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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

Blue Moon Gallery Presents New Exhibition, LOCAL PAPERS, Art Made On, or With Paper...5/25/24 Opening Reception 6-9 PM

Phil Schorn's PURPLE IRIS, 26" x 26" colored pencil on black paper is included in this show. Phil is well-known for his beautifully detailed botanical work. The reception is free and open to the public. Scroll down to view more art from this latest exhibit...

Blue Moon Gallery, located at 18620 Belvidere Road in Grayslake IL opens its latest exhibit LOCAL PAPERS on view through July 14, 2024. This unique and exciting show features interesting works of art made on or with paper.

“Everyone is invited to attend our opening night reception on Saturday, May 25, from 6-9pm. Visitors can meet all the artists, enjoy some wine, and experience beautiful visuals that bring joy and positivity,” says Kendra Kett, gallery director.

“Our events are fun, social, and engaging. We will also have a live painting demonstration that evening with John Kirkpatrick, one of our 2024 Collective Artists. Visitors can see a painting come to life in real time by one of our most talented and popular artists.”  

At the opening reception visitors can also meet the gallery’s 2024 collective artists who show their art year-round in the gallery. Juli Janovicz (of Kenosha WI), John Kirkpatrick (of Libertyville), and Ginny Krueger and Matthew Padilla (of Grayslake) will all be showing new art this month including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic paintings.   

“Our patrons tell us all the time how much they enjoy meeting the artists and getting to find out about the creative process behind a piece of art. Talking with the artists lets them get to know the meaning, or the “why,” about their art, which adds depth and knowledge to the art-viewing experience. We hope everyone will come out to the Blue Moon to see and experience all the beautiful work we have right now,” Kendra says.

All of the art in LOCAL PAPERS is created by three regional professional artists: Phil Schorn and Melissa Rasor of Grayslake, and Angela Williams Duea of Chicago.

Phil Schorn is an award-winning color pencil artist and instructor living and working in Grayslake IL who will be showing 12 color pencil works.

Melissa Rasor returns to the Blue Moon with an exciting new collection of 7 colorful and sensorial paper-based works inspired by her recent travels. She uses recycled magazines to create her artwork.

Angela Williams Duea is a photographer and mixed media artist living in Chicago. As a child, she learned pastel and oil painting from her grandfather and photography from her uncle who was a professional photographer.

Blue Moon is also hosting Antioch guest artist Roger Shule -- “the Matchbook Artist” -- with an exhibition of 16 larger-than-life matchbook creations featuring iconic imagery from the 30’s and 40’s. Shule’s collection of super-sized three-dimensional wooden matchbooks is a nostalgic journey of both vintage and contemporary images used for advertising services and products.

For more information about Blue Moon Gallery, hours of operation, upcoming events and opening receptions, visit their website at

"Grayslake Dog Walk" Melissa Rasor; 18" x 24" recycled magazines

"Chutes and Ladders" by Angela Williams Duea 10"x13" Mixed Media Collage

"Betty's Diner' by Roger Schule 13"x10"x2" Acrylic


Purple Iris by Phil Schorn 26x26 Color Pencil

Chutes and Ladders by Angela Williams Duea 10x13 Mixed Media Collage

Grayslake Dog Walk by Melissa Rasor 18x24 Recycled Magazines  

Betty's Diner by Roger Shule 13x10x2 Acrylic



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