With works from the gallery’s owner, Jay Boeldt, and two other former Harrison Street Co-Op artists, Plan B Gallery opened its doors officially with a reception and a display of stunning photographs, enamel pieces and abstract paintings on June 17.
Visitors were treated to an artistically arranged assortment of fruits, cheeses, wine, snacks and beautiful art, as their children enjoyed an afternoon at a kid-friendly gallery.
The trio of artists whose work was featured at the grand opening first began working together at the Harrison Street Co-Op but have since moved on to other projects, including opening a new gallery and showing their work at various other locations in the Chicago area.
“I deal with more movement and color, no real design,” said abstract painter C.C. Wallace of her work currently on display at the gallery. “I paint intuitively, and as I go along, they change. I don’t see the whole thing when I start.”
Wallace said her painting can take several months to a couple of weeks to complete, adding that she has been painting since she was a child.
“I lived in L.A. for a while, [and painted professionally] since 1980,” she said. “I always did art. I was an accountant and a waitress, then I had kids, and I used to do photography.”
When things got too hectic, though, Wallace had to choose between photography and oil painting.
“I had to give one up,” she said. “I like [painting] better. It is what I need to do,” she said.
Her paintings have been featured at Gallery 500, 500 North Wells, and at the Art Stop in LaGrange, to mention a few. She has also had outdoor shows.
Her paintings, currently on display, are part of a three-medium gallery exhibit Boeldt chose for his opening.
Alongside her abstract paintings are modern enamel pieces with a three-dimensional pop impressionist feel to them”Boeldt’s work”and a series of airy photographs taken by Janet Emison.
The pieces will be switched out with more work from the artists as the summer progresses at a rate of probably four pieces changing out once a month, Boeldt said.
As for the future, Boeldt is planning a new show for September, featuring mostly photography from Emison.
“She is trying to start doing portrait photography,” Boeldt said of Emison. “Her black and whites are beautiful, and she doesn’t have any other outlet for her work at this moment.”