Art in Alternative Spaces


Wild in the City

A Visual Art Exhibit of Plants and Wildlife in an Urban Setting on exhibition at

Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel, Skokie, IL

Nov. 11 - Dec. 29, 2011:

Artists Reception:   Fri. Nov. 11, 2011 (7 - 9 pm)

Emily Oaks Nature Center
Hours Of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The nature center gates close at sunset everyday.
Fees: No fee to walk the trails

Artists:  Vic Berardi, Kathryn Born, Bart Harris, Howard A. Jacobs,

Steve Huggins, Jim Lange, William Purvis, and Ron Rutkowski

Peregrine Stands Tall - Uptown Theatre Marque


© Vic Berardi

Turkey Vulture


© Vic Berardi

Osprey Pair


© Vic Berardi


Osprey Nest


© Vic Berardi


Vic Berardi

Vic Berardi is the founder of the all-volunteer Illinois Beach State Park Hawk Watch which has conducted eleven complete seasons of full time hawk migration monitoring. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) and is the Central Continental Flyway Editor for Hawk Migration Studies which is HMANAís biannual publication. In 2007 he was awarded the Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award for his leadership in raptor education and research. And in 2009 he was awarded the Service to Chicago Area Birders by the Chicago Audubon Society.

In addition to Vicís dedication to the IBSP Hawk Watch and HMANA, he also finds time to write articles on hawk watching, give hawk identification seminars and raptor conservation related talks. Vic is also an accomplished photographer and many of his photos have been published in several magazines, including Hawk Migration Studies along with two new guide books, "Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America" by Donald & Lillian Stokes and "Hawks At A Distance" by Jerry Liguori. Vic is also a member of the Raptor Research Foundation, HawkWatch International and several other birding organizations including the Illinois Ornithological Society in which he served as a Board member for 4 years and Field Trip Chair for 3 years.

When Vic isnít out in the field watching and photographing raptors you will find him at his fulltime job as a Sales Manager for a Wisconsin based designer and manufacturer of plastic injection molds. He is widely respected by the prominent leaders in the hawk watching community of North America.


Gear Head

Mixed Media   19 x 18"

© Kathryn Born



Mixed Media   11 x 8"

© Kathryn Born


Pewter Fish

Mixed Media   19 x 13"

© Kathryn Born


Kathryn Born

Ms. Born is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Art Magazine, an online publication that is part of Chicago Art Machine, a media company that publishes articles and creates software related to the topics of independent film , technology, and art. Born is an artist, writer, film maker, technologist, and art critic. She is the editor of the anthology, The Essential New Art Examiner, published by NIU Press.


Millennium Park


© Bart Harris


Grant Park


© Bart Harris


Bart Harris

I have been a professional photographer since the age of 13, when I was commissioned by various friendsí parents to photograph their families. I had my first legitimate exhibition at the age of 17 and sold my first photograph to Leo Burnett Advertising at 18. At 23 I formed Bart Harris Photography, Inc. and since then have collected almost every award for both still and film (TV commercials) photography in advertising.

Through the years I worked on many famous advertising campaigns such as Virginia Slims, Walter Paytonís Wheaties Box, Michael Jordan for Gatorade, Miller Light Beerís sports celebrities (Dick Butkis, Marv Throneberry, Joe Frazier and more), John Maddenís Ace Hardware campaign, Spuds MacKenzie for Bud Light and many more. Eleven years ago, I became the first "people photographer" in advertising to shoot 100% digitally. Shortly after this I began beta testing for Eastman Kodak and advising various advertising agencies about technical aspects of working with digital files. In late 2003, I was hired by 20th Century Fox to produce digital images of Chicago that were initially to be used as guides for digitally constructed Chicago scenes. A number of those photographs became backgrounds in the feature film I Robot. These images led me to continue photographing Chicago and creating limited edition, fine-art photographic prints.

I still pursue my advertising photography career and have created the first ever photographic comic strip (which can be seen on line in the Tribuneís sports section: . Please look for "Around The Corner", my comic stripís name.


Red-Tailed Hawk


© Steve Huggins


Cooper's Hawk


© Steve Huggins


Green Heron


© Steve Huggins


American Kestrel


© Steve Huggins


Steve Huggins 

My biggest goal? To see every bird species in the world and in no particular order. This has been and always will be my dream and as much as I know this may be virtually impossible, I will never give up. So when Iím not out trying to see the next species, whatís a diehard birder to do? Play football of course (or soccer as I now hate to call it - I live in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL).

Growing up in England, I enjoyed traveling around the country looking for new species and picked up the traveling bug while there. Iíve birded in Australia, Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, Alaska and many others. Along the way Iíve learned quite a few things about photographing birdsÖwhen a Blackburnian Warbler, bathing in a waterfall, posed within a few feet of me, I should have had a camera. Incredibly, I was able to get this shot just a year later! And when having several Swallow-tailed Kites soaring so close overhead and again I was without a camera, I realized that my next purchase should be a digital camera. Not only do I love watching, learning and photographing new (& old) species of birds, I love getting out with my camera and photographing all the beautiful things the world has to offer. So, please take a look around the gallery and hopefully you will enjoy the results almost as much as I have enjoyed taking the photographs!




Oil on Canvas  18 x 24"

© Howard A. Jacobs


Howard A. Jacobs

Howard Jacobs is an artist who works in all mediums. Although his favorite is oils using palette knives only, he also creates acrylics, serigraphs, watercolors, inks and pencils, which capture a broad spectrum of subjects. He also has created sculptures with Plexiglass. In addition, he does commission work such as rendering of homes in pen and pencil. Then, he can create stationery and notes from these renderings. He can also create personalized notes and Xmas cards.

After a WWII stint in the army, Jacobs attended the University of Illinois where he majored in architecture. He presently heads Howard Displays, Inc. He also is having time to do a great deal of painting since he is semi-retired.

He was born in 1925 in Chicago and raised in Highland Park where he now resides with his wife of over 40 years. His work in the fields of art and design have won national awards including one from Terry National Art Museum in Miami, Florida. His paintings hang in private homes, offices and restaurants coast to coast and in Europe.

East on Central has published several of his paintings in their poetry books and he was juried into Celebrating Diversity 2007 in Highland Park. He has had several exhibitions through Anatomically Correct at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago and the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, IL.



Bungalow Birds

Acrylic on Canvas  28 x 22"

© Jim Lange


Jim Lange

I have been a professional graphic designer for over 35 years creating logos, illustrations, and design for local and national companies and associations.  Several years ago I began doing painted illustrations and personal paintings. The paintings are generally myth, and metaphor, dealing with recurring aspects of life. Since we experience life in our natural world, through our own lens of perception, my work is often set in imaginary, but not too unfamiliar, landscapes. Iím interested in well crafted, detailed, patterned art, influenced by the world of nature. Positive and life affirming. My work often has a "hero", but as in life it may be seen as vulnerable or threatened by environmental forces.


Chicago River

B/W Photography

© William Purvis


William Purvis

Since 2003, I have dedicated myself to capturing the vitality of Chicago's vanishing neighborhoods and communities. I began this mission as a taxi driver where each day offered an exciting element of surprise. I never knew where a passenger was going to take me, so I kept the camera at my side and waited for the perfect street scene to unfold (the bright evening sun shining its light on a neighborhood hotel, people in various poses standing at a bus stop, or the average pedestrian moving toward the unknown destination). The challenge for me was to recognize being in the right place, at the right time (sometimes the wrong time), and capture the moment. As time went on, I could see that the city was changing. Pieces of the city that I had taken for granted were slowing disappearing."

In 2008, Bill's work was exhibited at Anatomically Correct's exhibition - Taxi Cab Diaries - at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago.


Under Milk Weed

Mixed Media, Milk Weed Pods/Silk on Canvas & Board

© Ron Rutkowski


Ron Rutkowski

Ron Rutkowski is a Chicago painter and photographer who often uses nature as his inspiration, incorporating items from his own garden into the dense textures of his canvases. He photographs his urban garden through all seasons, sometimes incorporating photos into his paintings, as in Under Milk Weed.

Milkweed pods fascinate himóbeautiful as flowers, sculptural and otherworldly as pods, and filled with ethereal silk and seeds. He attempts to transform nature into something abstract, mysterious, and unexpected. In this painting, the small containers contain the silk and seeds that have the potential to be carried by the wind to spawn new milkweed plants. The photos are of milkweed at various stages. Ron has created art since visits to the Art Institute as a child, weaving different influences and genres into his own distinct style. He recently exhibited a painting in the Blick 12x12 Show.




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