CHICAGO, IL – June 1, 2015 – / Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce his solo exhibit, ColorPlay, at the Bernard Gallery. The exhibit continues through June 19th. A reception will be held in the gallery on the 2nd floor of Calumet College of St. Joseph on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 4:30 to 6:30. The public is welcome to attend.
Mr. Sarantos was born in Indiana and now lives in Chicago. He spent his boyhood in Midland, Michigan. There he admired the many beautiful buildings designed by Alden B. Dow, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. This inspired Leon to become an architect, but he always made time for art as well.
His paintings are inspired by his love of color – color swirls over the canvas, with strong, lively brush strokes. Although he often creates abstract paintings, he also combines architecture and art by painting cityscape scenes. He lives near the University of Chicago and enjoys painting the Gothic buildings on campus. In his painting, “Bond Chapel”, he explores the interplay between abstraction and realism by presenting a Chicago scene in a way that is representational without being photorealistic. He also creates figurative art, landscapes and still life paintings.
Bernard Gallery is part of Calumet College of St. Joseph, which is a private institution of higher learning located at 2400 New York Avenue in Whiting, Indiana. Currently serving approximately 1,300 students, the college has provided access to education for students of the Calumet Region since 1951 and offers Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. The gallery curator, Martin Martinez, is on the faculty in the Digital and Studio Arts program. For information regarding the exhibit, please contact Martin Martinez at 219-473-4384 or email@example.com.
About the Artist
Leon Sarantos graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. He later studied art at the the Hyde Park Art Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Leon has exhibited his art in galleries and venues throughout the area including: South Shore Arts in Munster, Paul Henry’s Art Gallery and White Ripple Gallery in Hammond, as well as CornerStone Gallery and Studio 659 in Whiting. His art has also been displayed in Chicago venues, such as Hyde Park Art Center, Studio Oh and Zhou Brothers Art Center.
He has won several awards and honors, including Best of Show at CornerStone Gallery, and First Prize at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago. Most recently his landscape, “Winter Woods,” received an Honorable Mention at the Indigenous Landscapes exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center. He is a juried member of the Union Street Gallery Guild. He is also the Gallery Director at CornerStone Gallery. His art is in private collections nationally from coast to coast, as well as internationally in London and Moscow. His art can be viewed on his website at http://www.leonsarantosartist.com
Issuer Contact Information
Mr. Sarantos’ website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com