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Week Ends, Art Begins || December 9th – December 11th

FRIDAY || DECEMBER 9th, 2011

Mini Logan Square
The Comfort Station presents opening reception and fundraiser for Grow Brooks Press A doll house size neighborhood for the whole family.

The Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Of Us: Experiments in Interaction
Of Us is a group show featuring 13 artists exploring ideas of connection and interaction through gifting, distribution, and participation. Join us for this event and …add to our dialogue!

Featured artists include Sevgi Aka, Andrea Alonge, Caryn Ann Bendrick, Morgan Bussy, Taylor Compton, Angie Consalvo, Gabby Frasca, Liana Li, Kristin Mazur, Maxx Sentowski, Darcy Terrell, Victoria Thurmond and Sarah Weber.

Liana Li, Darcy Terrell and Maxx Sentowski focus on the topics of place and consumption, and how these ideas relate to quality of life and wellness. Taylor Compton, Andrea Alonge, and Sarah Weber explore the ideas of distribution, communication, and interaction as arenas for exchange. Kristin Mazur and Gabby Frasca examine shared experience, memory and nostalgia. Caryn Bendrick, Victoria Thurmond, Sevgi Aka and Angie Consalvo individually explore collaborations with the audience, promoting a sense of community and sharing.

Mess Hall
6932 North Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
6:00 – 9:00pm

Emmett Kerrigan and Lora Fosberg at Linda Warren Projects
Gallery Y: Emmett Kerrigan: Grand Ave.
Gallery X: Lora Fosberg: Fallible Memories and Wayward Fictions
Gallery O: Featuring miscellaneous gallery artists

It is with great excitement and anticipation that we open our doors as Linda Warren Projects in our new location, 327 N. Aberdeen, on December 9th, with the solo exhibitions of two long time gallery artists – Emmett Kerrigan and Lora Fosberg. In both shows, Kerrigan’s – Grand Ave, (in Gallery Y) and Fosberg’s Fallible Memories and Wayward Fictions (in Gallery X), the artists transform what would appear to be the mundane and banal realisms of our lives and landscapes into captivating works full of insight and beauty.

Linda Warren Projects
327 North Aberdeen, Suite 151
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 9:00pm

***The Inaugural Opening Reception in our new Location – 327. N. Aberdeen

Along North Avenue
Experience a creative fusion of artists and galleries along North Avenue. DreamBox Foto Studio/Gallery presents an evening of creativity on display that include: photographs, paintings, works on paper, children books, one of a kind jewelry, ceramics, artist-made cards, life portrait drawings and many more unique and meaningful gifts.

Participating artists include Anna Barton-Hettel, Iwona Biedermann, Ewa Bloch, Ala Jaron, Iwona Mosiolek, Anna Mycek-Wodecki, Marie-The Pent, Zofia Tomala, Beverly Wright-Pacelli and Monika Wulfers.

Plan to visit participating galleries and stores:
Sugar Fly Studio/Boutique – 2409 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Tom Robinson Gallery – 2416 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
An Orange Moon – 2418 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
One Strange Bird – 2515 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

DreamBox Foto Studio/Gallery
2415 W. North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
5:00 – 10:00pm

Project Onward Holiday Sale and Portrait Slam!
Looking for a unique and meaningful gift for that special someone? Just in time for the holidays, Project Onward invites you to a studio sale featuring original artwork, note cards, book marks, and our famous… hand-painted holiday ornaments, many with designs based upon the masterful mosaics and stained glass of the Chicago Cultural Center! Can’t decide? Gift Certificates are available for all items, including portrait sittings.

And speaking of portraits, no Project Onward Holiday Sale would be complete without a Portrait Slam! Selected artists will be stationed in the First Floor Garland Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, ready to create custom portraits that will amaze and delight. Participating artists include Sereno Wilson, Fernando Ramirez, Adam Hines, David Holt, Andrew Hall, and Pedro Basantes, with special guest portraitists.

Portrait sittings take about half an hour, and are a great way to obtain cool and affordable original art. They also provide a unique opportunity to get to know an artist and to support the amazing work they do. Prices start at $20 for a single portrait or $100 for six portraits. Space is limited, so reserve your sitting today at (312) 744-8032 or info(at)

Chicago Cultural Center // Project Onward
78 East Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
12:00 – 5:00pm

*This event also takes place on Saturday, December 10th 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Curator Talk: Demands, Attacks and Declarations
In conjunction with current Spotlight Exhibition, Unfree Freedom: An Exploration of Identity in Central Europe, curator and artist Janeil Engelstad will talk about artist’s books and works on paper in the… former Soviet bloc countries.

Created for political protest, social critique, and to promote independent thought, this work is increasingly relevant today as artists participate in and respond to occupy and other social movements.

Center for Book & Paper Arts (CBPA)
1104 South Wabash, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60605
11:00am – 12:00pm

Creative Movement Awards and Dinner
The Creative Movement Award ceremony and the following dinner are in celebration of people, projects, and organizations that are helping create a climate for social change in the United States.

Individuals that will be honored this year are activist Van Jones, award-winning filmmaker Yvonne Welbon and Chicago poet Kevin Coval. We will also be awarding a number of powerful projects including; the Miracle Center’s youth production of “Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story”, and the Unemployed Action Center of Jobs With Justice Chicago. This years organizational awards will be presented to Gender Just, The Silk Road Rising and Warehouse Workers for Justice.

6:00pm – Award ceremony at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s
SIAC Auditorium
280 S Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois

8:00pm – Dinner reception at the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
Blackstone Crystal Ballroom
636 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

ADMISSION: Tickets for entire event (Dinner + Awards): Adults at $125 and $100 for students and senior citizens. Tickets for only award ceremony: $30 for adults and $25 for students and senior citizens.

***All proceeds collected from ticket sales will go to Insight Arts along with its co-sponsor Rumble Arts Center. Insight Arts is a contemporary arts organizations dedicated to increase access to cultural that supports progressive social change. Rumble Arts Center provides an accessible cultural space that facilitates the empowerment and education of individuals and communities. Both of these nonprofit organizations are community based arts centers based in working class neighborhoods such as Rogers Park, Uptown, and Humboldt Park.

Sze Lin Pang presents: An Exhibition of International Artists

Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL
6:00 – 9:00pm

ARTIFACT Opening Reception at Chicago Artist Coalition (CAC)
Chicago Artists’ Coalition is pleased to present ARTIFACT, an exhibition featuring artwork by CAC BOLT Residents Marty Burns, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite, Eric Wall and Stacia Yeapanis. This exhibit is co-curated by the husband-and-wife team Jeriah Hildwine and Stephanie Burke.

ARTIFACT presents work that emphasizes materiality. The material components of the wor…k are re-contextualized, subverted, and misused by artists as they co-opt these materials for their own purposes.

Come out to the show’s opening and celebrate with us that same night at our annual Holiday Party!

CAC Coalition Gallery
217 N Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00pm

Hornswaggler Arts at Nisei Lounge
We’ve been offered a great opportunity by the good people at Nisei Lounge to bartend this Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm. All the tips we garner will go straight back the Hornswaggler Collection to help with framing and upkeep of the ever-growing collection. Jumpstart your Friday night by tossing one back with us at a REAL BAR, while helping us help Chicago artists, galleries and awesome artfolk.

Nisei Lounge
3439 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
7:00 –9:00pm

ACRE Country Fair!
Its ACRE’s annual escape to the Country! Cowboys and cowgirls, shine up your spurs, polish your boots and pick out your best plaid for a night of art, music, and dancing! The night will feature a silent and live auction hosted by Brandon Alvendia and Lil’ Elote. Get into …the country-spirit and whet your whistle at the open bar stocked with a selection of Lagunitas beers, wine, and hard cider and compete for a special prize in the edible cornucopia eating contest. Swing your pardner along to the sounds of The Golden Horse Ranch Band, warm-up to the sweet murder ballads of Eileen, and cut a rug when Chances Dances break out their country dance tunes. Be sure to dress in your country finest and get your one-of-a-kind portrait by an ACRE resident. ACRE is raising funds for it’s Exhibitions Program and 2012 Residency Program. As a non-profit, ACRE is dedicated to providing support to emerging artists and fostering an ever expanding community of cultural producers.

LIVE MUSIC includes The Golden Horse Ranch Band, Eileen and Chances Dances goes Country.

ART AUCTION (Silent Auction ends and Live Auction begins at 9:30.): Bid on new art works by Chicago artists and ACRE alumni! Featuring work by Adam Grossi, Alex Chitty, Alyse Ronayne, Aron Gent,, Ben Driggs, Brandon Anschultz, Bryan Lear, Caitlin Arnold, Caroline Picard, Chris Meerdo, Dan Bradica, Daniel Shea, Jacob Chris Hammes, Jan Tichy, Jennifer Ray, Jeremy Bolen, Jessica Taylor, Julia Klein, Kelly Kaczynski, Kristina Paabus, Laurie Palmer, Leo Kaplan, Matt Austin, Michelle Grabner, Olivia Valentine, Steve Reinke, Tara Hills, Thad Kelstadt, Todd Diederich, Young Joon Kwak, Zak Arctander, and more!

CORNUCOPIA EATING CONTEST: Contestants compete in teams of two to gobble the most produce, chocolate and other goodies spilling out of five large cornucopias. The cornucopias are fair game too- they’re made of bread! Prizes will be awarded for total amount of food eaten, and crowd-pleasingest groups.

LIVE PORTRAIT DRAWING: Get a one-of-a-kind portrait by a talented emerging artist. Participating artists include Betsy Odom, Caroline Carlsmith, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Chiara Keeling-Gonzalez, Lauren Beck, Leo Kaplan, Liz McCarthy, Michael Hunter, Michael Kloss, Nick Wylie, Ron Ewert, and Virginia Aberle.

Heaven Gallery
1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor
Chicago, Illinois 60622
7:00 – 12:00pm

ADMISSION: $40 ($20 for students and acre alumni)

The Precession Art Auction & Fundraiser Party
Please join us in lifting our depression and putting our young men to work!

Complimentary earth-tilting Polaris-themed cocktails designed for the occasion by HORNSWOGGLER and British craft hors d’oeuvres by Pleasant House Bakery. interactive serving performance, Walking the Table, by Elena Katsulis and Erin Piesert, Curated by Vicki Fowler of *Whole Artist. Featuring a program of live music, poetry and performance distributed throughout the house.

Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey have been invited to perform in Phoenix, Arizona and at Big Screen Plaza in NYC in 2012 with their large scale work The Precession: An 80 Foot Long Internet Art Performance Poem. Fundraising is needed to provide travel, food, clothing, and accommodation for our Busby Berkeley-inspired work-camp dance troupe including: Justin Deschamps, Sam Hertz, Chris Knowlton, Zihan Loo, Josh Rackliffe & Blake Russell.

Works for Auction by Teresa Albor, Candida Alvarez, Cynthia Ashby, Claire Ashley, Melika Bass, Joseph Belknap, Sarah Belknap, Sarah Best, Ole Bratt Birkeland, Mark Booth, Tom Burtonwood, Lucy Cash, Katrina Chamberlin, cris cheek, Karen Faith, Kathryn Fimreite, Laura Goldstein, Claudia Hart, Lin Hixson, Tiffany Holmes, Carol Jackson, Mark Jeffery, Judith Leemann, Sara Levine, Trevor Martin, Frédérick Moffet, Judd Morrissey, Teresa Pankratz, Mary Patten, Laura Prieto-Velasco, Ellen Rothenberg, Bryan Saner, Katharine Schutta, Jennifer Scappettone, Roberto Sifuentes, Ryan Tacata, John W Sisson Jr, Star Lounge Coffee, Video Data Bank, Anne Wilson, Faith Wilding, Daniele Wilmouth and performances by Jeff Harms, Karen Faith, cris cheek, Laura Goldstein & Jennifer Scappettone.

2518 W. Iowa Street
Chicago, Illinois
7.30pm (Auction at 8:45pm, Raffle at midnight)
Buy your tickets // Make your donation HERE

Meet the Artists. Get a Button.
Meet the artists behind New Wave Coffee’s latest gallery show, and get your hands on some limited edition buttons showcasing their work. Our current exhibit, Media Blitz, showcases work by Dusty James and Melenie Trevethan. With additional work by Carlos Banda and Justin Graham. Media Blitz explores the interchange of media with contemporary culture and celebrity.

The artists will be on hand this Friday from 6 to 8 PM to talk and answer questions about their work. And each artist will have a limited edition button available. We are asking for a suggested donation of $1 per button to benefit The Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. (Although larger donations will certainly be accepted). Collect them all!

New Wave Coffee
2557 N Milwaukee / 3103 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
6:00 – 8:00pm

Fine Arts Building Party!
Stop by the Fine Arts Building to celebrate with all of us the end of 2011 with the larger open studios of the year.All the studios will be open and you will have the opportunity to visit with artists, musicians, health practitioners while enjoying food and drinks.

Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago IL 60605
5:00 – 10:30pm

Perceptual Notions: An exhibition of new paintings by Samantha Bittman
Bittman explores the ways in which perception is in constant flux by employing rigorous visual systems of assertive and contrary elements. While the non-woven paintings are visual systems akin to, and an extension of weave structures, the process of weaving, and the image/structure relationship inherent in a woven textile; all works point toward more complicated layers of cognition and experience. In decoding the material construction and strategies for building each painting, the viewer becomes aware that the logic present in the blueprint of each work breaks with the experience of viewing the work as a whole entity. The act of cognitively understanding how the painting is made acts as a foil to the viewer, pointing back to the viewer’s own perceptual notions, and a conscious experience of that perception. There is no singular or fixed way to perceive the paintings’ refractive breakdown of elements: logic, cognition, experience, and reality.

The painstaking process of Bittman’s own hand in making the paintings relates to the relationship a viewer often establishes with the work. The slowness and careful attention with which they are made demands time for engagement, particularly the hard edge paintings, painted without tape, and in the woven textiles themselves. A shifting of the viewer’s physical proximity to the work may suggest new directions for observation and sensation, thwarting expectations and polarizing the viewing experience from moment to moment.

Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 –8:00pm

Jason Robert Bell’s year-long Tetragrammatron Archive: The Orpheus Terminals
The Orpheus Terminals is an audio-visual digital archive of the artist’s consciousness, including 10,000 panoramic photographs taken over the past four years and an accompanying soundtrack of binaural sound compositions.

Presented as a video, the panoramic photographs comprising The Orpheus Terminals are quickly shot with a low-end panoramic feature on Bell’s consumer-grade digital camera, capturing the way his mind works and his eye sees. The images chart his travels, triumphs, and the mundanity of daily life. The title Orpheus Terminals comes from a concept Bell’s father shared in bedtime stories read to him as a young child. Click here for story.

Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 –8:00pm

Tell Tale Signs New Works by Art Green
A member of the original Hairy Who exhibition group, which showed at the Hyde Park Art Center (1966-1968) and introduced the Chicago Imagist notion to the world, Green has been mining a shaft of potent images for the last 45 years. He brings together a puzzle master’s love of pattern, illusion, code and system, a Pop artist’s interest in vibrant commercial and vernacular source images, and a fastidious finish fetish.

Tell Tale Signs, Green’s first solo show in Chicago in many years, features several elaborately shaped canvases including “Hang Time,” a giant dollar sign-shaped painting inspired by the global economic downturn, and various approaches to perspectival confusion. The brilliantly colored, dizzyingly detailed images take great concentration to parse, yielding layers of interlocking imagery, all composed with a wry sense of humor, rich in visual puns and subtle allusions. The exhibition is accompanied by a 28-page catalog featuring an interview with Green and reproductions of all the work, plus images of source material and sketches.

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Avenue, 3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois, 60622
5:00 – 8:00pm


The Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Pop-Up Shop that benefit’s the non-profit Reason To Give. It’s a great opportunity to do a little holiday shopping from some of some of Chicago’s leading designers and artist. There will be paper goods, t-shirts, jewelry, vintage clothing, handmade accessories, posters, baked good, homemade soda syrups and so much more.

Featuring work by The Firebelly Family, Plural, The Post Family, Matthew Hoffman, Jo Snow Syrups, Pretty Bird Jewelry, Katherine Anne Confections, World of Tea, Mike Perry Studio, Feather Proof Press, Nothing Major, Jana Kinsman, Twin Collective, Dethrose Vintage, Winterbureau, I Shoot Rockstars, Essimar, The Bungaloo, Know Your Flag and many more creative cohorts!

This is a benefit for Reason to Give – 50% of all sales will be donated to RTG families for holiday gifts, the other 50% goes straight to the artist/designer/craftsman. It’s shopping local, buying from the source and giving to families in need. There is no better way to shop.

Firebelly Design Studio
2701 W. Thomas, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois
11:00 – 5:00pm

The holidays are in full swing and the crew at Cooperative Image Group and Glassworks has been busy in the studio making Santa’s elves look like slackers by creating blown-glass ornaments, vases, cups, paperweights, coasters, jewelery, original artworks, hot sauce, screen-printed t-shirts and more for your gift-giving and consciousness-raising needs!

Join Co-op image in it’s 9th annual Holiday Bazaar and Hot Glass Benefit this Saturday, featuring live glassblowing demonstrations by the Glassworks team, beats from our favorite DJ Animal, and libations and snacks provided by Chi-Town Chefs–all proceeds go directly to Co-op Image’s youth arts education and entrepreneurship initiatives.

This year we have certainly had our share of victories and challenges: The Glassworks team was selected to create 250 blown glass vases for the centerpieces of After School Matters’ annual gala, a goal we exceeded while working in the glass studio all summer, some days in 90+ degree heat! Co-op Sauce is expanding it’s market and is now proudly on the shelves at locations around the country, including Whole Foods! 2011 also saw the passing of one of our most passionate advocates of Chicago Youth–Maggie Daly passed away after her courageous battle with cancer and will be forever remembered for her extraordinary dedication to the arts in Chicago and to providing artistic, athletic and academic opportunities for thousands of Chicago teens. You will be missed Maggie Daly–Thank you for all you’ve done.

Chicago Hot Glass
1250 N Central Park
Chicago, Illinois 60622
1:00 – 5:00pm
*After 5:00pm suggested donation is $15

FLAT 11 at Floor Length and Tux
A one-night-only exhibition at Floor Length and Tux. Chuck Jones will present a series of large ink drawings of fantasy landscapes with falling trucks and bad architecture. Danielle Paz will collaborate with Catie Olson and EC Brown in a video, based upon the Empress of Fantastica from “The Neverending Story”. Frank Pollard will extend his long-running narrative based on lucid dreams, with a sculpture and a pseudo-surveillance video involving implants taken from field agents. Catie Olson will be creating an interactive dome sculpture. EC Brown will present paintings ruminating over the death of disco, with appearances by multiple Johnny Ramones and Oliver Reeds.

Refreshments will be served, and feel free to bring more!

About the FLAT series: Catie Olson and EC Brown have conducted Floor Length and Tux exhibitions from their home since February 2009. These single-evening events are the result of an extended relationship with small selections of artists.

Floor Length and Tux
2332 W. Augusta #3F
Chicago IL 60622
7:00 – 10:00pm

Open-Studios at The Feather Lofts
15+ artists will be participating, providing the opportunity to walk through our work spaces and pick up some unconventional holiday gifts.

Window paintings by Emmy Start Brown will be on display and available, as well as her Mini Glass Painting series & hand-painted flower pots. Emmy Star Brown’s studio is located at #203A.

The Feather Lofts
355 N. Laflin
Chicago, Illinois
12:00 – 5:00pm

Decompositions, new works by Emily Green
Decompositions is an exploration of decay and deterioration both natural and coerced. Through a variety of time-intensive processes Emily Green takes on the roles of excavator, biologist and meditator, experimenting with organic and synthetic materials while examining the… structures of familiar objects and patterns. Green’s approach to the relationship between these objects, the body and nature reveals something hidden and unsettling, drawing connections between human impression on the objects that surround us to erosion found in the natural world. Green plays with ideas of nostalgia associated with worn upholstery, decaying fabric and decorative patterns of a bygone era. Banal household rugs are transformed into abstractions of moss-like texture and materials like rotten food, mold and dirt are employed in traditional textile techniques. Preoccupied with production through slow negation and gentle destruction, Green meditates on themes of death and beauty located in the realm of the domestic.

Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
1254 N Noble
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00pm

This summer, ShopColumbia underwent a huge renovation and is now three times larger and features more merchandise than ever. To celebrate it’s Grand Reopening, ShopColumbia will host its 3rd Annual Holiday Market featuring the work of current Columbia College Chicago students and alumni.

Featured artists will be on hand throughout the event providing customers with a unique opportunity to meet the talent behind the work. For sale will be a wide range of merchandise, including fine art, houseware, fashion and children’s gifts. To get shoppers in the holiday spirit, a reception serving warm beverages and holiday treats will be held on Friday 9th from 4-7pm. ShopColumbia will also be offering free gift-wrapping with a $100 purchase or $10 donation to Scholarship Columbia.

Shop Columbia
623 S. Wabash Avenue.
Chicago, Illinois
11:00 – 5:00pm

***This event also takes place on Friday, December 9th 11:00 – 7:00pm

SUNDAY || DECEMBER 11th, 2011

songs that start with i
Work by artist Danielle Gustafson-Sundell

3311 West Carroll Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Benefit Concert @ SHOP Project Film and Zamin!
Come out and enjoy the beautiful sounds of Project film and Zamin! We will have a potluck dinner so bring some food and drinks and $5 to benefit the sound studio at SHOP.

5638 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
6:30 – 9:30pm

Christopher Meerdo //// STALEMATE \\\\
ACRE residency and Roxaboxen Exhibitions are pleased to present //// STALEMATE \\\\ new works by Christopher Meerdo. Paul Virilio’s War and Cinema ends with a great and final cinematic metaphor: an ultimate flash that will end all. Virilio’s notion of corporal distancing between casualty of war and end-user (via technological apparatus) is the impetus behind Christopher Meerdo’s photographic installation Stalemate: a proportionally scaled glow-in-the-dark photographic reproduction of an M1A1 Abrahams tank. Here movie prop simulacra (Denzel Washington’s combat vehicle in Courage Under Fire) lands somewhere between celebratory adolescent bedroom décor and night-vision combat operations. It is at once both a giver and receiver of luminescence, the tank being analogous with the camera obscura.

On view in a darkened room, the image of the tank is not initially visible. Once one’s eyes adjust to the faint glow of the phosphorescent, the tank reveals itself and eventually begins to give the impression of both dimension and volume. Meerdo’s Stalemate implicates the viewer in the slippery relationship between Virilio’s dichotomy of human target and tyrannical vision.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st.
Chicago, IL 60608
7:00 – 10:00pm


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