Art in Alternative Spaces

 Brush With Nature and Skokie Rocks

at the Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021

Artists must pre-register by emailing



For info and directions to the Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park, go to

Anatomically Correct began its Brush with Nature program in 2009 wtih outdoor events at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, IL.    The program invites visitors to watch artists create artworks in an outdoor setting.   "En plein air" is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground") in French.   "It’s almost like live theatre – or performance art.   It is so much fun to see how an artist works; and visitors can enjoy the magic of having a painting appear right in front of their eyes.”




On October 25, 2020, our program was moved to the Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park (the Park runs approximately 2 miles, along McCormick Blvd, between Dempster St. and Touhy Ave. in Skokie, IL.)

2020 Participating Artists included Deb Edmonds, Patricia Fallon, Kuhn Hong, Steve Johnson, Michael LaTala, Dorothy Mason, Greg Mejia, James Swanson, Claudia Bianchi, Stephen Brodwolf, Shannon Burch, Howard Crystal, Mary Jo Ernst, Carol Luc, Fred Polito, Shirley Smith, Alexandra Stevenson, Shruti Vijay, Mark Cleveland, Timothy Downs and Dave Wittekind.

Newly added to the program was SKOKIE ROCKS, a grassroots, community art project, where individuals create art designs on small river rocks, label them, and hide them in and around Skokie! 

Participants are asked to label the rocks on the underside with or Skokie

A little like a game of hide and seek, Skokie Rocks invites you to hide a painted rock – a secret place, but not too hard to find.   

The rocks are there to brighten your day!   Hiding it is only half the fun.   Finding a rock that someone else hid completes the cycle.  

Once you find a rock, take a photo and post it on the Brush with Nature and/or Skokie Rocks Facebook pages to share with your neighbors and friends



Shannon Burch

Sun Worshipper on a Cloudy Day

Oil on Canvas Board, 9 x 12"   $325

Bio to Come

© 2020


Howard Crystal

Aliens Have Landed, Watercolor, 9 x 13 1/2"  $340

Years after starting in art and irregularly studying I am finally presenting my work to the world. Currently starting an art practice and pursuing DIY art school through participation as a member in Plein Air Painters of Chicago and Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.

Committed to realism, usually expressive realism, I am sensitive to the life in everything, you might say my principle is, see what can move, ready to jump, is related, and connected. We will never understand all and will always explore and review ourselves and our universe. I am participating in that process. A standard for my work, "It is either fine or it is not art," (Carlson, Guide to landscape Painting).

My work is 2D, usually watercolor on paper, sometimes charcoal, pen and ink or acrylic.      © 2020


Deb Edmunds

October Katia

Water-Soluble Oil,   11 x 14"    $135

Without any formal education in art, I began working with watercolors in the early 80's.  After a long break from watercolors I decided to explore other mediums.  I have worked with many mediums including;  pastel, acrylic, pen and ink, alcohol ink, gouache, color pencils and water mixable oils. I enjoy painting landscapes of all four seasons and have continued to work almost daily out of pure enjoyment.  Over ten years ago, I started plein air painting with a group of Lake County artists and enjoy the challenge of working outdoors.       © 2020



Patti Fallon

More info to Come

© 2020


Kuhn Hong at  Brush with Nature - Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park

Sunworshipper, Oil, 20 x 16"   $800

Kuhn Hong

I am a retired physician in Chicago area. After retirement, I went to Ethiopia to serve in a small mission hospital as a volunteer physician from 2013 to 2018, for 5 years. I enjoy painting as a hobby since I was a small boy and had privilege of having my solo exhibition in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Paris in France, Seoul in South Korea and Chicago. I recently had an exhibition at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana with "Art in the Time of Covid". My paintings were featured on the cover of many journals including Chicago Medicine, Christian Medical Doctors and Swedish Surgical Journal, etc. I am a member of Palette and Chisel, Plein Air Painters Chicago and Duneland Plein Air Painters. I enjoy plein air painting as well as working in studio for portraits and figures.      © 2020


Steve Johnson

Pines in Autumn

Oil,  8x 10"


A native Chicagoan, Steve began cartooning and illustrating in his early teens.    While studying at the American Academy of Art in 1976, he worked as an animator and illustrator for film and print.    One of his portraits was selected for display on Harambee 26, a local television show hosted by Bears great, Gale Sayers.  

After art school, he began to teach drawing and painting at the Leyden Evening School and at Triton College; and became a Waldorf class teacher.  His school curriculum poster design is displayed in Waldorf schools across the nation. 

He has also taught privately for the past 40 years.

Steve considers himself a portrait and plein air painter and continues to teach workshops on portrait painting in watercolor and oil.      He is a  member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and the Chicago Plein Air Painters.      © 2020


Michael LaTala

Second Breath, Oil, 16 x 12"  $375

After receiving a Associate of Arts degree in Advertising/Design from the American Academy of Art, I've had a successful career as a storyboard illustrator working on staff at Draft FCB and Ogilvy & Mather, two of Chicago's largest advertising agencies. Pursuing my love of painting, I studied with Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, Romel De La Torre and Richard Schmid.   Based in Chicago, I express the natural beauty I see in the world around me through my handling of materials such as oil paint, pastels and charcoal. My landscapes, still life, figurative, and portrait work offer a fresh and seemingly effortless symphony of color.     I strive to achieve the overpowering beauty of the artists I admire such as Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn. I push myself with every painting to create art that will do the same, inspiring young artists, and individuals, as these masters have done for me.    © 2020



Carol Luc

Inside Plant (Zimmerman), Watercolor, 9 x 12"  $70

Carol Luc routinely exhibits her paintings and prints in the Midwest as well as nationally. She has been honored with multiple juried awards, competitive artist's residencies, two CAAP grants, and several solo exhibitions. Her work is in Public Collections (such as the David and Sarajean Ruttenberg collection, Harper College, and the Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago) and has also been published in Art Scene Chicago 2000, Northern Now, the Chicago Tribune and Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, among others. She has an MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University.

© 2020


Greg Mejia

Sculpture Park Trail

Oil paint on masonite panel 

14" x 11"


Gregorio Mejia is a Southside Chicago artist who has a home/studio just south of the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Originally from Indiana, he commuted to Chicago to attend the American Academy of Art situated in the Loop. Since graduating from there he has worked many different jobs and has pursued art both as a commercial artist, (primarily production and comp work with a bit of illustration) and as a fine artist (landscape, still life, figurative, and portrait painting). He is a member of both the Chicago Society of Artists (CSA) and the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA). Mejia also served as a past at-large board member for CAVA.      © 2020


Autumn's Dancers

Oil Pastel on Paper, 11 x 7",    $70


October Breeze

Oil Pastel on Paper, 11 x 13",    $80


Alexandra Stevenson

Alexandra Stevenson paints in her Ravenswood, Chicago studio, inspired by area architecture and forest preserves. Plein air sketching provides the starting point for larger, semi-abstract paintings. Working outside brings all the senses -- the feel of wind, the temperature of air, the floating sounds of the environment -- to bear on the visual act of drawing, expanding the art making experience.    © 2020


Posing with a Found Rock!


Founded in 1991, Anatomically Correct is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to showcasing works by artists in alternative spaces in a combined effort to education, diversify and promote community awareness of the visual and performing arts.    This project is sponsored in part by the Skokie NorthShore Sculpture Park, the Village of Skokie Fine Arts Commission and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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