FAB Studios Annual Member Show


Please join us as we celebrate Chicago Artists Month during our monthly Open Studios event!

A wide variety of artists have active studios here, from established professionals with international reputations to emerging artists. Talk to the artists and visit gallery openings, musicians, and alternative businesses. Browse the book and music stores as well!

The Fine Arts Building is a century-old Chicago landmark – one of the oldest artists’ colonies in the country. Meet the talented types who make up our community as you tour all ten floors of this historic setting. We look forward to seeing you!

Chicago Artists Month Open Studios
Friday, October 11th
5 – 9 PM

FAB Studios Annual Members Show
Second Floor Gallery
Opening Reception 6-8 pm
The Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave

Chicago IL 60605

Find us on online at www.fineartsbuildingstudios.com

It’s A Mad World At Union Street Gallery! Opening Reception Friday March 8

Organic Creatures Taking the White House Tour

Organic Creatures Taking The White House Tour, by Leon Sarantos

The “Mad World”, National Juried Exhibit is at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 8th, 6-9PM.  The juror for this exhibit is Natalie Domchenko (Director: Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago).  The Mad World exhibit will feature art that is absurd, surreal, and simply MAD!  Mad World will display art by 34 artists from 11 different states. Some of the art on exhibit depicts bizarre or imagined worlds, crazy structures not bound by the laws of the gravity, whimsical inventions, and strangely absurd scenarios that appear to be straight out of fantasy or science fiction!

“Mad World” will be on display from March 6 to April 6 with the opening reception on Friday March 8th, 6-9pm. Opening reception is free and open to the public. Patrons will enjoy complimentary wine and food while they explore this strange and beautiful exhibit. Union Street Gallery located at 1527 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.

Exhibiting artists include:  
Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Evelyn Davis-Walker, Karen De Pirro, June Finnegan, Shelly Hokanson,  Anders Johnson, Mark Kennedy, Sarah Krupp, Michael McNicholas, Jenny Meyer, Joe Milosevich, Jennifer Moore, Chris Motley, Lucy Mueller, Erinn Nordeman, Erik Ohrn, Shane Rodems, Stephan Roll, Don Sala, Leon Sarantos, David Simcik, Carrie Spencer, Nathan Taves, Colin Thomas, Jason Walker, Amanda Wood, Jee Yoon, Fotios  Zemenides , John Zilewicz.

For more information visit the website www.unionstreetgallery.org, or call 708-754-2601.

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Being Human art show at Union Street Gallery by Richard Benoit

It’s not often that I go to an art show and feel compelled to tell everyone I see to attend. Being Human at Union Street Gallery is one of those shows that you can’t miss. This exhibit excels in every aspect. First it is expertly curated by Dan Addington of Addington gallery in Chicago. His curatorial statement is a pleasure to read and sets the tone perfectly. From piece to piece in this show, I was thoroughly engaged. I just couldn’t wait to get to the next one. From conception to execution each work was a joy and an inspiration.

I’d like to share some thoughts on some of my favorites; by the way, it was hard to narrow down that list. The entire show is on line so if you care to, please follow along http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/BeingHuman2011.htm.

Perhaps my favorite is Fold by Corinna Button. It is a quiet thoughtful view of 3 individuals from behind. The figures are held lovingly together by their arms which embrace each other. There’s an umbrella overhead perhaps to protect from some of life’s unexpected onslaught. This tender touch of mutual support fits so sweetly into the show title…Being Human.

Lisa Carter’s nude rendering has an aprehensive look to it. It seems to show an individual from a vulnerable almost wounded perspective. The drawing of this subject is expert down to the fingernails on the subject’s right hand.

Elliot Purse won a first place showing for his painting. The diagonal design of this one added a sense of movement and the color balance reminded me of Lady Gaga’s meat dress. This work is a wild look at someone torn from the inside out and wrestling for a favorable outcome.

As a parent I could just slap Jessica Segal-Fruedenberg’s painting and ground it for a week. There’s no height or width big enough to hold the attitude of this subject…tween angst.  This character stays with you long after walking away from the painting.

I love the design and color treatment of Clarissa Gerber’s painting. I’m just a sucker for a good expressive painting such as this. The wild impulsive colors and upside down subject make this a lively jazzy romp. It’s a joy to look at.

Another favorite of mine is a photo by Valeri Lanbert. Two subjects stand looking simply back at the viewer. Each has hand prints on the other. Are these subjects a father and daughter? The implication being that their lives affect each other. There’s a subtle air of mystery or tension about this one too…unanswered questions seem to lurk and that’s a sign of a good photograph.

I could go on but suffice to say that this show is top notch and on par with anything I’ve seen at the uptown venues.  The work is well presented with ample room for consideration and thoughtful pacing. For those who want to dig a little deeper the artists statements are in a binder just as you walk in. Union Street has consistently attracted some worthwhile art over the years. This particular show includes work from artists as far away as the UK. It appears as though Union Street’s reputation is growing. If this particular exhibit is a sign of things to come I can’t wait for the next one.

Union Street gallery is located in Chicago Heights on Otto Blvd. Their web-site is http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/index.htm. Being Human will be up until Nov. 12, 2011

Rogers Park ArtWalk 2011 Exhibition

Rogers Park ArtWalk is a project of Rogers Park Business Alliance: A storefront art installation within the Glenwood Avenue Arts District

October 15 to November 6, 2011

Young Lady With Long Pipe by Leon Sarantos is at Act One Pub / Mayne Stage  1328 W. Morse Ave

Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) presents the 1st Annual Rogers Park ArtWalk during Chicago Artist Month. The curated sidewalk exhibition will take place from Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, November 6, 2011 along the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  This event was created to be part of Chicago Artist Month which has been held every year throughout October by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with more than 200 program partners. Chicago Artist Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.The exhibition consists of a gallery of artwork displayed in windows of local businesses in a walking path including the information center at RPBA’s office. Each artist submitted paintings or art pieces that were handmade by the individual and not mass-produced to keep the originality of the exhibit.  Storefronts display art from 25 invited professional artists. This lively mix brings life to the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. ArtWalk organizers view this event as both a blissful cultural month and a boost to the local community.

Featured Businesses, Galleries and Artists
B1E Gallery                                6902 N. Glenwood Ave.     Participating Exhibit
Caribbean Cuts                         6904 N. Glenwood Ave.     Artist: Jeremy Tinder
Lifeline Theatre                        6912 N. Glenwood Ave.      Participating Exhibit
Duke’s Bar                                 6920 N. Glenwood Ave.      Artist: Luis A. Galvan
Evil Squirrel Comics              6928 N. Glenwood Ave.      Artists: Christopher Royal,  Steve Armstrong, Lewis Lain
Finalmente Aquí Salon          1411 W. Morse Ave.             Artist: Jon Bollo
SubBrothers                               1417 ½ W. Morse Ave.        Artists: Katie O’Conner, Jean Reindl, Juan Gerena
The Common Cup                  1501 W. Morse Ave.             Artist: Diana Berek, Molly Costello, Chiara Padgett, Juan Carlos Pérez
Rogers Park Community Council 1530 W. Morse Ave.  Artist: Shaun Vain
Rogers Park Business Alliance 1448 W. Morse Ave.  Artists: Matt Blake,  Mercedes Inez Martinez, Alenna Marie Sandy, Craig Tews, Molly Zakrajsek,  Josh McCallister
Los Portales Restaurant     1418 W. Morse Ave.         Artist: Mercedes Inez Martinez
Chuckie’s Bar                             1412 W. Morse Ave.         Artists: Brenda Barnum, Keith Pollok
The Glenwood                           6962 N. Glenwood Ave.  Artists: Star Padilla, Leah Tumerman 
Act One Pub / Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave.      Artist: Leon Sarantos

Free Customer Parking at Misión Cristiana Elim parking lot 1615 W. Morse Ave. (Ashland & Morse) every day from 8:00 am to 3:00 am WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS: no parking Fridays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, no parking Sundays until 5:00 pm. LOT TOWED AT 3:00 AM DAILY.

Mile of Murals The Mile of Murals is a community public art project that is creating a mile of murals along  the concrete embankment of CTA Red Line tracks within the Glenwood Avenue Arts District from Pratt to Touhy on both sides of the tracks. This summer we are continuing the project with a new installment on the east side of Glenwood Avenue from Morse to Lunt. Local artists Lea Pinsky and Dustin Harris coordinated this wall; they led last year’s block-long mural from Lunt to Greenleaf. For this project RPBA and Clark/
Morse/Glenwood SSA #24 recruited, coordinated and oversaw a small group of professional artists that worked together as a cooperative: Diana Berek, Chiara Padgett and Juan Carlos Perez. This year’s theme for the project is “Patriotism in Everyday Life”.

Street Sculptures 12 sculptures were created by local resident, artist and business owner Andy DeLaRosa  (B1E Gallery) and other artists working at his gallery to be displayed on the street. These pieces of art, created entirely of recycled materials, are displayed on the sidewalk on Morse Avenue as a permanent exhibition.