Friday, September 11, 2015

Art Festivals

Many years ago I was participated in Around The Coyote Art Festival.  It was in Bucktown and Wicker Park.  I was lucky and was in a gallery; Gallery 1633. It was owned by the wonderful painter, Montana Morrison.  Her gallery was one large room with wall windows and small rooms in the back then a backyard. The other half of the building was her studio and the second floor she lived and rented another apartment.  My spot; each year I participated was right out the back door under the deck of the apartment above.  It was small, but I loved it. I could nail pieces to float from the wood beams and everyone had to pass by section twice going in and out of the gallery. The backyard became an art garden those weekends of the fest. The legend I was told from Morrison was that a French artist named Jolly started the fest.  It was in Bucktown and Wicker Park for many years then moved to the West Loop and then eventually disbanded.  This year it was brought back to Wicker Park & Bucktown borders at Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenue.  I was very excited and added it to my ARTinerary© and attended the exhibits at the FlatIrons Building, which in all my years of being a Westender I never went inside.  The triangle building was tall labyrinth filled with the unusual and beautiful. Here are my 2 favorite pieces from the festival both by artist, Kevin Lahvic.  Art season is upon us and this week my ARTineray© includes another festival.

Friday September 11, 2015
Part 1: 6pm @ A Close Look At Two Exhibit @ Schneider Gallery @ 770 N Lasalle
Part 2: 7pm @ Farmhouse @ 228 W Chicago
Part 3: 8pm @ Lakeview East
Festival Of The Arts @ Belmont & Broadway

I will be participating in an art festival on
Saturday October 17, 2015
Destination Devon Art Walk

Looking forward to seeing how
the northwest side does art...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Edison Park Residency

When I moved out of Oktober Studio in Logan Square who knew it was going to take so long to find a new home.  After a short stay in Old Town I now have begun my life again; my art life, but this time in Edison Park.  I've started to paint again. In Old Town I could not paint (perhaps a little creative block) and I did sketching and photography and a second summer dress project.  I am still looking and hoping to find my final destination for Oktober Studio II. Real Estate is expensive and when you have always been poor it's a long path to get what you want. I am holding out for a place I don't have to move from.  I place with enough space and not too much the saving continues. After being outbid on one place and a rejected offer on another. I lost faith, no hope, but Edison Park has renewed me.  The neighborhood is wonderful.  It reminds me of where I grew up the greatest place in the world, Dolton, Illinois. Edison Park has the same vibe and wondering around, jogging, riding the bus I have discovered how much I do not want to leave this neighborhood. I hope I find Oktober Studio II here. It was always on my list of neighborhoods to buy in, but now that I am living here,each day I pray to find my home here. Here is my first painting at this residence.

I am having an Edison Park Welcome Sale for 60631 Residents
$25 Off Selected Paintings
Expires 9/10/2015

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