Joliet’s Gallery Seven hosts Cornerstone Artist
9/19/2017, 1:25 p.m.
Gallery Seven, 116 N. Chicago St. Joliet, is exhibiting the work of
four artists from the Cornerstone Lotus Art Studio, Andrew Atkins, Donald
DeCamp, Judy Murawski, and Sandy Wlodarczyk. The exhibit is on display from
September 12-22. A reception for the artists is on Thursday September 21 is
from 2-4 p.m., which is free and open to the public.
The week of September 18-22 is National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. A time
goal to educate people about the benefits and impact of
rehabilitation, develop programs, which aim to increase opportunities for
the nearly fifty million Americans with disabilities, and help those who
are disabled live up to their fullest potential. The week’s purpose is to
educate people on the powers of rehabilitation and share the message that
through rehab there is hope, achievement and success. Awareness for
rehabilitation was first celebrated 31 years ago, in 1976. At that time, it
was only a small-scale local awareness campaign put on by the Allied
Services healthcare system. From there, it has only grown bigger. 1990
marked a milestone for the celebration when Allied joined forces with rehab
facilities across the country to secure a Presidential proclamation which
officially designated the third week in September as National
The four artists whose work is on display at the gallery are:
“I live in Joliet and enjoy attending the Cornerstone Lotus Art Studio.
While attending the Studio, I enjoy working on paintings and designing
gourds. My artwork consists of abstract/landscapes designs and I will work
with acrylic and watercolor. I am pretty independent but I like taking
time while working on Art. “
lives in Joliet and attends the Cornerstone Lotus Art
Studio. There she has the opportunity to paint on canvas and gourds, work
on looming projects, photography and small art projects. Although Sandi is
deaf and non-verbal, she doesn’t let this get in the way of her passion.
She is very independent and free-spirited and really enjoys working on
anything art –related. She is willing to learn and start new projects, and
once she learns something, she will take off with it. She enjoys painting
landscapes and flowers.
“I love to paint! I have been drawing and painting since I was 7 years old.
I remember seeing an artist painting when I used to watch Captain Kangaroo
and was inspired to try it for myself. I first started with watercolors and
now love to paint with acrylics. My favorite things to paint are scenic
landscapes, animals and cartoons. I hope that when someone looks at my
paintings, they see something beautiful. I enjoy painting because it allows
me to be creative and express myself. Painting has given me a way to stay
focused on a project and it helps me to relax and enjoy the creative
process. I love to show other people my work and see the smile it brings to
“I am enjoying my photography class and discovering new places when we go
on our photography outings. It has been fun to go to different places and
find interesting things to take pictures of. This year we have spent some
time going through Joliet and learning some of the history of our city. I
have enjoyed the opportunity to take pictures of some of these places and
show people how beautiful and interesting our city is. Some of my favorite
things to photograph are animals & flowers. I love capturing the beauty
that I see in nature.”
Join with Gallery Seven in honoring these four artists on September 21, 2-4 p.m. for an opportunity to meet the artists.
Gallery Seven is managed by a group of local artists, located at 116 N.
Chicago St., Suite 102, next to the Historic Rialto Square Theatre,
downtown Joliet. This free gallery is open to the public 10-4, Monday to
Friday, and 10-noon the first Saturday of the Month. All exhibited work at
Gallery Seven is for sale.