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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Naperville Art League announces winners of 2023 Public Art Competition


Above / Now through May 5, winners of the Naperville Art League Public Art Competition are on exhibit at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery, 508 N. Center Street at Fifth Avenue. Admission is free.

Naperville Art League has announced winners of its annual Public Art Competition, themed ”Chromesthesia.” More than 70 artists from Naperville and surrounding communities participated in the competition. All entries can be seen on exhibit now through May 5, 2023, at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center Street in Naperville.

Seventy-three entries for Naperville Art League’s annual Public Art Competition are on display until May 5, 2023, at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St., Naperville. (Photo courtesy NAL)

Congratulations to all artists

Members of the Naperville Art League expressed congratulations to Best of Show winner, Walter Monastyretsky for his oil painting titled “Nightly Riverside.”

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Chris Hughes received Award of Excellence, Adult Category, for his painting “Thunder.”

Shreya Rao won Award of Excellence, Student Category, for her piece “Meraki.”

Honorable Mention winners

Cynthia Boudreau, “The Creative Bench”

Cynthia Cockriel, “Cindy. Skip. Kim”

Kathleen Foss, “Chris by Numbers”

Ladan Ghajar, “Forgotten History”

Kathleen Geisinger, “Evening in D Minor”

Jennifer Hauser, “The Proposition”

Priyanwada Singh, “Temple Bells”

Sherry Snyder, “Quiet Light”

Chromesthesia sets the scene for ‘sound-to-color’

The contest’s theme, “Chromesthesia,” refers to the sound-to-color connection experienced by some people.

“The Gallery has a spectacular display of color and techniques right now,” noted Beata Nowak, president of the Naperville Art League. “It’s a must-see exhibit. There is so much local talent represented!” 

Naperville Art League’s annual Public Art Competition Best of Show winner, “Nightly Riverside” by Walter Monastyretsky. (Photo courtesy NAL)

Commenting on his winning Best of Show painting, Monastyretsky stated, “Riverside is one of those towns that inspires me to paint. I often visit here and paint a lot. Here is a beautiful combination of architecture and nature. The sound of the crisp snow evokes in me a color of lilac, gray with a hint of nightly glow of the stars and reflection of moonlight’s shine. I wanted to convey the beauty of the play of light and shadows on the winter through my eyes.”

Monastyretsky was born, raised, and educated in the Ukraine. Before immigrating to the United States several years ago, he actively participated in art expositions throughout Europe. His forte is the classic portrait.

The show was judged by William Worcester who has a degree in fine art from North Central College and is an accomplished, full-time artist.

Winning art featured online and at Naperville Art League Gallery

Winning art can be seen at the Naperville Art League’s gallery and on its website, www.napervilleartleague.com, through May 5. Visitors to the Gallery are invited to vote for the Viewer’s Choice award which will be presented at the end of the show.

The show now is open to the public and runs through May 5, 2023, at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center Street, in Naperville.

During the exhibit, nonperishable items are being collected to benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services.

Show hours are 10AM to 5PM Tuesday through Friday; 10AM to 4PM Saturday. Admission is Free.

The exhibit is being held in partnership with Loaves & Fishes Community Services which has a donation box for nonperishable foods at the Gallery.

Naperville Art League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization serving the community with art classes, Gallery exhibits, special events and more. Memberships are available. Monetary donations are appreciated.

For more information, visit www.napervilleartleague.com or call (630) 355-2530.

Story and photos submitted by Linda VanderKolk for the Naperville Art League.

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