original paintings, photography, digital, pencil, pastel, fine art and gifts.
Opening Reception: July 7 SATURDAY 2-6pm
- LIVE MUSIC with The Blue Ridge Strangers
First Star Art artworks are simultaneously dramatic and whimsical, dark and intensely colored, in several mediums: acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, chalk, ink, photography, and digital paint. Their works are in private collections internationally, have been featured in magazines, on events posters, used for community events and statewide conferences, and are studied in educational programs nationwide, as well as used as children’s book illustrations. They hold multiple awards for their work, including West Chicago’s People’s Choice 2014, Art For All Annual Juried Exhibit 2015 & 2017.
The two First Star Art artists, jammer and jrr, prefer to let their “art works get the attention.” They say that “Our wish is to immerse ourselves in art, to share some beauty, to inspire and be inspired. Our wish is coming true.” The name, ‘First Star Art,’ was inspired by an early unplanned painting of the first star at dusk and the children’s poem, ‘Star light, star bright, first star…’ They are fulfilling a starry dream, “Our fine art has become an expression of our extraordinary adventures in the world, and of those to come- first in our dreams, then hopefully into reality.”
First Star Art artists live in Elgin, Illinois and have lived and worked in USA, Canada, Zaire, England, Mexico, Germany, Bahrain, Afghanistan. They have traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, the Bahamas, Guatemala, Nepal, China, and Tibet. This diversity of experience is very apparent in their artworks. jrr is a librarian, English and Drama teacher, theater director and designer, fine artist, and manages First Star Art™. jrr also curates several international artist groups online with Fine Art America. jammer is a professional engineer, digital and photography fine artist, and musician- drummer for the band The Blue Ridge Strangers.