Gale Street Inn to Host Joint Fundraiser for Community Mural Project


Fundraiser Benefits Arts Alive/45 and National Veterans Art Museum’s Collaborative Mural Project

Chicago, Ill. (March 2013) – On March 26, 2013, the Gale Street Inn will support Arts Alive/45 and the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) in a fundraiser from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.. The Brush With Happiness event is part of the Gale Street Inn’s 50th anniversary celebratory year. $25 admission include one drink, passed snacks, and entertainment including live music by local musician Tommy Tuesday.

Proceeds from Brush With Happiness will fund a proposed mural project for the neighborhood. Veteran artists associated with the NVAM will partner with Arts Alive/45 and the community to design and execute a mural that features a visual vocabulary of healing.

The grand prize of the evening is four Blackhawks tickets with a parking pass. Other great prizes include a set of four original ceramic bowls created by NVAM veteran artist Ash Kyrie, newly released CDs by Kathy Greenholt, a wine pull with more than 3 cases of wine to select from, giclee prints of original art by Amy Meadows, Cyd Smillie, Jill Arena and Eric Craig, and much more. Prizes from the spinning “Wheel of Love” will include gift certificates to Gale Street Inn.

Doors open promptly at 7 p.m. and cash at the door is encouraged.

In addition to the fundraising event on March 26, the “Wheel of Love” at Gale Street will spin for Arts Alive/45 and the NVAM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the entire month of March. That means that dining guests who would like to contribute to the cause will have an opportunity to donate, spin the wheel, and win a prize.

About Arts Alive/45
Arts Alive/45, Inc. is a community-based arts non-profit that is working to promote the arts on the Northwest side of Chicago by partnering artists, business and opportunity. Since 2011, Arts Alive/45 has created nine murals and more than 90 temporary installations and presentations. For more information, visit

About the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. No other gallery in the world focuses on the subject of war from an artistic perspective, making this collection truly unique. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit

Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, a recently launched online and high-resolution archive of every piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at

About the Gale Street Inn
The Gale Street Inn is located at 4914 N. Milwaukee Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago, and is a community and city institution dating to 1963. It is locally owned and operated by George Karzas, whose family has owned it since 1985. Its long-tenured culinary and service team welcomes guests with quality food, service and hospitality. The Gale Street Inn is well known for its ribs, soups, fish, daily entrée specials, and house-made desserts. The Gale Street Inn is located at 4914 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. For more informations, call the Gale Street Inn at 773-725-1300 or visit

Opening Reception for Not About Bombs


Not About Bombs

At the National Veterans Art Museum Opening March 9, 2013 from 1 – 5 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Second Floor, Chicago

Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented.

 The women in this exhibit contribute art that is visually and conceptually accomplished, but unpredictable and emotionally engaging. Because if anything, as a long, drawn-out, mind-numbing war comes to a “close,” emotional investments in Iraq are few and far between.

This exhibit will not be what you expect. It is about war. It is about Iraq. But it presents contemporary art by Iraqi women to deliberately explore and challenge expectations.

Featured Artists: Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Julie Adnan, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Sama Alshaibi

3 p.m. – Keynote address
4 p.m. – Panel discussion – Not About Bombs: Art and Identity Beyond Conflict


  • Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs curator
  • Erica Slone, NVAM artist and veteran
  • Jerica Arents, Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University in the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies department
  • Dr. Savneet Talwar, Associate Professor School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy Graduate Department.

Moderator: Johanna Buwalda, Director of Mental Health at VVAW Military and Veterans Counseling, Coordinator for The Soldiers Project Chicago, and clinical volunteer for the Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture and the Civilian Medical Resource Network.