Finalist in Sedona Arts Competition for July 2017

Ile de Cite Metro Station Paris

My painting Ile de Cite Metro Station Paris was selected as a finalist from 195 entries in the July 2017 Sedona Arts Competition.  You can see this painting in person along with 23 others at my solo exhibit at the North Shore Art League (NSAL).  The exhibit runs through September 17, 2017.

LOCATION:  620 Lincoln Avenue, 1st floor, Winnetka, IL

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm.  Ample free parking at the village lot on Lincoln Ave. adjacent to the center at which NSAL is located. See for map and details.

Vierneisel’s New Exhibit “Portals” at North Shore Art League

Solo Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

Summer — the perfect time to visit the North Shore and see my new solo show “Portals” at the North Shore Art League (NSAL) in Winnetka.  Enjoy wine and light snacks on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 7 – 9 pm  at the opening reception while viewing the exhibit and meeting the artist.

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Empire State Building Reflections


The theme “Portals” developed over time. The first painting in this series was created in response to a photographic fluke.  I had jockeyed for position at the top of the Empire State building to capture the setting sun.  When I looked at my photo, I was surprised to see that I’d caught an image of a man reflected in the glass.  The juxtaposition of New York City at sunset and the image in the glass inspired this painting.


As I mounted a solo show at The New Studio in Evanston last year, I realized that I had been repeatedly painting windows, doorways, bridges, and archways.  Thus the idea of a show about portals was born.  I began to paint not just doorways and windows, but also holes, staircases, tunnels, and other passages that intrigued me.

Ile de Cite Metro Station Paris


Portals grab the eye.  We may look or pass through them unthinkingly.  Or we may peer into them wondering what is just around the corner or on the other side.  The Metro tunnel, the stairway, and arch of the underground station Ile de Cite, the first one built at the turn of the last century in Paris, are all portals contained in one of my more recent paintings on this theme.


“Portals” opens at the NSAL in the Winnetka Community House at 620 Lincoln Avenue, 1st floor, Winnetka, IL on August 15 and runs through September 17, 2017.  Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 8 am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm.  Ample free parking at the village lot on Lincoln Ave. adjacent to the center at which NSAL is located.

See for map and details.


Upcoming Art Exhibits

Summer Exhibits at the North Shore Art League (NSAL)

Fog Creeps In

Two of my watercolors, “Fog Creeps In” and “Rust Belt Blues” will be on exhibit as part of NSAL’s new show,  The Urban Experience, May 18 – July 11, 2017.

Opening July 20, 2017, the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists’ in collaboration with The North Shore Art League will present a juried show of work on the theme of “Water.”  This show will run July 20 – August 18, 2017 with the Opening Reception on Thursday, July 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Look for updates on which of my new oil paintings will be among this exhibit.

See for details about the “Water” exhibit.

The League is located at 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093, (847)446-2870.  Ample free public parking.  See for gallery hours and a map.






Vierneisel’s “Green Door” at CAVA Exhibit

Spring Exhibit

The Green Door 

See my new painting “The Green Door”  at the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) Spring Members’ Show.  Enjoy the work of over 60 Chicago artists represented at this annual event.   The show at the Old Town Art Center runs from Sunday April 2, 2017 to Friday, May 12, 2017.

Location:  Old Town Triangle Association’s Leslie Wolfe Gallery, 1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago.

CAVA is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to promoting and fostering the talents of Chicago-area artists age 50 and older.  It is operated by a volunteer board representing a diverse membership from all ethnic and racial backgrounds.  For more information, see the organization’s website at

New Paintings and Exhibit News

Copper Riches in Florence's OltrarnoOpening Reception of “Later Impressions” Show Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1-4 pm

Don’t miss my “Copper Riches in the Oltrarno”at the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists’ (CAVA) “Later Impressions 2016” exhibit at the Evanston Art Center.   I’ll be at the opening reception and would enjoy sharing the history of this painting with you.  The show runs October 16 through November 9.  The Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central St. just east of Green Bay Rd.  For Gallery hours and info:

Updates on Travels

New Harmony, Indiana – October 2016

I just returned from New Harmony, IN and a four-day plein air workshop with the award-winning colorist Camille Przewodek.  ConcentrationHere’s a candid shot revealing Camille’s intense concentration as she paints.  Learn more about colorist theory at  Camille studied with Henry Hensche who studied with Hawthorne at the Provincetown School of Art.  Their work continues the Impressionist tradition of Monet.  Anyone interested in learning more about their work and the last days of the Provincetown School of Art will find this article worth reading:

New Studio Closing Reception Pictures

Successful Closing Reception at the New Studio

Last Sunday’s closing reception of my solo show at the New Studio in Evanston was well attended.  Attendees listened enthusiastically as I spoke about my paintings.  Lots of new faces and three buyers.  Here are some photos of the event thanks to Frank Dina.

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Gallery Talk & Closing Reception at The New Studio

Join me Sunday, July 17 from 3 – 5 pm for the closing of my solo show at the New Studio.  This is your last chance to see my “Elbe River Series” of paintings, especially “The Elbe River Bend from the Bastei” which was shown in the Oil Painters of American 2015 Salon Show at the Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL.

Enjoy a glass of wine while listening to me discuss two paintings from my Elbe River Series and the inspiration for other work on exhibit.  Saunter through the comfortable gallery and decide which of my new paintings inspired by trips to Florence, Naples (FL), New York City, and Palm Springs (CA) would look perfect on your walls.  Don’t miss the SALE bin with unframed watercolors and my cards with images from my original paintings.

Light refreshments will be served.

The New Studio is located at 2948 Central St. in Evanston, one block East of Central Park.  Look for the balloons and the red railings.  See the map below.







Empirical Brewery’s “The City at Night” Exhibit


setting sun illuminating skyscrapers at duskCity at Night Exhibit

Join me at the Artists’ Opening Reception for “The City at Night.”  Enjoy a microbrew and some fine art!

Date:  Thursday, June 9  Time:  6 – 9 pm  Location:  Empirical Brewery, 1801 W. Foster (Enter on Ravenswood.)

My painting “Flaming Silhouettes” will be one of many on view.  The exhibit runs through July 31st.


Vierneisel’s Upcoming Exhibit at NSAL and Solo Show at The New Studio

Copper Riches in the OltrarnoThe North Shore Art League’s (NSAL) “Interiors” Show runs May 19 – July 11

See my new oil painting, “Copper Riches in Florence’s Oltrarno.”  The opening reception at NSAL is Thursday, May 19; however, I am not able to attend.  NSAL is at 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL.  Call the League at 847-446-2870 for hours.

Artist Reception at the New Studio in Evanston:  Friday June 3 from 7-9 pm

Join me for the opening of my solo show at The New Studio, 2948 Central Street, Evanston, IL. See landscape paintings from my Elbe River series, new oils and watercolors from Palm Springs, Tuscany, and Chicago.


On the same evening, The Evanston Art Center at 1717  Central St. will open Evanston Made with an artist reception from 5-8 pm.  See the work of 75 artists. You can easily take in both shows and enjoy an evening dedicated to art appreciation.

Saturday, June 4th: Studio Tours from 12-5 pm

If you cannot make the Friday evening opening, join me at The New Studio on Saturday.  We will be open as part of Evanston Made’s Artist Studio Tours.

See for details and get a map of the tours at the Evanston Art Center.




Vierneisel’s Early Spring Painting News

MoMA Views

MoMA Views

My painting “MoMA Views” was one of 50 artists’ work featured in Manhattan Arts International Online Gallery’s HerStory 2016 Exhibition.  See the striking work of all the artists honored by the gallery’s founder Renee Phillips at


Join me May 1 at the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) Members Show at Benedictine University’s Komechak Gallery, Fifth Floor, Kindlon Hall, 5740-5748 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532  from 2 – 4 pm.  Gallery phone:  630-829-6320.   The exhibition which runs through July 30th features 50+ paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, drawings, and mixed media artwork by CAVA artists.

Uffizi Views

Uffizi Views

My oil painting “Uffizi Views” will be in the exhibit.

For directions to the show: