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DIY Trunk Show

DIY Trunk Show
Last Weekend was the Ninth year for the DIY Trunks show, at their new location. The DIY Trunk show is a diverse gathering of creative tallents to showcase, sell and promote their handmade arts, crafts, goods and endeavors of all kinds. This year the show featured 150 local crafters and artists. Sixty Inches From Center photographer Sophia Nahli took a tour of this unique shopping experience. Photos... 

The Centre Gallery: Batavia’s newest art space

The Centre Gallery: Batavia's newest art space
On Sunday October 7, Batavia High School held its rededication ceremony. All afternoon, the community gathered to see the school’s first expansion in decades. Filled with curiosity, residents explored light-filled classrooms and hallways as well as the high school’s first field house, auditorium, and art gallery. Named The Centre Gallery, it displayed work by high school alumni as part of Relic,... 

Holocene Overkill (Phase 2) @ Defibrillator

Holocene Overkill (Phase 2) @ Defibrillator
The Holocene has been the age of man. During the ten thousand years since the last big ice age, homo sapiens have dominated the earth. Our societies, civilizations, empires, and digital networks have spanned the entire globe, in the process coming to fundamentally change the the natural processes that preceded and created us. The global climate, natural resources like fossil fuels and forestation,... 

“Aqua Interlude & Reflection” Glass Mosaic Project

“Aqua Interlude & Reflection” Glass Mosaic Project
On Saturday November 12th, Chicago Public Art Group [Link: http://www.cpag.net/home/] celebrated their latest Glass Mosaic Project, “Aqua Interlude & Reflection. at the Columbus Dr. Pedestrian Underpass- just north of Roosevelt! Chicago Public Art Group describes the project as follows. “This 1,600 sq. ft. mosaic was made possible by over 50 youth apprentices, a top-notch group of artists... 

Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford at Hinge Gallery

Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford at Hinge Gallery
Hinge Gallery Having just opened in June, the bright lights and white walls of Hinge Gallery were welcoming against the coming cold on the night of November 5th. A lovely space in an ideal location among the bustle of Chicago and Damen, Hinge Gallery opened its doors for a dual artist exhibit featuring recent paintings by Cole Pierce and prints by Rusty Shackleford. Pierce and Shackleford have known... 

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.

Purple State: Dance, Kandinsky and Ohio at Links Hall.
Even Though Sixty Inches From Center (SIFC) focuses on the visual arts, sometimes we like to step over and see how the other half lives. Last week SIFC Media Director Andrew Roddewig caught a performance of “Purple State” at Links Hall. “The Purple State features three distinct female choreographers with deep connections to Ohio. From a state steeped with political party drama and cities steadily... 

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I

Dealing With New Demands // The Happiness Project // Part I
Art you an artist? Art patron? Are you happy? Wonder if the quality of your life is good? Dealing With New Demands explores these questions. Curated by Jennifer Mills, this group exhibition is currently on display at The Comfort Station a gallery and community space located in Logan Square. It is just one component of a much lager program entitled, The Happiness Project curated by Tricia Van Eck. At... 

Water Street Studios Second Anniversary

Water Street Studios Second Anniversary
A few weeks ago I attended the opening of Water Street Studios’ Second Year Anniversary Show in Batavia, IL. Like each of the previous shows at Water Street, the work was numerous, diverse, and stunning. The two-dimensional pieces displayed a wide range of media, from carbon print photography to encaustic and resin. Meanwhile, the three-dimensional works, which generally make up more than half... 

1,200 Strong | The Patric McCoy Collection

1,200 Strong | The Patric McCoy Collection
Detail from the Patric McCoy Collection, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.) When walking into the home of Patric McCoy, Co-founder of the collector group Diasporal Rhythms, it is easy to be stunned and a bit overwhelmed. Even before stepping through the door you are led up a stairway that is lined with at least a dozen photographs, prints and paintings that originate from various moments in the... 

MDW Fall Showcase

MDW Fall Showcase
This past weekend was the Fall Showcase at the MDW Fair. Below is a description of the fair from the MDW Fair website. “On October 21st- 23rd, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand... 
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