In March of 2012, The Arts of Life community welcomed a maker in her late twenties named Amanda Gantner. Amanda was curious and willing to experiment with a wide variety of mediums. Her early work included abstract acrylic paintings that implied architecture, layered oil pastel pieces reminiscent of landscapes, and jagged colored pencil drawings with areas of saturation and negative space. She also combined mediums and used masking/tracing techniques to achieve more representational outcomes.
Because our founding Artist, Veronica Cuculich, was a visual artist, the studio began as a visual arts program. Our community uses a system of collective decision making and grows based on the needs of our current members. Using that system, each studio will incorporate a variety of artistic mediums that fit the needs of our artists. Along with Visual Arts, the Chicago studio features music and printmaking initiatives and the North Shore studio features music and performance.