Lorraine Peltz' exhibition, Pleasure Paintings, along with works by Phyllis Bramson and Keer Tanchak, opened at the Elmhurst Art Museum this Sunday. Lorraine's paintings are complex ruminations on the nature of private identity and public persona. Using imagery culled from both personal history and the contemporary moment, they reference the past and the present. Chandeliers conjure a remembered culture, patterned stylized flowers, starbursts and decorative flourishes represent fantasy and desire, hidden but visually constant as socially acceptable feminine icons of sheer pleasure. Lorraine is also a newly awarded Illinois Arts Council International Travel Grant recipient, and will use the award to travel to Italy thissummer for a small show at at art space in Verona.