click to enlarge Art exhibit by two 1972 SHS grads
Abandoned, by Ann Kozeliski

Two Springfield High School (SHS) graduates are presenting a pop-up art show at the Springfield Art Association (SAA) in conjunction with their 50th high school reunion Sept. 23-24. Ann Kozeliski (Tallahassee, Florida) and Jeff Schewe (Chicago) are both award-winning artists. The exhibit is open Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (700 N. 4th St.) Meet the artists, along with SHS Class of 1972 graduates, 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

click to enlarge Art exhibit by two 1972 SHS grads
King penguin on South Georgia Island. Shot while on a 20-day photographic cruise to Antarctica. - Jeff Schewe

Kozeliski specializes in Sumi-e, Japanese ink painting. She paints in the "Mogu Fa" boneless style. Her passion is painting people, many of whom are homeless. Her paintings are ethereal; her mantra is "less is more." Schewe is a master at computer imaging. He approaches his photography with a painterly sensitivity. His highly realistic images include commercial work, portraits and large-scale panoramas.

Kozeliski and Schewe both aspired from a young age to be artists. Both took as many art classes as possible at SHS. Schewe was a regular at SAA Saturday art classes until he was a teenager. Kozeliski has exhibited in Florida, nationally and internationally, with a solo show in China in 2015. Schewe has been an award-winning advertising photographer in Chicago for over 30 years. He is one of the world's most renowned experts on Photoshop and digital imaging and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

See their work at and Ink Brush ART.

About The Author

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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