Scenes of Chicago neighborhoods celebrate the artist Mary Phelan's hometown and bring to mind the civic pride found in 17th century Dutch cityscapes. Phelan is inspired by feng shui in her compositions, which together with soft lighting and a subdued color palette take these everyday scenes to a higher level. Phelan has a gift for seeing the poetry of the ordinary in the city environment and she seeks to connect the viewer with what is often overlooked. Her new exhibition, "Urban Landscapes by Mary Phelan," features 13 oil on linen paintings.
Phelan is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and Northwestern University in Chicago. Her career includes chairing the Life Drawing and Foundations Departments at the American Academy of Art, magazine and book illustrations and commissioned works for universities, hospitals, museums and private collections.
She has exhibited extensively in the Midwest, with solo shows presented in several museums and galleries. Her works will be shown later this year at the Quad City Arts Center in Rock Island, Ill., and at the Galesburg Art Center in Galesburg, Ill.
Through March 25
Dubuque Museum of Art