Chicago area fine art exhibition in the northwest suburbs. Submit paintings, drawings, mixed media, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, metal. Contact Kathleen & Joe at submissions@culturea for details. 
Heading image by Alan Thomas

After the Storm

When they let us return, Dawson Beach 
was debris-littered; the boathouse, tattered. 
But the gas tanks stood tall, almost untouched, 
reminding us of days 
when we believed
that our world could endure our excess, 
when we dared to blame the gods 
for storms and rising seas, 
when we looked in gilded mirrors 
at our smug images and wondered, “Why?” 

Jan Bosman

​Inspired by After the Storm. Artist: Judy Arvidson​

Nice Neighborhood

The pair stayed at the lake 
last year, wooed 
by a warmer winter.

As partners they scavenged 
for dry grass near the wood duck’s 
nesting box and muskrat’s lodge.

Through crisp winter days, 
the woodland family waited
for spring and offspring  
in their diverse neighborhood.

Jan Bosman

​Inspired by Nice Neighborhood. Artist: Katherine Weber

​Into the Nether

I want to remember her like this:
leaving home at 17, striding 
into a seductive unknown,
wearing her one blue shirtwaist,
carrying her world in a suit case, 
cooling her heart on a string.

Jan Bosman

Inspired by Into the Nether. Artist: ​Paula Long


Awed, I emerge from a conduit 
in a marble wall into daylight. 
What stories will my presence evoke: 

A race with a hare?
A new Ninja patterned
in my image?
Turtles all the way down? 

Carrying the perfect 
tiny house for protection,
I crawl from darkness 
into the light.

Jan Bosman

Inspired by Emergence. Artist: Judy Arvidson

Got Me Some Pigtails

My hair, fiery as the sun
at midday with pigtails 
electric as sparklers,
is a sign: Take heed!

Citizens of Generation Z 
will emit rays of Generosity. 
We will guarantee 
that Acceptance polishes
this tarnished world!

Jan Bosman

Inspired by Got Me Some Pigtails. Artist: ​Paula Long


Winding paths—
colored by chance— 
curve like yarn 
on a knitter’s ball.

Jan Bosman

​Inspired by Crossroads. Artist: Teresa Parod

Naming the Unspoken was a national fine art exhibition curated by Joe + Kathleen Isacson. 

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