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CAVA is a volunteer not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 to serve artists aged 50+. We're dedicated to giving our over 200 members throughout Chicagoland the opportunity to exhibit artwork in at least three exhibits annually in such notable venues as the Chicago Cultural Center, Evanston Art Center, Bridgeport Art Center, Beverly Arts Center, and the Leslie Wolfe Gallery in Old Town.
Creating art can be a solitary occupation—CAVA organizes and presents events for older artists come together through its exhibitions, salons, member luncheons, workshops, annual Symposium, and special events. For more information, visit our CONTACT page, and sign up for our e-newsletter.
CAVA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
Exhibit in the Annual Members Show;
Enter the juried Later Impressions exhibition;
Engage in various group and media-focused exhibitions
we organize throughout the Chicago area;
Participate in membership social and educational programs, including our Salon/Critique Events; CAVA Studio Visits; and the annual CAVA Symposium.
2021 MEMBERS' SHOW OPENING RECEPTION featuring Artist Interviews | May 2, 2021
MEET OUR MEMBERS
FEATURED CAVA ARTIST
Cheri McGuire lives and works up in the vibrant Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Home of the Chicago Mosaic Society, Berger Park Cultural Center, and the Edgewater Arts Festival, Cheri finds the lakeside environment an endless source of inspiration.
Skull, acrylic paint, found text
and objects, glue
Coming from a fine arts background, inspired by Joseph Cornell, Eric Erickson and the curiosity boxes of the seventeenth century, Cheri takes her turn assembling themes in her ongoing series of “Odd Boxes." Using recycled, miniatures, vintage, toys, books, photos, artwork, natural elements, light and found objects, she locates them in boxes of all sizes, shapes, and incarnations. "I observe these objects, listen to their stories, and find them new homes," Cheri says.
Homey Vintage, found text and objects, transfer medium, screening, glue
Each box is unique and one-of-a-kind, with one or more vintage objects including vintage objects, selected texts and quotes from original sources, and even snippets from an 1842 English grammar book. "Look carefully, and you'll discover within the texts a connection to rest the box," says Cheri. "Look for a sarcastic, ironic, bizarre, or macabre twist in many of the boxes. The new meanings, jokes, and contexts are hiding in plain sight, patiently waiting for the viewer to discover, and enjoy."
French Box (detail),wire, found objects and text, watch gears, pencil and ink.
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Witchy Woman, wire, glass, feathers, string, woven and gathered branches.