Review: Uncovered: Food for Thought 

4 stars

Stutz Art Space Gallery. Viewing Uncovered: Food for Thought is like taking a peak into the ovens of artistic minds. Fifteen visual artists and three chefs share their creative processes through revealing sketchbooks, each paired with a finished work. Marilyn Derwenskus' "Over and Through" watercolor carries the eye from end to end in a horizontal composition of abstraction with pauses of architectural imagery. Her journal resonates with clippings, drawings and notes from a Chicago buildings tour. Chef Erin Kem of R Bistro created a collage of the restaurant's menus balanced with recipe pages and filled a clear mannequin head artistically with food. Kem presented handmade chocolate truffles in an edible box at the exhibition's reception. Relationships between each sketchbook and artform are aptly individualistic and telling. For some, this was their first sketchbook endeavor, explained curator Kate Oberreich, who also displays her art. "I've kept one (a sketchbook) forever...and loved the idea of the sketchbook as a glimpse into the artist's process." Stephanie Lewis Robertson's "Stone Sea Sand Sky" altered book and fiber art wall installation reaches beyond the imagery that the title suggests. The wall work's graceful, richly textured and patterned wing-like forms spreads diagonally in an uplifting, organic composition that nourishes the eyes and the soul. View a "virtual sketchbook" at The exhibition is part of the Spirit & Place Festival 2010. Through Dec. 17; 503-6420,

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