Press Release from Lake County Arts League
The artwork of Dr. Noreen Cashman is currently on display in her show “Collage on Demand” through March 2 at the Undercroft Gallery, located in the lower level of Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Avenue in Waukegan. Two artist receptions, open to the public, are currently scheduled: Saturday, February 8th from 5 to 7 pm and Friday, February 28th from 5 to 7pm. Both artist receptions will have a Q&A session from 5:45 – 6:15pm.
Dr. Cashman says she called the show “Collage on Demand” because each series of the 13-piece show “evolved from very impromptu, spontaneous collage sessions I shared with my family and friends. I love that each piece sprung from the joy of the moment in each circumstance, with no preconceived notions which, of course, is why I love collage.”
A resident of Winnetka, Dr. Cashman received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Chicago Medical School and now teaches Anatomy, Pathology and Clinical Diagnosis at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
Although medicine is her career, Dr. Cashman states that she has been an artist her entire life. “Making art is as vital to me as breathing,” she said. “I teach my students ways to be creative in learning their coursework and stress that exercising their creative muscles will make them better diagnosticians.”
Dr. Cashman says she has worked in just about every media, including watercolors, acrylics, oils, oil pastels, charcoal and has dabbled in watercolor portraiture. Because she sews and is an avid knitter, she also incorporates a lot of fiber in her work. However, her overall favorite medium is mixed media collage.
Her collage work is both analytical and fanciful, from the clay and fiber boards she works on to the shimmering backgrounds and items she incorporates into her colorful 3-D collages. She has studied with a multitude of collage artists, but says her favorite artist is her friend and mentor, Sandie Bacon, who introduced her to the endless possibilities of “Golden Mediums,” which are mediums used to change the properties and control the transparency, viscosity and surface sheen of paint.
She is currently an artist member of the Dandelion Gallery in Waukegan. She is also a playwright, poet and member of the Chicago Screenwriters Network and Filmmakers Guild. Dr. Cashman says her greatest accomplishment is her extremely creative son who is also an artist and now studying Filmmaking and Writing at DePaul University in Chicago.
The “Collage on Demand” show and receptions are free and open to the public, with light refreshments served during the receptions. The Undercroft Gallery is located in the lower level of the Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, with entry off Grand Avenue, and is the joint effort of Christ Episcopal Church, Lake County Arts Magazine and the Lake County Art League.
The Gallery will be open February 15th from 4 – 6pm in conjunction with ArtWauk. Generally, the Gallery is open by appointment only. Call Ali Albakri, Gallery Director, at (244) 381-0321 or the Church office (847) 622-7081 to see the gallery. Individuals or groups are welcome.