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home : news : local   November 20, 2014

3/29/2014 5:55:00 AM
Array of styles, media on display in Sunday art show


Mendota native Gerrad Holtz took multiple images of the Lincoln Memorial during a visit to Washington, D.C. The images were manipulated into a stereographic, 360-degree single image. The image includes his mother, Dee Holtz taking a photograph of the Memorial. The image is one of several images at the Hume-Carnegie spring open house and art show Sunday.
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Mendota native Gerrad Holtz took multiple images of the Lincoln Memorial during a visit to Washington, D.C. The images were manipulated into a stereographic, 360-degree single image. The image includes his mother, Dee Holtz taking a photograph of the Memorial. The image is one of several images at the Hume-Carnegie spring open house and art show Sunday.


Mendota native Gerrad Holtz took multiple images of his family’s home and then manipulated them into a stereographic, 360-degree single image. The image is one of several images at the Hume-Carnegie spring open house and art show Sunday.
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Mendota native Gerrad Holtz took multiple images of his family’s home and then manipulated them into a stereographic, 360-degree single image. The image is one of several images at the Hume-Carnegie spring open house and art show Sunday.
About the rest of the artists:

Carolyn Zapf Stoner: pen & ink drawings of Mendota

Mendota native and illustrator for the 1978 “Tracks of Time” book published during the city’s 125th anniversary. No other information is available for this artist.

Victor “Vic” Wedemeyer: pottery, watercolors

Originally from Sheboygan, Wis., he was the art teacher in Mendota’s schools from 1948-81.

Barbara Guilfoyle: various media including watercolors, pen & ink

A commercial artist for Bennett Brothers in Chicago, she also taught art at Holy Cross and Northbrook schools in Mendota.

 

Amy Randecker Shapiro, ceramics

A 1989 graduate of Mendota High School, she now teaches ceramics and sculpture at Bolingbrook High School.

 

Jason Randecker, ceramics
A 1992 graduate of Mendota High School, he now teaches art inMarble Hill,Mo.

 

Rich Milazzo: markers, water colors, illustrations

A Mendota graduate, he turned down an art scholarship in favor of working locally. He continued to create art in watercolor, pencil and markers and is known for his illustrations on the annual Mendota Chamber of Commerce Christmas ornaments.

 

Fred Bell: watercolors, color pencil

A custodian, coach and active member of Mendota Community Theater, he began drawing portraits of graduating seniors as gifts. Now retired, he still receives requests for portraits done in his unique style.

William “Bill” Piller, works in bronze

Best known locally for his bronze sculptures of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok in Mendota and Troy Grove, he also creates bronze sculptures of wildlife. He also created the Radium Girls monument in Ottawa, a project spearheaded by his daughter, Madeline.


Tamara Abbey
Staff Writer



MENDOTA — Manipulated images offering a unique perspective will be part of the Hume-Carnegie Museum spring open house and local artist show 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Gerrad A. Holtz, originally from Mendota and now living and working in Hollywood, Calif., said he became interested in photography when he was a child. He also was fascinated with magic, two interests that have worked well for him in his career as a digital effects artist for television and movies. “I’ve always been into magic and special effects — just the ‘how do they do that?’” he said.

When not working on films, he uses his free time to capture and manipulate images he takes at home, while traveling or visiting his parent’s home near Mendota.

The photographs are manipulated as a planet or a stereographic, 360-degree single image created from as many as 50-150 individual photographs.

“It’s such a distorted version of what a picture usually is,” he said. “I experiment with different places, how far away I should be.”

While he is known in the film industry for his craftsmanship in his day job, he said the photography is gaining attention with his work displayed in small galleries around Los Angeles and in Portugal, too.

The images are then manipulated and blended into a seamless, single image. Several of his prints will be on display during the artist show along with a preview copy of a book he is working on to showcase some of his images.

Chris Stamberger, one of the museum volunteers assisting with the open house and art show, said the idea for the show and exhibit came from the museum’s collections.
She said the museum has quite a few pieces by noted artists August Holland and New Yorker cartoonist Helen Hokinson. Those pieces resulted in the decision to feature Mendota artists and their work.

Admission to the show Sunday is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.










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