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New Art Show: “Emerging and Emerged

Welcome to the new fall season of art at Painted Light. We are quite excited and proud to welcome painters Ken Minami, Ann Socha and Meredith Yelton to our gallery.

The show is called “Emerging and Emerged“, which expresses the different stages of development that these three artists find themselves in their careers. This is the first time we have had an exhibit which featured solely painters and so our name is particularly apt for this show!

We are showing eight of Ken Manami‘s paintings. He says of them, “(I do) …small still lifes painted on metal whose subject is light. The objects only help convey this feeling. They are painted in the manner of a tradition hundreds of years old. Rubens, Chardin and Canaletto painted in this way. The hard surface is abraded with sandpaper and then oil primed. The color appears to sit up on the surface and hold its brilliance.”

Ken is trained in the manner of the Boston School (the first Americans to study in the Paris atelier system of the 19th century), whose luminaries include John Singer Sargent, Edmund Tarbell and Dennis Miller Bunker. He is mostly a painter of urban scenes and still life. Ken’s former life cooking in restaurants still influences his still life work.The same instincts that guided his food pairings direct his compositions in paint. His work is enjoyed in collections locally and on the east and west coasts.

"Oil Spill" Ken Minami

“Oil Spill” Ken Minami









"Blue Truck Lillies" Ann Socha

“Blue Truck Lillies” Ann Socha












Ann Socha is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and as a teenager she was inspired by the vibrant arts community there. She studied Art History and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware and after moving to Crested Butte, Colorado, Ann became immersed in studying Iyengar yoga and eventually became a certified teacher in the method. All along the way, Ann has taken painting and drawing classes and, during a watercolor workshop, found that she loved painting pictures of old trucks. Today, Ann relishes in the time she gets to paint while her young daughter is at school.

Before recently moving to Chicago, Meredith Yelton lived in Louisville, Kentucky where she graduated from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute with a BFA in painting, working with oils on panel.  Her current work focuses on life experiences, most recently her move to a new city.  “Last Box”, a piece that evokes the leaving/coming process that a person experiences when moving, is narrative in nature, a little mysterious and quite visually arresting. Now that the big move is over,  Meredith is beginning to explore new avenues of life and new techniques of working as she continues on her path as an artist.

"Beginning" Meredith Yelton

“Beginning” Meredith Yelton

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