The exhibit titled “Fabulously Focused” includes the recent works of long standing members and newly juried Tall Grass Gallery Artists opened on Friday, July 9, 2010 and ended on Sunday, September 19th, 2010. Boasting nearly seventy artists and a wide range of media, subjects and interpretations of the theme, this exhibit was a blockbuster. On the subject of the exhibit, one of the curators, Faye Zalecki explained, “Although there is a title to the exhibit – “Fabulously Focused” – the participating artists are not limited by theme or media. They have been asked to display a sample of their current work. It is always interesting to see how various artists evolve from exhibit to exhibit.” The diversity of styles, mediums and approaches to the theme by member and newly juried artists reveals the range of talents at the Tall Grass Art Association. Eleven new artists have successfully completed the jurying process and were invited to participate in the exhibit. They are Ann Goldsmith, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Anne Maraviglia, Joe Pankowski, Debra Parker-Sawyer, Carey Primeau, Angela Redmond, Colin Thomas, Michael Weiss, Patricia Wiseman and Marvin Wiltgen. In painting and drawing: Ann Goldsmith, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Joe Pankowski, Angela Redmond, Richard Benoit, Joan Bulf, RexAnne Coad, Maureen Hubbard Cribbs, Linda Curl, Suzanne Dreher, Orgean Freeman, David George, Doris Gibson, Mancefield Muata Harris, Selma Lisit, Mary Ann Trzyna, Patricia Moore, Maureen O’Toole, Roger Paris, Charlotte Sasser, Leon R. Wade, Claire Wiest, Peter Carl Wilhelm, Elmira Smith Wilkey, Marikay Peter Witlock, Janice Miller, Margie Glass-Sula, and Richard Schmidt. In mixed media, printmaking and sculpture: Joe Pankowski, Micheal Weiss, Marcia Babler, Lynne L. Brozynski, Pam Eberlin, Bronwyn Elkuss, Margi Hafer, Dennis Jennings, Robert J. Johnson, Sylvia M. Koch, Tim McCue, Diane McGarel, Joseph McIlhany, Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, Kiet Pham, Donna Radcliffe, Nance Tucker, Faye Zalecki, and Barbara Jones Hogu. In film and digital photography: Debra Parker-Sawyer, Colin Thomas, Patricia Wiseman, Marvin Wiltgen, CouSandra Armstrong, David Fitzgerald, Claudia McCarthy, Stuart Pearson, Richard Perna, and Janice Pratt. A print of one of the original works in the exhibit was raffled off during the run of the exhibit. The raffle art is by Charlotte Sasser. It is a watercolor abstract piece entitled “Whirling Ocean Life”. This sale of this raffle print will benefit the ongoing operations of the gallery. The Tall Grass Gallery is located at 367 Artists Walk, adjacent to Village Hall in Downtown Park Forest, between South Orchard Drive and Western Avenue, north of Indianwood Boulevard. The gallery and gift shop are open to the public, free of charge. The Association also offers a variety of art classes for children and adults. Gallery hours are 11:00 am. through 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information or directions, call the gallery at (708) 748-3377 or check the Tall Grass website at www.tallgrassarts.org. The participating artists and their works will be reviewed here by the author in a series of articles. Check the links for more information on individual artists and to read the series of articles on works in various types of media.