Welcome to Expressions Graphics Website

Expressions Graphics is a non-profit printmaking cooperative and fine arts gallery. Our volunteer-run facilities include a working press shop, committed to safe and eco-friendly alternative methods, and a gallery space open to the public. We offer classes and education outreach programs for children and adults of all skill levels. Our gallery presents monthly exhibitions and printmaking demonstrations in order to share our expertise with the community and to promote a general interest in art.

Archived News

October 9th, 2014

Book Making Workshop

Have you ever wanted to make your own book?  Or do you have experience and want to work with Whitney Scott, a skilled book artist?  Please join us at Expressions Graphics for a Wonderful Workshop in Bookmaking!  

For more information or registration please contact us at Expressions Graphics in Oak Park, IL!

October 25th 2014 | 9:30am-1:30pm | $40 plus $10 for materials

Savor the creation of a handmade book you’ll treasure forever.

You’ll be learning binding knots, paper-grain, use of binding tools and more!

Typical use for such books are:
special gifts, recipes, wine notebook, journals, or poetry.

WHITNEY SCOTT, a skilled book artist, is from a family of European book artists and binders, and specializes in crafting handmade journals and scrapbooks. Her creations have been seen at Chicago’s Artists Book Works, Printers Row Book Fair (now Lit Fest), and WomanMade Gallery.

Click on the below image for a printable PDF flyer. 

Bpokmaking Flyer Oct 2014

October 8th, 2014

ART WORKSHOP: Halloween  Skull Prints with Steve Fisher on Saturday October 18th from 1:00 until 3:00 PM!

Also, Expressions Graphics' Third Friday GHOST SHOW!Expressions Graphics is going to participate in the Third Friday gallery walk in the Oak Park Arts District in Oak Park on October 17th (the day before the workshop.) Several of the galleries along Harrison are participating in what they are calling a "Ghost Show".

Click on the below image for a printable PDF poster. 

Skulls Worksop

September 9th, 2014

Expressions Graphics announces a new book exhibit and workshop! Click on the below image for a printable PDF entry form. 

Book image

Deadline for entries
The basics: Sept. 16th 2014

Eligible entries:
Original and Limited Edition books crafted by artists &/ collaborating artists Non-standard formats are welcomed. Max. size is two feet square. Up to three works. Submissions should be digital jpegs 300 DPI.

Email to: flyingypsy@hotmail.com; all parties wil be notified of acceptance by email.

Delivery of works:
All art must be delivered by Sept. 19th- between the hours of 1 until 7PM.

Art tags must be filled out and affixed to each submitted work.

Workshop to follow.


June 1st, 2014

De Jesus solo show at Expressions Graphics

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 8th, Noon to 4:00PM
Exhibit runs May 26th - June 26th, 2014
Note: the beginning etching class originally scheduled has been cancelled

May 24, 2014

Hello E.G. members,
    I wanted to thank all those who helped out last week at the What's Blooming on Harrison Street event at our studio!  Thank you Ruth Patzloff and Lisa Markwart, for taking care of the Gasse School of Music.  I hear it was a lot of fun to see all the kids playing their string instruments!  Thank you Kate Brennan, Grazyna Grazesnikowska-Kot, Maria Garcia for taking care of the drop in and Print classes and Jill Kramer for getting material and the project ready!  I hear we got a lot of Kids this year!  Also Carol for gallery sitting and closing up for us!  It sounds like a really nice weekend and I'm glad the weather was pretty good.  My girls spent all morning there!  Thank you Kate for taking them!

Coming up next Nicolas de Jesus will be exhibiting his print works in our gallery space and will be doing a workshop, book promotion and lecture!  See flyer above!  Thank you Grazyna for helping put together the flyer!

I will be gallery sitting this Saturday 1-4pm (May 24, 2014,)  I can help anyone who comes in but will not be printing.  I'm recovering from surgery and doing well.  It was a little more invasive than I had thought it would be so will need a little more time to recover.  Thank you for all the emails and support during this recovery time!

Lastly, art camp is coming up!  We will put the dates on the calendar.  Those days  and times the studio will not be available for rent.  Also we will have a members meeting June 7th at noon!  Please come!

Thank you,
Janet Schill

Expressions Graphics & LA CALACA PRESS are pleased on presenting: "CALACAS II".
II La Calaca Press International Print Exchange.

II Calacas at EG
Opening Reception: Friday, July 20th, 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Day of the Dead Celebration
Exhibit runs July 7th - August 5th, 2012.
More Information here..


Expressions Graphics Presents: "Symbolic Immersion: Prints and Installation Art by Jessica Kronika".

Evoking a journey of discovery, the artist takes us into a contemporary experience of visiting prehistoric cave and early stone temples during a storytelling. Using cutting edge LED technology in the place of oil burning lamps, the illuminated spaces of Kronika‚€™s installation invite you into the mysteries. Working with mixed media, the artist turns everyday materials into glowing crystalline and substantial spaces. Using printmaking, bookmaking, sculpture and photographic processes, the evolving series of two-dimensional art works and documentation capture the strangely universal yet undecipherable symbols that illuminate the exhibit.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 15th, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Exhibit runs through July 6th, 2012.
More Information here..

Expressions Graphics Presents: "DREAMS OF FREEDOM".
New Works by Nicol√°s De Jes√ļs.

Dreams of Freedom
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13th, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Exhibit runs April 1st - 30th, 2012.
More Information here..


Expressions Graphics Presents: "CALACAS".
La Calaca Press International Print Exchange.

Calacas at Expressions Graphics
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Day of the Dead Celebration
Exhibit runs November 5th - November 29th, 2011.
More Information here..


Expressions Graphics Presents: UN-NATURAL DISASTERS.
A Suite of Social Justice Themed Prints.

Un-Natural Disasters
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21st, 2011 6:00PM to 9:00PM
And Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Exhibit runs October 1st - October 31st, 2011.
More Information here..


Expressions Graphics Presents: Ink on the Veins.
By Three Nicaraguan Printmakers.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 18th, 2011 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Printmaking Demo 8:00PM.
Exhibit runs August 18 - September 11, 2011.
More Information here..


Expressions Graphics Presents: Mixtographia of Sound.
By Visiting Artist Reynaldo Santiago.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 15th, 2011 7:00PM to 9:30PM
Stone Lithography Demo 8:00PM.
July, 2011.
Workshops Information here..


Expressions Graphics Presents: Laura Myntti - New Work.
landscapes, oil drawings and explosives"

Opening Reception: Friday, June 10th, 2011 5:30PM to 8:00PM
June 10 - 30, 2011.


Expressions Graphics Presents: "Thresholds to Conservation"

Collaborative Printmaking Portfolio. Thresholds to Conservation is the first Rio Grande Valley Collaborative printmaking portfolio produced in response to a call for artist, printmakers, and educators by Reynaldo Santiago, curator at the Art House Gallery in McAllen, Texas. Invited to participate in the portfolio are a unique group of international and local artists who have interpreted images, each with a specific message, based on the title via a variety of printmaking techniques. All prints are original, hand pulled, and signed by the artist. More info here...

"Thresholds to Conservation" Collaborative Printmaking Portfolio.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 15th, 2011 6:00PM to 9:00PM
April 15 - May 13, 2011.


Monoprints by Benjamin & Anna Marie Varela

Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 6-9PM.
"We are expressing our thoughts by manipulating the light, the appearance of our artwork is representational, abstract and non objective filled with bright colors. The impressionist painted the light that they saw in nature and we are manipulating the light to express our ideas, the title of this is manipulating the light. With warm regards Benjamin and Anna Marie Varela "
March 18 - 31, 2011.
More info here


Six by Six Portfolio 2010.

This portfolio of selected handmade prints was created by members of Expressions Graphics to raise funds to help support our community outreach projects.
More info Here

Expressions Graphics Presents:

Artwork by MaryEllen Ponsford.

Open: Wednesday, Oct 27 through Friday, Oct 29 3-7PM. Saturday 30, 12-5PM.
Drop by for Refreshments and Enjoy some Evocative Art
Oct 27 - 30, 2010.
More info here


Chine Collé: The Paper Dimension

Two Person Show By Beverly Keys and Carol Friedle. Opening: Friday, August 20th, 6:00PM to 9:00PM.
Printmaking Demo: Saturday 21, 2:00PM
August 7 - 31, 2010.

Expressions Graphics Presents: "Master Prints"

Relief Prints by Nicaraguan Artist Carlos Barberena. In this series the artist employs the process of appropriating and varying ‚€œMaster Pieces of Art,‚€� using at times both their titles and compositional strategies but inserting contemporary imagery to create new works. These pieces reflect contemporary issues such as environmental pollution, exploitation of natural resources, human rights issues, violence, labor rights, wars, and the use and abuse of power.
"Master Prints" Relief Prints by Nicaraguan Artist Carlos Barberena.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 16th, 2010 6:00PM to 9:00PM
July 1 - July 31, 2010.


"Noösphere" Print Works by Visiting Artist Eveline Kolijn

Opening Reception: June 18, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
June 4 - 26, 2010
Printmaking Demo: 8:PM

Expressions Graphics Presents:

Jill Kramer: Landscape Block Prints and Janet Schill: Wearable Art and Jewerly.
Opening: Saturday, April 17th, 2010 6:00PM to 9:00PM
April 5 - May 8, 2010.

Small Prints by Rene Arceo and Workshop

This month we have a unique opportunity at Expressions Graphics. We have a guest printmaker Rene Arceo, who is exhibiting Small Prints in our gallery. He has exhibited widely in the Midwest, Mexico and Canada. Rene also teaches in the Chicago public school system. He's a wonderful teacher and is doing a benefit workshop to help our not-for-proffit printmaking gallery and studio. More information here

"Small Prints by Rene Arceo" Opening: March 19th 6:PM-9PM
Open to Public: March 1- March 31.

Spaghetti diner FUNdraiser

Do away with your winter Blues at Expressions Graphics' February Spaghetti dinner FUNdraiser!!! Opening: Saturday, February 20th, 2010 from 1:30 - 8:00 pm at Expressions Graphics.
Exhibition ends February 28th.


Expressions Graphics and Arceo Press invite you the public viewing of the print portfolio:
‚€œDIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Common Ground"
Opening: Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 2 - 4 pm at Expressions Graphics.
Exhibition ends November 2nd.

Airline Secutriy (Ziplock Bag) Art Show

Expressions Graphics is hosting a show zip lock bag art show. If you have traveled by airplane lately you probably know about the rules regarding taking liquids and gels on an airplane. These rules are the motivation behind this show. Create a unique piece of art, put it into a zip lock bag. Mail it to Expressions Graphics. Do not limit yourself to security, or airlines themes.
More info Here



Painterly Prints.

Expressions Graphics Gallery Presents: Painterly Prints. A group show, April 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 5:30 to 9:00PM. Artists in this show: Audrey Brown, Jackie Dimetros, Marcia Palazzolo, George Wear, Donna Pope, Jan Anderson, Janet Schill, Cherie Salerno, Bob Kwas, Mary Lou Stewart.

Expressions Graphics Gallery Presents:

Visiting Artists Tim & Karen Linduska and their Advanced Art Students from Elverado High School. Exhibition: March 10 ‚€“ April ‚€“ 4, 2009. Closing Reception: Friday - April 3rd, 7:00- 9:00 PM

A√Īos de Miedo / Time of Fear. Prints by Carlos Barberena

This Print Portfolio by the nicaraguan artist Carlos Barberena is a homage to the victims of war, is based on his memories and the collective historical memory of his country (Nicaragua) in the decades of the 70's and 80's, but this does not mean that it is limited geographically, because it is the reality in many countries at present. This Portfolio is presented as a manner of reflection about war and its effects.

Six by Six Portfolio.

Small Prints by Members of Expressions Graphics. This portfolio of selected handmade prints was created by members of Expressions Graphics to raise funds to help support our community outreach projects.

Pipelines and Borderlines Portfolio.

Artists from the United States, Mexico and Canada have formed a grassroots collaboration to create artworks to spread awareness of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), what the Bush administration calls "NAFTA-PLUS", an umbrella for some 300 joint corporate and government initiatives affecting all three countries.

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago and Expressions Graphics Present:

‚€œWatercolor Monotype Prints‚€�.Oak Park Village Hall Nov. 8 ‚€“ Dec. 28, 2008. Reception:December 12, 4 ‚€“ 6 PM.An exiting exhibit of Monotype Prints created at an arts Workshops at United Cerebral Palsy on Harrison Street in Oak Park, IL.

View The Expressions Graphics 25th Anniversary Poster.

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29 Harrison Street Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 447-9262.

The Expressions Graphics is located in the Oak Park Arts District along Harrison Street between Ridgeland and Austin. We are one block from the Austin stop on the CTA Blue line and four blocks from Stop 17 of the free Oak Park Shuttle.