Type of Art
Visual art, watercolor paintings
Commissioned work and exhibits
Type of Art
Visual art, painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, murals
Commissioned work and exhibits, teaches classes and workshops, and conducts demonstrations
Leroy “Skip” Wiese M.P.S.
2701 Sallmon Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60087
*Signature membership, “M.P.S.”, is awarded to an artist for being accepted in three years of juried competition.
Art Institute of Chicago
College of Lake County
Skip was an illustrator for H&R Studio, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois until 1980. He taught painting at the College of Lake County; David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, Illinois; and Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Currently, Skip teaches at the Gorton Community Center for the Deer Path Art League, Lake Forest, Illinois. Skip also conducts workshops in pastels, watercolors, and Monotype printing. He attained signature membership to the Midwest Pastel Society in 1991.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
Transparent Watercolor Society of America
Lake County Art League, Waukegan, Illinois
North Shore Art League, Winnetka, Illinois
Deer Path Art League, Lake Forest, Illinois
Suburban Fine Art Center, Highland Park, Illinois
Senior Art Network, Chicago, Illinois
Artist on the Bluff, Lake Bluff, Illinois
Waukegan Arts Council, Waukegan, Illinois
Listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in the World” Millennium Edition, Library of Congress, Reg. #74252
9 Best of Show
8 Awards of Excellence
5 Purchase Awards
3 Special Awards
9 Merit Awards
8 First Place Awards
8 Second Place Awards
7 Honorable Mentions
2 Popular Portrait Awards
1 Senator’s Award
1 Mayor’s Award
Lake County Cable Television – Studio Interview and Monotype Demonstration
Highland Park Cable Television – Art Interview (1997) and Monotype Discussion (1999)
Published; 1 month calendar art for Kemper Center, Kenosha, Wisconsin (2003)
Deerpath Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois
Gallery Ltd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Anderson Art Center Sales and Rental Gallery, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Art Cetera, Grayslake, Illinois
Curtis Gallery, Libertyville, Illinois
Dandelion Gallery, Waukegan, Illinois
Kemper National Insurance Corp., Long Grove, Illinois
Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois
CLC Permanent Collection, Grayslake, Illiniois
City of Waukegan, Waukegan, Illinois
Lake County Housing Authority, Lake County, Illinois
Morton Manufacturing, Libertyville, Illinois
…and many other corporate and private collections
Robert Pioch was born in Wheeling, Illinois, and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a BFA in drawing. He then went on to study watercolor and plein air painting under David Dallison and Thomas Trausch.
Robert’s work captures the appearance and feel of life, while his passionate focus allows him to express through paint the affinity he has with the things he cares about.
Currently, he has found success in painting house portraits in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. As the art culture in Waukegan is booming, Robert is happy to be part of the Waukegan Arts Council, as well as been given the opportunity to contribute to the Genesee Theatre mural. His work can be seen on display at the Dandelion Gallery in downtown Waukegan.
Pat’s watercolors reflect her interest in depicting scenes across America. She is known for using bold colors, vivid lights and darks, and stunning details.
Pat participates in summer festivals and is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society, the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild and the Lake County Art League.
Type of Art
Visual art, watercolor paintings, teaches Watercolor for the Waukegan Park District
Commissioned work, exhibits, classes and workshops
377 Lynn Terrace
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 204-0343
So why boxes? That is a question I hear more often than one would think. Luckily, I have never had a problem answering that question ever since I created my first box over seven years ago. I was instantly hooked. I researched and collected any information I could find on box making, from Egyptian times to the present. I follow the inspiring works of notable box makers such as Peter Lloyd, Andrew Crawford and Phil Weber. I have a collection of books on the subject that will soon require me to purchase a larger home. So the answer to why boxes? Well, that is a question that has multiple answers. To me, boxes are an extremely personal container. We use them to hold our history, secrets, and memories. They are time capsules to our families that can be handed down from generation to generation. They are a sculptural art form that can be created to reflect emotion, movement, or a point in time. They are an art form that is crafted using some of the most spectacular material that only Mother Nature could provide. These are the reasons I fell in love with box making.