This article is about the Better Business Bureau’s Complaint Free Award written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery.
Good Business Practice
At the mid-point of every year the Better Business Bureau sends out to it’s member businesses the Complaint Free Award, based on the previous year’s good business practice. The award is given in the middle of the year, so business can promote the practice. Once all the data has been gathered and sorted the Better Business Bureau sends out the award to complying member companies. I advertise my award, so as to get more business. The Complaint Free Award is good, because people trust those who have it. I have made it a practice to ask clients for reviews, so as to build better trust in my business. Many people have written reviews, because they like my service.
Trust is the foundation of good business practice, because it builds up your reputation.
The most important thing about the Better Business Bureau is that it is a reputable company. When you work with the BBB, you will always be welcomed. All business trust the Better Business Bureau because it is honest. I have joint the BBB because it is good for business. The BBB is strong because it works all over the country. Because the BBB has a good history of giving advice, it follows good educational practices. The BBB work with many Colleges, and Universities, to help educate new students. The best practice is to be hones, because people will come to you.
This article is about a private consortium that has been illegally formed on May 24, 2019, by a tenant of “High Rank” and publicly announced with the official Consortium Notice #316Z, in the Hawley Manor Garden, on Lake County Housing Authority property, located in Grayslake, Illinois, which is a HUD property. This is article is written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery.
Lake County Housing Authority is a government agency that is under the auspices of HUD, which is a Federal agency. The Lake County Housing Authority is meant for low income seniors, because they need financial help. House is a well run, and takes care of it’s tenants, because HUD provides assistance. Lake County Housing Authority is the largest one in Lake County, because it is the only one.
Above is a photo post by a tenant, because he is a troublemaker. This tenant operates an organized group of tenants, because they have a private agenda. This group, or consortium, is self seeking, because it is ruled by a single tenant that controls them.
The tenant that controls the consortium has committed a crime, because he is practicing discrimination on government property. This leader has posted a public notice, and needs to be prosecuted, because he has committed a crime. Posting discriminating signs on government property is illegal, because it is the law.
This article is about Grayslake Beer Festival #306Z, located in downtown Grayslake, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations to the Village of Grayslake, The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce & The Exchange Club of Grayslake!
The Village of Grayslake, The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce & The Grayslake Exchange Club
People Love The Grayslake Beer Festival #306Z
The mood was festive and the music lively here at the annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival, in downtown Grayslake. Because everyone enjoys a good time together with friends, there could be no better way to share time than here. Most importantly, the beer was outstanding, and everyone took interest in the music, and food.
Thought the clouds were hanging over our head for most of the day, the raid did not rule the day. Because we had many large and spacious tents to gather it, there was no worry about the rain. I must say, the rain did a good job of backing off during the whole day.
When it came to taking down the festival, the clouds rolled way, and we had no rain to interfere with the dismantling of the grounds. Because the clouds were not really heavy cumulus clouds, but rather status nimbus, they did not contain a lot of water, saving the day for us. Most importantly, the Grayslake Chamber, and Exchange Club of Grayslake did an excellent job of setting tents and facilities in such a manner that even in a hard downfall, everyone would be ok.
Thank you to the Village of Grayslake, Mayor Taylor, and the Village Board of Trustees, The Grayslake Police Department, The Grayslake Fire Prevention District, The Grayslake Public Works Department, The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce, and the Exchange Club of Grayslake for making this fine event possible, and making Grayslake a better place to live, and work.
Condren Galleries Ltd. For Grayslake Beer Festival #306Z
Grayslake Beer Festival As A Great Social Gathering
Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portrait #000Z.
Stephen F. Condren For Grayslake Beer Festival #306Z
Grayslake Beer Festival As Community Enrichment
Because as an artist I have made Grayslake Beer Festival #306Z a place to be.
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Grayslake Beer Festival #306Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
This article is about Lake County Housing #303Z, honoring tenants with flowers and dignity, written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Lake County Housing!
This morning Lake County Housing Authority came to Hawley Manor in downtown Grayslake, to honor it’s senior residents by planting flowers along the parkway of the outside of the building. Their efforts have made a showcase of this fine building.
The team of workers were staff members of Lake County Housing Authority. Heading up the team was Lorraine Hocker, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer and Arron Broeski, Senior Property Manager, both can be seen at the top of the page.
Hawley Manor is a senior citizen residential facility in downtown Grayslake, just one block from the Grayslake Fire Prevention District. Since many of the residents are not able to get out and do gardening the administration of Lake County Housing Authority has taking up the banner and set things in order at the manor.
Both Lorraine Hocker and Aaron Boeski are veteran public service administrators and have the ability, knowledge , and talent to get things done, and with stealth. With smiles on their faces and garden tools in their hands Lorraine and Aaron came to make things better. Thank you!
Taking The Task In Hand
Condren Galleries Ltd. For Lake County Housing #303Z
Lake County Housing #303Z Honoring Senior Citizens
Fine Arts Gallery
Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participated in the execution of Lake County Housing #303Z.
Stephen F. Condren For Lake County Housing #303Z
Lake County Housing #303Z As Beautifying Grayslake
As an artist I have made Lake County Housing #303Z a site a beauty with more flowers in the city.
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Lake County Housing #303Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
This article is about the Grayslake Exchange Club’s Food Frenzy #299Z, an annual event that raises money for distressed families and children, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Grayslake Exchange Club!
College of Lake County, Saturday, 5/12/2019, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Food, drinks, snacks, and lots of fun! As a new member to the Grayslake chapter of the Exchange Club I have to say that I was very impressed. I had just become a member this last Thursday and I cannot express to you how pleased I was with the graciousness shown to me, as though I had been around for a long time. These people really know how to make you feel at home.
With this kind of favor I could not help but offer my services to the setting up of the Food Frenzy this coming Saturday. So at 8:00 AM I was at the site ready to assist. Club members were coming in with their pickups and vans filled with tents and tables that would be used to put the event in order.
I also had the honor to meet Scot Warren, the National President of the Exchange Club for 2018 & 2019! But do not be fooled, Scot was pitching in like everyone else, by lifting tables, chairs, tents!
The weather during setup was overcast but fine. There was no rain and the temperature was nice. You only needed a light jacket. At 10:00 AM when my shift had ended I had to depart to do my services at the First Holy Communion for the Second Graders at St. Gilbert’s Parish, in Grayslake.
Later in the afternoon, after the church event I came back to check on things. The weather was getting cooler and a bit of raid started to set in. But this did not stop the program. There were a lot of people in attendance and people were enjoying themselves.
At the end of the day I returned to help take down. It was a pleasure to work with such fine, friendly, and good natured people.
Food Frenzy #299Z
Hosted by the Grayslake Exchange Club
Condren Galleries Ltd. For Food Frenzy #0299Z
Photos For Food Frenzy #299Z
I took the photos that appear in this article. Please feel free to make copies from this site.
Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of Food Frenzy #299Z.
Stephen F. Condren Food Frenzy #299Z
As an artist I have made Food Frenzy #299Z a place to be and get ideas for drawing.
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Food Frenzy #299Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
This article is about the Grayslake Arts Alliance art exhibit called May Fest #291Z, written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Grayslake Arts Alliance!
May Fest was hosted by the Heritage Center of Grayslake, Illinois. Because the Heritage Center is right downtown on Hawley Street next door to the Grayslake Fire Prevention District, it is easily accessed by the entire community.
Grayslake Arts Alliance
May Fest was sponsored by the Grayslake Arts Alliance. Because the site is provided to us by the Village of Grayslake, we extend to the city our gratitude. The time of the exhibit was from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. Most importantly, the weather was beautiful.
May Fest #291Z
The weather could not have been better as we were blessed with sunshine and balmy weather all afternoon. People from all over Grayslake came to see what was new here at the exhibit and also to take in the good music that complimented the fine snacks offered just inside the Heritage Center. Because many of the Alliance members were in attendance along with patrons, the show had personal meaning.
Aruna N. Sarode
Among the members that were present, we had artist Aruna N. Sarode, do a plein-air oil painting of the Heritage Center right before us. Because of Aruna’s attention to detail and amazing speed astonished those of us that had the honor to see her at work. Thank you Aruna!
Let us look carefully at this finely executed work of art. Because as an astute artist, Aruna has properly prepared her canvas board for this out side painting. Because Aruna knew that this will be done on the spot and therefore with brevity, she approaches the oil with expertise.
Immediately in photo #2, you can see that she has use the correct tones to prepare the canvas board. This mix of ochre, red, and yellow are clearly seen. These tones will be the foundation of the painting. The warmth of the ochre will support the blues and greens in the sky that is above the image of the Heritage Center.
In photo #3, you can see that now that she has set down the background, so Aruna is free to build the foundation of the painting from the lower section of the canvas board. The strong yellows nicely enhance the bottom section of the oil, and follow true to the colors of the music canopy that she is in the process of capturing.
With supreme stealth, Aruna has detailed the structure of the water tower behind the Heritage Center. Aruna has captured this image with great success. I say this with good reason, for any object that is so salient in the composition of work of art, has to be very carefully crafted. The water tower is a difficult object to successfully incorporate into the imagery of the cityscape that she is creating.
Shade & Shadows
Because the water tower is very different form the structure of the Heritage Center and it sticks out like a soar thumb. Most importantly, this is not the case here, as Aruna has masterfully incorporated this difficult object into the composition of the painting. Because the shade and shadows of the water tower are delicately painted, they are a delight to behold.
Aruna’s supreme achievement with this oil painting is her thorough understanding of the use of color. Unlike so many artists, Aruna does not utilize local color. That is: the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the flowers are red. A true master of color knows how to properly blend the color so that all of the tones are seen in every part of the painting, and that is exactly what Aruna has accomplished here.
When all is said and done, you have before you a masterly crafted work of art. This work of art is an artistic success and Aruna is to be commended.
Images for May Fest #291Z
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Scans of May Fest #291Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.
Condren Galleries Ltd. for May Fest #291Z
May Fest #291Z
Fine Arts Gallery
Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portrait #291Z, because it promotes the arts. Because the weather was good many people came to the art fair. Most importantly, May Fest help local artist display their works of art.
Stephen F. Condren for May Fest #291Z
Most importantly, as an artist I pleased to be a part of May Fest #291Z. Because drawings of city scenes has been a long time passion of mine since childhood. Most importantly, I like doing the drawings right on the spot and not from photos.
This article is about Edward Jones Art #283Z, hosted by Travis M. Brown and Rick Melone, and it’s exhibit in conjunction with the Grayslake Arts Alliance, written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. Congratulations Travis and Rick!
Yesterday afternoon Travis M. Brown and Rick Melone of Edward Jones financial advisors hosted an art exhibit in conjunction with the Grayslake Arts Alliance. This was a great opportunity for Edward Jones to showcase their offices along with displaying artwork of local Grayslake artists.
Edward Jones is located at 10 N. Lake Street, Suite 113, Grayslake, IL 60030. Contact information:
The reception started at 4:00 PM, and lasted until 7:00 PM with many Edward Jones clients as well as members of the Grayslake Arts Alliance in attendance.
Because the tone of the exhibit was up-beat everyone had a good time. Edward Jones offered a fine array of refreshments and things to drink. The office nicely displayed the artwork that is on display for the exhibit. This is the first of a series of exhibits that Edward Jones is doing with the Grayslake Arts Alliance.
Travis and Rick, thank you for sharing with the community the joy of Art and celebrating your successes with your community friends and colleagues at the Grayslake Arts Alliance!
Condren Galleries Ltd. for Edward Jones Art #283Z
Fine Arts Gallery
Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the exhibit of Edward Jones Art #283Z.
Stephen F. Condren for Edward Jones Art #283Z
Edward Jones Art #283Z is an outstanding example of a local business working with the art community, and enriching the tone of their business, and uplifting the character of the community. What better thing that art displays the image of a community?
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Edward Jones Art #283Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
Ashton Kroner of Road Home Program, spoke on what she was offering to Veterans of all walks of life, and regardless of the discharge status. The Road Home Program is affiliated with Rush Edu. The Road Home Program is an out patient program that has a treatment window of time ranging from one to approximately 25 days. Road Home Program is not a residential program. However, it works in tandem with other agencies that can assist Veterans with those needs.
We were all honored by the presence of Karyn Davidman, Casework Director for Congressman Bradley S. Schneider. Because Karyn brought up points that were germane to women’s issues and Veterans, she enriched the discourse of this seminar. Most importantly, Karyn was able bring out the resources of the different Veterans at the table. Karyn Davidman was “Sine quo none”.
Clearly as different people came to the table with their life stories pertaining to women’s issues and the Military a sense of camaraderie and fellowship came to fore. Sharing, understanding, and open mindedness to all issues regarding women, the Military, was at hand. Above all, answers to difficult questions, and solutions were made manifest right on the spot by an attorney, educators, and caseworkers. Truly, this was a seminar that enriched the lives of all that attended and it can be said that we all walked away as better people from it.
Images Of Lake County Veterans Honors Women #274Z
Condren Galleries Ltd.
Condren Galleries honors all Veteran women past and present. Because I am a veteran that served on board the USS Midway CV-41, I have made it my mission to give back to our country what it has given to us.
This article is about Congressman Bradley Schneider honoring Vietnam War Veterans, written by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. The event was to give Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition to the Veterans. Mr. Schneider posed with each veteran as he gave them their certificate. Most importantly, I proudly served aboard the USS Midway CV-41, and I was the ship’s artist for the Cruise Book “Taking care of business”. Congratulations Vietnam War Veterans!
I served my country with honor as I am an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Navy.
My mantra is as follows: I am a man of honor, and if there no honor in it, I am not there. Put before me anyone that will argue otherwise.
The great thing about Veterans is that they think outside of themselves and direct their efforts towards others!
Veterans of the Vietnam War
Present at the ceremony to honor Vietnam War Veterans, were member of local American Legion and VFW post in all honor. These fine men and women that have served our country were there to support those that have given their lives for our freedom as well as to share in the spirit of truth and honor the service of our local patriots.
USS Midway CV-41
I joined the Navy at the very end of the Vietnam War, however, I was there in spirit. I served on the aircraft carrier USS Midway CV-41, now a museum in San Diego. Because the Midway was involved in “Operation Frequent Wind”, which was the evacuation of Vietnam, where there were many refugees on the Midway. I served my country with honor as I am an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Navy.
Signature and note by Rear Admiral William N. Small
After the Cruise Book was published Rear Admiral Small personally invited me into his suite on board the USS Midway and to expressed to me how pleased he was with the drawing. The Admiral had a copy made of the pen & ink portrait that I drew of him. After this, right in front of me, he sat down and wrote a commemorative note on the drawing and signed it. This signed drawing now hangs in my home and is ever cherished.
Captain L. C. Chambers, Commanding Officer, USS Midway
The Commanding Officer of the USS Midway was Captain Lawrence Cleveland Chambers. Captain Chambers was the first Black American to command an air craft carrier. Later in his career, Captain Chambers was promoted to Rear Admiral and Commander of Carrier Strike Group Three.
A short interesting story about the captain. One day while at sea the Air Boss, Commander Theodorelos, was looking out the window of his post on the island, and then noticed, with his naked eyes, a Russian Bear (Russia’s leading bomber), headed directly to the port side of the USS Midway. Immediately he sounded Alert-5 (a five minute readiness response by our F4 pilots). However, it was too late, long after our boys were in the air to escort the Russian bomber, it was long gone. I can just hear the Russians in their glory, howling with laughter.
Captain Chambers was notified of all this by phone, and when he heard that the Russians superseded the USS Midway without a strike force escort he took his phone and threw it at the bridge window ~ he cracked the bullet proof window! I would not want be the Operations Officer that day.
Operation Frequent Wind
The final phase of the evacuation of Vietnam from Saigon is called “Operation Frequent Wind”. The USS Midway played a vital role in this strategic naval deployment. In the pen & ink drawing below is an image of Executive Officer, Captain L. H. Grimes Jr., holding a refugee child in his arms, securing the child’s freedom. This was the drawing that won the competition and secured my post as ship’s artist for the USS Midway’s cruise book.
Helicopters Thrown Overboard
For ship security and integrity, the helicopters used for the evacuation of Saigon where thrown overboard.
Cruise Book ~ Taking Care Of Business 1975 & 1976
Below on my coffee table is one of my copies of the USS Midway ship’s cruise book “Taking Care Of Business”.
The ceremony took place at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, Illinois. Because there a large number of people attending, a large meeting room in the lower level of the library where the event took place.
Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z
The Congressman honored each of the Vietnam War Veterans with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He called each veteran up to the podium and stood next to him for a photo-op while holding the certificate.
The Room was filled to capacity, and the presence of the military and veterans was seen everywhere.
Certificate Of Special Congressional Recognition
Photograph of Stephen F. Condren on shore, Japan, 1976
Photographs of the event
Dear Mr. Schneider,
I personally want to thank you for recognizing the Vietnam Veterans. Further, I want to thank you demonstrating to us your care and concern for all of us veterans that served our great country. Most importantly, I want to say “Thank you, for giving each one of us veterans here today this most honorable Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin!
God bless you and your family,
Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist
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JPEG & PDF scans of the Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z event are available.
Condren Galleries Ltd.
Fine Arts Gallery
Condren Galleries is deeply honored to be part of the Vietnam War Veterans ceremony of Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z.
Stephen F. Condren
As an artist and a Vietnam War Veteran I am proud to receive this Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z.
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Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z with Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries and USS Midway CV-41.
Congressman Bradley Schneider #271Z honors Vietnam War Veterans by Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.
This article is about the Grayslake Arts Alliance #270Z Pre Spring Fine Arts Show & sale, written by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery. In the exhibition artists and painters exhibited works of art in the categories of photography, digital images, pen & ink drawings, paintings, oils, glass, watercolors, and jewelry. Congratulations Grayslake Arts Alliance!
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Grayslake Arts Alliance, which is a Fine Arts Association, held it’s Pre-Spring Fine Arts Show & Sale. Because the exhibit was held at the Grayslake Heritage Center and was opened from 5:00 until 8:00 PM, many of the local residents were able to attend. For that reason, the exhibit was well attended with visitors from all over the community, all of them had the pleasure of participating in something vibrant and good.
Our special guest of honor is Sara Brown, Library Director of the Grayslake Area Public Library District. Most importantly, Sara is the new director of the library, and she confessed to me that she “loved to read”, I found her guilty as charged! Sara comes here, to Grayslake from California, with her husband Greg. Welcome to Grayslake Sara!
Sara came to see what we were doing at the Heritage Center, and not only did she stop in, she remained for the entire evening! Sara is a very warm and positive minded person. Because she is open to learning about Grayslake and the arts, many of the patrons took to her.
Music was provided by the Bill Chapin Jazz Studio. The exhibit was graced with the music of Bill Chapin and his Jazz Studio. Therefore, all during the exhibit the ensemble provided us with good music that smoothly blended in with attending patrons. Because the Chapin Jazz Studio added a charm to the event that made the atmosphere enriching, we are thankful. Thank you Bill!
Further enriching the exhibit were the delicious pastries and refreshments provided to us by Somethings Brewing, right here in downtown Grayslake. Thank you Somethings Brewing!
Medium At Fine Arts Show #270Z
Because there are so many types of work, I have listed a few samples of some medium shown at the Fine Arts Show #270 are listed below.
Pencil Drawings, Color Pencil, And Pastels
Clinker Stylus Sketch With Color
Lead and color pencil arwork was on dispaly at the exhibit. Drawings by Sherri J. Fowler, Pat King, Debbie Kalinowski, Phil Schorn, and myself were on display.
Pen & Ink Drawings
Pen & ink art was put on display by Phil Schorn, Oliver Steven Merriam, and myself.
Watercolor art was on display. Watercolors were represented by Pat King, Debbie Kalinowski, Phil Schorn, Leslie Nauta, and myself
Oils were by Debbie Kalinowski
Glass was on display by Paul Price.
Condren Galleries Ltd.
Fine Arts Gallery
Condren Galleries participate in the Grayslake Arts Alliance #270Z Pre-Spring Exhibit.
Stephen F. Condren
As an artist I please to have shown my pen & ink drawings and watercolors at the Grayslake Art Alliance #270Z Pre-spring Exhibition.
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Fine Arts Show #270Z artists, painters, photography, digital images, watercolors, paintings, artist Stephen F. Condren of Condren Galleries.