial of climate change in conversations in families and communities and elsewhere. “We can win this conversation and winning a conversation can make all the difference,” He said. “Don’t let denial go unchallenged.” ... He noted how racism and later homophobia have become increasingly unacceptable. To generate attention some politicians have attempted to elevate the “global warming” belief as a national security threat.

The Maverick Artist Victor-Hugo Modern Art Gonzo Journalist, Victor-Hugo Vaca Jr. has achieved world renown for his award winning art and films. He is a Modern Day Renaissance Man whose work reflects social consciousness. “In the age of social media, everyone will have fifteen seconds of fame.” says, Victor-Hugo Vaca Jr., the New York native, multi-media artist whose stage name is, “The Maverick Artist Victor-Hugo”, when painting in live-performances alongside music industry legends at Modern Art Music Movement (MAMM) events. “MAMM Jams”, wherein he uses his synesthetic ability, claiming to hear musical wavelengths and frequencies in color, fusing the energy of the audience, venue and band, into a Rorschach interpretation of the Happening. In his career as a performing-artist, he has shared stages in historic venues from coast to coast, in the USA, "MAMM Jamming", with musicians from all genres who, collectively, have sold over 100,000,000 records and influenced millions of people around the world. In 2007, Victor-Hugo founded the Modern Art Music Movement (MAMM), an international coalition of artists, filmmakers, musicians and professionals using art, music, movies and live, mixed- media events to raise awareness about social issues, not normally covered in mainstream media outlets, and introduce new talent, using cutting edge technology. All Star musicians with Victor-Hugo in front of large 10’ x 15’art piece The Maverick Artist VictorHugo has performed with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan), Barry Goudreau and Fran Sheehan (formerly of Boston), James Montgomery, Rick Derringer (The McCoys), Robert Mousey Thompson (The James Brown Experience), Leroy S. Romans (The Wailers), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Doug Bell from The Bellevue Cadillac many of whom are pictured here.

He has also performed with John Waite (The Babys and Bad English), John Rzeznik (The Goo Goo Dolls), Dave Schulz (Berlin), Rhythmm Epkins (The English Beat), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Fuzzbee Morse (Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel), Johnny Winter (The Edgar Winter Group), and Tito Puente Jr. just to name a few. “The Modern Day Andy Warhol” and “The Howard Stern Of The Art World” are descriptives critics have lauded upon Victor-Hugo but he prefers being known as “The Voice Of The Lied To Generation”. This Renaissance Man has appeared on every major network including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, WB, Univision, Telemundo, MegaTV, GenTV, M6 (France) and several radio outlets. The prolific artist has produced over 600 original pieces using oil, acrylic, house paint, watercolors, pencils, chalk, markers and mixed media. Most recently, his acting skills and artwork were featured in the award-winning film, “The Last Hit”, which won Best Florida Film at The 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and Best Cinematography at The 2013 La Romana International Film Festival.

Christine Barry Alfonso, Co-Director of the Modern Art Music Movement (MAMM), in a digital portrait by Lawrence Gartel, “The Father of Digital Art” and MAMM member and advisor.

Victor-Hugo Vaca Jr. is an indefatigable provocateur and social activist who practices the compassionate wealth he preaches. His calendar is filled with charitable performances and generous donations of his For Jennifer This painting in the Contemporary Abstract Expressionist time and talent for the benefit of style of Victor-Hugo Vaca Jr. represents The Muse in her purest form as education and other vital causes. Mother Earth, Mother Music & The Mother of All Creation. Commissions are open for his “Muses Series” in which the essence of a woman is captured for eternity on canvas in his unique interpretation. Custom art created live at Weddings and Special Events are once-in-a-lifetime mementos. Surf & Song During one of Victor-Hugo Vaca Jr.’s many charitable performances, the spirit of Eric Clapton's touring guitarist, Tag Graves was channeled and emerged on canvas, in the shape of a guitar, painted live, on stage during a MAMM Jam in Fort Myers, Florida, at a VIP Special Event of The Surf & Song Festival benefitting Autism research, as an All-Star Band consisting of members of Bon Jovi, The Bellevue Cadillac & Foster Child sang Blind Faiths classic, "Can't Find My Way Home" at The Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center. For more information on upcoming exhibitions and the popular series of The Maverick Artist Victor-Hugo Vaca Jr. contact Christine Alfonso of The Global Marketing Alliance at 954-615-7171

New on the Scene

Azzurra 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 278-5959 @AzzurraChicago

AZZURRA BRINGS AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FARE TO WICKER PARK Since opening Azzurra (1467 N. Milwaukee Ave) last fall in Wicker Park, local restaurant veterans Marty Fosse (Anteprima, Ombra, Acre) and Ron DiNella (DiNella Hospitality, Go Roma, Morton’s Restaurant Group) have transported locals and visitors to the Italian dinner table with regional, classic Italian cuisine. “At Azzurra, our mission is to not only serve fresh, house-made Italian cuisine, but to do so in a welcoming and warm environment,” says Fosse, Owner of Azzurra. “We’ve taken inspiration from the way Italians cook, dine and interact, and brought it to Wicker Park, which we believe is an ideal neighborhood for this offering.” Quickly feeling right at home on the lively stretch of Milwaukee Avenue, Azzurra’s staff welcomes guests into the restaurant’s cozy and approachable dining room, adorned with large-scale replications of vintage Italian postcards and furnished with refurbished tables, chairs and fixtures. Ten vintage Victrola horns, once used for listening to music in the early 1900s, have been converted into light fixtures and now hang over the tables at the restaurant.

Italian Comfort Food in the Heart of Wicker Park Azzurra’s dinner menu – a collaboration between Marty Fosse and Chef de Cuisine Katie Kelly (previously of The Bristol) – is inspired by meals served at homes across Italy, and as customary with Italian home-cooking, much of the menu selection at the restaurant is fatto en casa, or housemade, including pastas, breads, sausages and artisan desserts. With seasonality at its core, Azzurra’s culinary team creates dishes that are fresh, flavorful and wholesome, another dose of inspiration from the Italian art of cooking. Guests can choose from Assaggi e Più, shareable plates inspired by a range of ingredients and flavor profiles; Paste; and Piatti Unici, meat and seafood entrees that are grilled, broiled, braised, pan-seared and more.

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Signature dishes have quickly come to include Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves with pecorino ($5), Grilled Octopus with potatoes, red onion, chilis, lemon and olive oil ($11), Orecchiette pasta with Italian sausage, rapini, garlic, and pecorino ($13), and Chianti-Braised Beef Short Rib with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, and soft polenta ($19). The menu also features daily specials revolving around the best ingredients available that day, providing guests with even more variety and a new taste of the season’s bounty.

Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Ravioli with sundried tomato butter ($15)

Cin Cin! Craft Cocktails and Vino at Azzurra At Azzurra, the expertly curated wine list features an array of Italian wines available by the bottle or glass. Guests can also grab a seat at one of the blue stools at the intimate, vibrant bar to enjoy classic Italian cocktails (all $9) like a Negroni or Bellini, or opt for a house-made Vimini made with infused Bourbon, lemon, simple syrup and Lambrusco or a Morte Nel Pomeriggio made with Sambuca, lemon, bitters and prosecco.

Lamb Meatballs with greens and preserved lemon yogurt ($8)

Azzurra Azzurra is an authentic and seasonal Italian restaurant located in the heart of Wicker Park from restaurant veterans Marty Fosse (Anteprima, Ombra and Acre) and Ron DiNella (DiNella Hospitality, Go Roma, Morton’s Restaurant Group). With a passion for honest, house-made Italian cooking, the team at Azzurra welcomes guest to stop by for dinner seven days a week. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday, Azzurra serves brunch beginning at 10 a.m.

Tagliatelle with prosciutto ragĂš and parmigiano ($15) For more information about Azzurra, please call (773) 278-5959. or view the restaurant's Facebook and Twitter pages.



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The initial connection is telling - a sensation so honest and genuine that it doesn't need tampering. You let it work you, slowly and surely. Parts of you warm and tingle. There's intensity, and amplification, and crescendo. Then the feeling fades. And you want to experience it all over again. That's when you hit "rewind." That's when you press the "back" button. That's how you connect and reconnect with Minga - her voice, her vibe, and her music. Minga is one of those rare artists with instant connectivity, a person who can break it down in da club, in the lounge, and in talking about music - when she hits "play" with charismatic candor.

“A sound that is Impressive Distinctive & Sensual. Smooth, Seductive, Jazzy with Excitement�

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Asked about the creative process behind her sultry brand of neo-soul, she says: “Making music isn't as much a thing I do as it is a part of who I am - those deep down emotions which express themselves in beats and melodies... Like breathing, like sex - it's an instinct." Minga puts that instinct into play to deliver a sensuous liaison between the tried-and-true and the very new: "I love old-school jazz and I love contemporary R&B and down tempo," she says. "I listened to a lot of great music growing up Coltrane, Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughn... my parents had an incredible jazz and pop record collection. I'm also into urban ambience - like the vibe in a lounge, scents from a coffee house, the body language of lovers in a restaurant, or a bass line coming from someone else's car stereo - little moments like that are my biggest inspiration." Minga's debut EP, Flipside (FUA Records), quickly made its way onto's "Early Adopter Indie" Top 20 and charted on 54 radio stations in Europe and the US. 2013 heralded the release of the infectious and soulful single, "No Matter," which is being featured on satellite radio in restaurants and at retail internationally. This summer, Minga will apply her estimable vocal and production skills to the 1974 William DeVaughn hit, "Be Thankful," with a fresh redux of the old R&B favorite. "I have a lot of fun in the studio," says Minga. "It's dark, lush and loose - like an underground nightclub, with interesting people rolling in and out. What started out as a group of strangers in that scene has become crew, and the connection between the people, the ambience and the music is amazing. I think that ambience that connection - comes through in my songs. I hope everyone feels it when they listen to my music."

New on the MUSIC Scene Leather, lace and a whole lot of attitude. Chicago’s newest hard rock act, Romantic Rebel, is claiming their place on the modern rock scene. Romantic Rebel is a collaboration started in June 2012 by local siblings KT Paige and Alex Vincent. Front woman KT, is a pint-sized powerhouse with a voice that would make Metallica's James Hetfield proud. KT's vocals are backed by guitarist Alex Vincent, who seems to have a bit of old school rock running through his veins. Alex hits the stage with serious licks that are peppered with a dash of Eddie Van Halen, Slash and Zakk Wylde. The siblings are backed by Danny D and Marcus Lee whose soulful bass tones and thunderous drumming round out the band perfectly. The beginnings of the band originate in the duo's suburban home around 10 years ago, while at the ages of 10 and 13, Alex and KT decided that they would attempt to play the classic tunes they were brought up on. After dinner they would regularly ask each other "want to play songs?" and would head down to the basement, where Alex would pick up his guitar and KT would grab her microphone ripping into an Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin or Rainbow tune. The siblings soon developed their own tastes in music; gravitating towards bands like Green Day, The White Stripes and Smashing Pumpkins, while still holding on to their Classic rock foundation. While continuing the in-home performances, with Mom and Dad being the fan base, they slowly found themselves wanting more out of the music. Through junior high and high school, Alex played in several bands, but soon found that it was difficult to find others with the same level of passion, and decided it was time to head up his own project. First step was finding a singer that could not only front the band, but who's dedication and passion would match that of Alex; that's when he turned to his sister KT and the rest is history as they say. The song writing duo got to work, and in January 2013, Romantic Rebel landed a record deal with the independent Chicago label, Pavement Entertainment. The band put out their single, ‘Dirty Love Song’ (available on iTunes) and started making a name for themselves around Chicago; playing venues such as: Elbo Room, Double Door, and House of Blues. In August of 2013, they flew off to L.A. to spend a month recording their first full-length album with famed producer Ulrich Wild (White Zombie, Deftones, Breaking Benjamin, etc.).

The band's good fortune didn't stop with Ulrich, as their album will also feature Brendon Small of Dethklok and Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies. The band's self-titled album is set to drop in Spring 2014. Until then, the band is in the process of booking their high energy shows across the Midwest and beyond for their upcoming tour. Romantic Rebel’s motto is, “Working Hard and Dreaming Big." And it is safe to say with the passion and drive behind this band, that their dreams of making it big may very well come true.

Voice of a Chicago Artisitc Talent Jennifer B. Scott

As a professional artist, art educator, and community builder I work with diverse ethnic /indigenous communities which inform the content of my artwork. I use art and art education to build community and improve the lives of individuals within those diverse communities. I am passionate about seeking opportunities to further explore this dynamic between art, the individual and community. My current work focuses on the relationship between form and figures and the intimacy of those figures in a space. My goal is to capture the intimate moments between subjects that are centered on an activity or conversation. The figures’ gestures and postures become important clues in these narratives. They become the Human Intricacies between us all. The series of black and white, and color works on paper and board, explore the process of collaging with glued textures. I build up the image with gesso, I then ink up the paper as if it were to be printed however, I do not actually print off of the surface. The image is left in this crude state as a complete work. The pieces do not remain precious or pristine. They are an extension and reflection of the ordinary/everyday occurrences that I try to capture. The pieces ‘Off the Pier’ and ‘Women Leaving’ also explore brown and black skin tones as they become central to the composition. Through collaged textures and multiple layers of transparent color, I try to capture the internal glow as well as the richness and variety of colors within brown skin tones. These pieces are a celebration of brown and black skin usually against a water background. In my narrative pieces the strategic placement of the lights and darks becomes important to enhance the viewer’s experience of the work. This is an essential element in my paintings and prints. It focuses the viewer’s attention on the mood and the tension between the characters. Color adds another vital layer to the description of each character and their surroundings. The hands, feet, and heads of the figures

describe movement throughout the works. Working life size gives the viewer a starting point to connect with the narrative composition. Water has been a recurring theme throughout my artistic career. My imagery celebrates the cycles of life. In my work, water often represents not only renewal and clarity, childhood exploration and movement, cleansing, color and pattern; but, form and figure and even power and destruction. The latest series of images focuses on water related natural disasters and the human figure, in particular the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina 2005, and the recent 2012 Storm Sandy that devastated so many lives. I remember feeling like a spectator watching the helpless bodies of people, animals and the landscape get washed away. I was moved by the enormity of the destruction and by the loss of life captured in so many photographic and video images. I wanted to capture this horrific act of “Mother Nature,” and focus on those victims who lost their lives. The hand color lithograph, “Calm after the Storm” and the oil paintings “Water Disaster Series #1 & #2”, capture the indiscriminant power of storms. In these pieces the fury of the storm has just past and nature has gone back to its calm, serene state. The only things that remain are the bodies left behind, the changed landscape and lives. Before I collage or paint, I search for the image through the process of drawing. My figurative compositions are pieced together from years of observation, photographs that I take, and from sketches of the model. Using charcoal, conte and an eraser, I put down and remove marks until I have developed a composition that works. As I work, the ghost image left behind from the erasing is used as a visual guide that aids me in determining where the next figure/s will be placed in the composition. These clues create tension and balance between subjects. Throughout this process, action verses reaction occurs, as well as unexpected accidents. All of these components function to build a strong image. The act of drawing becomes a spontaneous channel for my ideas, thoughts and feelings. As an artist I feel the most free at this stage of the process. Through printmaking, painting, drawing and collage I explore and expose my inner dialogue on the complex issue of human interaction. Capturing the nuances between our universal gestures, postures and glances is the motivating force behind my work. Furthermore, by choosing to work in layers, I create depth and tension on

Discover the Love & Strength to face yourself and face your fears.

the picture plane. This provides a framework that enables me to deconstruct our human intricacies in relation to my identity, culture and position in society. Lastly, the concept of a series is essential to my work; because, each image becomes an opportunity to cause an emotional shift in the viewer, or a subtle shift in the conversation, no matter what the subject matter. My hope is to stimulate different questions and illicit different emotions about the content to move the viewer beyond their ‘comfort zone’ in responding to the work. As an artist, I believe we need to be at the forefront of complex issues; pushing the boundaries of exposing truth, creating understanding and acknowledging our past, present and future. *Artists that have influenced my work focus on the ‘narrative’ or ask vital questions about issues that define our social existence. Kaethe Kollwitz and Rosa Bonheur are two such artists. Other artists such as Goya, Daumier, Delacroix, Orozco, Beckman, Golub, Guston, Spero, Lawrence, Applebroog, Marshall, Coe, Heap-Of-Birds, and Bearden, just to name a few, have also had a significant influence on my personal philosophy and artistic expression.”

Pray for the ability to unlock your greatest fears and find strength and love in the discovery. Be thankful for your life and the opportunity to experience everything in front of yourself. To continue to see clearly the vision your mind is creating. Always love yourself for you have been given the greatest gift - the gift of self discovery. Pray that all souls can find ways to understand themself and make the journey full of love. May all the experiences you face be accepted in good faith and justice. Forgive yourself for doubting and pray for guidance to find courage, love, and compassion for your life and the journey. - I Am -

commission invited Jennifer Scott (312) 339-4930

Inspirational words is a scheduled feature in Vigore´ Chicago magazine. Submissions are welcomed for reviewand approval to appear in-print or on-line to be highlighted in subsequent issues.

A Gallery for New & Emerging Artist Elephant Room, Inc. is a Chicago-based arts organization specializing in primarily local, under represented artists working across all types of media. It operates an art gallery where art exhibitions are rotated every 6-8 weeks, and frequently hosts arts-related events, talks and workshops that are open to the public. The gallery works closely with the local community and continually seeks out new ways to serve as an artist resource while helping establish a thriving arts environment in the South Loop and newly recognized Wabash Arts Corridor.

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“We are an art gallery in the South Loop of Chicago who features local, emerging visual artists who are on the cusp of breaking out. We host a variety of events surrounding our exhibitions including receptions, artist talks, workshops and meet and greets. We take a lot of risks by exhibiting new and emerging talent so we sincerely appreciate the opportunity Viogre´ has offered to support our efforts and reach a select audience.”

Kimberly L. Atwood Elephant Room, Inc. (708)369-4742

"Camp the Pigeon" by George Keaton Kimberly L. Atwood is the co-owner and director of the gallery and her focus is to exhibit new and exciting works by passionate local, emerging artists. “We work closely with the community to bring the most exciting programming possible and love collaborating with others on projects. We opened in November of 2009.” Kimberly graduated from UIC in 2006 with a BFA in Photography & Video. Her interest in curating began there as she was part of a collective of photographers who regularly put on exhibitions. Kimberly has worked with close to 50 artists over the past few years including Cydney Lewis, Jennifer Cronin, Hebru Brantley, Sam Kirk, George Keaton, Zeph Farmby and Missy Dahl. Upcoming artists for 2014 include Nicholas Barron, Brandy Kraft, Lindsey Newman and Brooks B. Golden.

"Grey Ghost" by George Keaton

Master Granite Sculptor


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This special edition of Vigore magazine highlights the exceptional talents of Viktor, Chicago based sculptor. Viktor, who works primarily with Monumental Art Works, creates some of the most beautiful memorial work in the Midwest.

Viktor, along with his daughter Olga, started Monumental Art Works in 2010 as a portal to create unique and customized works of granite for Chicagoland and Indiana cemeteries. Viktor has been commissioned by private entities and by churches and cemeteries to create some of the most jaw dropping granite sculpted pieces seen anywhere in the country. When asked why he chose to stay in the memorial business instead of selling his works to private art collectors, Viktor replied, “I have never seen such response from people as I do with this business. Not only do I get a chance to memorialize someone for generations to come, I have received so many heartfelt compliments for my work. I consider every piece that comes out of this shop an achievement. I am blessed beyond words and every time we get an order I know that someone trusts us, and appreciates our quality, our craftsmanship, and our unbeatable pricing. The smiles, the hugs, and words of kindness are encouragement to everyone at Monumental Art Works to keep doing what we are doing because it results in satisfied customers again and again. And boy is he right! Online reviews praising the company, prove that people cannot get enough of Viktor and his crew. As Olga flips through the binder of various works that have been done over the years, she is proud of the company’s accomplishments. “Our work, especially Viktor’s carved granite sculptures, is in nearly every Catholic Archdiocese cemetery in the Chicagoland area.” Olga goes on to say, “Viktor is too modest to admit how profoundly talented he is, but I am ok with saying it. It’s impressive and humbling to see people seek him out from all parts of the country.” As we stroll through the shop, we see Martin Gramont, master craftsman, meticulously working on carved flowers, multi-tone designs and sandblast work. “We made this shop from scratch,” Martin tells us. “Literally, it was a hollow shell and we built each sandblast room and created Monumental Art Works from the ground up. Martin then smiles and says, “Every day is a surprise for me. Even with over twenty-five years of experience, I am still getting unique orders that people know only we can do. Now that is something I am proud of.” Joe Parsino, a young man learning the trade, assists Martin with his work and is now learning how to sandblast himself. “It’s a big responsibility. People have their hopes and their final wishes and prayers on these stones. This is the finale for the families. They can finally be at peace when the stone is placed in the ground. To have people tell us how happy they are with what we do makes coming to work all the more worthwhile.” The tour through Monumental Art Works was informative and impressive. Each piece is made with skill, dedication and a determination to create the perfect piece for each customer. What mastery, what art, what passion!

Victor’s angel sculpture soars in Indiana. She appears to be floating, walking on air.

Commissions Invited For more information about Viktor contact Olga Bugaeva 708.389.3038

Commissions Invited For more information about Viktor contact Olga Bugaeva 708.389.3038

Viktor ... the hands of a master sculptor at work

SCULPTURE - 2013 - Viktor’s recent work, commissioned by a Chicago family, is a memorial tribute to the passing of a family patriarch.

Commissions Invited contact Olga Bugaeva 708.389.3038

Viktor’s creativity, passion and spirit is revealed in the details


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Leading Granite Sculptor of Our Age

Viktor Commissions Invited For more information about Viktor contact Olga Bugaeva 708.389.3038

Viktor has never had formal training in sculpture but his passion and masterful skills are evident in his works. The great masters of the past all had formal training. Victor works in our modern day with the same skill set as the Masters from the past. The Masters of Italy carved on Carrera marble, Viktor creates on granite from sources throughout United States. Victors sculptures will outlast many lifetimes. He shares a part of his passion with each sculpture. Victor has an education in engineering which and has an understanding of energy flow, structure balance, but no formal sculpture education. From his creative mind, inspiration and heartfelt passion reveals what sleeps within the stone Victor shared with Vigore, he does not know where his talent come. It is a gift that I have been blessed with. I am ready to share my gift to create other works of art. Viktor has created captivating sculptures that have traveled to national and international to museums, exhibitions and private collections. He is mostly known for his incredible talent at capturing the essence of a person in his portrait work. Italy had Gian Lorenzo Bernini an Italian artist and a prominent architect who worked principally in Rome. He was the leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.

At the young age of 6, Viktor found his love of art and sculpture through a potato and a peeler. While helping his grandmother in the kitchen, preparing a traditional Russian feast, he had the task of peeling potatoes. When left alone to his own devices, Viktor decided to get creative and make his very first horse potato sculpture. When his grandmother returned to the kitchen, to her surprise and amusement, she saw that several of the potatoes were in a rough image of a mini horse army. At that point, everyone knew that little boy would be a great artist one day.

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“Capturing the Art of Life”

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Vigore Chicago March 2014  

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