Type of Artist
Visual Artist / Photographer
Exhibits, Lectures on Creative Photography
Type of Artist
Visual Artist / Photographer
Exhibits, Lectures on Creative Photography
Type of Art
Fiber arts including modern quilts, knitting, crochet, historical costuming, wearable arts
Venues & Publications:
Emily C. Runyan
37159 Twin Oaks Drive
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Education: University of Kansas, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design (1999)
Venues & Awards:
710 North Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Media: Acrylics, fibers, beads
Venues & Awards:
Stitching Bevy is a collective of two women, Emily Runyan and Faith Agostinone-Wilson, who currently use fiber arts to explore a range of design possibilities along with the political implications of textiles. Currently Stitching Bevy has three divisions. The first is our reproduction vintage clothing and accessories, which reflects a keen interest in the legacy of handmade. These are sold through our website and at the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan, Illinois. The second division is our historical costuming, with a focus on Victorian and Civil War eras, sold through our website. The third division is our modern art quilts, which have examined political issues such as feminism, domestic violence, women’s labor, same-sex marriage, and economic inequality. Our quilts are exhibited at various local venues as well as online. In addition to our gallery and website work, we also host a free sewing circle the third Sunday of every month in the hopes that others will share in the communal benefits of textile arts.
Both of us came to textiles several years after our studio training from fine arts backgrounds, finding it a more flexible media to work with. Stitching Bevy uses all manner of fiber arts, including knitting, crochet, machine and hand quilting, hand dying, garment construction, embroidery, and photo transfer. We often incorporate repurposed antique and vintage materials into our work, so the old often takes on a new life of its own. The relative anonymity of textiles is often its own strength because it flies under the radar. Viewers aren’t often sure what to think when they encounter crafted objects in gallery contexts. Rather than conforming our work to a traditional fine arts vision, we attempt to bring the craft ethos into the gallery.
About the artist Thom Kapheim
Thom Kapheim is an educator and prolific artist, having produced art works in many media, designed theatrical sets, and illustrated many books. Thom’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and his work can be found in major galleries as well as private and corporate collections. His website has a partial listing of his exhibitions and collections. www.ThomKapheim.com
Thom is a lifelong resident of Lake County, Illinois. He was born in Waukegan and his childhood home was North Chicago. He graduated from North Chicago High School and went on to Northern Illinois University where he received his B.F.A. in Sculpture and an M.A. in Printmaking and Drawing.
Thom has been always been involved with bringing many art forms together. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Award for outstanding Contributions in Art Education by a Secondary School Visual Art Educator. Thom was involved in creating a new approach to holistic and multi-disciplinary arts education, and the co-creator of a performance-based stage production called “Fusion”. He was given the 1998 Innovators in Education Award, and the project was presented at the ISACD convention and the National Gifted Convention in 1999.
Thom has illustrated many books; to mention a few, his woodcuts were used in a pictorial narrative of The Epic of Gilgamesh, his paintings and pastels were used for editions of Prometheus Bound, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and Cicero’s The Red Flare.
Committees and Positions
Thom Kapheim has served on state evaluation committees in arts education, he has taught in secondary schools and at the college level, was elected to two terms on the school board of the Wauconda Unit School District #118, and served as a board Vice-President.
Very early in my life, I found that words would not adequately communicate the nuances of my thoughts to others, nor could I talk myself through a complete thought. I have developed within my symbolism a visual language that I have constructed, textured and enriched over a life time. However, my purpose is not to create “art” but to leave visual, tangible evidence that I existed, witnessed, and validated the human experiment. I, along with so many others have used my unique senses to continue the evolution of understanding of the human condition. The earliest cave painters did not know what art was, nor were they motivated to create art, they had a much more purposeful mission.
Truly I do not know what I have done when I create. I do not define myself as a watercolorist, painter, sculptor or draftsman. I do not understand why many “artists” need to categorize or compartmentalize their art. I do know that all our senses should be engaged in the making as well as the interpreting of what is called “art”. I do know that the remnants and artifacts that I leave behind validate my life, and may perhaps someday be a help to others. I have been comforted in my encounter with the works of others who have gone before. Hopefully my journey will reveal to others some insight to assure the continuance of the human quest.
My first pottery classes were at the University of Illinois while getting my bachelor’s degree in geology. I sometimes wonder where my life would have led if I had changed my major from Geology to Ceramics back then. I continued on with a career as a petroleum exploration geologist for ten years, and then was in social services for the next 14. Throughout this time I continued to take classes through community colleges, with experienced potters and at many workshops. Although I have tried many other craft forms, I kept returning to pottery. I find it is always variable and that is interesting to me. Opening a kiln is like Christmas. I am always excited to see what this round of firing has done.
Six years ago, we built a studio at our home in Waukegan. I didn’t get to play in the mud as a child so now I am in my studio, Play In the Mud, as often as I can.
Being in my studio gives me a sense of peace and calm with time passing unmeasured. Creating in clay provides a physical expression of my efforts – a different view of the many other activities in my life. I enjoy making functional pottery, taking quirks in the throwing process to stretch my imagination in form and design.
My hand built pieces preserve an old craft, handmade lace, into a more permanent, colorful form. I call this decorative functional work. The pieces are often hung on the wall but the glazes are food-safe so the piece can be used for food preparation and serving. The pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe.
I often do consignment work, taking one’s own lace and creating pieces from that source. The lace is not destroyed in the process.
Decorative Functional Pottery – plates, trays, platters, bowls, flower vases using antique lace to provide texture and food-safe glazes
Functional Pottery – bowls, mugs, colanders, flower vases all with food-safe glazes that are dishwasher and microwave safe
Mary Clare Jakes
Leisa Shannon Corbett is a figurative and abstract painter with a passion for creating psychological and spiritual depth in her work. Her recent portraits explore the close bonds between humans and their animals. In some of her earlier work, animals stand in for humans.
She has an abiding interesting in exploring space as inspiration for creative reverie. Sometimes her explorations take the form of large geometric abstractions that suggest urban architectural space. The abstract paintings were inspired in part from living in a walled city (Berlin, Germany) for 12 years. The more recent influence downtown Chicago architecture has inspired her to do a new series of abstract paintings
Living among the prairie and wetlands of Northern Illinois during the past few years has inspired Leisa to try naturalistic landscapes in oil for the first time. She hopes the paintings reveal the joy, wonder, and peace she feels living in the Midwest.
Leisa was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. She earned a A.A degree in Art from St. Louis Community College. Eager to see world, she joined the U.S. Army and was accepted into Military Intelligence. She trained as a German linguist. She served eight years in the military, married Bill Corbett, and moved to Germany. In Berlin, Leisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, then exhibited and sold her paintings in local galleries. In Germany, she ran a business conducting tours of Berlin art museums for English speakers.
After her husband died in Berlin, Leisa returned to the United States. In 2000, she graduated from Vermont College of the Fine Arts with an MFA in Visual Art and worked three years for Golden Artists Colors teaching workshops and giving technical lectures. From 2001-2006, she taught art history, art appreciation, drawing and painting at North Lake College in Irving, Texas and Collin County Community College in Plano and Frisco, Texas. She exhibited her work in commercial and university galleries and juried exhibitions in Europe and the United States.
In 2001, she won the Raucus Science Club Award at the Art in the Metroplex Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2005 she won a ribbon in the Colored Pencil Society of America’s Finer Points Exhibition in Irving, Texas. Leisa has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty at North Lake College for 2005-2006. The Excellence in Teaching Award is a competitive award bestowed by the faculty of North Lake to the best adjunct professor of the year.
Since moving to northern Illinois, she has served as President and later Program Director of the Lake County Art League. She is a member of the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan, Illinois www.dandeliongallery.org