Monday, October 18, 2010

Pilsen art walk ... "Ashland" side

I really enjoyed this art walk!
... the weather perfect, neighborhood interesting, people friendly!

Some studios - some galleries - some new, some old!!!
We started at 1 p.m. and went until 5ish, we still did not make it to all of the venues.
The topics of the art are very different from the Halsted side of the Pilsen neighborhood.
Themes about immigration, politics and wrestling ... real people and real live issues.

First stop organized grafitti art ...
these guys were talented and really moving along!

Indoor/outdoor art - a painting of our president ... by Victor Montanez

Wonderful ceramic work (and conversation) by Nicole Marroquin
- see a showing of her works at the Mexican Museum of Art this winter!

A great find! ... nicely organized group show at Margus Studio

Community gallery Tonantzin Community gallery

Great mixed media piece by Miguel Aguilar - at a pop-up space on Blue Island and 18th

Salvador Jimenez-flores mixed media work at the Beer Run Gallery

Marcos Raya - "Mano a mano"

We ended the evening by listening to a band playing on the sidewalk

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Garfield Park - Form in Flora Sculpture Show!

Wednesday October 6th – Saturday November 6th

This fall, come enjoy nature-inspired sculptures by members of Chicago Sculpture International placed throughout the plant collection in the Show House and the Bluestone Terrace. An Opening Reception for the exhibit will be held at the Conservatory on Wednesday October 6th from 5pm to 8pm. The reception is free and open to all – it’s a great opportunity to meet the sculptors in person.

For more information about the exhibit or the reception, please email

Really a worth while exhibit, most of the sculptures are placed inside, but a few are out. The cost is FREE.
So, no excuses - get out there and enjoy the fabulous sculpture and this great fall weather!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chicago Artist Month - Pilsen Open Studio/House

Well, I must say the Pilsen area has lost it's groove. This area used to be exciting - booming with artists and galleries - busy, fresh and exciting ... now the area is really struggling, but they have not given up! There are A LOT of empty spaces and those filled might have had an issue with flooding - there is an odd smell that many try to cover up with patchouli.
The newest places were very interesting to us - recommended not to miss:

Wonderful space - great variety of artists - top notch!
Scott Ashley "dig" (left) gallery shot (right)

PER POPULUS gallery - 626 West 18th Street
Great prints by John Vogl - creative, well done and affordable! Something for everyone!!!

(Chicago Art Department) - 1837 South Halsted
had a couple of very unique works!
Pei-San Ng, matchstick art

and Jen Rosenthal, ink and thread on vellum

On the functional side some great creativity!!!
ARTPENTRY - 1825 S. Halsted
Speakers framed by old luggage and trunks!

and the PLYWOOD OFFICE also on S. Halsted
great furnishings - simple and crafty!

... you have to explore, but there are places really worth while!!!!
Get down there!