Christie Chew Wallace:

The innovative artist Christie Chew-Wallace was born in St. Louis, Mo. in 1956. She met her husband, Robert, in high school and they married in 1981. They moved to Los Angeles that same year and Christie began her formal art instruction at a private art school called Mission: Renaissance. Christie has always been interested in creating and has done so since she was old enough to pick up a crayon. Her parents were very proud of her talent but did not have the funding for an art education so they bought her an art course from a T.V. commercial. Christie passed with flying colors!

Christie’s husband was a tad more generous and agreed to fund her education at Mission: Renaissance. She received excellent instruction under the guidance of Mr. Larry Gluck. Along with her private instruction Christie has completed many college courses in the arts from Fulton College, Glendale College in Los Angeles and College of DuPage in Illinois. She has complimented her formal training with a variety of seminars, workshops and panel discussions on every subject from “How to take slides of your artwork” to “How to sell your art out of a tent”.  During her education her artwork continued to change and grow from reality based art to abstract.

In the midst of all the art schooling and creating Christie and her husband had two children; the artwork slowed a little but never stopped. They continued to raise their children and Christie continued create and participate in shows both locally in California and nationally.  In 1990 Christie and her family moved to Chicago.  She promptly joined the Chicago Artists Coalition and The Arts Alliance and began to show her work throughout the city and suburbs. She has been in several gallery stables, Gallery 500, the Blue Mule Gallery and Gallery Atlantis to name a few.

Christie’s children are now completing their college educations (one in the arts) and are on their way to becoming self-sufficient adults. She is the proud owner of three English Bulldogs, two of them are certified therapy dogs, she and her Bulldogs work all over the city helping 2nd and 3rd grade children improve their reading skills through SITSTAYREAD and helping the mentally and physically handicapped children and adults use their minds and their bodies to work with animals and make their lives a little better. This is accomplished through Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy. Christie donates up to four pieces of artwork each year to her favorite organizations, including Treehouse Animal Foundation, NOW, Rainbow and a variety of other worthy organizations who might be having a silent auction to raise money for their cause.

Christie’s family resides in the South Loop of Chicago and Grant Park is her dogs’ back yard. Her studio is in her living room, spreading throughout the house. She works with oils and acrylics on canvas and is quite prolific as well as inquisitive and moves forward with her art by striving to become more creative and original with each new series. Her paintings fully occupy her time and she works hard to produce art that speaks about her own acknowledgements on life.

“My art, like myself, tends to be strong and dynamic and almost always entirely in your face. Making art is selfish because it satisfies that deep place in me – a place we all possess but rarely visit – where anything is possible; blank canvasses hold no anxiety or mystery, they just invite me to make myself comfortable, regardless of how rocky my terrain may be at the moment or how long it takes me to discern comfort. I like a challenge.”