Local’s intricate tile art coming to Oak Park Arms

Caitlin Mullen
For Sun-Times Media | @Caitlin_Mullen
Aug. 12 9:35 a.m.

If you go

A wine and cheese reception will be held for artist Ann Primack’s exhibit “Tiles from her Travels” from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Narrow Gallery at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information visit: http://www.oakparkarms.com/

An art exhibit on display beginning Aug. 17 at the Oak Park Arms will feature the work of a local artist created while in Italy for a residency program.

Ann Primack, who specializes in crafting ceramic tiles from scratch, has taught ceramics at the Arms’ Lifelong Learning Center, as well as the Oak Park Art League and the Senior Citizens’ Center of Oak Park and River Forest. Following the reception for the “Tiles from her Travels” exhibit, her work will be on display at the Arms’ Narrow Gallery from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Oct. 3.

Much of her work is relief tiles of homes or building facades. She believes her love of houses stems from her father’s profession as an architect, and she’s captivated by the feel of a rustic building. “I like things that are old and peeling,” said Primack, who has lived in Oak Park for the past 15 years. “I get my ideas from buildings that I see around me.”

After taking a ceramics class at age 8 and becoming close with her teacher, Primack went on to major in art in college, and joked that she kept up with it because it was the only thing she knew how to do. Primack recently spent six weeks in Rome, Italy for a residency program in ceramics, where she created new work that was shown in a gallery at the end of her stay.

Her process while there involved taking photos of local buildings, creating drawings from them, and then crafting tiles from those drawings. Her tiles range in size from as small as 6 by 4 inches to as large as 24 by 10 inches.

“I guess I feel like it’s something I can always experiment with,” she said of ceramics. “It’s just very expressive.”

If you go

A wine and cheese reception will be held for artist Ann Primack’s exhibit “Tiles from her Travels” from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Narrow Gallery at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information visit: http://www.oakparkarms.com/

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