Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome October -- Chicago Artists Month Events & Exhibitions Begins With Portage Park

October 4-6

CAM Neighborhood Curator Cyd Smillie (center) with Featured Artists Myra Kalaw and Dennis PaSamba.
Long home to many artists, Portage Park has begun to blossom with sculptures, dance studios, theaters, mask and mural makers, filmmakers and the National Veterans Art Museum. Portage Park will surprise you with its depth, beauty and talent.   

-Cyd Smillie, CAM 2013 Neighborhood Curator

See / Hear / Make / Do


Cubivino's Portable News Stand & Urban Swamp Art Cart  Featured Artist Myra Kalaw of CUBIVINO and the Urban Swamp Art Cart duo of Josh Baigelman & Al Steger team up to create a Portable Newsstand/Art Cart outside the largest news magazine store in Chicago, City News Stand & Café

Brush with Happiness  Dedication of two murals created by veterans: Scars Make Warriors by Jeff Kierna and Tears of War by Phil Cashdollar.

The Magic of Masks  Explore the ancient fascination for mask and puppets with Semmerling & Shaefer.

Won't You Be My Neighbor  Group exhibition at Silo Art Space.

In the City  An aerosol arts exhibition that transforms a 60' x 18' wall into a colorful work of collaborative art during a two-day period by a hand-picked group of aerosol art veterans and pioneers.


Draw Like Degas  Featured artist Dennis PaSamba opens his studio for drawing and dancing. All are welcome to draw as the class prepares, practices and packs-up. No ballet, though! Mambo, Salsa, Bachata or Hip Hop!  

M[ani]Fest Mural  Pick up a brush with muralist Tony Sparrow under the Blue Line Stop on Irving Park.

Creativity as Identity  Exhibition and panel discussion about the divide between fine and commercial art, presented by the Chicago Creative Coalition.

Art + Architecture Bike Tour  Join Lee Diamond of Big Shoulders Realty and Chicago Velo on a bicycle tour of Chicago's PortagePark and adjacent neighborhoods. 


Philip Kaufman's Goldstein  Shot entirely on the streets of Chicago during the fall of 1963, Goldstein offers an invaluable record of apartments, factories and downtown movie palaces soon buried by urban renewal by the Chicago-born filmmaker who later directed The Right Stuff, Rising Sun and other films.

Moving Pictures/Moving Bodies  Independent films accompanied by dance, music, poetry and food trucks. 

About Chicago Artists Month 
Chicago Artists Month combines curated weekends with a non-juried program featuring more than 200 events throughout October including open house/open studio tours, neighborhood art walks, informal discussions, workshops and exhibitions, featuring Chicago-based artists and arts organizations. This year CAM features arts activity in a different neighborhood every weekend. Find out more here.

Chicago Artists Month is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District. In-kind support was received from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises®, Inc. and Chicago Gallery News. Many thanks to our program partners: 6018North, 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, Alderman Harry Osterman and the 48th Ward, Arts Alive 45, Cedar Street Companies, Claretian Associates, Inc., Garfield Park Conservatory, South Shore Chamber Inc., South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, and Uptown United.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chicago Artery's Debut Exhibition, He(Art): Art for Our Sake is a Call for Art, Action, and Solidarity in Chicago

Chicago Artery proposes a new world of possibility and promise for the city of Chicago through the arts in their debut exhibition, He(Art): Art for Our Sake. The fundraising exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday, October 5 through Saturday, October 26, 2013 with specific gallery and workshop hours available at Opening celebration is Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 5 to 9 pm at Gorilla Tango Bucktown, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647. All events are free and open to the public. Artwork, wares, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. 

Photography by Ali Rigell. Caption: "Chris Hill puts the final touches on his headline poem/portrait of Chicago at a Chicago Artery workshop at The Center on Halsted."

He(Art): Art for Our Sake is both an exhibition and a creative call to action. Its purpose is to bring artists and citizens of Chicago together to celebrate and investigate the power and opportunity inherent in arts engagement, and to work together to discover how art can be used as a tool to contribute to the cultural development of Chicago's community. The exhibition will feature work created in Chicago Artery's free workshops as well as select works made by artists from all over Chicago. 20% of proceeds from artworks sold will go to Chicago Artery to facilitate future programming and expansion. 

Chicago Artery will host free art workshops at Gorilla Tango Bucktown throughout October. Workshops will be facilitated by leading Chicago arts educators and are appropriate for all ages and levels of experience. For details about workshops, docent hours, and how to participate, visit

Photography by Chris Hill. Caption: "Teaching Artist Chris Hill demonstrates how to apply printing ink to his hand-carved linoleum block with a brayer at a printmaking workshop at The Center on Halsted."

Chicago Artery is a group of artists, educators, and arts supporters committed to empowering and connecting Chicago citizens in progressive ways using art as the primary platform. Collaboration, shared learning, and individual expression are at the core of Chicago Artery's mission. Chicago Artery believes that art and its practice are essential to education and cultural growth and make all their events accessible to all, no matter their circumstance. Chicago Artery's free, public arts programming is now being held weekly at The Center on Halsted and the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. Interested community members or potential supporters can contact Chicago Artery at or visit Chicago Artery on Facebook.

Gorilla Tango Bucktown is a year-round performance venue featuring an 80-seat black-box theater, rehearsal rooms, and co-producing contracts providing artists with marketing, box office, and front of house support as well as  strategic business advice for creating sustainable art.

Gorilla Tango Bucktown is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Easily accessible by public transportation, GT Bucktown is steps away from the Western Blue Line stop and the #49 Western, #56 Milwaukee, and #73 Armitage bus routes. Metered street parking is available on Milwaukee Avenue. Offering shows for a wide variety of audiences, Gorilla Tango Bucktown performances are listed in full on the website with descriptions and ratings similar to movie theater screenings. GT Bucktown now offers a selection of affordable beer and wine for purchase. Consult the website for rating information, tickets, and details about how to produce at this venue.
1919 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647

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