Steering Committee Members
Kimberly Butts, IHM Manager, Recording Secretary
Sandra Cheblek, BCAC Newsletter
Diane Morino, Committee Chair
Barbara Ross, Treasurer, Good Shepherd Advocate Gallery Co-Manager
Marian Stamos, Committee Member, Advisor
Gloria Zucaro, Membership Chairperson
Kimberly Butts – BCAC Secretary, IHM Manager Kimberly started teaching art to children and adults in 2001. She was so thrilled to have been awarded 2014 Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.
Along the way Kimberly had the pleasure of exploring many wonderful art materials and techniques. Among her favorites are needle felting and watercolor painting.
Scuba diving opened Kimberly’s eyes to the wonders of the sea, which has inspired a great number of her creations.
Sandra Chlebek – Steering Committee Member, Newsletter Things that you may find interesting about Sandra Chlebek…
• At the age of 6 she thought that she had “made it” as an artist when her
pencil drawing of a mug and donut was shown on the television show, Romper Room
• Earned a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of Illinois at Chicago
• Worked as a Graphic Designer for 10 years
• Is raising two young artists of her own
• Still happily colors the kid’s menu at restaurants
• Favorite Artist’s Quote: “All Children are artists. The Problem is
how to remain an artist when he grows up.”— Pablo Picasso
• Currently enjoys painting portraits
Diane Morino – Steering Committee Chair Diane likes to paint in all forms and loves life so she combines the two to make fun and thoughtful paintings that lead you to view life in a different way. Spiritual, perhaps, or maybe more simple than that….basic observations of people, landscapes, and forms by Diane.
A local Barrington artist, Diane has lived in the area for 27 + years.
Diane is known for her vivid colors and impressionistic style, which has evolved after fine mentoring from Frankie Johnson at Main Street Art in Lake Zurich. She has also studied with Susan Plough, Kenn Backhaus, William Schneider, Diane Rath and Tom Trausch.
Diane’s original oils are in private collections around the country. Beyond BCAC she is also a member of several Chicago area Art Associations as well as Oil Painters of America.
Barbara Ross- BCAC Treasurer, Good Shepherd Advocate Gallery Co-Manager
Barb Ross is a Barrington, Illinois artist who has been drawing and painting all her life. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (in studio art) from the City College of N.Y. and is currently enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for a certification in drawing. She received a painting certificate from SAIC in 2012. She has attended many workshops throughout the country to learn from other accomplished artists.
Her acrylic paintings have been exhibited in art shows in Illinois and New York City. Barb is an abstract painter inspired by nature and people. Her work has vivid color, texture and movement. She works daily in her studio in North Barrington and welcomes interested visitors.
One of Barb’s pieces was selected for publication in Incite 2-Color Passions, North Light Books (November 2014). Some of Barb’s work can be viewed in the Xanadu Gallery art catalogues throughout the year. (xanadugallery.com)
Marian Stamos, Committee Member, Advisor I paint because I must. I choose to paint quiet peace and beauty in praise of an awesome God. Beauty is everywhere — in flowers, calm country settings, treasured old buildings, the simple abundance of fruits and vegetables, the pure fun and pleasure of life’s daily moments, the beauty of human relationships. Oils are my chosen medium due to their flexibility, rich color and buttery texture and the ability to magically convey depth and distance on the flat canvas surface. My painting style can best be described as “painterly realism.”
Gloria Zucaro, Committee Member, Membership Gloria has always done something creative, whether in needlework, mosaics, glass or paint. She has worked in acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media and pen & ink.
Gloria loves the texture of oil paint and the vibrant hues of pastel. Subjects with sharp contrast and lots of color are what attract her most. She believes in constant learning and experimentation. In 2012 she became inspired by Zentangle® drawings with ink & marker to create abstract or subjective designs on all substrates.
Working around other artists for Gloria, has become an important part of her social life. She works best at her own pace and posts to her blog and social media sites. She has been judged into various local and national shows since 2008 and has received several honorable mentions. Her work has sold to patrons in Illinois, California, Florida, Texas, Montana, Indiana, Ohio and Germany.
She has been a member of The Oil Painters of America, The Chicago Pastel Painters, Contemporary Fine Art International, The College of Lake County Foundation, The Daily Paintworks, The Lake County Art League, The Arlington Heights Art league, The Artist Association of Elk Grove Village, BCAC and NAAC.