The Fargo Show: An Exhibit of Paintings 2008

Gallery Opening Thursday May 22, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Ann Ponce Studio, 1819 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL  60640 
The inspiration for this show came from a packet of photographs found in an antique store by painter Bonnie Zak.  With the photos was a letter from a woman in Fargo, North Dakota, addressed to a relative in Chicago and postmarked 1951.

The photos appear to be dated from the first half of the 20th century and show family scenes familiar to us all—married couples standing in front of their houses, children playing, groups of relatives posing for the camera, portraits of aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters.

Since most of us have extended families very much like this one, their experiences and memories surely reflect our own.  And the paintings created from these images, like the photos that inspired them, depict our own everyday history.

Participating artists (in vintage attire below) are Fran Mazur, Jessica Fine, Meredith Dytch, Bonnie Zak, Ann Ponce, Kate Tully, Margaret Tully Nicosia, Mary Gingrich, and Patricia Larkin Green.  Fran Edmondson took the photo.  All have worked together in the studio during the past year.