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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.
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FEATURED CAVA ARTIST
Marilyn Grad's art is infused with Asian and Indian aesthetics and iconic symbolism. Although small in scale, her pieces contain a universe of color and texture, and
reflect her respect for both the materials she utilizes and the natural environment.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
(with Ganesh and Buddha), acrylic and
mixed media on Shizen paper, 2023
Marilyn sees no limits when it comes to incorporating materials into her artwork.
She enjoys working across transdisciplinary spaces, experimenting with different objects, media, and materials, and exploring how they contrast and complement each other when they meet in her art. “Twenty-five years ago I chose mixed media as my niche, but now I believe this niche chose me,” she says. “I love working with different surfaces and papers, Shizen being one of my favorites, for its unique texture.”
Grad derives her inspiration from many sources and influences. “I took several 2-D classes in college at University of Wisconsin-Madison, otherwise I am primarily self-taught,” says Marilyn. “I participated in Sergio Gomez’ Art NXT Level, and also worked and exhibited at Chiaroscuro Gallery in Chicago Place on Michigan Avenue, alongside other inspirational artists.”
It's All About Colors and Shapes, acrylic and mixed media on cradled wood panel, 2023
Marilyn is continually looking for and exploring additional opportunities to show her work. She is currently working on new pieces for an array of 2023 shows she will be applying to, and hoping to return as an exhibitor in the Glenwood Arts Festival this coming August. "I want to express a sincere thank you to all the generous and amazing CAVA members and mentors who are helping me raise the bar on my professional level, which is much appreciated," says Marilyn.
To find out more about Marilyn, and see images of her work, click here to jump to her website. You can also follow her on instagram at marilyngrad.art
Resin work in process on the Ganesh figurine that appears in her completed work
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work (2023)