Art Gallery

Featuring Local Artists: Beth Chasco and Aman Aulakh

Art Gallery Reception, 5:30-7:30pm in our classroom!

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Beth Chasco's "Leelanau Landscapes"

Leelanau Two Track by Beth Chasco

Fall Color Tour in the Peninsula by Beth Chasco

Beth Chasco's Artist Statement:

Water, meadows, beaches, barns and boats of the Leelanau Peninsula inspire me to paint and to ponder nature and man’s interaction with it. It is a tactile and sensual place filled with beauty and wonder. It also has vineyards and great wine!

To purchase Beth's work please email her: bethchascostudio@gmail.com

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"Homage" by Aman Aulakh

Cowboy and Indian by Aman Aulakh (featuring three angles)

Post Shaadi by Aman Aulakh

Aman Aulakh's Artist Statement:

I fell in love with Polaroid photo transfer and emulsion lifts back in 2001 when I was living in the west coast. Wherever I went, my camera, loaded with slide film, came with me. When I returned to St. Louis in 2003, I began exploring my father’s Kodachrome slide collection he took in the 1960’s and early 70’s before and after I was born. The slides told stories of his visits to India after immigrating to the States and his new life in America. Seeing the world and the past through his lens was my guiding inspiration. 

Printing my father’s slides onto Polaroid film and producing an emulsion lift that can be manipulated and placed on various surfaces allowed me to make pieces from his original work. When creating these pieces, I feel as if both my dad and I are working together, honoring those featured in the photos. Handling the fragile onion skin-like emulsion lift on my fingers and carefully applying it to the delicate shell surface often reminds me of the fragility and strength of familial relationships depicted in these photos. The distortions and abstractions that occur during this process seem so fitting with life’s imperfections. 

Many thanks to numerous friends who have encouraged me to finish this project (Viki, Laura, Amy, Jessica, & Sanjay) my mother (oh how I miss you!) for her unyielding support in my life, Viki for assisting me with the installation, CGFC for this opportunity to display my work, and of course, my father, for which none of this would be possible.

Peace love to all.

To contact Aman, please email her: peaceaulakh@gmail.com 

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Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant community. Our owners believe that a vibrant community is one that is alive with art.

Our gallery is located in our highly utilized Flatlander Classroom, a space dedicated to connecting the community, facilitating educational opportunities focusing on healthy living, and providing access to local artists. This multi-use space is ideal for integrating the arts into the urban environment and creating partnerships among artists, the community and business. This year, we will be hosting two artist at a time, allotting each artist a locked case that is 8’ long x 44’’ high x 4’’ wide. We always welcome kids and group shows to apply!

Want to Show YOUR Work in our Gallery in 2018? Contact Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Buckman (sarah.buckman@commonground.coop) for more information.