Oak Park art gallery presents "Made of Stardust"

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Oak Park, IL, August 29, 2014:  Galleryna19 is pleased to present "Made of Stardust" a solo art exhibition by Oak Park-based artist and galley owner, Martha A. Wade.  In her new body of work, Wade creates a fantasy of humans made from stardust, who uplift our spirits by giving us a glimpse of what people can achieve at their highest potential.  Her tapestry of famous and everyday people suggest that common grounds exist, where everyone is empowered to fulfill their dreams.  

"Everyone has heroes and heathens in their life, and most of us are both. If you look closely into our eyes, you can see the same cluster of stars and particles as deep in the sky. People are capable of great things if they only realize we are made of the same stuff of stars. I hope that art lovers will connect with my work and feel inspired. The purpose of my artwork is to share love and light through creativity, as a way of genuinely engaging with the world as a real contributor." -- Martha A. Wade

An opening reception will be held on September 19, 2014 from 6-10pm.  The exhibition will be on view through October 17, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Martha A. Wade is a self-taught artist from Chicago. The daughter of an artist, she has always carried a deep passion for art making.  Martha would watch her father paint from a young age, and longed for a canvas of her own.  She began to teach herself drawing by pausing cartoons on video and copying the image.  Today her paintings have a bold and vibrant style that explores mankind's potential on earth and throughout the universe.

Once fearful of the "starving artist" stereotype, Wade chose to attain her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan rather than fine art in 2000.  After years of working in the financial services industry, her creative spark could no longer be squelched.  Martha had no choice but to make a change and go back to school in the arts.  She received her Masters of Art Management from Columbia College Chicago in 2008, where she learned the graphic design, web production, and video skills needed to begin her artistic career on her own.  Martha then built her own website, and started posting images of her work.  The love Wade's art received online through social media gave her the courage to show more work, and devote her life to painting nearly 5 years ago.  Martha Wade's work can be found in private collections nationally in the United States as well as internationally in Scotland, Ireland, and Sweden.

About Galleryna19

Galleryna19 is the newest addition to the trendy Oak Park Art District, the stylishly minimalist gallery exhibits emerging, mid-career and established artists creating contemporary works on paper, paintings, and fine art photography.  The mission of Galleryna19 is to bridge various artist communities and provide its artists greater exposure to new markets.  Galleryna19 opened its doors in 2014 in the Oak Park Arts District; one known for its diverse culture and history. The owners, Martha Wade and Reisha Williams, founded the space to offer a welcoming environment for viewing the art they love.  Galleryna19 recognizes the necessity to provide lowbrow and outsider artists, as well as street artists a platform.  In addition to the exhibition of art, the gallery plans to host annual fundraisers for local nonprofits and provide opportunities for youth to develop as artists.

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