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The Berghoff by Brian Zapien

The Berghoff by Brian Zapien

Gallery 7 presents a new feature exhibition; Chicago Landmarks: History in Graphite Illustration by Brian Zapien. The show will run March 29-April 28 with an opening reception to greet the artist on Sunday April 1st from 2-4pm. The public is invited to both the exhibit and the reception at Gallery 7, 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 in downtown Joliet.

When graphite illustrator Brian Zapien was growing up, his father was employed at a paper mill and he would bring home the irregular reams of paper. "At first I wasn't too sure what to do with all the paper, but I quickly found a purpose for it. I began doodling, going through page after page of paper, drawing anything and everything I could!", says Zapien.

Zapien has taken his childhood passion to a professional level, beginning his art education at a community college, then studying illustration and graphic design at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Exhibiting his work in numerous Chicago area art shows, he has won 4 Best of Show awards. He has done a collection of famous lighthouses entitled "Sentinel Series" and accepts commissions of custom portraits. His current show at Gallery 7 includes illustrations of Chicago landmarks, familiar to us all–Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, Navy pier, The Bean. "Every detail is included in every drawing.", says Zapien, describing his work. Once one sees these illustrations, this statement seems an understatement. You really have to see it to believe it.

Gallery 7 is operated by a group of artists and is celebrating its 5th year bringing exciting artwork to Joliet and the southwest suburbs. The gallery is located at 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 in downtown Joliet next to the historic Rialto theater. All art exhibited at Gallery 7 is for sale. Admission to the gallery is free and it is open to the public. Usual hours of business are Monday-Friday 11-2 and first Saturdays of each month 10-Noon. www.galleryseven.net

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