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.
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.
Please see below for class schedules for the Young Artist Program and the Adult class schedule.
We do offer figure study drawing classes if there is a demand. 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.
If your child is preparing a portfolio for high school or college admittance the cost is $400.00 for the 15 hour week session. The studio prepares a portfolio visual file to attach to their applications. For further info, please contact Vicky Tesmer.
For all Young Artists:
Winter Art Classes Continue - Saturday, January 11th, 2020, 11:00 til 1:00 p.m.
$300.00 for six-class session
Classes are also after school on:
Tuesdays, beginning January 14th, 2020
Fridays, beginning January 17th, 2020
Supply list available. Please contact Vicky Tesmer to enroll your child: email@example.com
Adult art classes: Monday, January 13th, 12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Private Lessons available; please contact
the studio: firstname.lastname@example.org or for information regarding art classes.
2019 Upcoming Exhibitions:
Friday, June 21st, 2019: Tenth Annual Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception - 6:00 till 8:30 p.m.
2018 Upcoming Exhibitions:
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
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: