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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 180 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
    annual CAVA Symposium.

2021 MEMBERS' SHOW OPENING RECEPTION featuring Artist Interviews | May 2, 2021
WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING
FEATURED CAVA ARTIST
SALLY BRANDL
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Since she was young, Sally has always been fascinated with anything involving paint or fibers. She was surrounded by stitchers, quilters, and knitters all her life, and has fond memories of their constant presence, and learning from them. “My painting education began with classes with a neighbor of my grandmother,” says Sally. “After graduating college with a degree in art education, I embarked on my teaching career, while continuing my own education by taking classes whenever I could.”

Sally's recent work combines her experience working with fiber, watercolor, embroidery,
and papermaking to achieve unexpected and whinsical results in her
finished pieces.

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During the years raising her family, Sally returned to her love of fiber arts as a way of earning income. “I ended up working in the needlework industry for many years as a designer of needlework canvases and designing and writing knitting patterns,” she explains. “I loved being around all the yarns and colors!”

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Alternating shapes and vibrant colors add life and energy to each piece.

A few years ago, following a move to Chicago, Sally decided to devote herself to a carer as a professional artist. “I set up a studio in the Cornelia Arts Building, and stocked up on all I needed to get back into painting watercolors. Eventually I began to add embroidery to paintings, and loved the process and outcomes. My paintings begin with shapes and many layers and colors of transparent watercolor. Next I sew threads into the paper to define the shapes, and give energy and life to the piece. I really enjoy this aspect of creating the paintings — I find it both exciting and relaxing at the same time.”

Sally enjoys watching viewers’ respond to her work. “Often the first reaction is surprise that the lines are sewn on, and many will subsequently lean in really close to the piece to confirm it.” Her goal is to keep reaching for that reaction of surprise and delight. “Through the use of an abundance of color and the addition of embroidery I aspire to create whimsical art that evokes pleasant memories and creates happiness.”

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To see more of Sally’s work, and find out more about the artist, follow her on Instagram here:  @sallybrandlwatercolors

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