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.
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
June 21st, 2013
Lauren Martinkus and Sarah Spread's Graduate Exhibition
"How We See", August 9th, 2013
Adult Student Exhibition - Group Exhibition
Friday, September 13th, 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
The year in review 2012:
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.
Wednesday Classes, February 20th - April 3rd (no class on the 27th), 2013, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday Classes, February 23rd - April 6th (no class on March 30th), 2013, 11:00 - 1:00 pm
Monday Evening Classes, March 11th -April 22nd (no class on the 25th), 2013, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
For the past twenty two years artists have worked with Vicky Tesmer in her decorative arts business creating one-of-a-kind environments from hotel lobbies, residences, chapels, schools, and restaurants. Their talents have been used in a variety of mediums from murals to tile mosiac, wall finishes and environmental design. For more information please go to: