About Gallery 200
Gallery 200, an artist co-op, is a creative oasis in downtown West Chicago featuring the work of local artists for sale at affordable prices. It is a division of People Made Visible, an arts not for profit, and is partially supported by the City of West Chicago.
It started over a cup of coffee, with an empty building and two people with a vision. Then Mayor Michael Kwasman and Fredericka Howard, chairman in the Cultural Arts Commission, saw a way to use the vacant space at 200 Main Street to showcase the work of local artists. Gallery 200 was launched in the Fall of 2005 with the help of the West Chicago City Council and thirty artists with faith in what their art could do, to become the first artists’ cooperative in West Chicago.
For several years the Gallery artists used their energy and funds to give the space a fresh coat of paint, acquire display units and continue to bring new art works into the Gallery. This is how the first floor of an 1860’s historical hotel became an elegant space displaying both fine and moderately priced art. The Gallery demonstrates its commitment to the community through events like ArtShare, classes and demonstrations or workshops open to the public. Each month a new Featured Artist exhibit opens with a reception free to visitors.
Gallery 200 has flourished with the support of the community and has become a haven for art lovers. It is a quiet place to browse, view and buy original local art. In 2014, the Gallery transitioned from a city-supported initiative to merge with the not-for-profit art-diverse People Made Visible, Inc. The City of West Chicago continues to generously support and promote the Gallery and its artists.
Recent Gallery Exhibits
The Mexican Cultural Center DuPage is hosting an exhibit by West Chicago artist Giovanni Arellano, better known as Fiendsco, at Gallery 200, (103 W. Washington Street) beginning Thursday, Feb. 10. The exhibit is free to attend, and face masks must be worn in the gallery space at all times. A special artist opening reception will […]
Kathi Kuchler’s artwork was featured at Gallery 200 in September 2021. Kuchler began painting at the age of 14 in oils and then turned to watercolors because, “I love the fact that I can take my small round paint palette wherever I go.” She received her certification in 2015 as a Botanical Watercolorist and Illustrator […]
Marge Hall’s artwork was featured at Gallery 200 in August 2021 Marge Hall creates nature-inspired paintings. She admits to painting for as long as she can remember. “When asked if I would like to teach at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton in 1971, I said yes, and have been teaching oil painting ever since. […]
The ‘Art in Full Bloom’ series was featured at Gallery 200 in April and May of 2021 Artists celebrated in April and May of 2021 with an exhibit series called Art in Full Bloom, bringing the full spectrum of work created to stir the imagination. Painting, photography, glasswork and jewelry were just some of the […]
Sharon Malec and Patty Koenigsaeker’s artwork was featured at Gallery 200 in September and October of 2021 Fiber artists Sharon Malec and Patty Koenigsaeker had numerous works of art featured at Gallery 200 during the fall of 2021. Sharon began quilting in 1992, making traditional pieced quilts, but gradually turned to making contemporary art quilts. […]
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