Artists Susan Kraut and Richard Deutsch
were talking with visitors about painting, landscape and light.
People wandered, gazing at Deutsch's
paintings of pilings in the Chicago River and Kraut's of storm-clouded skies.
It is a natural intersection, said Deutsch, who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Nature and art have always been very entwined together," he
"The Art Institute
probably has more landscapes than any other subject."
Which makes sense, he
said: "The landscape is the place where we all have very strong visual, emotional, psychological responses."
Kraut, also a longtime teacher at SAIC
, paints still lifes and landscapes as seen over windowsills.
uses aging, spotted fruits and vegetables in her
still lifes, she
said, as a way of capturing a moment in time.