Finders Keeper

Art Made From Recycled & Found Objects 


Featuring artwork by 

Betty Becker, Sylvia Edstrom, 

Grace Amandes Gaceta,  Andrew Gregg,  

Rick Janes, Maggie Joyce, Jennifer Meyer,

 Kristen Neveu, and Jere Van Syoc 


On display at:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

2nd Floor Gallery

1650 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614


Free Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 2001 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

with musical guest Thingfish


There is no charge for viewing the artwork.

Viewing hours are Thursdays - Sundays (1 pm - 7 pm)

and one hour prior to theatre performances through November 10, 2001.

This art exhibition is in complement to Steppenwolf's production of

Mother Courage and Her Children.



Betty Becker (Collage made with Found Objects) A collage artist, Betty received a B.A from the University of Illinois in Champaign and an M.A. from the University of Chicago and has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and attended Creative Art Studies in Lucca, Italy. Her work has been exhibited by Anatomically Correct, at the Polish Arts Museum in Chicago, the Beverly Art Center, and the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to list only a few.




Sylvia Edstrom (Handbags made from Recycled Floor Mats) Sylvia graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is now working as a Graphic Designer. She founded her company Fountainhead Handbags because she was disappointed in manufactured accessories. Sylvia's inspiration came from Japanese designer, Junko Koshino in the late 80’s who created geometric suits from neoprene or scubadiving material. "The intention behind Fountainhead was to create a distinctive line of reliable, long lasting handbags. The structure is simple and unique in design. The high strength recycled rubber ensures a low wear, waterproof material that is easy to clean."





Grace Amandes Gaceta (Found Object Constructions)  Grace has a BFA in Art History/Studio Art from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College. A graphic designer by day, Grace spends her free time working with her hands and has a seemingly endless supply of objects and artifacts with which to make all manner of recycled art.   She and her business partner, Amie Zorns Gleed (a graphic designer/illustrator and U of I graduate), founded Green Recliner, Ltd., in 2000 to combine their love of good design, handmade and recycled paper, found-object art, collage, and letterpress printing into a business specializing in stationery and gifts.


Andrew Gregg (Chairs made from recycled bicycle parts) Andrew is an amateur bicyclist and professional bike mechanic with a degree in fine art. His furniture designs transform aluminum, steel and rubber bicycle parts into cleverly crafted pieces of contemporary furniture. But unlike much furniture made from "the found object," where emphasis tends towards the conceptual over the practical, these chairs are both beautiful and comfortable. Gregg points to modernist designers like Mies van der Rohe and Charles Eames as his biggest influences, and their emphasis on a classic simplicity that exploits the strengths of new materials and processes is evident in his work. He created his first chair back in 1990 and has since been developing and refining the details. Most of the pieces use lightweight aluminum wheel rims to form a rigid frame, over which rubber inner tubes are stretched to form webbing or cushions. In his newer works he seeks to include recycled materials outside the bike industry, such as seat belt straps that replace the inner tubes and discarded windows from CTA buses, which get transformed into table tops.





Rick Janes (Found Object Constructions) Rick is a self-taught artist, cartoonist and musician whose band plays every Tuesday at Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. Using his musical resources, Rick combines objects such as broken guitar necks, strings, harmonicas, and other pieces from musical instruments to create his found object constructions.







Maggie Joyce (Jewelry made from Optical Lens Resin) With ecology in mind, Maggie sculpts her jewelry from optical lens resin or CR-39. Every lens is a different strength with a thin or thickness to its curve so every piece is one of a kind. Maggie cuts, shapes, etches, dips in dye or cooks and drills each piece by hand. Many of her pieces are reminiscent of found beach glass. Maggie attended Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He work has been exhibited at Tall Grass Gallery in Park Forest and at the Park Forest Art Center.



Jennifer Meyer (Eco-Sculptures) Jennifer Meyer (environmental object constructions) A full-time licensed counselor in private practice, this artwork is what keeps the counselor sane. A rabid environmentalist, Jennifer creates "Eco-Sculptures" make from wood, rusted metal, glass and recycled frames. Jennifer feels that her counseling work connects to her art, "I believe that human beings have wondrous potential in spite of being discarded, wounded or broken and with a little respect and attention can be restored to fuller potential." Through her art, Jennifer hopes to restore planet earth using the same method. Her work has been shown at Governors State University and at the Northern Indiana Art Association in Munster, Indiana.




Kristen Neveu (Found Object Constructions) Kristen received degrees in Communication Studies and Anthropology from the University of Iowa. A self-taught mixed media artist, Kristen combines found objects to create her artwork. Her work has been exhibited by Anatomically Correct and at Eclectic Junction, Fourth World Artisans and Woman Made Gallery. Kristen created two cows for Chicago's Cows On Parade (Muddy Holly and Peggy Moo). Her artwork was most recently displayed in Anatomically Correct’s exhibition Femme Fatale at Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2nd Floor Gallery.





Jere Van Syoc (Sculptures on Wheels made from Found Objects)

Jere attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Antioch University of Los Angeles where she received a Masters in Fine Art and also in Psychology. Her sculptures are created with raw materials such as wagons, carts, mannequin parts, clothing, appliances and a variety of other "junk." Her work has been exhibited outdoors at Montrose Harbor, and also at Illinois Masonic Hospital, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts of Grand Rapids, MI, Artemesia Gallery and in numerous shows and installations in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1995.


Founded in 1991, Anatomically Correct is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing works by artists in public spaces in a combined effort to educate, diversify, and promote community awareness of the visual and performing arts.   Anatomically Correct has been exhibiting works by visual artists at Steppenwolf Theatre's 2nd Floor Gallery since 1996.

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