Hyde Park Art Center alumni and artists show off work in Indiana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer

A group of artists with Hyde Park ties will be representing the neighborhood at a new exhibit south of the border — the state border, that is.

“The Hyde Park Connection” will open Saturday, July 5, at the CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Ind. It will feature works in several different mediums by a group of past and present Hyde Park Art Center instructors and students. The students are part of a group dubbed Studio 4, which gets its name from the space at the art center where former instructor Darrell Roberts once taught.

“We all met and became friends and comrades through the Hyde Park Art Center, and especially through the influence of Darrell Roberts,” event organizer Leon Sarantos said of the group, several of whom are neighborhood residents.

The event is the brainchild of Hyde Park oil painter and architect Sarantos, who is a member of the 119th Street Artists of Whiting, which runs the CornerStone Art Gallery.

Artwork on display will range from fabric and prints to paintings, ceramics and drawings by Studio 4. The show will also feature two solo exhibitions, by Hyde Park Art Center instructor David Anthony Geary and Darrell Roberts. An opening reception will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 11.

“It’s quite a range of work,” Studio 4 member and Hyde Parker Bo Brown said. Brown will be showing off her carved pottery and prints at the upcoming show, her first independent of a class since she began studying art about 10 years ago.

“I think if you’re an artist you have to show your work,” Brown said, adding that the show is “a good exercise in cooperation.”

j.bishku@hpherald.com