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.
Gallery Seven, 116 N. Chicago St. Joliet, is exhibiting the work of four artists from the Cornerstone Lotus Art Studio, including Donald DeCamp.

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

Rehabilitation Week.

The four artists whose work is on display at the gallery are:

Andrew Atkins

“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. “

Sandra Wlodarczyk

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.

Donald DeCamp

“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

their face.”

Judy Murawski

“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.

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