Ravens & Crows

Oct 14–29, 2016

Barb Kirpluk and Kim Zoph first met back when Barb had recently published her book, “Caw of the Wild”, detailing her observations of wild and captive crows, and Kim was co-owner of Steeplejack Books in Downtown West Dundee.

Both have studied and made artwork about the common, and often under-appreciated crow, and its larger cousin, the raven, for several years. They’ve talked about showing their work together, and are now doing just that, here at swell.


Barb Kirpluk is a nature and animal artist working in traditional mediums such as oil, ink, or chalk, and also creates digital paintings one stroke at a time with a stylus pen and a tablet. In her experience and research, Barb learned that crows and ravens are extremely intelligent and social beings, and strikingly similar to humans.


Kim Zoph illustrates animals and objects of interest in ink, watercolor, and mixed media works on paper. For Kim, her subjects have considerable anthropomorphic qualities. Her artistic quest is also a spiritual one, as she seeks to learn about herself while searching for the true essence of her subject.

An Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, October 14 from 6-8pm. Plan to be here at about 7pm, when Barb and Kim will tell us a bit about their work.

The show will be open 3 Saturdays, October 15, 22 & 29, from 1-5pm. Private viewings can also be arranged – send us an email!


swell gallery

123½ W Main St
West Dundee, IL 60118