Visitors to Tangential Pleasures, an exhibit of work by eight local artists at the Suburban Fine Arts Center, are invited to write down their pleasures–visual, auditory, bodily, gustatory–and post them as part of the exhibit. Dogs and chocolate show up pretty often, and the nice little buzz that comes with a great flea-market find is mentioned more than once. Also listed are “a strong tail wind on the bicycle,” “the feeling of cleaning your ears with a Q-Tip,” and this five-word description of a relationship: “Rick in a good mood.” My own list would include Powerful Women, a grid of a dozen large color photographs of cross-dressed men and the women they “desire to emulate” by Kathy Richland (who also contributes to the Reader). Curator Susan Sensemann has mounted Richland’s photos in isolation on the gallery’s entrance wall, where their painterly richness and intellectual complexity have maximum impact. Inside the gallery, work by Mark Alcazar Diaz, Robin Hann, Brian Kapernekas, Claire Wolf Krantz, Joyce Neimanas, Frank Piatek, and Irene Siegel is on display along with an array of artist-made holiday gifts, including scarves, purses, vases, and beaded jewelry. My favorites are the book boxes–well-used tomes with their innards chopped out to make secret compartments–though any burglar worth his salt would probably go right to them. Will Durant’s The Renaissance, with tapestry lining, is $26; a velvet-lined copy of Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Fabulous Fake is $19. The center is at 1957 Sheridan in Highland Park; the exhibit and the holiday sale continue through December 23. Hours are 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday, and admission is free. Call 847-432-1888 for more information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Kathy Richland.