Opening Sunday, Nov 4 through Dec 1, with an opening reception on Nov 4 from 2-5 PM

Allison Carr, Danell Dvorak, Monica Estabrook, Amy Wolfe | risk / play / reap

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Initiated by the challenge of serious play, this body of work is the result of months long collaboration between the artists. Their collaborative intent was to foster open experimentation and to energize visual dialogue through transformative art making.

Each artist began a piece, then passed it to another for further development. Additions, alterations, and reconfigurations continued, until the group agreed a piece was completed, whether through lengthy, multiple cycles, or two to three passes.

Engaging with materials as if they were a panoply of toys, the artists used printmaking, watercolor and Asian papers; archival pigment prints, stretched canvases, and boards; acrylic, china marker, colored pencil, ink, and pastels; thread, fabric, found objects, and two contributions from artist Whitney Johnson.

Carr, Dvorak, Estabrook, and Wolfe challenge one another to balance between direct response and formal investigation, individual styles and collaborative goals. These works reflect their ongoing pursuit of playing risk and risking play.

Artist Biographies

Allison Carr is a mixed media painter, pastel artist, and archivist at OSF Healthcare in Peoria, Illinois.

Danell Dvorak is a painter, ceramicist, teaching artist, and gallery coordinator at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois

Monica Estabrook is a photographer, conceptual artist, and art teacher at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois.

Amy Wolfe is a mixed media artist, found object sculptor, and art teacher at Bent Elementary School in Bloomington, Illinois. 


Susan Emmerson | Afterwards

 Single Wide in Two Parts With Septic Tank

Single Wide in Two Parts With Septic Tank


I see my work as an exploration of the picture plane; delving into that surface between wall and the environment and expanding that surface between the panel and the viewer. My drawings and paintings rise off the wall into three dimensions, forming shadows and caverns which in turn incorporate themselves into the the work itself. Using surfaces of Tyvek, paper and canvas, I explore below them and expand them outward by heating, sanding, cutting, gluing and plastering their surfaces and incorporating the structure into the imagery.  As a surgeon penetrates the skin, a barrier between what is human and what is not, I cut, sand, burn and burrow beneath the surface of the paper to expose its curiosities. My work recalls cells and microorganisms, body cavities and organs, and bits and pieces of the natural environment. The marks, strokes, and added materials reflect complex rhythms, incongruities, and the relationships of evolving imaginary organic forms.


Susan J. Schrader and Jan Brandt | Serendipity



Jan Brandt first experienced Susan Schrader's art when Susan entered work into the Illinois State University Printmaking Alumni Exhibition which was held at Jan Brandt Gallery. The exhibition was to celebrate the 4oth anniversary of Normal Editions Workshop, an internationally respected print shop located in the ISU printmaking department. 

Jan of Bloomington, IL  and Susan,of Marblehead, MA  became Facebook friends and followed each other's art work over the last couple of years. Susan and Jan both are ISU Printmaking Dept. alums, but had studied at different times. When Jan traveled to Boston for the Boston Biennial V to install work at The Atlantic Works Gallery, Susan and her family attended the opening. The ISU mini reunion was a success and Susan and Jan spent the next day together. Susan served as a tour guide showing Jan the local art scene.  During a visit of Susan's studio, an idea began percolating. This serendipitous friendship was too wonderful to let slip; a collaboration project was hatched to celebrate the new bond between the two artists. This exhibition is the result.

A decision  was made about size and number of pieces. Each artist would begin with the first layers on four gesso boards and then send those to the other artist. All eight would arrive at Jan Brandt Gallery to be shown. There is a trust, a letting go of control, and an excited feeling of expectation of something new that made this a very enjoyable process to each artist.