Nature or nurture? A combination of both may be responsible for producing three generations of artists in the Steiner family, each with a unique style and artistic aesthetic.
Patriarch Joe Steiner had no exposure to art as a child but remembers being thrilled when he was able to draw a horse that actually looked like a horse at the age of four or five. Over time, he developed his skills largely on his own, until he won a citywide art competition while still in high school. He followed a different path for a while, majoring in psychology in college. Later, he took occasional art classes, entered art fairs, then ran a successfully gallery and art school in Lincolnwood for a number of years, before closing the gallery to devote more time to painting.
Joe’s daughter, Lisa, grew up around art and artists. A photo of her drawing at her father’s feet during an art fair appeared in a local paper when she was just a preschooler. She also followed a different path as a college undergraduate, but later studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned an MFA at the University of Oregon, and became a painter.
Joe’s granddaughter, Sahar, was immersed in art throughout her childhood by her grandfather, her aunt Lisa, and her father David, who painted early on before becoming a documentary filmmaker. She took art classes in high school and won a prestigious Gold Key in painting from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. She too has chosen a different major at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she is a student, but she continues to study and make art, and it is an important part of her identity and her life.
Opening Reception, Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00
Exhibition dates: Aug 3-25, 2018
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm