CHICAGO, IL – June 6, 2013 / Leon Sarantos is very pleased to announce that three of his still life paintings are on display in the “Ordinary Things” exhibit at Studio 659 in Whiting, Indiana. The opening reception will be held Friday evening, June 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. In this exhibit, the art reminds us that what is ordinary in one life might not be ordinary in another. Some artists have re-imagined “ordinary” in extraordinary ways. The curator is Dawn Diamantopoulos, who is a graduate of Pratt Institute.
Mr. Sarantos’ still life artworks feature his characteristic use of lively colors and a stylized approach, as in his painting Apples, Grapes and Vases on Blue Cloth. Another of his artworks, Three Potted Geraniums, portrays an interior scene of flowerpots resting on a radiator. The painting has a vintage appearance. Mr. Sarantos uses color “as a driving force to create art that is recognizable to the viewer, yet abstracted from a literal representation.“ His art explores the interplay between abstraction and realism across genres including figurative art, landscapes and cityscape paintings, as well as still life art.
The Ordinary Things exhibit is on display until July 6, with the opening reception on Friday evening, June 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Many Midwest regional artists will be in attendance at the reception which is free and open to the public. Studio 659 is located in the heart of the historic downtown district of Whiting, Indiana at 1413 119th Street. Located only 30 minutes from Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Studio 659 is not only an art gallery but a studio which offers classes to youth and adults as well as hosting live music events, book signings and more. The Studio is headed by the Whiting Arts Council. For more information visit their website at http://studio659.org
Leon Sarantos originally grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago, Leon continued his work in architecture and art. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center.
Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in curated art shows on a national and international basis. He is a member of Artsia: The Society of International Artists, 119th Street Artists and Studio 659; and is a juried member of the Union Street Gallery Guild. He is represented by Paul Henry’s Art Gallery, Indiana; CornerStone Art Gallery, Indiana; Union Street Gallery, Illinois, and Xanadu Gallery, Arizona. His website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com