Benjamin F Calvert III
Benjamin F Calvert III

Memories of the Sun, CBG

I am constantly taking photographs of flowers and gardens. It is a passion that evolved from requests from my father and grandmother. They used the images for their art, and now I use them for mine. Family trips frequently included stops at gardens. We are fortunate in Chicago to have many extraordinary gardens within a relatively short distance.


One of my favorite destinations is the Chicago Botanic Garden. I have some wonderful shots of sunflowers, the main subject in this series, taken there. When my brother requested that I create a print for his pediatric medical office, I chose this subject. The flowers are big and bold in life as they are on paper. His office walls were yellow, so I reversed the petals and highlights.


Paper selection at Graphic Chemical in Villa Park transformed me back into a kid in a candy store, delighting in the touch of the varied textures of paper available. The size of the block was a challenge. A 60-meter roll of Kozuki paper was necessary to accommodate the width. Resourcefulness allowed my confidence to grow as a printmaker.


Later, when my brother’s family moved into a new house, “Hawaiian Style” in this series became the natural housewarming present.


Immediately upon scheduling my solo show at Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, I knew that I would print the rest of the ‘flower’. Like the anticipation of the reveal of ink from block to paper, I have waited for the exciting moment to share this ensemble of four prints becoming one in this gallery.


Ensemble of four unique prints

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DuPage Art League - Demo

  March 15 2021

  Wheaton IL 60187


Prairie Arts Festival

  May 2021

  Schaumburg  IL  60193


57th Street Art Fair

  June  2021

  Chicago IL  60615


Art on the Fox Fine Art Show

  June 2021

  Algonquin IL 60102


Geneva Arts Fair

  July 24 & 25 2021

  Geneva  IL  60134


Lubeznik Arts Festival

  August 2021 (tentative)

  Michigan City IN 46360


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