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Plein air At the White House 

in downtown Barrington, this Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time: 9AM-12PM

RSVP: Sue Whitney… Suewhitney@ameritech.net

Barrington High School Senior Art Display

April 28-30, 2017

Join us at Ice House Mall for the annual display of the artwork of Barrington High School Seniors that will fill the halls of the Mall and spill into the BCAC IHM gallery.  BCAC will be presenting the Dixie Rogus Memorial awards to two student artists judged as best in the categories of 2D and 3D art on display at 6PM on Friday, April 28th.  Judges are BCAC artists, Tracey Albert and Barbara Ross.

Juan  Jr. Ramirez 

Lecture:  “John Singer Sargent’s Method”

May 7, 2017, 1-3PM

BCAC Gallery

Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., Barrington, IL

Fee:  Members – $15         Non-Members- $20

Sargent’s Method  
When we think of John Singer Sargent, what might come to mind are fashionable portraits painted with flowing brushstrokes. He often painted a passage with a few touches.  “Too clever,” said some critics. It was only after the age of 30, did he accept his natural talent, as his signature.  He showed the birth marks of his later style in his earliest portraits.  When one of his paintings seemed too laborious he never hesitated to scrape it off and start a fresh.  He maintained that if one studied his approach, one would be free to go after the subtlest qualities of the model.  Sargent was a master portraitist, and his distinctive style cemented his place in history. But he was a master of values and drawing above all.  In this lecture, I’ll discuss his method and ideas that he adopted throughout the years. We will go over the differences between his early works and his later paintings.  
 Juan Jr Ramirez is a Chicago born self-taught artist. His portraits are classically painted and treated with sensitivity. His work is exhibited by Vermont Artisans and Susan Powell Gallery. He is also the author of the Sargent Notes.
“As an artist, I treasure the moments that are fleeting and I work to make them last forever. It could be the swiftness of the light and color, or the gesture of a person, even the person that few would consider to paint. The most intimate moments are not always private; they are open to the world. As a teacher, I work endlessly to make whatever hard task easy to understand, to each student individually in a friendly way.”




BCAC invites the public to its annual “Deck the Walls” Open House on Saturday, December 3 from 1 PM to 4 PM at its anchor gallery in the Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee Street, downtown Barrington (next to the Jewel). Meet the artists to discuss their work … and enjoy refreshments.

The December Open House launches a month-long showcase of local area artists’ original work, featuring affordable smaller paintings, prices starting at $25. The gallery also offers larger-sized pieces. The gallery’s extended December hours are:

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:  Wednesdays and Thursdays

11 AM to 4 PM:          Fridays

10 AM to 4 PM:         Saturdays

12 PM to 3 PM:          Sundays

“Consider giving the gift of original art this holiday season,” suggests BCAC President, Diane Morino. “Our membership is diverse, ranging from fledgling artists to established, award-winning professionals. BCAC currently has 48 member artists representing a wide variety of styles. You are sure to find a piece of art to bring joy to you or someone in your life for many years.”

BCAC is an all volunteer, not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization.   In addition to the Ice House Mall location, it has satellite galleries throughout Barrington, currently at the Fresh Flower Market, Good Shepherd Fitness Center, the Heart of Europe Café and Barrington Bank & Trust, as well as Whisk in Wauconda.  All offer original art created by BCAC members.