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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

Standing Room Only Crowd Fills DuPage Art League, 2/4/24, for "Best of the Best" Show's Award Reception...Winners here

BEST OF SHOW -- Congratulations to Tony Abboreno, Oak Park, IL; Elmhurst Artists' Guild, "Time Machine", 26" x 36", Acrylic...Scroll down for more art from this show...


A sunny, spring-like Sunday delivered a large, bustling crowd for the annual "Best of the Best" Show featuring artwork from 12 art organizations across the local area. Friends, family and fans stood shoulder to shoulder throughout the gallery and classroom space of DuPage Art League, 18 W. Front Street, Wheaton, IL, eagerly awaiting the 3 PM awards presentation. Winners received ribbons and/or cash for top placements. About 60 pieces were showcased across a range of mediums, primarily 2D.

Teresa Marrandino judged the show. She is the retired owner of the Art Stop Gallery, who along with her business partner, Karen Sladvik, ran it for a total 48 years – first in Riverside, IL and then later to LaGrange. Teresa has served as an art buyer for private individuals as well as corporations and hospitals. When judging, she states that she looks for the artist’s command of the medium, the overall quality of the work, and presentation.  


First Place: Gina Rende, Orland Park, IL; Lemon Artists Guild, “Wednesdays at Shirley’s, colored pencil & Pen/ink

Second Place: Sue Thomas, Lisle, IL; DuPage Art League, “Zhou Stairwell”, pastel

Third Place: Michael Preski, Chicago, IL; Lemon Artists Guild, “Self Portrait, ink and colored pencil


Ardythe Tiesenga, Oak Park, IL; Oak Brook Art League, “Nite Nurse, oil

Dorothy Bury Shaw, Downers Grove, IL; Elmhurst Artists’ guild, “A few Dead Branches, Mixed

Caroline Susner, Shorewood, IL; Naperville Art League, “Cruisin”; watercolor

Joan Lucht, Shorewood, IL; Naperville Art League, “Song from the Sea”, mixed media collage

Visit the exhibit Feb. 3 – 27 during DuPage Art League’s gallery hours, Mon. - Fri. from 9 am - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am - 2 pm. For more information, visit or call (630) 653-7090.

Art BEAT apologizes for not capturing photos of all the work that won awards, but here’s a look at a few of the winners and participants.

SECOND PLACE, CONGRATULATIONS to Sue Thomas, Lisle, IL; DuPage Art League, "Zhou Stairwell", 18" x 8", pastel

THIRD PLACE, CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Preski, Chicago, IL; Lemont Artists' Guild, "Self Portrait #2", 9"x19"x5", ink and colored pencil

David Gray, Naperville Art League; "A Winter Evening in Honfleur", acrylic

HONORABLE MENTION, CONGRATULATIONS to Dorothy Bury Shaw, downers Grove, IL; Elmhurst Artists' guild, "A Few Dead Branches" 27" x 20"; Mixed Media

"Sunrise Pond" by Tom Rybarczyk, Artists' Association of Elk Grove Village, 17" x12", acrylic

Catherine Carroll, Aurora Art Guild, "Find Your Way on 35th Street, San Diego", 16"x20", Oil

Laura Lein-Svencner, Midwest Collage Society; "Dale Basi Bandits", 12"x36", Mixed Media Collage



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