Maple & Main - Meet the Artists for the Curated Art Gallery Wall

I am thrilled that my company, Michelle Gentile Interiors, LLC has been selected to curate the new art gallery wall in the lobby of @MapleandMain at 1010 Maple Ave in Downers Grove. Collecting Artwork has always been a passion of mine and I am truly inspired by the artists' abilities to create. I have enjoyed this selection process immensely and I am looking forward to the installation this coming week. The management of Maple and Main wants the building to be an integral part of the community and has specifically asked for the artwork to be produced by local artists either from Downers Grove or that have a strong tie to the town.

I decided it was best to start from the artist I know, like @Melissakucia who has been a good friend for several years, since our sons went to (El Sierra) grade school together. I've been a huge fan of her abstract paintings and even an owner of one. I thought she'd be the perfect artist to build the concept around. I chose two of her pieces that work well with the color scheme and palette of the building. Her paintings have set the stage for the other artists to perform on.

The next on my list was my best friend from elementary school. Andrea and I have know each other since 1st grade when we attended Lester School. Her and her husband, Anthony own A & A Studios and build custom photo booths. Anthony has always been an artist and wanted a chance to showcase his creative abilities. His process includes working with vintage negatives in the darkroom. His combination pieces represent a time before technology with industrial settings and elegantly placed facial features. He adds a twist of surprise to his work and keeps his audience wanting more. Anthony's artwork inspired me to go the the Downer Grove Historical Society and research images that I could provide to the artist to bring the history of Downers Grove back into the building.