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.
Thursdays: noon - 6:00 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: noon - 4:00 p.m.
103 W. Washington St,
West Chicago, IL 60185
Recent News about Gallery 200
Born in Japan, Margaret Bucholz, February’s featured artist at Gallery 200, discovered her love for art from her mother, an Ikebana master and oil painter. From 9 years of age until age 21, Margaret lived in Hawaii where she picked up her love for bright colors and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in […]
The Professional Art Quilt Alliance (PAQA), a group of mid-west fiber artists who meet monthly in suburban Chicago, will be featured artists at Gallery 200 in January for a show titled Illumination. The Illumination Challenge resulted in members interpreting the idea of illumination in an art quilt. You can read more about PAQA and see […]
Small Gifts of Art is the exhibit at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, for the month of December. The artwork of the 15 featured artists is perfect for holiday gifts, plus reasonably priced. The artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018. Participating artists are First Star Art by jrr […]
Artoberfest at Gallery 200 103 West Washington Street Twelve artists of Gallery 200 present this year’s Artoberfest. The theme, Fall in Love with Art, lends itself to a wide range of media, including oils, acrylics, alcohol ink, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber and mixed media. The 12 artists participating are Sharon Malec, Kathi Kuchler, Laurie Parker, […]
Watercolors, Oils and Scarves by Kathi Kuchler A month-long exhibit and sale of the work of Kathi Kuchler is coming to a close, but there is still time to visit Gallery 200 at 103 West Washington Avenue to check out the wonderful work of this talented artist. Kathi is a botanical watercolorist and illustrator who […]
Art by Joe Ross Gallery 200 103 West Washington Street In June, 2018, Gallery 200 will feature art by Joe Ross of West Chicago, IL. Joe teaches oil painting basics at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton, IL and studied fine art and commercial design at the Ringling School of Art in Florida. Joe was […]
Opening Reception at Gallery 200 Sharon Malec & Patty Koenigsaecker 103 West Washington Street February 2, 2018 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Join Sharon Malec and Patty Koenigsaecker as they share their Adventure in Fiber as the February Featured Artists at Gallery 200. Come to the opening reception to meet the artists, hear the stories of their […]
She is known to her family as “The Spider-Mom”. People are often surprised when she tells them she always carries a spool of wire and a crochet hook in a small bag for when she is feeling inspired. Marita Valdizan is a mother and an artist, and her exhibit Expressions – 3 years of Inspiration […]
Andy!’s art is returning to Gallery 200, an artist co-op located at 103 W. Washington Street in the heart of downtown West Chicago, during the month of February. Andy! Kozlowski is an active member of Gallery 200, where he has taught classes and been a featured artist in the past. All Sorts of Art, his […]
Gallery 200, currently located at 103 W. Washington Street, has been host to an art exhibit of works by Pamela Hamilton during the month of January. The exhibit closes on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with an Artist Reception, to which the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
West Chicago/Meeting Place A resident of Downers Grove, Maggie Capettini tells stories of place in oils. Her most recent exploration of place focuses on historic downtown West Chicago. These paintings will be exhibited as West Chicago / Meeting Place at Gallery 200, located at 200 Main Street in West Chicago for the month of August. […]