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South Holland Community Center hosts new exhibition

2013-08-12T00:00:00Z South Holland Community Center hosts new exhibitionMary Ann Thornton Times Columnist
August 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Take a look inside South Holland’s Artists Gallery, an exhibition that captures the heart and soul of this diverse community.

The gallery, held at the South Holland Community Center, features a unique collection of paintings, wood carvings, prints, digital creations, miniatures, and other media. South Holland’s Artists Gallery Committee works very hard planning every detail of the exhibition. Their goal is to cultivate and engage community members in the appreciation and enjoyment of the creation of art, and to promote the collections of wares from local established and emerging artists.

Artists Gallery kicks off with an opening night reception, exclusive to village officials and commission members, and family and friends of featured artists. The exhibition is open to the public from Aug. 28 through 31. Gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m., Aug. 28 to 30, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 31. The South Holland Community Center is at 501 E. 170th St.

A diverse collection of exhibits are created by a wide spectrum of artists. This year, local featured artists included Brittany Alleshouse, Dorothy Anderson, Iris Blumenthal, Ty Carr, Michael Chandler, Linda-Hammar Del-Favero, Leonard Durbin, Cynthia Florence, Kittie Rene Grimwood, Sean Hogan, Karen Kooima, Beverly Manley, Mark Mays, Arianna Miller, Nancy Morris, William Morris, Andre Nauta, Erin Nauta, Joseph Nowak, Marla Owens, Roger Peden, Andrea Pulley, Robin Scheldberg, Cathy Schurke, Monica Skylas, Paul Somerville, Thomas Tracy, Gail VenDerHeiden, and Joanne Venhuizen.

I spotlight featured artist Kittie Rene, born and raised in northwestern South Africa, where she studied art. Kittie is known for her use of bold strokes of color as she creates on canvas, paper and objects using oils, acrylics and mixed media. Until recently, Kittie operated a small gallery and custom framing shop, With Art Gallery, on North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. She continues to offer professional framing services from her home office in South Holland.

Spotlight is also on visual artist William Morris. Willie, as he is known by family and friends, spends his senior years sharing his passion for art with younger emerging artists and students. He began his art career in the late 1960s, with featured advertising art in catalogs for national companies, such as Sears. His paintings have been exhibited at the Blue Island and South Holland libraries, Pullman Bank (now US Bank), Riley Elementary School in Harvey, St. Luke Hospital, and the Dirksen federal building in downtown Chicago.

Other artists are spotlighted for their immaculate detailed work, such as Dorothy Anderson. A look inside her glass boxes of miniatures is a walk through time, as she re-creates special places and community landmarks. Dorothy makes her detailed picturesque scenes by hand, including furniture, embroidered accents, figurines, landscapes, and more. She began creating miniatures in 1984, when she captured the details of a Fannie May shop. This piece was shipped to a miniature museum in California and was made a permanent installment of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. Today, this miniature work is displayed in an affiliate museum in Indiana.

The South Holland Artists Gallery has so much to offer through the diverse talents of many great artists.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Mary Ann Thornton is communications manager for the village of South Holland. She can be reached at

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