Oak Leaves works with Oak Park Arts District to spotlight a local artist on our website. This week's pick is Janice Elkins, owner of Gallery Pink.
Here's a brief story of Gallery Pink: I had a studio space downtown. The building was sold and i was looking for another space. My husband suggested that i find a space nearby where we live in Oak Park so that I could run over for an hour or two to paint instead of having to travel downtown. I found a space – 149 Harrison. It started out as an artists' collective and over time it changed and became a gallery space in the front (Gallery Pink) and my art studio in the back.
The mission of my gallery is to bring the most interesting and innovative art to the space to raise the art awareness of those in the community. In the past 6 or 7 years I have had photography, installations, fiber art, ceramic sculptures as well as 2-D painting. For the most part, the people whose artwork i exhibit are well established artists. Occasionally i do show emerging artists as well. As the reputation of the gallery rises, I have more established artists interested in showing their work at Gallery Pink.
At the present time I am exhibiting my Small Works until Sept. 22. Then Olivia Petrides will be exhibiting her gorgeous paintings from October through November. From the middle of November through December, I will be exhibiting the work of Robbie Malkin. Her work includes ceramic sculptures and woodcuts. And for the spring of 2014, I have an installation scheduled as well as an exhibit on fiber art.
As for the range of my work from painting to photography to printmaking, it is often the case that an artist who specializes in one area will experiment with other areas. Painting and collage are still my main areas of expertise.