Susan Anne Russell is an artist on the go! She was trained in Chicago at School of The Art Institute and Columbia. She loves fashion, art, music, and racecars. In fact she has been involved with all of them…from her time as a car and motorsports model, to her years as music interviewer and television hostess. All along she has been a dedicated artist taking it the sights and imagery that surrounds her. Susan Anne Russell’s next Solo Show is titled Ethereal Dreams. We covered Susan’s Solo Show last year – Reaching the Sublime, at The Woodstock Opera House. If you missed last year be sure to check out the experience of a dreamlike palette filled with waterfalls from exotic locations. If you cannot take the drive out of the city, you may still catch her Sepia portraits and nudes hung at The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts Spring Show that opened end of April.
“Ethereal Dreams is comprised of waterfall imagery, clouds and flora. From Jamaica to Peru to Brazil, water, blossoms and greenery abounds. The physical presence is altered to reveal the spiritual presence. Utilizing the combined genres of Impressionism and Surrealism, images come into focus. Fantasy and Idealization enter into the composition and these elements as they transpose to dreamscapes.” Susan Russell commented.
The North Shore Art League is hosting Ethereal Dreams at The Winnetka Community House. The exhibit will be on the first floor of the historic building. The beautiful Tudor style structure has been a vibrant foundation of The North Shore since 1911 attracting 250,000 visitors a year inclusive of Chicago residents.
The Winnetka Community House marked its first hundred anniversary in the year 2012. It has been placed on the National register of Historic places for over a decade. The North Shore Art League hosts a range of annual art exhibitions from portrait, to abstracts to Solo Shows. The beautiful 71,000 square foot building inspired by English royalty from the Renaissance, has many corridors and rambling rooms to wander through its gates, grounds and courtyards. The North Shore Art League was founded in 1924 and early on collaborated with The Art Institute of Chicago. Known for a club of high caliber, it hosts lectures and classes. NSAL has the reputation as one of the most prestigious art clubs nationally. Susan is thrilled to be part of the list of artists granted a show in this historic landmark.
Susan has been exhibiting her paintings since the age of twenty. She has been represented through Saatchi Gallery of London. One of the highlights of her career was when a collector from Milan, Italy purchased one of her waterfall paintings. As a student at SAIC she studied Southern Baroque Art. Later she traveled to Italy on her second honeymoon, before her third child was born. Ever since, Susan has a visceral connection to Ancient Greece, Rome and The Renaissance.
In 2017 Susan was Judge at The Annual Festival of the Arts, held at the Cook Mansion in Libertyville. Susan is a Professor of Art History, Performing Arts and faculty in Studio Art. She is author of a textbook; Exposing Yourself to the Performing Arts. The book can be found at University libraries of Harvard and Yale, as well as International Universities and museums.