Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Art of Bonnie Zak

Stay tuned for more from Bonnie (there's a lot more, as she's been painting for 50 years or so).

Oil on canvas

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Joffrey All-Stars Art Show Opening Tuesday May 24th, 2011

Please join us at the opening of the Joffrey All-Stars Art Show, where painters Ann Ponce and Peter Hurley will be showcasing their most recent work featuring the Joffrey Ballet dancers. 
Wine and Cheese Reception  Tuesday, May 24, 2011  6:00 to 8:00PM 
Where: Joffrey Tower 10 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 
RSVP to  or 312.386.8921
Director, Ashley C. Wheater brings a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

You are Hereby Invited

The Opening reception is Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 9, and I hope everyone can attend!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly - A Great Day at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Art, Hats and Horses
Thomas Allen Pauly
The Official Artwork of The Iroquois Steeplechase: The Steeplechase
 ...It was an honor to be selected as the Official Artist of the 70th Iroquois Steeplechase. Many of my fellow artists that I have idolized throughout my career have captured the beauty and excitement of this prestigious sporting event. 

My oil painting titled The Steeplechase was auctioned off during Friday's Jockey Club Gala to assist the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The top bidder was Mrs. Calvin Houghland whose husband was the longtime Chairman of The Iroquois Steeplechase and the winning jockey of the 1943 running of the Iroquois.

This year's $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Grade 1) was won by last year's champion, Irvin S. Naylor's Tax Ruling, who withstood a challenge from Slip Away at the 18th and final hurdle at Percy Warner Park.  Trained by Brianne Slater and ridden by amateur rider Darren Nagle, who had three winners on Saturday, captured the spring season's richest hurdle race by five lengths.
Enjoying my First Iroquois Steeplechase

 Although it was cloudy and in the 60's, the rain held off until 5 minutes after the feature race. I shot hundreds of photos for future Iroquois Steeplechase posters. 

It was an awesome experience...

Getting Ready to Shoot the Iroquois
My Shot of the Final Hurdle in the Iroquois... The Winner,  #1 Tax Ruling

The Official Thomas Allen Pauly Iroquois Steeplechase Merchandise

A Happy Shopper

Signing my Iroquois Steeplechase Prints

Video - Hats and Horses at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Bicycle Series

"Night Riders" 36 X 48 by Kate Tully

"Taking a Break" 30X40 by Kate Tully
"Blue Fender" 24X36 by Kate Tully
"Sprocket" 20X24 by: Kate Tully

"Monterosso Bike" 24X36 by:Kate Tully 

Li.Ba.Tions: an exhibit of paintings at Cafe 28

Café 28, 1800-1806 West Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60613-2406 (773) 528-2883
Hours by appointment through May 2011
Call 773-807-1292 or 773-279-9341
Mary Barnes-Gingrich, Meredith Dytch, Patricia Larkin Green, 
Fran Mazur, Margaret Tully Nicosia, Thomas Allen Pauly, 
Ann Ponce, Kate Tully, and Bonnie Zak 

1800-1806 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613-2406
(773) 528-2883
Open Mon 5:30pm-9pm; Tue-Thu 7:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri 7:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun 9am-2pm, 5:30pm-9pm
"The Art Studio"
by Mary Barnes-Gingrich
by Margaret Nicosia Tully

"!Salud! Cafe 28"
by Patricia Larkin Green
"German Columbus Split Barrel Corkscrew"
 by Thomas Allen Pauly
"Chicago Brew Street Bridge"
by Kate Tully
"At the Drake"
by Meredith Dytch
by Margaret Nicosia Tully

"L'Oasis Cafe Lac Annecy" 
by Patricia Larkin Green

"Rack Pinion Corkscrew"
by Thomas Allen Pauly
Lunch after the Hopper Exhibit” 
by Ann Ponce

"Le Bar Place des Vogues" 
by Patricia Larkin Green

"The Grape Stompers"
by Kate Tully

"Can Can Corkscrew"
by Thomas Allen Pauly

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Meredith Dytch Showing at Images Gallery

One of our members, Meredith Dytch, will be one of two artists showing in the third (?) annual "RavensHood - Art from the Corridor" show at Images Gallery, 1823 W. Wilson (practically next door!). Here's one of Meredith's recent paintings:

The Path to Nowhere
Oil in canvas

The Opening Reception is on Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 9 pm, and we hope everyone can stop by and see Meredith's new work, as well as paintings by Joanne Aono. The show will be up through June, and the gallery is open on Saturdays, or by appointment.

Thomas Allen Pauly - Iroquois Steeplechase Official Artist


Work by award-winning artist to be offered at
Jockey Club party

NASHVILLE, TENN., - Award-winning and internationally-known equine artist
Thomas Allen Pauly has been chosen as the official artist of the 70th running of Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase. Pauly will create a commissioned piece to be offered at the invitation-only Jockey Club auction on Friday, May 13 - the day before the races run on Saturday, May 14. Pauly's art will also be used in the design of various items such as t-shirts and prints that will be available for sale online and at the Steeplechase Boutique on race day.

In 2006, Churchill Downs selected Pauly as the Official Portrait Artist of the Kentucky Derby. His
portrait of the legendary horse, Barbaro, was featured as the Derby's Official Commemorative Print that same year.

"We are eager to see what Thomas creates for the 70th running of the Iroquois," said Libby Cheek, executive director for the Iroquois Steeplechase. "He has beautifully depicted some of the world's most
famous horses and jockeys."

An associate member of the internationally acclaimed American Academy of Equine Art, Pauly was recently invited to have his second solo art exhibit at this year's Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. Working primarily in oils and watercolors, Pauly's paintings are known for their accuracy, energy and celebration of achievement.

For additional information regarding Thomas Allen Pauly's equine art, please view his portfolio at

Thomas Allen Pauly's “The Steeplechase” is the 2011 Iroquois Steeplechase featured artwork. This beautiful piece of art will be auctioned May 14th at the 2011 Jockey Club party. For more information or to make a bid, please email

About the Iroquois Steeplechase
Held on the second Saturday of every May at Nashville's Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premiere spring race in American steeplechasing and Music City's traditional rite of spring - typically attracting more than 25,000 spectators. Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $9 million from the event proceeds.

For information on advance ticket purchases, corporate and hospitality tents, and tailgating, please visit or call 1-866-207-2391.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Recent Paintings

"Two Dancers with Chairs"
by Ann Ponce
Oil on Canvas

"Damen Industrial"
by Meredith Dytch
20x24 Oil on Canvas
"Rear Window"
by Patricia Larkin Green
30x24 Oil on Canvas
 "Interiors Quilt"
by the Wilson Artists' Group