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Jeanne LaCasse: September Featured Artist

Join us in welcoming our September Featured Artist Jeanne LaCasse as part of our Main Show opening reception for Flora, Fauna & Fascination!

Artist Statement:

Since childhood, I’ve used many different vehicles as my means of expression – drawing, mixed media, collage, photography, painting, fashion & interior design. Drawing inspiration from within & without, knowing that there is art in everyday life & everyday life in art, over time these various activities have informed one another.

My art training began in grade school with my Father, a commercial artist, whose weekend activities included watercolor painting, copper enameling, and working at the Wilmette atelier of ceramist Eugene Deutsch. I recall one visit where they hoisted me up onto a stool to play with the clay & slip. I considered any materials related to art making as my preferred toys. I still do. My mother would have to check my pockets before laundering as they were always crammed with chalk, pencils & crayons.

My Junior High & High School years brought art contest awards & a request to conduct a summer art camp for neighborhood children.

Approaching my college years, I felt compelled to pursue Fashion Design attending the Ray-Vogue College of Design and graduating with top honors. During my 30 years in retail, I held various positions as buyer, department & store manager, in house private label designer & Fashion Director. Charged with the responsibility of reporting worldwide trends, my camera was my constant traveling companion during my tenure as Fashion Director for Marshall Fields. It still is - serving as my visual diary.

Eventually my passion for fashion diminished and in its place the art of interior design took hold. In 2001, I launched my own color consultation/interior design business which enabled me to utilize my artistic talents to fulfill specific needs. It was an immensely rich and rewarding experience.

Over the years, my pursuit of a visual arts education has taken me to China, Italy, Argentina, workshops across the US, as well as classes at the Evanston Art Center, University of Chicago Midway Studios, North Shore Art League, & the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I have been blessed to study with many accomplished talented artists & photographers including Louise LeBourgeois, Regina Mamou, Cynthia Winika, Judith Kruger, Mark Russell, Nina Weiss, Ingrid Albrecht, Douglas Beasley, Dan Anderson, Jack Graham, Mike Moats, Dianne Kittle, & the late Myron Davis to name but a few.

Recently retired, I am now able to return to my roots & engage in the joyful “play” that art making is for me.

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