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New Girl In Town: An Interview with Nora Freeman of Så Gallery

New Girl In Town: An Interview with Nora Freeman of Så Gallery
Many people involved in the arts have, at one time of another, contemplated the prospect of opening a gallery.  I’ve entertained the idea, but whatever excitement I gain from the prospect is quickly tempered by fear. The thought of starting a gallery is more than a little frightening.  Nora Freeman, however, has the necessary guts.  I’ve known Nora since the second grade, back when... 

Panel Discussion: Meet Jeremy Sorese

Panel Discussion: Meet Jeremy Sorese
Knowing an artist personally and over a long period of time is rewarding.  Having met Jeremy Sorese, a comic artist and illustrator, in college, I have had the pleasure to watch his work change and grow.  In Sorese’s art there is a tension between a commitment to readability and a love of detail and abstraction.  It is his strong sense of organization that allows Sorese to fill his panels... 

Color Theory: An Interview with Madeleine Reyna

Color Theory: An Interview with Madeleine Reyna
Madeleine Reyna is a young painter living, working, and exhibiting in Chicago. Last Fall, I had the pleasure of visiting her studio in Wicker Park. Entering Reyna’s workspace was a bit like stepping into a birthday party that had just exploded. Expressive, brightly colored works covered the walls, and lent the space a wild energy. Impressed by her creative choice of media and her exploratory... 

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010

Drink and Be Merry: Marwen Art Fair 2010
Emily Vidal-Hallett, "And She Endangered the Sun," 2010. (Image courtesy of Marwen Staff.) My recent Friday night spent volunteering proved yet again that unpaid work is often more rewarding than compensated labor. On November 5th, Marwen celebrated their 5th annual Art Fair, and I and a friend of mine were there at the coat check to help out. Marwen is an organization that offers art education... 

Going Mobile Photo Booth

Going Mobile Photo Booth
On October 30th SIFC celebrated our launch by Going Mobile. We traveled through out the city in mobile art installation featuring work by Hebru Brantley and Brooks Golden.  As we traveled around the City we stopped at several locations including Hyde Park Arts Center and Chicago Urban Art Society. At the stops SIFC team members set up a photo both and invited the public to have their portrait taken... 

Off to a Strong Start: Fall Gallery Season Opening Night

Off to a Strong Start: Fall Gallery Season Opening Night
Recently, I attended the opening night of Chicago’s fall gallery season in the West Loop. Having spent the last four Septembers in Savannah, Georgia, this event was a first for me. The night ended up being a bit of a blur. No, I wasn’t drunk on gallery wine. Rather, I was overwhelmed. The crowds and my friends’ swift pace gave me little time to take everything in. I would squeeze in between... 
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