Reading, Writing, & Riverview, 4'x8'. Permanently displayed at the Lincoln Belmont Chicago City Library
August House Chicago is a creative Mecca in the heart of Roscoe Village. We have been serving the artistic needs of the Community since 1987. August House Chicago is an Exhibit Gallery and also offers a full range of Painting & Drawing classes for Adults & Children in a friendly and casual environment. We invite you to stop by.
Marya Veeck creates elaborate and beautifully detailed tableaus of dollhouse furniture, natural objects, and old toys that reveal elliptic metaphors of submerged feelings. Her skillful renderings of objects forgotten and small, place us in a world as detailed as a novel and as personal as a memory. Her oil paintings create a sense of inner radiance, as scintillating colors emerge from the edges of objects, glinting from behind their surfaces, in a manner that suggests an undeniable vital or life force animating seemingly inanimate objects. The glow of florescent color keys the viewer to the objects' metaphoric strength, and gives the viewer an altered emotional perception.
Veeck's paintings are part autobiographical, but with the names and places changed into wind-up birds and wooden toy clowns, dried seed pods and antique farm implements. Broken winged birds and dollhouses point, perhaps, to emotional losses and childhood environments, tiny cages and chairs to relationships stilted and supportive. Never overt, Veeck's paintings reveal their moods slowly, with everything cloaked in their own hidden significance, creating moods alternately wistful, nostalgic, and ebullient. Marya Veeck recreates the classic still-life into a unique snapshot of memories, as emotionally and densely narrative as her fascinatingly detailed picture plane.
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Great small neighborhood gallery. The owner is very nice.
Great art exhibit(s)
I love the art classes at August House
August House is where connections happen: Artists with collectors at solo, group and student exhibitions with legendary opening receptions. Where art students of all ages may connect with their own talent and skill. Where longtime friendships are forged. Marya Veeck, artist, teacher and gallery proprietor extraordinaire is at the heart of it all!
Marya is an incredible teacher. She motivates and encourages her students of all ages. It is a magical studio filled with creative energy and easy friendships. I have not only learned a lot about art, I have mad amazing friends. An added bonus is Quincy, the studio mascot. It is a true home where you can truly blossom.
Thank you for August House! When Marya opened over 30 years ago (before Roscoe Village was discovered) she envisioned bringing a downtown Chicago art gallery to the Roscoe Village neighborhood to provide a friendly and accessible community gallery. August House remains a cornerstone in the now busy downtown Roscoe Village lined with outdoor cafes and shops. We always enjoy dining out and visiting the gallery.
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