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Weekly Picks: August 18 – 24


Monday || August 18

Senior Artists Network Fiber Art Exhibition

Come one and all to Senior Artists Network’s  first ever fiber arts exhibition, curated by Beverly Alice Nash.  The show runs through Labor Day, September 1 and is open for viewing Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. Curt’s Cafe is a casual, inviting place, with excellent food and a wonderful social mission.  The Senior Artists Network is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to promoting and fostering the talents of Chicago-area artists age 50 or older.  Ten SAN artists have works in the show, including Mary Baim, Hyangsook Cho, Carroll Craddock, Shirley Engelstein, Meg Guttman, Judy Kunz, Beverly Alice Nash, Margaret Newman, Judy Petacque, and Mary Krebs Smyth.

Curt’s Cafe
2922 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201


Tuesday || August 19

3-D 12 Sculptors Exhibition at Gallery PINK

Gallery PINK proudly exhibits Hot Sensibilities by Chicago’s 3-D 12 Sculptors . According to their website, 3-D 12 is a Chicago-based sculptor groupcommitted to building a strong collective identity while projecting distinctive individuality in thematic exhibitions and community projects.  3-D 12 Sculptors include Shelley Gilchrist, Peter N. Gray, Alan Emerson Hicks, Ruyell Ho, Beth Kamhi, Jim MacRoberts, Mimi Peterson, Eric H. Steele, and Michelle Stone.

Gallery PINK
149 Harrison
Oak Park , IL 60304


Wednesday || August 20

My Favorite Comics: Superhero and Adventure

My Favorite Comics is a monthly discussion series bringing together people who are passionate about comics.  Bring your favorite comics, graphic novels, snacks and opinions!  And feel free to bring a friend — the more opinions we have, the better!  We focus on a new topic every month.  It’s a place for the conversation to start, although where it goes is always determined by you….

Wed, Aug 20, 6pm — Superhero and Adventure. Gearing up for Wizard World, we will discuss everything superhero, action/adventure, and fun in comics. This is your chance to geek out! Bring your toys, your comics — dress like your favorite character if you want! Once and for all, we will determine who would win in an underwater brawl — Namor or Aquaman.

A $3 donation will be asked for at the door, or pre-pay at

858 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Thursday || August 21

2014 Parkland College Art & Design Faculty Exhibition: Opening Reception

The newly named Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is proud to present the Annual Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, opening Monday, August 18. The exhibit is an annual showcase of art created by faculty and includes sculpture, painting, photography, metals, ceramics, graphic design and digital media.  An opening reception for the artists and a ceremony honoring the new name of the gallery in honor of Donna Giertz will take place Thursday, August 21. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Sept. 20.

Exhibiting faculty members include: Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Marsha Daniels, Larry Ecker, Stacey Gross, Melinda McIntosh, Craig McMonigal, Laura O’Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Blaine Wright, and Paul Young.

The exhibition is free and fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, noon-2 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
2400 W. Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821


Friday || August 22

Artists on Boards

On Friday August 22, 2014 Ear2Ground, ArtDeckCo & Future Shock Records will be holding the Worlds Largest Custom designed Skateboard Art Exhibit at Lacuna Artists Lofts. [] Artists on Boards. All current artwork can bee seen at &

Artists on Boards originated in Portland Oregon with over 150-featured artists. TheWall Street Journal has called Portland “the skateboard capital of the world.” The city is famous for its support of skaters, and it is a mecca of skaters and former skaters. For years, it has been the point of origin for skating trends. Artists on Boards will be a touring art exhibit hosted in Chicago, Portland & San Francisco.

The Chicago exhibition of Artists on Boards, will include over 375 artists designed one of a kind skate decks but also live painting, musical performances, art workshops, free beer sampling, vendor exhibits, door prizes and more.  We anticipate an over 500 people in attendance and have partner with Lacuna Artists Lofts, Goose Island, Sound Investment, Bluetown, Uprise, Characters Skateboards & Winward Boardshops to name a few.

Lacuna Artists Lofts
2150 S. Canalport Ave
Chicago, IL 60608


Saturday || August 23

“Go For It” – Matthew Hoffman Installation in Historic Pullman

Mosnart is delighted to announce “Go For It” an art installation by Matthew Hoffman in the iconic remains of Market Hall. Co-sponsored by the Historic Pullman Foundation (HPF). Everyone is invited to the opening event August 23rd from 2-5pm in Market Square at 112thstreet and Champlain ave in Historic Pullman on Chicago’s southside of the city.

Matthew Hoffman, will create a temporary installation in the remains of the historic Market Hall. This site specific installation will be grand in size, and reaffirming in nature.  Hoffman is personally excited about this much anticipated installation. Due to its overwhelming scale, it will give him a chance to stretch his physical and creative muscles. The piece will be completed in mid August outdoors, during some of the most beautiful Chicago weather.  Hoffman’s approach to public art is to engage & beautify the community where the work lives. Often, his work incorporates text with positive affirmations, directed at the public. The strength of his work is that it is approachable and open to all.

Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist and designer who operates out of his studio Hey It’s Matthew. He is the founder & custodian of the You Are Beautiful project, which has shared over one million stickers, installations, and exhibitions with the world. Hoffman’s ideas and work have been included in Good, the New York Times Magazine, and Ready Made. He has been published in a number of books by Gestalten, Droog, andTaschen, and was recently featured in a segment on the Oprah Winfrey network.

11319 S St Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60628


Sunday || August 24

Eloisa Ibarra: The Seed of Babel

Uruguayan artist Eloisa Ibarra has combined traditional printmaking techniques with digital technologies to explore what she terms “the depletion of language” in contemporary society. “The Seed of Babel” consists of 20 prints in the etching and engraving mediums, as well as audio recordings accessed through digital QR codes incorporated into the artworks and the gallery. The audio recordings are derived from a “circular translation” in which a fragment of “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges was translated by Google Translate from English back to Spanish to French to Italian to Arabic to German to Chinese to Portuguese and back to English, rendering the text into an illogical chaos – a modern Tower of Babel. This artistic investigation, beautifully navigated by Ibarra, uses the tools of communication to explore the loss of communication and the loss of meaning which follows.

“The Seed of Babel” was curated by Alfredo Torres and presented in the GallinoMuseum in Salto City, Uruguay (2013); Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2014); and Fundación Unión, Montevideo, Uruguay (2014). Eloisa Ibarra is an artist based in Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a graduate of the Technical University of Uruguay (1988) and also studied at the National School of Fine Arts (1989-90). Her work has been exhibited extensively in Uruguay and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montevideo; the Raggio Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the National Center of the Arts, Mexico City; and the National Museum of the Arts in La Paz, Bolivia. Ibarra was an artist in residence at the San Agustin Art Center in Oaxaca, Mexico. This project was made possible by the Funds for Culture program of Uruguay’s Ministry of Education and Culture, through an open competition.

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago
30 W. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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