Gallery 1837 is a contemporary, salon style art gallery representing a select group of American, Latin American, and French artists. Founded in 1990 by Vicky Tesmer, the gallery moved to 1837 West Grand Ave in 2002. While many of the artists represented are local Chicago artists not all of them are inhabitants of the midwest. Strong in structure and concept, Gallery 1837 communicates social and contemporary issues through the plastic arts. It is dedicated to the growing pursuit of providing society with creative expression defined by the language of its diverse artists and their work.
Given the uniqueness of the space, Gallery 1837 is a perfect stepping stone venue for artists who are establishing themselves in Chicago.
Friday, May 18th, 2018: Ninth Annual Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception - 6:00 til 8:30 p.m.
2017 Year in Review:
Friday, June 9th, 2017: Eighth Annual Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception - 6:00 til 8:30 p.m.
2016 Year in Review:
Friday, May 20th: Seventh Annual Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception - 6:00 til 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition continues til June 19th
Friday, December 2nd: Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists "Small Works Exhibition" and Holiday Faire
Opening Reception - 6:30 tim 9:30 P.M.
Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th -
1:00 til 5:00 p.m.
Exhibition continues thru January 26th by appointment only
2015 in Art Openings and Events in Review:
February 13th, 2015: The Baptism - Autumn Mornings on Lake Michigan, oil paintings by Vicky Tesmer
In conjunction with the book signing of Linda Cairo Hillsman's A Blanket of Hope Through Faith and Fitness
Opening Reception & Book Signing: March 13th, 5:00-9:00 pm. Continuing thru March 15th, 2015
March 20th, 2015: Self, Nature, Community
Opening Reception 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sandra Holubow, Judith Roth and Judy Petacque
examine spiritual aspects of self and identity
Exhibition continues thru April 30th, 2015 by appt.
May 16th, 2015: Sixth Annual Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
More information to follow
October 9 - November 20, 2015: Contemporary Expressionist Artists - Three Person Exhibition: Keiko Nemeth, Philip Livingston and Richard Schemm
Opening Reception: October 9th 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Artists Symposium: October 10th 2:00 p.m.
November 17th - Women's Networking Event
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
2014 Exhibitions and Gallery Events - In Review:
October 10, 2014, Crossing Borders, Opening Reception
6:00-9:00 p.m. - Amy Glasser, Jen L. Jessen Lunt, Lauren
Martinkus, Scott Okin, Sophia Pichinos, James Pryzdia,
Annegret Reichmann, Sarah Spread, Vicky Tesmer and
Mel Theobald -Group Exhibition (by appointment only through November 21st).
May 17, 2014, Annual Student Art Exhibition 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
2013 - Year in Review:
Spring Equinox Exhibition - French Art from Delacroix to Signac
An extraordinary viewing night of a private collection of drawings and paintings by the masters of French art
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Student Art Exhibition -
Friday, May 10th, 2013
Summer Exhibitions 2013
"Amy Glasser's - Scientific Illustrations"
Medicinal Herbs of the Rain Forest
The Summer Solstice, June 21st, 2013
Lauren Martinkus and Sarah Spread's Graduate Exhibition
"How We See", August 9th, 2013
Adult Student Exhibition - Group Exhibition
Friday, September 20th, 2013
"The Art of the Drawing" - Group Exhibition
"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk." Paul Klee
Chicago artists: Judy Koon, Martin Giese, Don Southard, Megan Williamson, Sharon Bladholm, Kathy Weaver, Chuck Walker, Gracen Brilmyer and Vicky Tesmer
October 11th, 2013 - Opening Reception
2012 - Year in Review:
October 26th - November 30th, 2012
"Global Reach with Local Vision -
Nature Without Technology"
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
October 6th - 20th, 2012
Chicago Women's Caucus for Art
Saturday, October 6th
4:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Summer Art Camp in the Studio
August 6- 17th, 2012
June 11th - 29th, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Young Artists' Exhibition
May 11th - June 8th, 2012
May 11th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
April 13th - May 10th, 2012
April 13th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting Classes:
Study the classical approach to fine art with Vicky Tesmer's studio. Students learn line contour, classical drawing and painting, and develop skills in color mixing and spatial relations. Using a mixture of mediums, artists study portraiture, life drawing, still life and studying work of the masters.
Figure painting and drawing is the art of understanding human life - the flesh which covers the soul. There must be an interest in the subject - something the artist wants to say about the subject. It is a primary condition to painting the figure and portrait painting. The work is done when that special conversation has been found. The art teacher helps the artist find this dialog, preparing the artist with the necessary tools to self-express.
Private Lessons available; please contact
the studio: firstname.lastname@example.org
Six three hour classes - $360.00
(or individual three hours classes - $60.00 a class)
$25.00 for art supplies if studio purchases artists supplies. Otherwise, a list of supplies are available
If you are interested in Summer classes concentrating on painting and drawing or for more information regarding enrolling a young artist into the studio curriculum please email Vicky! This summer we will also be offering 9:00 - 12:00 classes or 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. classes weekly or by the day. Individual classes are $60
Adult art classes resume: Monday, June 4th, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Young Students Spring Art Classes continue Saturday thru June 23rd, 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Summer classes are 9:-00 till 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 till 4:00 p.m.
$60 per class
Wednesdays and Fridays after school classes continue beginning June 7th, 2018 thru June 20th
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Please contact Vicky Tesmer at the studio for more information. email@example.com
Studio is also offering college portfolio prep classes and high school portfolio prep. Three hour classes are $80.00 plus $25.00 for supplies
Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, artists have worked with Vicky Tesmer in her decorative arts business creating one-of-a-kind environments from hotel lobbies, residences, chapels, schools, restaurants and public art projects. Their talents have been used in a variety of mediums from murals to tile mosiac to creating full interiors and environmental designs. Artists around the world have interned with Tres Jolie Art, Inc. from Calcutta, India to Indonesia, Savannah, Georgia to Eureka, California. It has been a great experience for young artists and designers to learn practical skills in her studio. For more information please go to: