CORNERSTONE: A Retrospective of Janet Cameron

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Paintings, Prints, Album Covers and More

February 14 to April 5, 2013

Wilson Abbey in Uptown, Chicago is proud to announce its very first art show: CORNERSTONE: A Retrospective of Janet Cameron, Paintings, Prints, Album Covers and More. Over the last 40 years her oils, watercolors, and various prints have illustrated album, book, and magazine covers. In addition, a number of pieces have been exhibited at festivals and public places, yet this will be the first time her work has been collected for a solo show.

For a number of years Cameron acted as art director for Cornerstone Magazine. There will be original artwork of magazine and album covers from the mid 1970s on display as well as other pieces used as liturgical art.

Cameron has described her process as one of looking inward while at the same time observing the world around her.

A work in oil on canvas, Real and False Selves is one such piece. The painting deals with the question of authenticity, and as Thomas Merton writes, the search to “discover our own inner ground.” The glass of a shop window reflects the face of a woman peering inside, though her identity is lost to the viewer. The basis for the work was an exploration into the true and false self and the universal struggle to integrate the two.

After extensive remodeling, Wilson Abbey at 935 W. Wilson is now home to a live-performance theater, 499-seat auditorium, and Everybody’s Coffee, a storefront coffee shop.

The show will offer an artist catalog and a free signed print to the first 100 patrons. Because this is the inaugural show for Wilson Abbey there will be extensive outreach to press and all media. We are expecting that many artists Janet has collaborated with over the years will be attending.

The show opens February 14th  with a 6 p.m. reception and runs through April 5.

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