Elmhurst Artists' Guild hosted a Fiesta opening reception

  • Judy Anderson and Benjamin Calvert III attend the opening reception for the "Engaging Frida" exhibit. It continues through Aug. 28 at Elmhurst Art Museum.

    Judy Anderson and Benjamin Calvert III attend the opening reception for the "Engaging Frida" exhibit. It continues through Aug. 28 at Elmhurst Art Museum. Courtesy of Elmhurst Artists Guild

 
 
Updated 8/7/2021 1:10 AM

The Elmhurst Artists Guild enjoyed a fiesta of the opening reception for "Engaging Frida" on July 16 at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Forty-five local artists were juried into this exhibit of art inspired by Frida Kahlo.

 

The evening event was colorful and lively with Mariachi by Juan Diego Rojas and Juan "El Aguila" Reyes and Piano and cello by Brian Gaona and Kate Nadolski.

The guest speakers were Reyna Torres Mendivil, the Council General of Mexico in Chicago and Carlos Tortelero, founder and director of the Mexican Museum of Fine Art. Diana Martinez, the director of the McAninch Arts Center, spoke about "Frida Kahlo: Timeless" as well as state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (49th District).

The exhibit was juried by abstract artist Heidi Becker from Western Springs who is the owner of The Studio Uptown, 4726 Johnson Ave. in Western Springs.

The following artists received awards for their work.

• Best in Show -- Rhonda Popko

• First place -- Annemarie Spencer Toedt

• Second place -- Joan Curran

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• Third place -- Marlene Vitek

• Honorable mentions -- Kimberly Stourton, Sarah Johnson, Shannon Carroll and Debra Vaccaro

"Engaging Frida" is on view until Aug. 28 at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

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