Featured artist: Victoria Belz

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Victoria Belz’s true passion for glasswork began in 2006. Enamored with the endless possibilities, luminous quality and beauty of glass, she began her education to develop my skills as a glass artist.

Over subsequent years, she continued to study flame working, attending glass workshops with master glass artists, and began teaching others the joy of glasswork.  She finds glass to be a challenging medium, an amorphous solid always demanding her attention.

Even today, she finds her curiosity for new techniques continuing to pull her in different directions. For example, she is exploring larger sculptural works which mimic organic structures. “Working with glass continues to energize me and fill me with wonder,” she said.

Project Fusion commission rates: $500-$5,000


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Featured Artist: David Wensel

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Dave Wensel’s favorite photography centers on the experience of change. And, he likes photographing that experience just at its edge – the place where what was becomes what will be – because he has found that interesting things happen there.

Like with most photographers, seeing differently is the start for Wensel. Capturing the result in an impactful photograph is his goal. So, whether it’s a portrait, street scene, landscape, montage, objet d’art or “decisive moment,” he wants to make the photograph compelling in some personal way. For Dave, it’s done well if it is a photograph that evokes and engages.

Project Fusion commission rate: Beginning at $450


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Featured Artist: Michele Thrane

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Michele Thrane is an abstract artist who works in a studio in Arlington Heights. She is a printmaker and mixed media artist. She exhibits nationally.

Thrane’s chosen medium is encaustic, a mixture of beeswax, pigment, and resin. Her recent work has focused on monotypes that are created by drawing with encaustic on a heated metal plate. Paper is then pressed on the plate to make the print.  Some of the resulting monotypes are framed; some are mounted on panels; and some are included in mixed media work.

Thrane has a B.F.A. from Ohio State University with a focus on painting and printmaking.

Project Fusion commission range: $250 to $1500.

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Featured Artist: Mark Adams

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Mark Adams is a self-taught artist who was born and raised in Aurora, IL. He continually works at taking on many different disciplines in art while always trying to push himself to the limits. In 2003, his Spider (Foam Core) was featured as part of the Skyway Art Competition which included seven community colleges and select students. He briefly attended the Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg in 2011. While there, a colored pencil piece of his was selected for an art competition in which he took 2nd place winning him scholarship money. Since then, Mark has been involved in many art shows and at times collaborates with other artistic individuals. He has been noted for having great attention to detail in his work and has the artistic skill allowing him to work with a wide range of materials. Mark believes he has just scratched the surface of what he is fully capable of.

Artist’s Statement

“I strongly believe that always evolving in one’s approach to art is healthy. Change shouldn’t have a negative connotation. For it is that change that helps progress us as a species into a new world of possibilities. This is why I enjoy collaborating with other individuals. It is a great opportunity to have your eyes open to new and exciting concepts, some of which you weren’t aware existed. A direction I would like to explore would be to bring light to subjects that may have been forgotten and initiates conversation. I hope my art inspires people to think outside the box and sparks something within them.” 

Project Fusion commission range: $1,800 and up.

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Featured artist: Kelley Cappell

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Kelley Cappell is a proud graduate of Northern Illinois University, earning her degree in biology. She also studied art and scientific illustration, which eventually led to her serving for several years as the illustrator for Brookfield Zoo. Along the way, she has also run, or been employed by, local art studios that teach children and adults how to paint. Cappell has extensive experience with pen and ink, watercolors, acrylic, and computer graphic art. She is willing to work in themes that range from realism to whimsical and can cater her work to the to the wishes of the patron.

Project Fusion commission rates: $300 t0 $2000

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Featured artist: Courtney Wright Panzer

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Courtney Wright Panzer  is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Her work has been displayed numerous times at Batavia’s “Art in Your Eye” juried  competitions, as well as Water Street Studio’s 7th Anniversary  art show.  Prior to focusing on oil painting, she worked as a graphic designer. Her work varies from still life and landscape subjects to portraits. “I feel empathy for every subject I paint, whether it’s a child or an antique vase.” Her goal with each painting is to stir emotion in the viewer and to illicit more questions than answers. 

Project Fusion commission range: $450-$1,200.


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Featured artist: Jim Jenkins

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Jim Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art, but his career has included time in mechanical engineering. In his home studio/laboratory Jenkins examines the complex issues of life, death, war, spirituality, language, and science. He is fond of producing objects with dangerous edges and associations in order to demonstrate the inherent unity of the seemingly disparate issues. His methodical examinations attempt to visually connect diverse images and philosophies into a coherent and unified plexus.

Traditional methods and craftsmanship underlie not only his fabrications but also his life. His knowledge of blacksmithing and of the important philosophical issues of the day has created an artist known among his closest friends as the ‘Blacksmith with the Gentle Hammer’.

Project Fusion commission rate: TBD

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