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Artist of the Month


March 2015 Artists of the Month

James E. Stephens
James started in photography at the age of 14 while attending Carl Schurz High School in Chicago. He attended classes as a teenager in the late 1950's at Fort Dearborn Photo Studio in Chicago. At age eighteen worked part time for his cousin's photo studio in Chicago, Jay Lee Studios, photographing weddings. Over time James’ photography skills developed by attending Nikon photography seminars, reading published books on Ansel Adams as well as other photography books & magazines, scheduling private photo shoots for friends, family members & business associates, and processing his own photos with professional Photoshop software. James retired at age 57; in 2000 from his full time employment and with his deep love & passion for photography James started a home based photo business, World Wide Photo. James’ love & passion for photography is going into its 54th year.  James works in 35mm film, 35mm digital, and medium format film, displays his work in black & white, sepia, color, and combines photo with created digital art format. James photo and digital art is displayed on photo paper, glass, metal and canvas, framed and unframed. James’ wife Nanette B. Stephens has joined her husband of 34 years as his business partner.

Nanette B. Stephens
Nanette began her photography career as an amateur part time photographer, shooting in 35mm film at the young age of 35 while assisting her husband James on World Wide Photo business shoots. Over time Nanette gained a stronger interest for photography & now shoots in 35mm film & digital to further her skills. Nanette advanced her knowledge and skills by attending some of Nikon’s photography seminars held in Chicago, took several photography classes at Elgin Community College, took some on-line photography courses and started reading photography books & magazines. Nanette continued her photo work with WWP and achieved the skill of processing her own photos using Adobe Photo Shop and working with other photo software. Nanette has advanced herself into her own individual photography style. Nanette’s photography skills achieved a professional level when she entered one of her framed digital photos into a high level juried show in 2010, took an award for her entry, “Tranquility”, and shortly thereafter sold a framed print of her photo, “Tranquility”. Nanette works in 35 mm film & 35mm digital. Nanette’s work is displayed in black & white, sepia & color framed & unframed.

James and Nanette live in South Elgin.



February 2015 Artist of the Month

I started experimenting on glass with Acrylic paint and ink after a Pride on the Fox art show.  The way the colours jump out from beneath the pane fascinates me. In one of my early attempts, I found inspiration when driving Sterns Road and seeing hundreds of black birds rising at dawn in the autumn mist.  Our house was hit by lightning, and I ended up with spare glass from the shattered windows.  Some of those are here today.  Previously I had displayed at the library, but no glass painting until this time. One aspect of the technique that I love is the anticipation of the work.  When the glass is wet and upside down you cannot see the finished work.  Turning it over and leaving even one fingerprint will ruin it.

My son Chris has also taken up the brush and with Acryllic and canvas has developing his own sense of style.  A style that will grow on you. There is a certain link that I think shows the spirit of art when we both display works in the same gallery.  The path his art takes reaffirms that you can enjoy experimenting, and find your self through art.

Jim Enockson and Chris Enockson both reside in Saint Charles.



January 2015 Artist of the Month

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. In high school, I was voted “Best Artist” and received a fine art scholarship. I pursued a career in graphic design and became the art director for a national magazine. It wasn’t until 2010 and nearly 30 years away from what I loved, that I switched gears and turned my attention back to art.

I draw inspiration from my love of nature and am passionate about creating portraits of animals and children, flowers and scenes of places I have traveled to. When choosing a subject, I look for warm sun on skin, bright and colorful reflections on water and light passing through petals that create the deep shadows, bright highlights and high contrast that I savor. My hope is that through this process, I am able to evoke a feeling of joy and happiness. Although I have worked in oil, acrylic and graphite, my primary focus has been on both soft and oil pastels. I love the immediacy of these mediums, their vibrant colors, rich tones, texture, paint-like quality and portability. I particularly enjoy exploring various art papers and the way the pastels are affected through their application. I’ve taken multiple courses in oil pastel, but am self-taught using soft pastels.

Since 2011, I have participated in more than 50 exhibits including numerous juried fine art fairs, three solo shows, and have earned three “Best in Shows” awards, a “1st Place” and numerous awards in other categories. I hold memberships with The Pastel Society of America, The Chicago Pastel Painters, The Geneva Art Guild, The DuPage Art League, The Wayne Art League and Yellow House Artists.



April 2015 Artist of the Month - Gene McCormick (paintings)

May 2015 Artist of the Month - Joanne Laudolff (mixed media)

June 2015 Artist of the Month - Bert Hoddinott III (drawings)

July 2015 Artist of the Month - District #303 Student Art Exhibit (mixed media)

August 2015 Artist of the Month - Open

September 2015 Artist of the Month - Robert Dicke (photography

October 2015 Artist of the Month - Rosann Wynykoski (acrylic and FW inks)

November 2015 Artist of the Month - Valerie Lorimer (mixed media)

December 2015 Artist of the Month - Open