Music in Me

Exhibiting artists

Betty Becker, Z. Sam Bernstein, Laura Coyle, Patrice Curry, Sue Gabriel, Howard Jacobs, Rick Janes, Kermit Kelly, Yelena Klairmont, James Mesple, Sheila Miller, Olea Nova, Linda Nye, Ted Preuss, Enrique Suarez, Michelle Whitcomb, Chuck Winans and Jill Zylke.

Artwork on display at:

Anatomically Correct Gallery, 1946 First Street, Highland Park, IL

through July 30, 2006

Val Leventhal & Fish & the Blues Fins perform at the Artists Reception

Betty Becker

Betty received a B.A. from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. She studied for one summer at Creative Art Studies in Lucca, Italy, at the Art Institute of Chicago for 3 years, and printmaking at the North Shore Art League for 6 years. Betty is a member of the Chicago Society of Artists and the Illinois Artisan's Program.



Fred & Ginger


20 x 24"


Z. Sam Bernstein

Born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, Sam got his undergraduate degree from University of Chicago and graduate degrees from Northwestern, and has lived in Highland Park for 30 years, married to the same wonderful woman since 1971. He was always playing with art, but formally started painting after his retirement in 2001. Sam sees the world through Iowa-colored glasses, despite having lived in the Chicago region since 1965. You can take the boy out of Iowa, but you can’t take Iowa out of the boy.

His latest venture is painting on old records, because he was intrigued by the interaction between the visual images and the music it represents. (And also because he didn’t have the heart to just throw out all those favorite old records.

Dvorzak Quartets

Acrylic on Record   17 x 21"

Dvorzak Symphony V

Acrylic on Record   17 x 21"

Mendelssohn Octet

Acrylic on Record   17 x 21"

Sounds of Silence

Acrylic on Record   17 x 21"


Laura M. Coyle

Laura is a Chicago-based painter and graphic designer. She holds a BFA in painting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She has shown her work throughout the U.S. and is part of U.S and U.K. collections. She is currently employed as Art Director at Active Trader magazine in Chicago. Ms. Coyle has also been a member of the Northwestern University Choir since 1989.


Beethoven:  Breaking the Silent Noise

Mixed Media   10 x 10"

Brahm's Requiem

Mixed Media  24 x 24"

Bruckner's E-Minor Mass

Hand-Colored Digital    15 x 15"


Patrice Curry

Patrice received a BS from Ferris State, Michigan. She is an art instructor and exhibits and sells her mosaic pieces in galleries and specialty boutiques.



Mosaic Sculpture       16 x 20"



Sue Gabriel

Sue recycles albums and their covers into purses. The front of the purse is the actual album cover, the back is the actual album.    Many more purses available that are not pictured.





Howard Jacobs

Howard works in oils, acrylics, serigraphs, watercolors, inks and pencils. He also has created sculptures with Plexiglas. On commission, he creates renderings of homes and personalized notes and Xmas cards. His paintings hang in private homes, offices and restaurants in the United States and in Europe. After a WWII stint in the army, Jacobs attended the University of Illinois where he majored in architecture. He presently heads Howard Displays, Inc. designers and producers of industrial exhibits and commercial interiors.

Hot Sax

Oil on Canvas   24 x 30"

Jazz Drummer

Oil on Canvas   24 x 30"

Hot Rock

Oil on Canvas   24 x 30"


Oil on Canvas    18 x 24"

Blue Grass

Oil on Canvas    24 x 30"

Cracked Brass

Oil on Canvas    24 x 36"


Dinner Interlude

Pen/Ink/Watercolor   18 x 23"

  Street Musicians

Acrylic on Canvas      22 x 28"


Rick Janes

AKA Fish (from the band Fish and the Blue Fins), Rick studied art at the North Shore Academy of Art in Glenview, IL. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications and artwork has been featured on album and CD covers for various bands, including The Prediktors, The Flannel Tubs, Mick Scott, William Purvis & the Seventh Sons, Jack Crofoot & the Moonlighters, Val Leventhal and others. He creates a monthly color poster for the U.S. Blues Brothers Bar in Chicago and a monthly events calendar for the Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. His artwork has been exhibited at Mark Richard Rubin Gallery; the Gallery Cabaret; as well as Anatomically Correct’s exhibitions at Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theater, and the Goodman Theater. Most recently, through Anatomically Correct, his piece titled Mr. Bluesman was published in Scotland on the cover of sheet music.

Rick is also a musician and has worked with The Looking Glass, the Ezra Quantine Blues Band, the Mountain Bus, Joseph’s Coat Jazz Quartet, the Jeanne Carroll Band, the Wild Child Butler Blues Band, The Owls, the Blue Plate Specials, The Wildman Band, Miasma, The Val Pack, and, currently, Fish & the Bluefins. He has recorded for Mercury Records and other labels; most recently, his guitar work is featured on three cuts of Val Leventhal’s Roots & Flowers CD. He has jammed with Jeanne Carroll, Wild Child Butler, Danny Ripperton, Lurrie Bell, S.P. Leary, Fred Below, Buddy Miles, Buzz Kilman, Detroit Junior, Lefty Dizz, Jim Belushi, Steve Dahl, Lucky Evans, Ron Overcash and many others, including a notable night when Chicago Bears stars “Refrigerator” Perry and Steve McMichael sang the blues onstage at the U.S. Blues Brothers Bar. Dimension One Records is planning a CD retrospective of his guitar work from the 1960s to present for release in 2007.


Junior Wells

Mixed Media w/ Harmonica    18.5 x 22.5"

Maxwell St. Slim

Mixed Media w/ Guitar     40 x 36"

Imagine John Lennon

Mixed Media  17 1/2 x 26"


Kermit Kelly

Kermit is a lifelong Chicago resident who began Art school in the 6th grade. He attended the Art Institute's Summer programs as a teenager, Morgan Park Academy, Colorado Mountain College, and The School of The Art Institute. Kermit approaches art as a learning journey. Schooled in Impressionism, Etching, and Silk screening previously, it is not uncommon to find him now banging away on a computer, a camera in hand, printing yards of canvas, scribbling with oil sticks, building Furniture, melting sheets of Plexi glass and surrounded by a spray of sparks from a welders' torch.


Digital Hand Embellished Glicee    36 x 17"


Yelena Klairmont

Initially a classically trained musician, Yelena has been drawn to the visual arts her entire life. She began her career as an instinctive artist executing public murals and later sought formal training at the American Academy of Art under instruction of Dr. John Trapp. Portraits and life drawing became her specialty. Ms. Klairmont, a 15-year resident of Highland Park, works in her private studio.   Yelena studied at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois & The American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois. Her artwork has been exhibited at College of Lake County, 4Art Gallery, Chicago Art Open, Illinois State Gallery, Gallery 60035, Highland Park, IL, the Highland Park Public Library. Corporate collections include Harris Bank, Highland Park, IL and Highland Park Bank and Trust, Highland Park, IL and Municipal Collections: City of Highland Park, Highland Park, IL.



Dry Brush  8.5 x 7.5"


Scratch Paper   6.5 x 4.5"


Pen and Ink   6.5 x 4.5"


Scratch Paper    6.5 x 4.5"


James Mesple'

After graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, Mesple taught art at Chicago's Francis W. Parker School. While teaching, he returned to study painting under Karl Wirsum at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also became a part-time instructor at the SAIC Studios Program. Over the years, Mesple has taught egg termpera workshops at Midway Studios, University of Chicago, North Central Collage, and to Ed Paschke's graduate students at Northwestern University. Since 1988, he has worked full time on his paintings. He exhibits his artwork locally and nationally and his work is included in many public and private collections.   James attended the University of Missouri, Northeastern Illinois University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Awards include two First Prize in Painting awards from the Hyde Park Art Center Members' Show, an Honor Award for ten years of contributions to excellence in teaching art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Service Award from the State of Illinois and a Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Assistance Grant. Exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Rockford Art Museum, Illinois State Museum and Queens Museum (Flushing, NY).

Chiron Teaching Music

Oil on Panel    40.5 x 33"

Moon Music

Oil on Panel    41.5 x 33.5"

Dune Music

Oil on Panel    26 x 34"


Sheila Miller

Sheila attended Northwestern University and received a degree in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design. She has studied art at the Village Art School of Skokie with noted artist Joseph Abrescia and at the Evanston Art Center, Suburban Fine Arts Center and Sabina Studio. Sheila works in oils, acrylics and colored pencil. Her works are representational and include landscapes, still life and portraiture(both human and canine). She has exhibited at the Gold Coast Art Fair, Old Orchard Art Fair, North Shore Art Fair, Northbrook Public Library, the Chicago Humane Society and Gallery 60035.




The Organ Grinder

Oil on Canvas

28 x 30"


Olea Nova

Olea was born and raised in St. Petersburg Russia until her immigration to the United States in 1997. Her art career began in her teens while creating traditional Russian miniature lacquer-enamel paintings. After completing her degree in management, from the St. Petersburg Humanist University, she managed the advertising department of the International Trading Company in St. Petersburg as well as developing her unique style of artwork. Olea works in a variety of media including oils, gouache, watercolor, oil pastels and colored pencil. Since her arrival in the United States, Olea has become a full-time professional artist and has exhibited widely. Olea has participated in numerous shows and exhibitions in and around Chicago and the greater Midwest. She has received cultural grants and awards, and her artwork has appeared in the Capital Times (Madison, WI), the Chicago Reader (Chicago, IL), as well as internationally.




Acrylic on Paper

18 x 24"



Linda Nye

Linda graduated from the School of the Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Art in Chicago. She began drawing with fluorescent chalk after purchasing a set of the chalks for her son many years ago. She worked as an art director for several years and has exhibited and sold her artwork for 46 years.  "As a child I spent many hours studying Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's works at the Art Institute of Chicago. I was enchanted by the performers that where joyous. No matter what happened in my life this fascination never changed. As an adult I painted the people who inspired me with their brilliance. The music of my time evokes the color and movement. I feel the presences of their inner spirit and that is what I try to capture. I don’t think of myself as a portrait painter but a painter of music. "


Acrylic on Canvas

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Acrylic on Canvas

The Bird

Arylic on Canvas

Janis Joplin

Acrylic on Canvas


Florescent Chalk Drawing


Florescent Chalk Drawing


Florescent Chalk Drawing


Florescent Chalk Drawing


Ted Preuss

Art and photography have always played a large part of Preuss's life. A long time architectural photographer, Preuss was looking for an outlet for his creativity. In the past he had done everything from stock photography to furniture design. However, it was only recently that he was able to achieve a long-time goal to pursue fine art photography. Preuss is self-taught, but has refined his art with a few courses on the technical aspects of photography. Preuss also draws inspiration from vintage and classical art and artists. Consequently the images he captures have a distinct vintage feel about them, dreamlike and mysterious. Despite his vintage influence, there is also a quality of timelessness in Preuss's photographs.




Violinist #1

Silver Gelatin Photography   16 x 19"


Silver Gelatin Photography   22 x 24"

Violinist #2

Silver Gelatin Photography   16 x 19"


Enrique Suarez

Enrique grew up in Cuernavaca, Lorelos, Mexico. He is self-taught and paints with vibrant colors using different surfaces. He works with oils, watercolors, pastels, inks, tars and acrylics. He also uses pumice and sand to give his paintings more definition and texture. He has exhibited his work at Around the Coyote, the Open Door Gallery, Tall Grass Gallery and Northwestern Garrett Seminary.

Vivaldi's Muse (4 Seasons)

India Ink   16 x 11.5"

Give Peace a Chance

Mixed Media   24 x 23"

A Jar Full of Music

Mixed Media   24 x 23"


Chuck Winans

Color Photography

Chuck Winans has been documenting the Chicago and national blues and jazz scenes since 1996. These four images of Jody Williams, John Hammond, Odetta and Wilson Pickett were taken in various locations around America circa 2000 and 2001. Mr. Winans is the president of Portraits In Performance Photography, Inc. in Chicago. He has photographed the last ten Chicago Blues Festivals, plus a large variety of music festivals around the country, including the Indiana Jazz Festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival (Maine), Long Beach (California) Blues Festival, Memphis In May Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival, Tampa Blues Festival and Bayfront Blues Festival. Chuck's stock photography work has regularly appeared in Blues Access, Blues Revue, King Biscuit Time and Sing Out! Several CD releases on which his photography work appears have been nominated for Grammy Awards. In his spare time, he shoots private events and weddings.

One of the most popular black singers of the '60s, Wilson Pickett helped introduce the aggressive style of rhythmic style of soul music. Aided by the excellent studio bands backing him in Memphis, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway." Raised in Prattville, Alabama, Wilson Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of sixteen and made his professional debut as the lead singer of The Violinaires in the late '50s. From 1961 to 1963 he was in The Falcons, writing and singing their 1962 hit "I Found Love." Pickett then went solo and signed with Lloyd Price's Double L Records, where he wrote and recorded "If You Love Me" and "It's Too Late." In 1964, Pickett signed with Atlantic Records and did his early recordings in the Stax studio in Memphis, Tennessee with Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper of The MGs. Cropper co-authored three of his early hits, "In the Midnight Hour" and "Don't Fight It from his debut album The Exciting Wilson Pickett that established him as a major soul star. The album also included "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "She's So Good to Me," and "Land of a 1,000 Dances," all recorded at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals. By 2005, Wilson Pickett was plagued by health problems and on January 19th, 2006, he suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 64. This photograph of Pickett was taken at the 2001 W.C. Handy Blues Awards ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jody was a prolific studio musician during the mid-to-late 1950's. He invigorated Bo Diddley's voodoo-laced 1956 Checker smash Who Do You Love with a barrage of scalding guitar work. Williams' playing graced sessions with Jimmy Rogers (One Kiss), Floyd Dixon (Alarm Clock Blues), Jimmy Witherspoon (Ain't Nobody's Business), Otis Rush (Groaning The Blues), and Billy Boy Arnold (I Ain't Got You). Williams' studio debut as a leader came at the end of 1955 with two authoritative upbeat vocals, Lookin' For My Baby and Easy Lovin' for Chicago deejay Al Benson's Blue Lake logo with Willie Dixon slapping the bass. At the top of 1957, Williams cut his two-sided classic Lucky Lou b/w You May for Chess' Argo label. By the mid-1960's Jody was tired of getting short changed on recognition and financial rewards, and he had a family to support. In a strange twist of irony Williams, the guitarist that everyone copied, quit the music business, went to technical school and took a job as an engineer for the Xerox Corporation. In 2002 he emerged from retirement with the album Return of A Legend on Evidence Records which became the vehicle to re-launch his career. The recording received a 2003 WC Handy Award for Comeback Album of the Year, and Williams was heralded by Living Blues Magazine as "Best Guitarist" for that year. In 2004 he released his second CD, "You Left Me In The Dark.", continuing to show his strength as a songwriter and a master of the Chicago Blues guitar style. The photograph of Jody Williams on display here is one that the still-active Williams uses on his personal business card. With a career that now spans in excess of four decades, John Hammond is one of handful of white blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-'60s. Within the first decade of his career as a performer, Hammond began crafting a niche for himself that is completely his own: the solo guitar man, harmonica slung in a rack around his neck, reinterpreting classic blues songs from the 1930s,'40s and '50s. Yet, as several of his mid-'90s recordings for the Pointblank label demonstrate, he's also a capable bandleader who plays wonderful electric guitar. This guitar-playing and ensemble work can be heard on Found True Love and Got Love if You Want It, both for the Pointblank/Virgin label. The son of the famous Columbia Records talent scout John Hammond, Sr., he first began playing guitar while attending a private high school, and he was particularly fascinated with slide guitar technique. He saw his idol, Jimmy Reed, perform at New York's Apollo Theater, and he's never been the same since. His self-titled debut for the Vanguard label has now been reissued on CD and other good recordings to check out include I Can Tell, (recorded with Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones), Southern Fried (1968), Sourcepoint (1970, Columbia) and hisand mid-'90s albums for Pointblank/Virgin Records, the Grammy Award-winning Got Love if You Want It and Trouble No More. Hammond deserves special commendation for keeping many of the classic blues songs alive. When fans see Hammond perform them the fans often want to go find out who did the original versions of the songs. This photograph was taken in 2000 at Chord On Blues in St. Charles, Illinois. The name Odetta is probably unfamiliar to most people in the generation raised on MTV, yet she is one of the pillars of twentieth-century music. She has kept alive the legacy of early folk and blues singers, including Bessie Smith and Leadbelly. Odetta has had a significant influence on modern music, providing inspiration for such performers as Janis Joplin and Joan Armatrading. Born Odetta Holmes on December 31, 1930, in Alabama, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was six. While studying music at Los Angeles City College, friends introduced her to the embryonic modern folk music scene. In 1949 she began gigging in West Coast clubs as a solo act, accompanying herself on guitar. While she has never considered herself a proficient guitarist, she did in time develop a unique sound that was eventually canonized in the folk music world as "the Odetta strum." By 1961, Odetta had played Carnegie Hall and appeared twice at the renowned Newport Folk Festival. She was unquestionably one of the brightest stars of the folk music renaissance of the 1960s. She stole the show from an impressive roster of singers in the 1963 program Dinner With the President. She has performed as an actress in several films, most notably The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and the movie version of American novelist William Faulkner's Sanctuary. She has shared stages with musicians Count Basie and Bob Dylan and writer Langston Hughes and in various genres, including blues and gospel. This shot was taken by performance photographer Chuck Winans at the 2000 Chicago Blues Festival.

Michelle Whitcomb

My images are a direct reflection and product of how I feel when I create. Music and its rhythm greatly influence my work. I follow the curves and swirls visually, like a road, to see where the next step in the piece will be. In a dream-like state of mind, I try to feel like the images, as if I were smoke dissipating into the air. I desire for people to feel the movement they see.   Michelle's artwork has been exhibited at Up Gallery, Around The Coyote, Ogilvie/ Pertl Gallery, and MOKA Gallery in Chicago.




Woman Playing Cello

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 24"



Jill Zylke

Jill draws inspiration for her paintings from her travels and from all the artistic disciplines. Images of musicians and dancers as well as subjects suggested by literature and the stage form the subject matter of her watercolors, acrylics and oils. Jill formally studied fine art and illustration, earning a degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Her work has been shown at many exhibitions such as the Beverly Fine Art Center Baer Art Competition, the Chicago Artists' Coalition Art Open, the ARC Gallery Regional Exhibition, and Around The Coyote. Jill earned a degree in fine art and illustration from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She has served as vice-president of Windy City Arts, a non-profit organization, and on the Board of Directors at the Palette and Chisel Academy. Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions plus group shows such as the ARC Gallery Regional Exhibition, Chicago Artists' Coalition Art Open, Around The Coyote, and the Beverly Fine Art Center Baer Art Competition; interviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Art News and Lerner newspapers, and on the television show Is It Art? She works as a painter, graphic designer and illustrator.

Guitar Player Series #3, New Orleans

Watercolor     13 x 20"

Guitar Player Series #4, Mendocino

Watercolor       13 x 20"



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